BETTER TABLE CONTROL FEATURES!!!!
this!!! Complete overhaul to tables in InDesign !!!!! https://forums.adobe.com/message/10898726
IT IS SO ON THE MONEY and I am sure there are other great suggestions here, but seriously indesign tables are pathetic
right now I am especially vexed by this fact that Joe Jacob writes:
"Why is it that the total width/height of a table cannot be constrained to the size of the bounding box it's in? Why, when the table exceeds these limits, does a column or row just disappear? "
"Why am I left just eyeballing it to make sure my table is neat and evenly spaced out? Why isn't there an option to disallow columns/rows to disappear when they exceed the limits - instead of just adjusting their own width/height to allow room? It's 2019. Tables have been like this for years. Adobe is a huge corporation with millions in revenue - why can't they just assign someone to write a new table system?"
100% agree with this, I never even use the Table function in indesign because I always end up incredibly frustrated - I just create individual text boxes for each cell, which is very time consuming but at the very least allows me to drag the whole table to resize it. I don't understand why that, at the very least, isn't how the Table function works - what is even the point of being able to select the whole table if dragging it does nothing but create a bunch of blank space or hide content? It makes NO sense to me.
Danielle Mowbray-Jones commented
A complete overhaul would be greatly appreciated. Tables are one of those BASICS that just never seem to be touched. I was happy to see they did SOMETHING with the tables a year or two ago, being able to reorganize the row or column using drag, has been a huge help. That said, we need more fluid functionalities like that. Even something as seemingly simple as my alternating row fills messing up entirely when a row needs to be removed. I can't tell you how many times I just wanted to never make a table in indesign again.
This old car needs to be serviced! You have a lot of designers dropping out of Adobe, do yourselves a favor and get these old things cleaned up before the next generation is still complaining about how antiquated it is like Quark.
Yep, tables are awful. Very flaky with styles, and we can't we set a row height/column width in a style?????
Steve Jenks commented
How about being able to define the total width and height of a table when creating it.
That would be really useful, rather than eyeballing it.
A snap to text box/column width would also be appreciated.