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  1. 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…

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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…

    • Actions Panel

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

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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

      • Grouped items revert to previous layers when moved then ungrouped

        InDesign CC 13.1, Windows 10

        When I have a group that contains items from various layers, and I move this to a new layer, when I ungroup those items they revert back to their original layers.

        I understand the concept that grouping remembers layers, and I like this feature! It used to bug me that grouping brought everything onto the same layer, sometimes altering the appearance. However this seems like an unintended consequence.

        Say I have an item on Layer 1 and an item above it on Layer 2. Grouping these items makes them both "appear" to be on Layer…

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          2 comments  ·  Layout/Graphics etc  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Applying Master pages to 'all even' or 'all odd' pages

          Applying Master pages to 'all even' or 'all odd' pages - would be handy when working with large documents, rather than manually typing or cmd+shift the pages to include.

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            11 comments  ·  Layout/Graphics etc  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            Need more info  ·  Anonymous responded

            Hi All, thanks for this feature suggestion.

            If I understand this correctly the idea here is that you need a faster way to be able to apply Master Pages to the various pages in the document. One use case is that you want to apply a particular master page to Even and Odd pages.

            Are there other such scenarios too, where you need more support. It would be helpful if you can mention other such scenarios.

            Thanks

          • Collaborative Editing

            Create a cloud service for InDesign where files can be worked on by numerous people at the same time. Will help save time and encourage collaboration. Like Google Docs, Slides, etc.

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              Need more info  ·  Anonymous responded

              Thanks for making this request. In order to understand the use-case more better I have a few questions:

              1. Whats the role of the different people working collaboratively on the same file. Are they always only designers or are other personas also involved.
              2. What is the use-case here, some parts of this request suggest an Editorial collaboration whereas others suggest collaboration amongst different designers. I am trying to separate these 2 requests out.
              3. What are the different kind of files (brochures, books, magazines etc) for which this is required.
              4. Does it need to be a web based service, or having the user be able to collaborate on one shared file using InDesign or InCopy on the Desktop will work? What is the advantage you feel over a web-service over the desktop app?
              5. How do you workaround this need today? What are the most important problems with…

            • GREP code table

              Make a GREP code for table in Find/Change box dialogue

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                3 comments  ·  Tables  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                Need more info  ·  Anonymous responded

                Hi All,

                Can you explain how this would be used, is the end goal to find a some stuff restricting the search to Tables, or is it something else. It would really help if you can share how you plan to use this new GREP code for tables.

                Thanks
                Javed

              • Unable to now "unmerge" table cells Indesign CC 2019

                Hi, when I merge a table cell and then try to unmerge a table cell it is no longer possible. Greyed out in menu and no way of doing it. Would be great if this was fixed urgently.
                Cheers
                Gia

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                  3 comments  ·  Tables  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                  In the example shown by you, you’re trying to ‘Unmerge Cells’ of a Single-Row Table after merging these cells in a previous step. This has not been possible in any of the versions of InDesign till now.
                  This would require a new implementation altogether and would thus fall under a Feature Request category.
                  We’re moving it to the Feature Requests page.

                  Thanks,
                  Adobe InDesign team

                • Cross-reference dialog: sortable picker / resizable window

                  Every time I place a new cross-ref or edit a broken one, it opens that "Edit cross-ref" window, which is not resizable, where a lot of space is wasted and where the most import part, the list of headlines to pick from, is not the biggest part. Then I would select a paragraph style from that very small list on the left where some style names may even be wider than the list field. And when picking from the list on the right, it is not sorted aphabetically by default. Please put something we can click to sort. Imagine you…

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                    Need more info  ·  3 comments  ·  UI  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Collaborative, Syncing, Files

                    Add collaborative qualities to files so multiple people can edit at the same time and sync to update. This is VITAL for team work and educational work. Group work and teams will never go away.

                    17 votes
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                      Need more info  ·  Anonymous responded

                      Thanks for making this request. In order to understand the use-case more better I have a few questions:

                      1. Whats the role of the different people working collaboratively on the same file. Are they always only designers or are other personas also involved.
                      2. What are the different kind of files (brochures, books, magazines etc) for which this is required.
                      3. Where is the file on which these different users need to work together on be placed. Should this be on a cloud server, or a shared server.
                      4. How do you workaround this need today? What are the most important problems with the current workaround?

                    • Change the page size

                      When changing the page size, the current page content is centered relative to the new size. Or it would be nice, if I could choose to attach current content to one of the corners of the page, the same way I can choose the transformation anchor point (the square with the nine anchor points)

                      6 votes
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                        3 comments  ·  Document/Pages  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        Need more info  ·  Anonymous responded

                        Thanks for this suggestion. I need a little more information in trying to understand this request a bit more:

                        1. Is the situation that you have created a design already or have an existing design and now need to change the page size. Any description on why you need to change the page would be helpful.
                        2. How drastic is the page size change. Is it just a minor change or is it something like changing from portrait mode to landscape.
                        3. Please share links to any screenshot of the document where you recently needed this feature. This would help us better understand this request.

                      • Make the Keybaord shortcuts consistent across InDesign, Illlustrator and Photoshop

                        Plz make the keybaord shortcuts consistent across InDesign, Illlustrator and Photoshop.

                        For common operations, the shorcuts are different across 3 apps.

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

                          Thanks Paul for making this suggestion. I have a few questions:

                          1. Which app would you want have the shortcuts changed. Do you think this should be for InDesign or any other app.
                          2. What is your primary used app. Is it PS or AI or ID?
                          3. What are the main shortcuts which trouble you.
                          4. Is it just the shortcuts that you are concerned about or are they some terminology issues as well which you feel should be consistent amongst the 3 apps.

                        • Drag text from CC libraries to existing line

                          When you drag text from the CC libraries into a text frame that has some text in it, the text you dragged won't be added to the line but it will create a new text frame.

                          I'd like it for the text to be added to a line in a text frame.

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                            Need more info  ·  Anonymous responded

                            Thanks for making this suggestion. Currently you can right click on the Text element in the Libraries Panel with your insertion pointer at the location where you would want the text to go.
                            Once you do this you get an option of Placing inline. This way you can insert the text at the exact same location.

                            Let me know how this goes for you.

                          • Cannot paste grouped object into graphic cell - when could previously.

                            Adobe InDesign CC, 2017.1 Release
                            Version 12.1.0.56 x 64 build

                            I used to be able to paste a grouped object (for example, an image with a bit of text overlayed on it) into a graphic cell in a table. Currently this is not working - I can put a regular image (just a linked image) into a graphic cell, but as soon as I try to "paste into" a copied grouped object, it does not even offer paste into as an option.

                            This issue is present in tables used by multiple users in different files - not a bug in…

                            5 votes
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                              Need more info  ·  5 comments  ·  Layout/Graphics etc  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Replace all missing glyphs

                              Option in the find replace dialogue to replace all missing glyphs, not just swapping one glyph for another. As far as I know, you have to go one by one throughout a document. The find/replace Opentype feature (text tab hasn't worked for me either.)

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                                Need more info  ·  2 comments  ·  Text and Type  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • So many bugs. Fix them. Like Package, or being able to use GPU performance to name a couple.

                                When will an update be available to fix some or all of the issues with InDesign CC 2017? It is not worth the monthly fee as is.

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                                  Need more info  ·  Anonymous responded

                                  Sorry Barry seeing you face so many issues with InDesign. We are working towards making InDesign a more stable application and also fixing behavioural issues.

                                  What would really help if you can submit any bugs/issues that you are facing along with the steps, this would help the team reproduce the issues internally. Please follow the below link to file Bugs for InDesign.

                                  https://indesign.uservoice.com/forums/601180-adobe-indesign-bugs

                                • A pdf setting that allows me to Set the "opening view" properies of a pdf from indesign

                                  Allow setting of the PDF "opening view" properties on creation instead of after creation.
                                  When I send a proof, I want my customers to see the pages panel, and view the files at a specific size and layout - Doing this has saved thousands of cock-ups - unfortunately it has cost me hundreds of hours doing the same thing over and over.

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                                    7 comments  ·  PDF Export  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    Need more info  ·  Anonymous responded

                                    This feature already exists in InDesign, or are there some enhancements over and above what already exists that you are requesting here.

                                    Thanks,
                                    Javed

                                  • Allow Changing User Options for Documents Already Published using Publish Online

                                    I have published several documents using the Publish Online feature in InDesign and then decided to change how readers interact with the online publication, i.e., allow download, allow sharing, etc. when such options were not indicated initially. Right now it looks like the only way to change the options is to re-publish the document and indicate the new options. It's a nightmare, particularly when a document published just fine the first time around, and generates error messages in trying to re-publish. I hope there's an easy answer to this.

                                    2 votes
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                                      1 comment  ·  PublishOnline  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      Need more info  ·  Anonymous responded

                                      Wanted to understand this a little more.

                                      Currently if the user tries to re-publish a document the user has 2 options, either “Publish New document” or “Update Existing Document”.

                                      Choosing Update Existing lets the user update an already published document, such that the URL generated remains the same. So in effect this should work very similar to what has been described here as a problem.

                                      Can you try this out (if not already) and let me know how this works for you.

                                      Thanks
                                      Javed

                                    • Is there a way to double the amount of line make. From a maximum of 40 to a maximum of 80.

                                      Is there a way to double the amount of line make. From a maximum of 40 to a maximum of 80.

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                                        Need more info  ·  Anonymous responded

                                        Hi Daniel,

                                        Thanks for sharing this feature suggestion.

                                        I didn’t understand this request, will it be possible for you to share some more details on this. What does “double the amount of line make” mean here. If you have any example where you can show this that would really help.

                                        Thanks
                                        Javed

                                      • Hi. I have my panels on the right and would like them to expand to the left and collapse to the right.

                                        I keep my panels on the right and would like them to expand to the left and collapse to the right. This option is definitely available in Adobe Illustrator. Seems like a logical feature and probably easy to implement.

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                                          Need more info  ·  Anonymous responded

                                          Hi Dan,

                                          Thanks for making this suggestion. I tried this out on my machine. What you have in the expectation is exactly how its working, or am I missing something here. Do you have multiple monitors where you are using this, a screenshot of the issue would really help.

                                          Thanks
                                          Javed

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