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  1. MathML Support

    We need to have InDesign to support MathML, this is much awaited feature, but not supporting in InDesign yet.

    Currently we're using 3rd party plugins such as MathType, MathTools, PowerMath, etc. but not meeting our expectation, also high license cost than InDesign.

    @ALL: Please support to include this feature in InDesign in the very near release.

    202 votes
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      46 comments  ·  Text and Type  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Option to split table rows across pages

      Lord please, if you're up there, answer our INDD prayers and make this a feature. A LOT of tables have rows with more content than can be held in a single page or bottom of a page. It's impossible to layout a continuous book or brochure if I can't get the table text to split - it doesn't have to be the default, but give me the option - please, please. WORD does this, be better than Word!!

      187 votes
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        38 comments  ·  Tables  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • 156 votes
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          33 comments  ·  Tables  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Make text variables/live captions breakable like normal text

          We work a lot with pictures that get there captions from xmp meta data stored in the pictures.

          There is a great feature in InDesign called textvariables/live captions ;) for this… BUT these variables don‘t wrap like normal text :(

          Instead we have to convert the live captions to static text to get the proper text warp and in doing so losing our live link to the XMP meta data.

          So please enhance this feature to a real feature and allow variables to wrap like normal text. Thanks!

          155 votes
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            29 comments  ·  Long Document Features  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • SVG import

            Ability to import .svg files just like any other vector format (.ai, .pdf, .eps, etc.)

            150 votes
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              35 comments  ·  Layout/Graphics etc  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Adjust Layout - Off by default please.

              Finding the new Adjust Layout in InDesign 2019 a bit of a liability as is turned ON by default.

              Can you please add a setting to turn off globally and turn on only when needed? Currently doesn't seem possible.

              Thanks

              144 votes
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                92 comments  ·  Layout/Graphics etc  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Locate where a specific colour is used in your document

                It would be really useful to be able to find exactly where a colour is used in a document. When you get a document from a third party and there are extra colours in it that you are trying to eliminate it is sometimes very difficult to track them down.

                You can convert the colour to a spot colour then turn on separations and do a visual check but, apart from being time consuming and relying on it being large enough to be easily spotted, it won't help if the colour has been defined as part of a style.

                129 votes
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                  In backlog  ·  14 comments  ·  Colors/Swatches  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Stop making the CC Libraries the default!!!!!!!

                  I am sick and tired of the Library panel popping open because there are embedded defaults that make EVERY new thing I make think it needs to be added to the cc library.

                  I DON"T WANT TO USE THEM AS DEFAULT!!!!

                  If I want to use them I will decide.,

                  STOP MAKING IT THE DEFAULT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                  115 votes
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                    20 comments  ·  UI  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Actions Panel

                    An Actions Panel that runs the same type of Recording/Playing features as Photoshop and Illustrator already have would be fantastic.

                    106 votes
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                      24 comments  ·  UI  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      Hello All,

                      Kindly provide more information about this ask. How do you plan to use the Action Panel in InDesign? Do you want it to work exactly like that in Photoshop? What are the most important actions/operations that you want to record?

                      Thanks
                      Abhinav Agarwal
                      Product Manger – InDesign

                    • Convert PDF to INDD

                      Adobe Acrobat Pro DC can edit PDF's read images and text, and it is possible to edit, so why is this function not available in Adobe Indesign? Indesign has more control and the only feature that will needed to be added is detecting strokes/filled objects converting filled lines or shapes to one to the other.

                      98 votes
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                        32 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Please add proper standard printing condition(s) and icc-profiles

                        Adobe, please change the standard color presets for printing to the proper standard printing conditions and profiles that are published by the European Color Initaitive ECI (eci.org.). The icc-profiles are publically available.
                        Actually, Adobe still uses outdated FOGRA39 characterization data by default, second Adobe applies FOGRA39 in an own icc-profile that differs from the standard-profile by the ECI.
                        FOGRA39 is outdated, it's been replaced by FOGRA51 since years, for good reason. ECI has published the corresponding standard ICC-profile "PSO coated v3", which should find it's way into Adobe's color settings. Please integrate the official ECI-profiles, because these are highly optimized…

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                          23 comments  ·  Print/Packaging  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Save Preferences

                          For about 14/15 years I never had to reset preferences in InDesign.

                          Since CC2017 it's more or less once a week.
                          Colors disappearing.. panels blind or empty.. tools not working.. font now showing.
                          Panels self increasing size...

                          But it seems we have to deal with it, so we probably need a way to SAVE PREFERENCES.
                          **Save preferences in a moment everything work fine.. and restore it when (after just few days) nothing works anymore.**

                          Every time people have to reset preferences, they have to restore everything. UI colors, workspace, Application Frame (that mac users normally never use) Old Dialog way…

                          89 votes
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                            4 comments  ·  UI  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Allow multiple character styles to be applied to characters

                            Allow multiple character styles to be applied to one character.
                            There should be an »appearance« panel as in Illustrator, which reflects the hierarchy of multiple applied character styles to one character/a text.

                            This would ease the work with XML and reduce the number of character styles needed. Nowadays you have to trick with GREP styles etc. to apply multiple character styles to one character.
                            With such a feature, I could define »italic« and »bold« and has no need to define »bold italic«. This will even end up in better HTML export: instead of <span class="BoldItalic">blabl</span> there could be the much…

                            87 votes
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                              10 comments  ·  Styles  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Make InDesign be able to import/Export comments from/to PDF

                              I want to be able to get the comments from PDF into InDesign so that I can easily incorporate/respond on the comments from people.

                              87 votes
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                                68 comments  ·  PDF Export  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Don't add space between paragraphs of the same style

                                I'd like the option to not add space between paragraphs of the same style, even if those paragraphs have space above or below. Microsoft Word has a checkbox that does this, and it's great for list styles. You can create a list style with space above and below and then check that box so that space only appears before and after the list, not between list items.

                                In order to achieve the same effect in InDesign, you need three or more styles (one with space above but not below for the first item, one without space above or below for…

                                85 votes
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                                  26 comments  ·  Styles  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Please add a history panel to InDesign, like Photoshop's

                                  This is a very helpful feature, saving time and enabling the user to track what they've done. Thank you.

                                  76 votes
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                                    6 comments  ·  UI  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Paragraph Border Controls when Split across Columns or Frames

                                    There needs to be a control that "If paragraph breaks between columns or frames" restricts the paragraph border to: "baseline" , "cap-height" and perhaps a value offset for this. At the very least there needs to be the "clip to frame" option for paragraph border like there is for paragraph shading. However, the controls for baseline and cap-height would be ideal.

                                    73 votes
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                                      16 comments  ·  Styles  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Vertical lines between text frame columns

                                      Add an option to add vertical lines between text frame columns (with, of course, options to choose line weight, color, etc).

                                      73 votes
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                                        16 comments  ·  Layout/Graphics etc  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Find/Change Panel -> Dockable ?

                                        I'm struggling with screen estate here (laptop, no other screen) and was wondering about the Find/Change window.

                                        It's floating on top of everything, like a modal window, but you still can interact with everything underneath.

                                        So it is basically acting like a panel.

                                        What I am missing here is an icon + the option to dock it and hide and show when needed.

                                        It is quite a large panel so it very often hides things (results, context) under it.

                                        What about 3 things :
                                        1. "make it a (real) panel", don't change design quick and dirty, but already solves the…

                                        70 votes
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                                          4 comments  ·  UI  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Dynamic baseline related unit of measurement

                                          Please consider the addition of a dynamic unit of measurement that relates to the document’s baseline. Such a unit will make it possible to express various parameters throughout the design as a multiplication or division of the document’s baseline.

                                          We would for example be able to express a header’s leading as twice the number of baselines, or a paragraph’s space after in any number of baselines.

                                          The unit’s relation to the document‘s baseline means that it’s dynamic: whenever you change the baseline, all values expressed in this unit will change accordingly. There will be no more need to adjust these…

                                          69 votes
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                                            17 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                            Need more info  ·  Anonymous responded

                                            Hi All,

                                            This indeed a great suggestion. I wanted to understand a little more about this request.

                                            1. The way this request is described its majorly about figuring out how to change the various text attributes in a single step rather than having to change multiple styles to make that happen. It would helpful if you can mention which all attributes you all would want to be dependent on the baseline (space before/after, size, leading any other).
                                            2. Which kind of documents (magazines, brochures, books etc.) do you see this to be more important for you.
                                            3. Wouldn’t a similar method (not sure if we could base it on baseline though!!) for changing the layout also help, if you could define the sizes of objects in relation to the page size. Do you think extending this feature to the layout also makes sense.
                                            4. If you can share some files…

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