Showing open book files on Start workspace
When opening a book file Indesign adds a book panel showing all contained documents. You can then open documents through this panel. I usually dock the panel to the right with my other panels to keep the workspace tight and clean.
But now the tricky part:
When I close all documents I've set Indesign to return to the Start workspace. This shift to another workspace makes the book panel disappear as well (since it is docked with the other panels). I have to go to the menus to find the panel again.
I guess the reason for this behaviour is because the book panel is sort of conditional: it only appears when you have opened a book file.
If it could be a fixed panel (showing even when no book file is open) we could somehow add it to the Start workspace and open another document through that panel.
Or add the currently open files to the Start workspace?
Three years and this still hasn't been implemented? Who on earth thought closing a Book was the right thing to do when the last open file is closed???? There's a Close Book Documents command in the Book Panel that shuts down the panel as well and leaves error messages by the files in the panel when you can ever figure out how to get the Books panel open again. Closing a document that's in a book without the Book panel open still leaves a completely useless and unnecessary error flag by the filename. That's been an issue since CS6 and nobody has addressed it. Is anybody doing any usability testing with your sinking ship applications??? HINT: Nobody really wants the incomprehensible startup screen interface. If we're capable of using a complex application like InDesign, we can certainly find our files on our own.
It seems odd to me that I can't open a book file (and its contents) on its own. Currently, unless I'm missing something, I have to go into one of my cloud storage areas such as DB and open a document that is in the book, then go to windows and open the book, then click on document of same name in book and re-open it, then close the document I opened first just to be able to access the book. (I do this to make sure I'm working on the correct version of the file.) It would be great to be able to open Id and then open the book file directly and THEN open documents within the book. That would make more sense, wouldn't it?