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  1. "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.

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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.

      9 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…

        41 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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          • 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.

            2 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…

              2 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.

                2 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.

                  2 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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                    • 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.

                      18 votes
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                        • Export PDF Booklet

                          Instead of having to do "File>Print Booklet" and hassling with making a post script file and making a PDF from that (which doesn't ever seem to work the right way for me) there should be an option to export a booklet PDF. So many of the printers I work with request a booklet PDF and it would make everything so much easier if there was this option.

                          19 votes
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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

                            2 votes
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                            • 1 vote
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                              • Relative paths to external files

                                My goal is to do all the layout and linking in indesign then do an export to a PDF with hyperlinks. The PDF and all the external linked files will then be distributed to other computers via USB-stick or CD.
                                The links has to be relative for this to work and I would like to have that option in the hyperlinks pod/panel or when doing a PDF (or HTML export).
                                I have been waiting 10 years for this feature - I cant understand why it has not been implemented searching the internet. it must be a clear usecase for indesign.

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                                • More options when creating Forms via InDesign

                                  InDesign has a few features that make it possible to export an interactive PDF-Formular directly from InDesign.

                                  This CAN save a lot of time when customers require changes on these Files but sadly InDesign is missing out a lot of features that Adobe Acrobat has - even though it'd be a lot easyier to set everything up in InDesign.

                                  So in my opinion the Formular menue needs some improvement and get more functionality (In Acrobat you can define a font VS via InDesign you can't) since more and more customers request Interactive PDF-Forms etc.

                                  It would be valuable to us…

                                  62 votes
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                                  • Package file with Interactive PDF

                                    Make "Interactive PDF" an option when including a PDF in a package.

                                    2 votes
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                                      • Accessibility—PDF Export Preset

                                        In PRINT PDF export options, we have the option of saving settings as JobOptions which can be selected in the future from a drop-down menu.

                                        Need the same capability in INTERACTIVE PDF export options, too.

                                        And we also need preset for accessibility from both PRINT and INTERACTIVE PDF exports, one that ships and installs with InDesign and PDF Maker (MS Office) to automatically set the options for tagging and tab order.

                                        8 votes
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                                        • Export Joboptions with and next to PDF / Apply Joboptions from any Location during PDF Export

                                          Don’t know if this has been suggested before:

                                          1) I would like to have the specific export settings (a.k.a. joboptions) exported to the same location as the PDF, e.g. per checkbox “Export joboptions”.

                                          2) If we could apply joboptions from anywhere on the fly (like via a “Load temporary joboptions” at the bottom of the PDF Export presets list, anyone who gets hold of my file could repeat my export in exactly the same way.

                                          3 votes
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