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  1. stylistic alternates

    Please make it so that OpenType stylistic alternates can be accessed through paragraph and/or character styles. For instance, my OT font has an alternate form of capital W which I prefer to the default form. It is listed in the Glyphs panel as Stylistic Alternates (salt). However, there is no way to activate this alternate W without manually replacing all default capital Ws with the alternate form I prefer. And even when I do that, reapplying a Paragraph Style to any paragraph where I've changed the W will revert the W to the default. I would like to at least…

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  2. Paragraph border and splitted columns

    When working with the paragraph border option, its impossible to split the columns and make it look decent, without a huge workaround.

    It would be great if the "split column" options could habe a checkbox like "do not split paragraph border" or so.

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  3. Adding Ordinal Format Options to Text Variables

    I'm using Text Variables to show when the last time a document was modified. Currently, it outputs as "December 30, 2020", however, I would like it to be formatted with an ordinal option so it would display as "December 30th, 2020". Note the "TH" after the 30. So Xst, Xnd, Xrd and Xth would be displayed on the appropriate number.

    Thanks in advance for the consideration and all the best!

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  4. Paragraph Style Option Dialogue Box - Bullets and Numbering

    We had to change the font we're using for a checkbox in one of our paragraph styles. We have it set up under Paragraph Style Options / Bullets and Numbering. To add a character you want to use for a bullet character, you click add. There is no way to sort glyphs (by math symbols, greek, etc.) in the next window, and there are no scroll buttons. You have to grab the handle on the screen and scroll, and it jumps so fast, you can't navigate from one screen to the next. It just took me 20 minutes to find…

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  5. Pencil tool to hold specific stroke and color

    In previous versions of ID i've been able to select the pencil tool (with no document open) and set it to a specific stroke and color and every time I would then click on the pencil tool to draw, it would do so with those specifications. In the latest CC version, that feature seems to be gone and now I draw and THEN have to set a stroke and color, which really slows me down! Tell me I'm not crazy like the pompous people in the forum! :)

    When I'm doing a layout and sending images out for color work,…

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  6. Generate caption "Name" without file extension

    I'd like to be able to generate captions for numerous images based on their "Name" but I don't want the file extension to be included. Currently, I have to generate the caption and then run GREP to find/replace the extensions.
    Removing the extension from the filename in Finder does not work.

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  7. Find Format within Styles Panel

    I'm a book designer using many different styles, usually ported in with XML. It would be great to embed a pull-down option for right clicking on any style for some kind of "find next" feature, where you can quickly toggle to the next instance of each style without pulling open the Find/Change dialogue. This would help me to quickly set parameters for undefined styles that come in from my XML.

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  8. Color-code paragraph styles

    I'm working on a huge training book with dozens of styles. I've stashed them in style groups, but it is still a chore, even inside a group, to scroll, scroll, scroll to try to find the style I need -- and it is also a chore to switch among the style groups themselves -- as many of the styles are used on every page due to the nature of the material. It would be SO VERY HELPFUL if one could color-code paragraph styles (a la the Layers palette) so that when there are this many styles, the ones a person…

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  9. Ability to set default font (style/size) in Forms

    When I use the interactive feature for forms, the default font is always Minion Pro. I would like to be able to change this for any text box I make, rather than having to do it text-box by text box. I understand that if the user does not have the font on their computer, this would be replaced with one they do have.

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  10. Avoid Widows and Orphans in Paragraph Styles

    It would be great to have a check box or even a separate tab for Widows and Orphans in Paragraph Styles. Right now you have to use GREP to get this to work or control them manually. It would be a huge time saver to add this option into the style settings. These are well-known and widely used typography rules that should be a part of InDesign.

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  11. 'Text-color' as a swatch option in Paragraph Shading and Paragraph Borders

    Would allow you to apply a swatch change (manually or via a character style) to the text and have it propagate to the border/shade.

    As an example - it would be good if you've got a black boxed number, that takes the border from the paragraph border and you want to overlay it on a dark image, and so switch the text colour to white.

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  12. Center applied style in style panels

    When I click on a paragraph or character with the text tool, InDesign’s style panel automatically jumps to and highlights the paragraph or character style, which is applied to the paragraph or character.
    (From now on please read the word »style« as »paragraph or character style«.)

    But sadly the applied style is always shown as the very last item or the very first in the visible list of style panel. There are styles above and styles below this style in the whole list. (See »Standard-behaviour.png«.)

    It’s easy to access the items above (respectively below): I simply can click on them. …

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  13. Style Sheets

    Title Case, Sentence case, ALL CAPS available in paragraph style sheets

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  14. a separate panel for overrides on character or paragraph styles

    The 'hover over the style' trick to display what the override is, doesn't work consistently.
    I separate info panel would speed up my work flow immensely.

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  15. More options for importing text styles

    Please add extra options (in the screenshot), the two I would mostly love is only keep bold and italic styles.

    Have a lot of text every day to import from word, with lots of bold and italic noted words.

    I think a lot of people would love this feature!

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  16. Paragraph Style Groups and... Paragraph Style versioning

    It would be nice to create named subversions of the same style instead of just marking the changed paragraph styles with a + sign.

    Then such subversions of one style will be saved with an additional qualifying name, and they can be quickly assigned in the right place in the text, instead of manually marking up the text.

    This is somewhat similar to the existing style group, but with slightly different functionality.

    Let's say we need to build a table of contents. In this case, each heading has its own level of hierarchy, but several different paragraph styles cannot be…

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  17. Multi Level Running Headers with Numbering

    Add the ability to have multiple running headers. Specifically for multi-level lists that include numbering. Currently you can only select one paragraph style and it doesn't include numbering. It would be great to be able to create breadcrumbs for multi-level lists so you can show which section and subsection you're in INCLUDING NUMBERING. Currently the running header drops the numbering which is annoying.

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  18. Multi Level Running Headers with Numbering

    Add the ability to have multiple running headers. Specifically for multi-level lists that include numbering. Currently you can only select one paragraph style and it doesn't include numbering. It would be great to be able to create breadcrumbs for multi-level lists so you can show which section and subsection you're in INCLUDING NUMBERING. Currently the running header drops the numbering which is annoying.

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  19. Case changes in paragraph styles

    I have wanted this feature in InDesign forever, so I'm putting in a formal request :)
    It would be so great if "Case" could be overridden as a part of a paragraph style. So you could set a heading style to be All Caps, or Title Case and it would override the existing casing when you applied the style, and reverted when you removed the style. This would be such a time saver for me working on long reports etc where the original author has paid no attention to case consistency, or when you decide you want to make all…

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  20. Case changes in paragraph styles

    I have wanted this feature in InDesign forever, so I'm putting in a formal request :)
    It would be so great if "Case" could be overridden as a part of a paragraph style. So you could set a heading style to be All Caps, or Title Case and it would override the existing casing when you applied the style, and reverted when you removed the style. This would be such a time saver for me working on long reports etc where the original author has paid no attention to case consistency, or when you decide you want to make all…

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