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  1. Extended PDF export features

    To add a custom preset feature where you could export a duplicate PDF with crop marks as well as a clean PDF all in one saving action. There is a lot of times in my line of work where we need both options (one for print and one for archiving) purposes. As of right now I have to export 2 files separately. Having a preset where I could just check the box when exporting would greatly save time and effort each time we go to export.

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      1 comment  ·  PDF Export  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Notification after background task completes

      Sometimes background tasks can take a fair bit of time and we may switch to other things, take a phone call, go to lunch, meeting....If the Alerts panel was more about notifications, we would be able to know a bit more of what has happened with the task - if it completed, how long it took or even provide a link to view or email the exported PDF.

      13 votes
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      • "Force quit" a background task

        In all the years that we've had background tasks, I've almost never been able to cancel one successfully. Whenever a task hangs up for unknown reasons, and I hit cancel, it just hangs on the 'cancelling' step and the only way to stop it is to force-quit InDesign, which can equal lost work and damaged files.

        I would like to see a more assertive way to force shut down of a background task that isn't cooperating.

        27 votes
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        • Export PDF comments

          InDesign 2019 -- PDF comment import works fine, however what is the point if I cant then export back to PDF for further review and INCLUDE those comments?

          Seems like the import PDF comments without including them in the export to PDF is an incomplete feature.

          11 votes
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          • PDF Comments in InDesign (Make Icons Smaller or Transparent)

            We love the new feature for importing pdf comments into InDesign! The only problem is that the comment icons are so large that I can't see the type underneath to make the edit. I have to delete the comment and then try to remember the edit and figure out exactly where it goes. Could you make the icons smaller or transparent (or perhaps allow us to make these adjustments with "PDF Comments Options")? Thanks!

            7 votes
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            • Enhance the new Suffix feature for exporting single Pages or single Spreads as PDF

              The new Suffix feature allows three parameters: ^#, ^P and ^S. So far so good.
              To make the feature complete I would suggest a couple of other parameters:

              ^N for page names
              Page names like i, ii, iii or a, b, c or 001, 002, 003 would be possible.
              Also names like 200 for the first page in a document that starts with 200 for page one.

              ^X for section prefixes ( max. of 8 characters )

              ^A for names of Alternate Layouts

              ^W for width of page

              ^H for height of page

              ^Pt , ^mm, ^In etc.pp. for unit…

              46 votes
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              • Black only crops

                When printing or exporting to a pdf file for print, can we have an option of black only crop marks. The reason is when we print to our Xerox Igen 4 and there is a mixture of color and black and white pages, the pages with just black text register as color because of the registration colored crop marks and on large runs it can add up to a lot of money. Thank you.

                3 votes
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                • Interactive button - Page destination - Acrobat

                  In the menu 'Objects > Interactive objects > Convert to button' one get a panel with some options with mouse over effect and macros (what the button should execute after the use interact with it). So if you choose page destination 'Go to page' and then export to PDF (interactive) you get a warning error message, that the button will be visable in Acrobat, but the 'Go to page' commande will not work.

                  This seems like an essential feature when dealing with interactivity.
                  Please make it work directly within InDesign! It would be so much smoother than the workaround to…

                  3 votes
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                  • Loop Video in PDF

                    Allow embedded movies used in Interactive PDF export to loop video. Or at least allow to embed GIFs.

                    4 votes
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                    • Interactive > Set Tab Order - greater sorting options

                      Allow the panel that opens when Interactive > Set Tab Order is invoked to be much larger so as to be able to sort interactive objects more easily. Allow them to be nested into groups to allow easier order sorting. Highlight actual object on page when selected in the order so as to easily identified when sorting large numbers.

                      3 votes
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                      • Export of all opened documents

                        Please make it possible to export all opened InDesign documents at the same time. You can also use the same export defaults.

                        3 votes
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                        • Make InDesign be able to import/Export comments from/to PDF

                          I want to be able to get the comments from PDF into InDesign so that I can easily incorporate/respond on the comments from people.

                          87 votes
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                          • Export All Alternate Layouts as PDFs With Layout Name

                            I use the alternate layout tool a lot to group different sized content in the same InDesign file.

                            While I know I can select the layout as a range during export, it would be a huge timesaver to be able to export all of my layouts as separate PDFs and then just add the alternate layout name to the end of the PDF file.

                            Ideally this could be a check box in the export settings "export each alternate layout as a separate file"

                            1 vote
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                              InDesign versions CC2018 and above have an option called ‘Create Separate PDF Files’ in the Export PDF dialog. Using this option, you should be able to export all your layouts as separate PDFs.
                              Which version of InDesign are you using?

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                            • PDF Export Formatting Issue

                              I found that no matter what export options I use or how I format my file, it exports incorrectly. My content is in 2 columns on InDesign but when exported it seems pretty random how the PDF is structured (see the image).

                              This poses a problem for parsing software to be able to read the document in the correct order. It's common practice within most companies to use this for resumes. I'm sure it's also used elsewhere as well.

                              I've contacted support and they tried to resolve the issue by using my computer remotely. They found that this feature is…

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                              • PDF format that edible in Indesign

                                PDF format that edible in Indesign, like photoshop and illustrator, so i can preview my work and edit in the same file

                                4 votes
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                                • Form Field Calculations in InDesign

                                  With InDesign's form tools, we're missing the ability to add calculations to form fields in InDesign, and that task must be done manually in Acrobat.

                                  To start, I'd like to be able to build simple calcs into my InDesign forms. Example:

                                  And expense report has a form field for each day of the week, and then a total for all of the days. Would like a simple summation calc that I could use for rows of fields or columns of fields. Or both!

                                  Another example: multiplication of quantity times price. Or multiplication of 5% sales tax on an amount field.

                                  25 votes
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                                  • 3 votes
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                                    • 2 votes
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                                      • Data Merge - allow "export to PDF" to have all features of regular PDF

                                        When using the data merge function of InDesign, it is currently not possible to export to a PDF with the same functionality as exporting a PDF from a regular document - several checkboxes such as "Create Tagged PDF" and include hyperlinks are greyed out. I've written a much more detailed article about it here: https://colecandoo.com/2016/12/17/data-merge-pdf-export-vs-regular-pdf-export/

                                        3 votes
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                                        • Media Panel - PDF options of Video playback

                                          Would be good if you could have more control over the behaviour of a video once output to PDF.

                                          Currently all videos properties are set to "disable Content is selected from the context menu"
                                          As a result I then have to edit each video property individually in acrobat DC to set it to
                                          "The page containing the content is closed"

                                          2 votes
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