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  1. Please change the cursor back to the black default when the world made sense for design pros.

    Please revert back to the action of the toolbar where "V" or the select black cursor is the default. It makes zero sense for the "A" direct select cursor to be the default.

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  2. Search and replace table rows/columns

    I would like to be able to search, replace/remove/add (below or under, L/R) a specifik row or column within a table.

    I often work with large transaction portfolios with plenty of tables in them. It's not uncommon that clients asks to change/remove a row or column in a table with a specific header/headline/label. I just removed one row on 58 spreads which could have been solved through a search and replace (or, well, remove then). Could also be able to add a row/column through a similar solution (i.e. insert a row below the row with Lorem ipsum-headline). Cheers.

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  3. Rework Paragraph menu

    Make it more logical:
    Indents & Tabs
    Alignment & Spacing

    Indents & Tabs belong together.
    Alignment & Spacing are both regarding vertical position.
    Also this will make Align to Grid better findable - it's in an unlogical tab now ('Indents and Spacing')

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  4. Arrange Saved blank document presets

    It would be great if we could arrange the Saved blank document presets.

    I have created presets for our most common product in different sizes. But the sizes are all mixed up: additional sizes are always added last, instead of in incremental order which would be more logic.

    If I could arrange them manually that would be a great help.

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  5. data merge for interactive elements

    Data merge in Indesign works great, but only with text and images. Is it possible to make data merge possible for documents with interactive elements with buttons or hyperlinks for example?

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  6. Import and export Find/Change queries button

    I would LOVE to be able to import and export find/change queries from the find/change window, instead of having to go through cumbersome Windows folders to get the same result. A little button besides the save query/delete query would work really well and not be intrusive at all. This would be really helpful for sharing common actions that need to be standardized among various team members without each one having to recreate individual queries and saving them (or going through Windows hidden folders). Thanks!

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  7. Retain hyperlinks within imported PDF files and export PDF file from InDesign

    With many publications hosted online, we receive a lot of adverts containing hyperlinks as advertisers embrace the fact that specific web pages, websites, YouTube videos, Podcasts, email, social media and more can be embedded. Unfortunately, InDesign only see PDF files as image objects; therefore, hyperlinks are lost when the artwork is exported as a new PDF.

    We currently patch transparent objects over the artwork, select text, then copy and paste to apply links to ensure all are seen after the PDF has been exported from our InDesign file.

    To retain imported links with PDF files would be a huge time-saver.…

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  8. Film and TV Scripting

    Basically taking a lot of what was available on the scripting side from Adobe Story and integrating it into incopy similar to a new work window layout like we get in Premiere ( Assembly/Edit/Color etc). While I miss the production side of what was available in story, the basic scriptwriting side is the biggest loss. If not then having some form of automatic layout feature for film and tv scripts would be great.

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  9. More options for creating ads

    I would love for there to be more flexibility for creating ads through InDesign. Like creating multiple sized art boards and simply be able to view art boards like how Photoshop, illustrator, and xd can.

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  10. Tab in footnote prefix for aligned decimals

    I have a document with over 100 footnotes. I need to align the decimals of every footnote. To do this, I expected to be able to set up in the footnote style an "align to decimal" tab, and then a "justify left" tab for the footnote content, and then a TAB prefix in the "Document Footnote Options." However, there seems to be no way to place a tab as a Footnote text prefix. Entering ^t does nothing, and it gets cleared as soon as I close the options window. Other text or even special characters like ^r for registered trademark…

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  11. Create New Layer more specific

    A new layer is currently always created at the top, which most of the time requires dragging the layer to ********* the right level.
    Why not make the function more sophisticated, and let the user choose for:
    -On Top
    -At Bottom
    -Above Selected
    -Below Selected

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  12. Add Layer Above / Beneath

    I find myself dragging newly created Layers all the time. New Layers are always created on top. Why not make a more sophisticated interface that allows a New Layer to be created:
    -On top
    -On bottom
    -Above Selected
    -Beneath Selected

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  13. Grid guide for graphic frames

    In much the same way that the crop tool in Photoshop has optional grid overlays (rule of thirds, golden spiral etc), Indesign could have the option to toggle these on/off for graphic frames.

    This would be immensely useful for positioning images in graphic frames – for example when placing a headshot and wanting to align the subjects eye using the rule of thirds or golden ratio.

    This would be far better than having to crop/resize images in Photoshop in advance, particularly because you can then adjust the size of the graphic frame in Indesign without having to redo your crop…

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  14. HTML export with Bootstrap CSS classes.

    I am sure most savvy web developers are aware of how indispensable Bootstrap can be for quick standard web sites.

    https://getbootstrap.com/docs/5.1/getting-started/introduction/

    I would really like the ID HTML export to gravitate towards using standard Bootstrap classes, this way where we have already taken the time to adapt them into our CSS architectures we could simply plug in the new content without the hassle of dealing with strange naming conventions etc.

    according to https://w3techs.com/technologies/details/js-bootstrap

    Bootstrap is used by 27.0% of all the websites whose JavaScript library we know. This is 22.1% of all websites.

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  15. Gradient Panel

    Please provide more options for the gradient panel like those in Illustrator.

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  16. Please make it for ChromeOS

    The only thing I still use computers for is mild browsing when I need a larger screen than my phone, and creating a program once a year for a convention. I don't want to invest $600+ in a laptop just to use InDesign when my Chromebook is more than enough for everything else. Please make it accessible either online or for ChromeOS. It's long overdue.

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  17. Add PDF Downloads to Publish Online Dashboard Analytics

    It would be really useful if PDF downloads was a statistic added to the Analytics in the Publish Online dashboard.

    Our company, as I am sure many others are, is strattling the line trying to figure out what documents are still necessary to print and what documents can exist solely as digital documents, and it would be really helpful to know how many people are still going out there and downloading a copy. This would require some inference on our end, but we could then determine how many people want their own copy of a document and how many are…

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  18. Turn off rotate object when cursor at corner

    Currently, when my cursor hovers at a corner of an object or frame, the rotation icon comes up, alternating with the expand arrow. I would like to be able to turn off the "rotate" option, as I very rarely rotate objects – but I very often scale from corners. I spend far too much time battling the cursor, which keeps wanting to rotate, not scale the object. Thus, the ability to turn off the rotate option in preferences would be a huge time saver.

    Someone else posted this idea. It would be an easy fix that would really help power…

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  19. I would love to be able to create several different "share for review" files for one document

    I have a file that is being proofread by three different teams; graphics, copy, and general flow. I want to be able to share a review file with each team, but do not want them all to be reviewing the same review file.

    I made a work-around by saving 2 copies of the InDesign file and creating a separate review files for them, but then I have to keep the original .indd file open and attend to the edits from the other two review files using the published web review files and then transcribing them to the original .indd file.

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  20. See other units of measurement quickly and easily without changing them for the program.

    It would be great to be able to easily see the dimensions of a document in a different unit than using to design. For example, I always design in picas, but often want to check the size in inches. Currently you have to change the units for the whole program, and then switch it back.

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