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  1. 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.

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      68 comments  ·  PDF Export  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • More options when creating Forms via InDesign

      InDesign has a few features that make it possible to export an interactive PDF-Formular directly from InDesign.

      This CAN save a lot of time when customers require changes on these Files but sadly InDesign is missing out a lot of features that Adobe Acrobat has - even though it'd be a lot easyier to set everything up in InDesign.

      So in my opinion the Formular menue needs some improvement and get more functionality (In Acrobat you can define a font VS via InDesign you can't) since more and more customers request Interactive PDF-Forms etc.

      It would be valuable to us…

      70 votes
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        28 comments  ·  PDF Export  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Enhance the new Suffix feature for exporting single Pages or single Spreads as PDF

        The new Suffix feature allows three parameters: ^#, ^P and ^S. So far so good.
        To make the feature complete I would suggest a couple of other parameters:

        ^N for page names
        Page names like i, ii, iii or a, b, c or 001, 002, 003 would be possible.
        Also names like 200 for the first page in a document that starts with 200 for page one.

        ^X for section prefixes ( max. of 8 characters )

        ^A for names of Alternate Layouts

        ^W for width of page

        ^H for height of page

        ^Pt , ^mm, ^In etc.pp. for unit…

        45 votes
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          13 comments  ·  PDF Export  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Preserve filename on PDF export

          This is a common issue having looked around the internet for a solution...

          PDF export uses the name of the file up until the point where a user changes the name of the PDF before export, then saves the file after the export is done. That changed name is then written into the file and used as this is the expected behaviour.

          However, this becomes an issue if you are repurposing the same artwork at different sizes (for example) where you have to manually override the filename on each export.

          It would be great if a future InDesign build had…

          43 votes
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            23 comments  ·  PDF Export  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Move "missing links" prompt to before PDF export dialogue.

            Please move the "missing fonts" or "missing links" prompts to BEFORE the PDF naming and features preferences. I makes me nuts when navigate to where I'm dropping the final export, then name it, only to have an alert pop up telling me I'm missing something. I should be told that IMMEDIATELY.

            36 votes
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            • The option to remember PDF export settings on a document by document basis

              Currently InDesign remembers the PDF export settings across the program which is good but we have to export either print or interactive based on the file. It would be really useful to have the document itself remember the settings so we don't have to keep changing back - often forgetting and sending clients print PDFs where they should be interactive.

              33 votes
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                8 comments  ·  PDF Export  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Include notes as comments

                Could you please include the PDF export options "Include notes as annotations" from InCopy in Indesign?
                Thank you

                28 votes
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                  5 comments  ·  PDF Export  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • "Force quit" a background task

                  In all the years that we've had background tasks, I've almost never been able to cancel one successfully. Whenever a task hangs up for unknown reasons, and I hit cancel, it just hangs on the 'cancelling' step and the only way to stop it is to force-quit InDesign, which can equal lost work and damaged files.

                  I would like to see a more assertive way to force shut down of a background task that isn't cooperating.

                  26 votes
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                    2 comments  ·  PDF Export  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Export selected pages

                    I very frequently need to export only certain pages to PDF. I know I can type a range or multiple ranges. But it would realy speed up my professional work if I could just select the pages and hit 'Export selected pages...' in the contextual mouse menu.

                    This feature was present until CS6 by a plugin named HandyTools by DTP Utils.

                    24 votes
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                      5 comments  ·  PDF Export  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 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…

                      22 votes
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                      • Form Field Calculations in InDesign

                        With InDesign's form tools, we're missing the ability to add calculations to form fields in InDesign, and that task must be done manually in Acrobat.

                        To start, I'd like to be able to build simple calcs into my InDesign forms. Example:

                        And expense report has a form field for each day of the week, and then a total for all of the days. Would like a simple summation calc that I could use for rows of fields or columns of fields. Or both!

                        Another example: multiplication of quantity times price. Or multiplication of 5% sales tax on an amount field.

                        21 votes
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                        • Additional PDF export button for "CURRENT PAGE"

                          Without a lot of expensive coding, could you add a button for "CURRENT PAGE" in the dialog box for export PDF? It would be a lot quicker than having to enter the page number every time you want to export each page separately.
                          E.G.
                          In Pages section
                          ALL
                          CURRENT PAGE
                          RANGE

                          20 votes
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                          • Export PDF Booklet

                            Instead of having to do "File>Print Booklet" and hassling with making a post script file and making a PDF from that (which doesn't ever seem to work the right way for me) there should be an option to export a booklet PDF. So many of the printers I work with request a booklet PDF and it would make everything so much easier if there was this option.

                            19 votes
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                            • Add ability to scale PDFs upon export

                              Add an option to scale to desired percentage upon export of PDFs.

                              18 votes
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                              • After data merge, export to split PDF

                                I do lots of work that involves creating personalized documents for event attendees (schedules, welcome letters, etc.). I merge attendee data from the registration site. Upon rendering a merged document, I should be able to export each page as an separate PDF using data fields as filenames. "Smith, John Itinerary.pdf" for each person, for example. The workaround for this involves generating and exporting bookmarks to Acrobat, which is convoluted and doesn't always work.

                                14 votes
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                                  4 comments  ·  PDF Export  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Import/Export PDF Comments

                                  The new "Import PDF comments" feature is nice but ideally, you could retain some of the unresolved comments in the subsequent export. It was also be great to have the ability to reply to the comments. The new feature works great for minor fixes but if the comments are unclear or further communication is needed on the topic it would be great to be able to keep them comment with a reply, etc. Thank you!

                                  12 votes
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                                    3 comments  ·  PDF Export  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Outline type when exporting PDF

                                    For various reasons, I export most of my high-res PDFs with the type outlined. Once a piece is finalized, I'll duplicate any pages in the file, then outline the type before exporting. It's not ideal (it confuses anyone new who comes in and has to work with our files), but it works.

                                    The downfall is that, if there are any links using live type, that won't get outlined. And if it's a multi-page document, we wind up with a LOT of outlining and a ton of pages.

                                    It would be AMAZING if InDesign included the option to outline all type…

                                    12 votes
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                                      2 comments  ·  PDF Export  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • PDF export naming

                                      I see a lot of ideas when it comes to PDF export and file naming behavior. All ideas could come together in 1 overall feature. In the left export column can be added an extra option called File naming.

                                      The option containes the ability to force InDesign to use the original filename and you can choose extra options for naming. Such as prefix and/or suffix. Here you can also select the option to export single pages or spreads to PDF

                                      12 votes
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                                      • Batch Single Page PDF Creation

                                        Please add an option to export ranges of pages as single page PDF files from Indesign like Illustrator(save individual artboards). This would simplfy sending pages to assembly station for imposition and corrections afterward.

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                                          7 comments  ·  PDF Export  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                          FIXED  ·  Anonymous responded

                                          Hi All, this feature is now available in the latest version of InDesign i.e. InDesign 13.1

                                          Kindly update InDesign to get access to this feature.

                                          Regards
                                          Javed

                                        • Notification after background task completes

                                          Sometimes background tasks can take a fair bit of time and we may switch to other things, take a phone call, go to lunch, meeting....If the Alerts panel was more about notifications, we would be able to know a bit more of what has happened with the task - if it completed, how long it took or even provide a link to view or email the exported PDF.

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