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  1. 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…

    69 votes
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      28 comments  ·  PDF Export  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 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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      • Outline type when exporting PDF

        For various reasons, I export most of my high-res PDFs with the type outlined. Once a piece is finalized, I'll duplicate any pages in the file, then outline the type before exporting. It's not ideal (it confuses anyone new who comes in and has to work with our files), but it works.

        The downfall is that, if there are any links using live type, that won't get outlined. And if it's a multi-page document, we wind up with a LOT of outlining and a ton of pages.

        It would be AMAZING if InDesign included the option to outline all type…

        12 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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              • Be able to export pdfs by sections and using section markers as pdf file names.

                Be able to export pdfs by sections and using section markers as pdf file names. Also, being able to specify that each pdf start with page 1 regardless of the InDesign page number.

                4 votes
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                • 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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                  • 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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                    • 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.

                      24 votes
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                      • 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.

                        33 votes
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                        • 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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                          • 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.

                            36 votes
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                            • 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.

                              13 votes
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                              • 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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                                • Accessibility—Artifact tables for layout, but keep their content

                                  Sometimes designers use a table for layout purposes, not for a traditional spreadsheet-like matrix data in columns and rows.

                                  Example: A table that creates a complex, multi-celled form. For layout, it's easier to create rows and columns to hold the form labels and form control fields.

                                  However, when the form is exported to PDF, the table structure itself is not needed and often gets in the way of many assistive technologies.

                                  Need a way to artifact the table structure itself, but retain the content within the table as live text and form fields. And of course, have it correctly tagged…

                                  3 votes
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                                  • 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…

                                    3 votes
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                                    • Add ability to scale PDFs upon export

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

                                      18 votes
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                                      • 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,…

                                        9 votes
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                                        • 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

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