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  1. 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.

    346 votes

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    34 comments  ·  Colors/Swatches  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Completed  ·  Abhinav Kaushik responded

    The ability to find colors in documents in now available in InDesign’s latest release 16.0.

    It can be found in a new tab of Find/Change dialog – Color.
    Please let us know your feedback in comments.

    Regards,
    Abhinav Kaushik (AK)

  2. InDesign 2018 USER INTERFACE STILL TOO SMALL!

    Over the years I (and others) have requested that the UI of InDesign be scalable. As designers, our eyes navigate us thru the creative process.
    IT IS NOT EASY to readily decipher palettes and menus which sport MICROSCOPIC TYPE on a 28-inch, high-resolution monitor.
    It IMPEDES workflow if one is spending extra time trying to find and choose things on the interface.
    At least give us a choice! Smaller, Medium, Large, Extra-large.

    When will Adobe get this??????

    279 votes

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    109 comments  ·  UI  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Completed  ·  Abhinav Kaushik responded

    Scalable UI feature is now available in the latest version of InDesign – InDesign 2022. Please get the latest version of InDesign from the Creative Cloud Desktop app. — Adobe InDesign team

  3. SVG import

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

    237 votes

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    45 comments  ·  Layout/Graphics etc  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  4. Variable font support

    Please add support for variable fonts.

    179 votes

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    41 comments  ·  Text and Type  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  5. PLEASE!!!! The most powerful design app in the world, and after all these years STILL no HSB in the color picker.

    Hue, saturation and value are by far the best ways to create and use color, in nearly anything. All of the other color selections/spaces (CMYK, RGB, LAB, etc) should flow from there, secondarily. Illustrator and Photoshop have always supported HSB(V), and yet as amazing a design tool as InDesign is – it still doesn't. Many of us have been asking for years, and I'm surprised that there aren't more requests ... I think many of us have given up. You can do it, Adobe! You would make a lot of designers very happy, and add a very powerful missing feature…

    143 votes

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    23 comments  ·  Colors/Swatches  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Completed  ·  Abhinav Kaushik responded

    HSB option has been added to Color Picker and other panels for better experience.
    Please try out InDesign’s latest update Id 16.0.

    Let us know your feedback in the comments.

    Regards,
    Abhinav Kaushik (AK)

  6. 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).

    131 votes

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  7. 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…

    60 votes

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    24 comments  ·  PDF Export  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  8. Dynamic endnotes

    Please add dynamic endnotes, and the ability to import them form MS Word as a dynamic not static endnotes.

    30 votes

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    15 comments  ·  Text and Type  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Completed  ·  Anonymous responded

    This is now available in the latest version of InDesign.

  9. InDesign needs language support for Burmese (Myanmar).

    InDesign needs language support for Burmese (Myanmar). The corporation I am with is doing a lot of translation currently from English to Burmese and InDesign cannot render the characters correctly. We would also be happy to help fund getting this done as well as provide access to our Burmese translation team. No one wants to type set books and manuals in Microsoft Word...

    18 votes

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    5 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    InDesign 2020 includes a new text engine to support five new South East Asian languages: Thai, Burmese, Lao, Khmer, and Sinhala.
    Your documents can now include text composed in these languages.
    Hope you find this new feature useful in your work.

    We’re marking this “Feature Request” as Completed.


    Adobe InDesign team

  10. Create a more functional font menu please!

    Make the fonts menu more functional.

    Show larger font samples
    Let user see selected text or custom text as sample text (instead of just using "sample")
    Ability to sort between serif, san-serif, decorative, handwritten, etc. Even if this means user needs to create "tags" to organize their own font libraries.

    See the typekit website or any website that sells fonts. Do it like that.

    9 votes

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    Completed  ·  Anonymous responded

    The above functionality apart from having a different Sample text for font is now available in the latest version of InDesign i.e. InDesign CC 2018

  11. Vertical paragraph rules

    Add option in "Paragraph rules" to set Vertical paragraph rules (left and right)

    7 votes

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  12. Allow Data Merge to use .csv with semicolon separated text

    Currently one has to use tab separated text (.txt) or comma separeted text (.csv). When using the .csv-export from Excel, it generates semicolons as separators, which is helpful because there may be a comma inside a table cell. So it would be helpful to use this text directly in InDesign.
    This might be an issue only in the German version of Excel/InDesign, but it causes a lot of trouble.

    7 votes

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  13. Column rules

    I think Column Rules in the Text Box dialog would be a winner. Easily add a vertical rule to left, right and mid gutter.

    6 votes

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  14. Verlaufsfelder lassen sich nicht gruppieren. (Gradients cannot be grouped)

    Make a folder for gradients like you can do for colors.

    5 votes

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  15. Allow object style to set the size of an object

    One of my ongoing projects is design and layout of a scientific journal with 2 column pages. Columns are 264pt wide, and every issue has hundreds of images that have to be 264 pts wide. They all have the same object style applied. If it could specify their width and cause them to be resized as soon as I apply the style, it would save me a ton of time and repetition.

    3 votes

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  16. Where do we enter InCopy/InDesign workflow requests

    Seriously, InCopy-related questions get dumped into "Other"? Can we get a full-fledged InCopy category here?

    3 votes

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    Completed  ·  Anonymous responded

    Thank you for the suggestion Anne-Marie. I have added an InCopy category to this page.

  17. Paragraph shading with rounded corners

    Paragraph shading is very useful, but for some reason clients always seem to want to have rounded corners on boxes/panels :)

    If we could have rounded corners that we can define the radius of this would give a lot more flexibility for layout. Paragraph shading works inside table cells too so this would open up a lot of possibilities for table styles.

    1 vote

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  18. 'Apply Similar Filter' character addition

    As already used in Photoshop and Illustrator, the 'Apply Similar Filter' to text and character seems like a logical step, given that InDesign is a primarily text heavy application, being able to select similar fonts would be a must in my books.

    1 vote

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