Replace white background color with transparency
Quark X Press is able to replace the white background color of a placed TIFF image with transparency - this is the only feature I miss in InDesign.
Placing a pdf with white background I can choose "transparent background" during import-Dialog . ID remember the last choose, if you are placing a PDF with drag 'n drop next time. But how can I change now the background-transparency of the just placed pdf? I only know, that I have to use the Import-Dialog once again. - I wish, there where a short-cut for simple toggeling background-transparency and an entry in the Object-Menu, f.i. Objeckt -> Transform -> Toggeling Background-Transparency.
What you are missing would be something that applies not just for TIFFs, but for all images with white background, including those not supporting transparency. That's not the way to do it. TIFFs support transparency, so when placing a TIFF which doesn't have a white background, Indesign would only show the content. Or you simply remove the white background from the TIFF with a graphics tool. Or there is a clipping path in the TIFF, like you would use it for JPEGs, which cuts off the background.