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  1. Object Layer Options to be part of Object Styles

    Allow Object Layer Options to be included as an attribute for Object Styles.

    Example: I have an annual report for a group of charities under one umbrella organization. It lists various projects the charities are working on. Some projects are operated by only one charity, some two, some all three. I have an Illustrator file with a graphic for each charity. I use Object Layer Styles to show or hide the symbols for each charity. I must use Object Layer Options for each use of this graphic to indicate which charity(s) are operating each project. It can be very time…

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  2. The ability to make text invisible or 'replacing' it with '___' using the Character Style

    I recently worked with a publication that needed to hide part of the text in different places. The full text also had to be shown next to it.
    It would be possible to arrange this by means of GREP-styles, if it were possible to use some kind of pseudo font with zero character width or something like.
    Also it would be useful having an opportunity visually replace any symbol with underline (such an idea is often using in a language textbooks) using character styles.

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  3. addition of style override menu option

    Please provide a menu option to override a style. Going to and from the associated style menu is time consuming and and would be easier if I could at least use keyboard navigation to access a menu option under the type, object or table menu headings to activate it.

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  4. Spec Sheet for Paragraph Styles

    I recently came across the need to print out a spec sheet of paragraph style settings from INDD. We're working with an outside vendor who is programming a proposal builder platform for our business development team. Basically, my design team created branded layout templates in INDD. We gave the vendor our native files, but their programmers need a written spec sheet of all the paragraph style attributes. From the paragraph style palette, when you go into each style, you can see the style settings, but you can't copy that text, nor export the settings as a spec sheet. I doubt…

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  5. Symbols panel / Quick apply formatting

    Not sure if this suggestion lives under styles. What I'm thinking InDesign needs is a feature like Illustrators symbol library where we can take a group of pre styled objects and define them so that they can be easily dragged back on to the page rather than continually copying and pasting from other parts of a document on to then overtype or swap out images etc. as you build documents consisting of replicable structured content.

    Functionality would need to be like Illustrator, a simple drag and drop interface on to a panel. So that any images, shapes, text frames, styles.…

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  6. Footnote options sync

    Can you guys make possible to import Footnote Layout? Or sync it on a book?

    Thanks!

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  7. Shorthand Styles Panel

    If someone doesn’t want to have to type the words 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑛𝑘 𝑦𝑜𝑢 over and over, they simply click 𝐄𝐝𝐢𝐭 > 𝐏𝐫𝐞𝐟𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐬 > 𝐀𝐮𝐭𝐨𝐜𝐨𝐫𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐭 > 𝐀𝐝𝐝:

    𝐌𝐢𝐬𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐝 𝐖𝐨𝐫𝐝: ty
    𝐂𝐨𝐫𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧: thank you

    That is the typical way users do it. If Adobe can make a new panel called 𝐒𝐡𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐒𝐭𝐲𝐥𝐞𝐬 that would be helpful. It would function almost like 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐒𝐭𝐲𝐥𝐞𝐬 but be it’s own separate entity:
    1. Select the words 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑛𝑘 𝑦𝑜𝑢 with your 𝐜𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐨𝐫 (or you can select as many words as you want)
    2. Click 𝐒𝐡𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐒𝐭𝐲𝐥𝐞𝐬
    3. Then, click 𝐂𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐧𝐞𝐰 𝐬𝐭𝐲𝐥𝐞
    4. 𝐒𝐭𝐲𝐥𝐞 𝐍𝐚𝐦𝐞: Compliments
    5.…

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  8. Styles order when importing or book synking

    It would be a good thing to keep styles order from source file.

    If i have the following list of styles
    - Style 1
    - Style 2
    - Style 3

    and i create a "Style 2X", i can place ir right above "Style 2". But when it is imported from another file or inked on a book, new style goes to the end of the styles list.

    We should have an option like "keep list order" when link or import.

    Is it possible to do that?

    Thanks!

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  9. color limitation in underline text

    When I want to have a color in the background of a text (but not the whole block, only the text), I use character style, underline option with strength and negative offset. For the color I can only choose a few others are not available. It would be nice to be able to choose any color. Any example can be found in the attached file. There I would want to have the yellow color in the dark blue color of the logo.

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  10. External (Global) Styles — (Paragraph, Character, Table, etc) to sync and apply to multiple documents

    It is constantly frustrating that every year Adobe fails to update InDesign with external Style functionality.

    It should be easy to define a set of Paragraph Styles and apply that as "Global Style" which can then be used
    across multiple InDesign files. Updating a "Global Style" would then apply those Style changes to all affected documents.

    This should apply to all things that can have styles applied, Table, Object, Paragraph, Character, etc. Any of these different styles should be able to be saved to an External Global Style — that can be then saved externally locally — or saved to the…

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  11. Multiple Nested Styles

    Expand the nested paragraph styles to include multiple 'Next' options in one Paragraph Style. This would simplify template setups that repeat the same few Paragraph Styles throughout many pages in various combinations. Currently I create numbered copies of the Paragraph Styles to account for all the variations. It would be nice to see one Paragraph Style for each page that contained the all the Next styles rather than having dozens of repeated styles to manage.

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  12. Allow users to create a shortcut for a paragraph style including "apply next style"

    You can add a shortcut to each paragraph style. If you apply it to several paragraphs they will all be in this style although you may have insert a "next style" to apply.
    So it would be great to have the opportunity for 2 shortcuts:
    – the way it's used to be
    – for applying the style plus next style

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  13. We need feature variables

    Ideas for expanding the functionality of text variables have already appeared here. It would also be interesting to create variables to describe the properties of non-text objects. For example, color, font size, size (length / width), page position, styles, etc.

    The benefit of such an introduction is obvious: you do not need to create many monotonous styles that differ only in one or two common features. It would also indirectly affect the number of master spreads created.

    Each property of a certain object represented by a list (for example, color) can be expanded with variables of the corresponding types (color…

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  14. Please include "Convert Shape" in the Object Style Options

    I'd like to quickly convert my rectangular photos into circular photos. On top of that, I want the circular photos to have a circular text wrap that works.

    Currently the work-around is to change the Corner Options to create rounded corners big enough to become a circle shape, but then the text wrap (Wrap around Object Shape mode) is still wrapping around the 90 degree bounding box.

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  15. Ability to Start a new section through a paragraph style

    Is it possible to add the ability to start a new section to a paragraph style so that when adding or removing text the beginning of the section is shifted to the desired page?

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  18. Row Height and Column Width definitions in Cell Styles

    It would be really helpful if you could control the width and height of cells through Cell Styles, a bit like you can with Object Styles.

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  19. Page numbering

    Provide an easy application of styles to include zero as a second digit. For example, 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 etc.

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  20. Select All by paragraph style

    I'd love to be able to select all text in the document by paragraph style. So, select all text with "Heading 1" paragraph style. And then I could copy and paste it into a different document. It would help for revising documents, so I can see the topics all together and reorder the outline of names.

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