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  1. Create merged pdf from layers of one file

    Have a file with multiple languages with each language on a separate layer that must be combined into one pdf file. Would like to be able to export once and have all pdfs completed from InDesign.

    One document contains 26 different languages that must be exported.

    4 votes
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  2. Estimated Output Size

    When saving a PDF output, it would be nice to choose your saving options (image quality, resolution) and get an estimated size. Like if you know you need something under 10MB, you could adjust your settings to match that without having to retry saving until you get the right size.

    8 votes
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  3. Export selected pages

    I very frequently need to export only certain pages to PDF. I know I can type a range or multiple ranges. But it would realy speed up my professional work if I could just select the pages and hit 'Export selected pages...' in the contextual mouse menu.

    This feature was present until CS6 by a plugin named HandyTools by DTP Utils.

    29 votes
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  4. 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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  5. Use layout name and custom text for export separate PDFs

    Would love to see the ability to type custom text in the suffix for export separate PDF. Also, would like to see the ability to add the layout name from the flyout menu, currently it's only "incremental numbers," "page number" and "page size."

    3 votes
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  6. Please implement an option/script for the user to make the choice to turn backgroundprinting on or off..

    A button or checkbox to turn of the backgroundtask would be useful (like the famous script: "controlBackgroundExport.jsx" by Marijan Tomba.

    There are certain export/printjobs I want to see/follow in a processbar, even if that means that I am not able to work for that time.

    2 votes
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  7. Proper Relative Path Manager for Links

    Allow us the ability to specify relative paths to linked assets to aid in duplication of jobs and production work.

    A copied file will remember all static addresses to it's previous location.

    In a scenario of using templates to complete jobs where assets get replaced and flipped, you lose time linking assets to the new address when the copied ID file should be able to look within it's new HOME FOLDER, and attempt to refresh all links.

    Exporting from said file is also problematic, as the destination folder is still the "original location" and not the new file location of…

    4 votes
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  8. Scaleable exporting PDF

    For many 'big print' applications, you need to upload your design in 100% off the format. But, in many cases, your design is made in 1:10 scale for better cross design, workflow and speed of Indesign.

    It would be nice to 'export' your file in a scale. So that your Indesign doc remains the 1:10 scale (or else) and your PDF can easily be twice or ten times bigger. This is very handy for roll-up banner, screens, walls etc. You can say that Indesign should not be the right application for big print. But if i want that the brochure,…

    11 votes
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  9. Ability to add alternate text to long hyperlinks

    One of the suggested techniques for complying with WCAG 2.0 AA is to provide alternate text for long urls so that screen readers read the alt text rather than the url when tabbing through. This can only be done in acrobat at the moment. Which means it has to be done every time a PDF is created. We regularly amend our files and have many documents with many long (2 line) urls so it is going to be very time consuming to do this every time we create a PDF. I appreciate one way round it is to have human…

    4 votes
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  10. Move "missing links" prompt to before PDF export dialogue.

    Please move the "missing fonts" or "missing links" prompts to BEFORE the PDF naming and features preferences. I makes me nuts when navigate to where I'm dropping the final export, then name it, only to have an alert pop up telling me I'm missing something. I should be told that IMMEDIATELY.

    46 votes
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  11. Allow us to create PDF (or postscript file) for thumbnails.

    Currently InDesign will not let me create a PDF of thumbnails for a document. This would be valuable because I could then send a compact PDF file to a colleague for layout review, before sending the full PDF.

    Alternatively, allow the creation of a PostScript file. Right now, if I try do do it in the printer menu, it disables the thumbnails options; if I try to use it via the Printer… button, it seems to work — even asking me to pick the filename — but does not create the PS file.

    7 votes
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  12. The option to remember PDF export settings on a document by document basis

    Currently InDesign remembers the PDF export settings across the program which is good but we have to export either print or interactive based on the file. It would be really useful to have the document itself remember the settings so we don't have to keep changing back - often forgetting and sending clients print PDFs where they should be interactive.

    34 votes
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  13. After data merge, export to split PDF

    I do lots of work that involves creating personalized documents for event attendees (schedules, welcome letters, etc.). I merge attendee data from the registration site. Upon rendering a merged document, I should be able to export each page as an separate PDF using data fields as filenames. "Smith, John Itinerary.pdf" for each person, for example. The workaround for this involves generating and exporting bookmarks to Acrobat, which is convoluted and doesn't always work.

    14 votes
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  14. PDF Export improvement

    Great news that it is now possible to export multi page file as separate PDFs. However that automatically created (not optional) subfolder is unnecessary.

    5 votes
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  15. Multi Export

    An export option that would allow the user to select multiple options for exporting their document, in one simple 'Multi-Export' option.

    An idea of how this would look could be in the 'Export' dialog box, the user would be able to check a box that would enable 'Multi Export'. This would mean you can choose multiple methods to export in one easy opportunity in the Dialog Box. An example of this would be;

    I, the designer or user of InDesign need to send a client a Medium Resolution copy of the file before we hit print, but I also want…

    28 votes
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  16. Tagged form fields failed Accessibility checker options

    Form fields tags aren't exporting properly for tagged pdfs in the newest Indesign 2018 (13.0.1). The tags won't show up in the file therefore not allowing the pdfs to pass the accessibility checker. There are no issues when exporting as tagged pdf from the 2017 CC.

    I am frustrated with recognition for fields export from 2018 to pdf. I have been avoiding using 2018 for this reason. When you talk to Adobe you have to speak to an indesign specialist or a Adobe Acrobat specialist and neither one knows the other program!!! The Adobe expert tells me how to fix…

    4 votes
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  17. Save PDF Export Settings within the InDesign File

    I remember CS6 had this feature, and not having it on CC makes exporting PDFs a big hassle.
    When I export a PDF from Document A (say with margin and crop marks) then go to document B (which I usually export without margin or crop marks) It still shows me the exact same settings I used on A.

    It should be file dependent: Some files I always export with margin only, others need crop marks. So at the moment I always have to change it again and again on every document.

    Would be nice, if I export a file with…

    3 votes
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  18. Add ability to scale PDFs upon export

    Add an option to scale to desired percentage upon export of PDFs.

    23 votes
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  19. Improve InDesign Accessibility Export to PDF

    ARTICLES AND LAYERS
    When the logical reading order is set in Articles, it would save time if Layers could replicate the same order, whether it’s automated or if there was a way to select “Use Articles reading order for Layers.”

    TABLE STRUCTURE
    Set header scope for both columns and rows in cell properties in InDesign.

    Simplified complex table structure.

    FOOTNOTES
    Set the hyperlink and correct tags when footnotes are referenced in tables.

    More layout flexibility would also be helpful.

    ALT TEXT
    Adding Alt text to hyperlinks

    PATHS
    Paths not included in Articles should remain artifacts. If that’s not an option,…

    13 votes
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  20. Pause and hold jobs in background tasks

    Pause and hold jobs in background tasks. If i have 10 documents and export each one , tap hold and documents queue in background

    4 votes
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