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  1. When placing a pdf with drag and drop...

    When placing a pdf with drag and drop, rather than simply refusing to do it if the pdf being placed doesn't have a trim/crop/whatever box the same as the previously placed pdf; it would be far more polite to pop up the place options.

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  2. QR Code

    When creating a QR code in the software: have access to the text despite opening the creation window + increase the number of fields availab

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  3. Data Merge preview longest record

    Data merge preview should have an option to "View longest data", which would display the longest record for each data field. This way we can make sure there is no overset text which currently notifies after creating a merged PDF.

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  4. left to right (LTR) text option in indesign 17.2.1.

    I don't find the left to right (LTR) text option in indesign 17.2.1. Do you know why? I work with multilanguages and I must have the option to change the direction of the texts (arab-english). In previous versions I had that option but now I don't. Do you know how to do now, please?

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  5. Option to have sharp inset padding on custom shapes (image example included)

    Inset padding needs to have option to be sharp or at least able to control the rounded inset. See attached image to show the issue:

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  6. Space After and Space Before with negative values

    Space After and Space Before with negative values, so that two different paragraph styles have less spacing than the sum of both

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  7. Always fill the type area

    Please give us an option to always fill the type area. When setting up books like novels many customers want the type area to be filled up to the last line. But setting up the text wrap to avoid widows and orphans often leads to blank lines at the bottom of the type area. Normally we try to get around this by increasing or decreasing text spacing or scaling a bit to save or generate an additional line. It would be wonderful to have an option that brings InDesign to always try to fill the type area.

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  8. Add Clarivate Endnote for Indesign - Dynamic - work straight from indesign itself

    No need to tell Adobe that MS Word is NOT the way to layout text and graphics, but academia is stuck using MS Word because Adobe does not have support for Endnote software. Indesign endnote features can't compete with the specific capability of the Endnote software. (Search loads of online resources for your references.
    Access to full text research articles.
    Access your research from the cloud.
    Automatic and bulk reference updating..
    Search, read & review PDFs in your library.)
    PLEASE CONSIDER ADDING. Do not want it for incopy, or to import from Word, but to layout DIRECTLY in Indesign when…

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  9. Hi, I need to include an iCal (or similar) file into an interactive inDesign newsletter

    Hi,
    I need to include an iCal (or similar) file into an interactive inDesign newsletter / interactive PDF / published interactive web link.
    I have gone to extreme lengths to try to find where / how to do this.

    I send out a monthly newsletter (InDesign-interactive PDF-interactive web link) to update the audience on the coming monthly event. I need to add an iCal (or similar) file to enable them to enter it/download it into their own calendar.

    I have tried setting up a specific Google calendar, putting the event details in the calendar, then go to ‘publish event’ which…

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  10. I want to lock the palettes so I don't dislodge them accidentally

    I have a tremor in my hands and dislodge my palettes when I try to open them. They are so sensitive! My tremor doesn't impact my work in any other way but this. It is frustrating and embarrassing when I am teaching InDesign to others. I have customized my workspace and I would like to "lock" it so I can't accidentally dislodge palettes. Of course I would still need to open and close and expand them as needed.

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  11. It would be great if you could change the language in paragraph styles for the entire document, rather than for each style individually. Sim

    It would be great if you could change the language in paragraph styles for the entire document, rather than for each style individually. Similar to the "global light" in the effects. So a checkbox "Change language in the whole document" or "Global language"!

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  12. Wish for a character format option to suppress the hyphen

    I often have to set URLs in literature references. The hyphen must not be displayed, because this would corrupt the link - as it could happen e.g. with codelistings.
    The actual hyphenation should not change, only the hyphen should be suppressed.

    This option could consequently also be offered for paragraph formats; as well as for manual formatting, comparable to »No Break«.
    All in all, the procedure with this new option would be much faster than working with the »Discretionary Line Break« at every corresponding separation point.

    Please consider this option of suppressing the hyphen.
    Many thanks

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  13. Enable more control panel and app bar customization

    Please enable greater customization of the control panel (the top/bottom panel from the Essentials Classic workspace).

    I realize you can customize which tools are included, however, it takes up too much space. Even if I reduce the number of tools to very few, the panel takes up two rows worth of space and all the tools are stacked (in two rows) at the far left of the panel. You also cannot arrange the order or position of the various tools.

    I hate how much space the panels take up on the screen and that's part of the reason I like…

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  14. Redesign keyboard shortcut system to mimic that of After Effects

    After effects uses a mappable graphic interface of a keyboard. Utilizing this interface would make reassigning keyboard shortcuts a much simpler and more intuitive endeavor. Along with allowing any command to be assignable to any keystroke/key combination it would be unbeatable. I don't understand why this isn't just the Adobe standard for all desktop applications. Can they not share? They put so much effort into syncing through the cloud but they don't put effort into matching their programs up to each other.

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  15. Make hover tool tips an "opt-in" instead of making us them off every time we update.

    Make hover tool tips an "opt-in" instead of making pros turn them off every time we update.

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  16. Make annoying datamerge save warning userfriendly

    The warning window "You must turn off the data merge preview before you close the document..." must be changed. Its good to have straight hint what's have to be done by user, but in modern software we

    need a better approach.
    Like button "do it for me now and we continue" and even checkbox "always do that and never ask again" (ofc with undo somewhere in preferences or datamerge interface, see screenshots)

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  17. Change the process of setting a default object style

    Object styles are great, but it is way too easy to accidentally set an object style for all new objects. Suggest requiring a control click or a flyout panel menu item to 'set as new default object style for new objects'. I want my team to get more used to using object styles, but having a default style set by simply clicking on a style when nothing is selected is far too prone to user error and creates massive issues down the road.

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  18. Paragraph shading (and borders) should be able to clip/inset based on the text box

    Paragraph shading extends outside of the text box. This is especially annoying when shaded text spans over multiple pages (see screenshot: AutoShading.png). It would be great if it could automatically clip and inset based on the text box—see screenshot: HowItShouldLook.png. The current solutions I can think of are really messy and easily negated.

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  19. Would like to be able to apply formatting to text variables

    You should be able to somehow apply formatting to text variables. (See screenshot: TextVariable.png). The running header on the right hand page is based on the "chapter title" on the left hand page, but the italics can't be applied. It would be nice if you could apply a GREP style, or even a nested style, to the paragraph style that is applied to running header.

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  20. Would like to be able to anchor images anywhere and have the text wrap respected

    Specific anchor location is important for placements in ePub/HTML exports. However, there are a couple major drawbacks with InDesign's current anchoring abilities.

    (1) If an image is supposed to appear after a certain paragraph, but that paragraph ends on the previous spread, you cannot anchor the image to the paragraph it belongs with on the previous spread. (see screenshot: ToPreviousSpread.png). This seems to defeat the purpose of an anchored object. It can't be anchored so will not travel with re-flowing text and it will not Export to ePub/HTML in that specific location.

    (2) Images cannot be anchored after their placement…

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