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  1. "Update Table of Contents" in right click context menu?

    Off course after right clicking inside TOC text.

    I don't know, why it isn't there already...

    6 votes
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  2. Shadow-Effect for Text

    Please make it possible to give only seperate words a Drop-Shadow

    2 votes
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  3. Apply controlable gradients within table rows, coloums and cells.

    Is it possible to have easily adjustable gradient fills in rows, coloums and cells within Indesign tables?

    5 votes
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  4. Only align last line to grid

    I often use captions (in a separate text frame) aligned at the bottom of the page with the bottom line of the body text and/or an illustration. If the leading of captions and body text is different – which is often the case – It would be useful to be able to align only the last line of the caption to the baseline grid just as it is possible to "only align first line to grid.".

    19 votes
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  5. Scheduled Export & Scheduled Export Queue

    Sometimes with larger documents, Exporting can slow down Indesign, or can even render my computer useless at this time.

    It would be a great option to be able to schedule the Export option for a time of my choice (at night when I know I wont be using my computer for example) as to not slow the computer down when I need to use it most. I envision the file still needing to be left open in Indesign for it to schedule and export correctly... But what I imagine is you would still choose all your options and everything as…

    5 votes
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  6. Multi Export

    An export option that would allow the user to select multiple options for exporting their document, in one simple 'Multi-Export' option.

    An idea of how this would look could be in the 'Export' dialog box, the user would be able to check a box that would enable 'Multi Export'. This would mean you can choose multiple methods to export in one easy opportunity in the Dialog Box. An example of this would be;

    I, the designer or user of InDesign need to send a client a Medium Resolution copy of the file before we hit print, but I also want…

    31 votes
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  7. Please, please, please support Emacs-style key bindings...

    ...at least for macOS. Virtually all macOS apps, especially those developed by Apple, support Emacs-style key binding that are incredibly useful for text navigation and text selection purposes. As an almost daily use of InDesign—and a 26-year employee of Adobe—I would very much like to see this supported. Most of the commands involve the use of the "control" key, which appears to be unused for InDesign keyboard shortcuts, so this is likely to be a no-brainer.

    4 votes
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  8. Prevent fonts from becoming bitmap when copied into InDesign or Illustrator

    Why does a font in InDesign become bitmapped when copied into Illustrator; or the other way around - Illustrator into InDesign?

    In Illustrator, why is there no keyboard command for FIND AND REPLACE as there are in other Adobe applications.

    4 votes
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  9. Bring Back the DPI!

    Dear Adobe,
    How could you get rid of the term DPI, especially in InDesign, and replace it with PPI?!!!! As a print designer for the last 15 years, it breaks my heart to see that the premiere software company for designers has abandoned a term that is part of the fundamental lexicon of graphic design. I am a print designer at a CA State University and it kills me that our graphic design students graduate with an BA in Art/Graphic Design without having set foot inside a print shop! Now, the software they use to layout printed pieces doesn't even…

    7 votes
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  10. Highlight changes

    When 'undo' or 'redo' is clicked, go to that page and highlight what just changed, that way you won't have to hunt for it..

    3 votes
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  11. Customize toolbar

    Let user customize toolbar with ability to remove less frequently used tools or rearrange order of tools. Maybe under preferences?

    17 votes
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  12. I'd like a feature like the Format Painter in MS Word.

    I inherited a ton of files from someone who apparently did not like to set up styles. If an edit comes in, and, for example, I have to add a new subhead, I have to go back and look at all the formatting of the subheads to create a new one, then make all those same choices, since there's no style sheet created. Would be great to just click on one of the existing subheads, click on a format painter icon, and click on the new type for the new type to take on the format of the existing type.…

    5 votes
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  13. Add image sharpening before output

    We should be able to apply sharpening (such as "unsharp masking") to images on the InDesign page.
    Currently, the only solution is to place an image, scale it to size in InDesign, and then go back to Photoshop to scale it, resample it (change to proper resolution), and then apply appropriate sharpening… and then go update or re-place it in InDesign. It is very inefficient!
    I want InDesign to apply global-sharpening to an image at the proper size, when it outputs to PDF or prints.

    13 votes
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  14. Enable easy batching of GREP Find/Change queries & expandable 'entry window'

    Hi there,

    Rather than rely on third-party software (or convoluted scripts), there should be an option to batch GREP queries together in the Find/Change menu.

    Also, it would be nice (for more extensive/complicated GREPs) to be able to expand the window in general (pertaining to both Find/Change's GREP tab and the equivalent menu for GREP styles elsewhere) when entering the expressions.

    As an addendum to that last point, at the very least InDesign should have a built in (expandable) panel for copying and pasting complicated GREP syntax without having to worry about certain syntax items disappearing if copied and pasted…

    26 votes
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  15. Selecting individual cells across rows & collums

    Just like with Excel, it would be great to be able to select individual cells with something like holding the command/control key instead of only being able to select one cell or cells on the same row.

    6 votes
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  16. Include data merge source file in package

    Include the data merge source file(.txt) when packaging a file that hasn’t been merged into a finished indesign file.

    13 votes
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  17. Section Colour Property

    We would like something called section colour property. Whereby any paragraph / character style which can be used as a property in any paragraph or character style.

    So, if you had a paragraph style call heading with the character set to section colour, the heading would be red in page section 1 and blue on page section 2.

    Great for long documents. Thank you.

    6 votes
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  18. Have InDesign remember the size of its application window from last time used

    Have InDesign remember the size of its application window from when it was last used and have it open in that same size the next time used. Illustrator and Photoshop already do this...

    13 votes
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  19. Preview checkbox in preferences: grids

    A preview checkbox in the grids panel under document preferences. So that you can make changes to the document grid or baseline grid without having to close the preferences panel in order to see the effects your changes have made.

    14 votes
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  20. Keyboard Shortcut for Adopting Paragraph Style Sheets


    1. Using the text tool, click in a paragraph.


    2. Hold Option & Shift, then click a Style Sheet formatted paragraph


    3. The paragraph that had the text tool in it is now formatted to the [Option/Shift] clicked paragraph's Style Sheet.


    This is one of the most time saving keyboard shortcuts from Quark Xpress.

    This saves countless hours for anyone formatting text, albeit a tri-fold, or a 1,000 page catalog.

    PS: If you're going to mention Command/Return to bring up Style Sheets, this is not time saving. The user still has to scroll the curser around to select the Paragraph/Character Style Sheet, removing…

    2 votes
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