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  1. 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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  2. Please allow for more than 1 inch of Offset for Printer's Marks when exporting PDFs

    Some vendors require more than 1" of bleed, especially on larger format layouts.
    Currently have to build layouts at reduced size to accomplish this.

    6 votes
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  3. 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.

    16 votes
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  4. 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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  5. 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…

    29 votes
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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Password protect PDF export presets

    Please allow users to password protect PDF-export settings, preventing unauthorized changes. Read/View only acces should be possible

    7 votes
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  9. Add ability to scale PDFs upon export

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

    24 votes
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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  14. Changing pdf preset should reset page range to 'all'

    Unfortunately InDesign remembers page range setting even when changing PDF preset from dropdown list in Export dialog. It would be awesome for page range to reset to 'all' when choosing another PDF export preset. I don't always remember check the range and have to do the pdf file twice. Not the major problem, but a little improvement :)

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  15. PDF conversion retry

    In InDesign CC, when you export a file as a PDF , but you previously just exported that same file as a PDF and still have it open, you get an error message saying: "Cannot save to the file [filename].pdf, because it is already open." I would like that dialog box to have a "Try Again" option.

    Right now I have to click "OK", close the PDF, then go back through the exporting dialog box. The "Try Again" function would allow me to just close the PDF then just click "Try Again", which would use the same settings I just…

    13 votes
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  16. Auto Hyperlinks for Phone numbers

    Applies to all export options that use Hyperlinks. Please update the Hyperlinks panel to also search Phone numbers. Include Ability to determine which numbers are local, or require the +1. Also include ability to see based on format (( i.e "ddd.ddd.dddd," "ddd-ddd-dddd", "(ddd) ddd-dddd" ).

    12 votes
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  17. Expand exporting options to include splitting an ID file

    I would like to be able to export multiple-page InDesign files as single-page pdfs and use the section markers as the pdf file names.

    2 votes
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  18. My PDF will not export. It hits 35% then stops.I can't even use a new doc to export. Background task?

    My PDF will not export. It hits 35% then stops. I can't even use a new doc to export. Background task is moving. I know this is an issue other people have dealt with but I want to put it on record.

    1 vote
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  19. Place indd documents do not work when hyperlinks are exported.

    Place indd documents do not work when hyperlinks are exported.

    3 votes
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  20. Scheduled Export & Scheduled Export Queue

    Sometimes with larger documents, Exporting can slow down Indesign, or can even render my computer useless at this time.

    It would be a great option to be able to schedule the Export option for a time of my choice (at night when I know I wont be using my computer for example) as to not slow the computer down when I need to use it most. I envision the file still needing to be left open in Indesign for it to schedule and export correctly... But what I imagine is you would still choose all your options and everything as…

    5 votes
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