Rework Grid: Set Grid opacity, Add Grid to Document setting in stead of Preferences
Grids are very usefull. But when those are In Front, it would be convenient if the opacity could be reduced. 100% opaque makes it hard to make design decisions when the grid is active.
An old (Xpress legacy?) irregularity, is that Grid settings are part of Preferences, while these should be part of Document Setup.
Grids belong to a document, not the application.
Thurid Wadewitz commented
I agree, the opacity of the grid should be adjustable. And the setting of the grid should be somewhere in the Document, not in the preferences.
Also it would be helpful to be able to use different grids in different master pages of the same document. And to be able to disiable the grid in the margins/column spacing, so that it is only visible in Areas with text.
And it would be helpful if setting the doc grid would be more comfortable. For example if I could say "my document is subdivided into 7 basic lines and these contain 15 dividing sublines. Not that i have to calculate every setting - ("how much is 20 cm divided into 7 base Grid lines?") that is annoying!
Also a preview while adjusting the setting would be helpful.
Also, I see there are 33 votes but few comments. If you care about this, please be more active so that it will catch Adobe's attention.
I very much agree. I find myself constantly switching between preview and grid mode. It's easy enough to do, but it's visually disruptive. If I am able to choose the opacity, I can work with the grid almost constantly on while minimizing the visual distractions.
Sascha Fronczek commented
Setting up the grid in the preferences ist really annoying.
The only way now is to use scripts like “setUpBaselineGrid.jsx”
It would be very nice to have a native option panel in inDesign!
I think that the grid menu should be placed and used like Margins. I would like to be able to apply specific grids to individual pages and master pages. I often find myself wanting multiple grids throughout my documents.
Bastian Saris commented
I agree - it is horrible to have document specific options in the preferences of InDesign. This should never have been an option to begin with. - You can only guess what setting is for the document or globally for InDesign
Lindsey Thomas Martin commented
I'm not sure that all settings that belong to documents rather than the application should move to document setup but a good case can be made for grid settings and some others. Generally, though, it would be helpful if settings that belong to documents could separated from those peculiar to the application. Even an icon distinguishing one from the other in the preference panes would help.