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  1. 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" ).

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  2. Failed to export pdf file - why?

    The export process dies with the error mesage "Failed to export pdf file".

    Please include the cause of the error! How can a simple user figure out what was the cause of the error? Practically the whole production process stops here, because inDesign continuously refuses to export the PDF.
    I'm able to export the PDF 2-3 times, then the error comes. I can get rid of the error only by restarting the computer - obviously not a solution when working on catalogs.

    Dear IT team, please include what is the cause of the PDF export problem.

    14 votes

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  3. Background Task Toggle on/off

    The Background Task hangs when making a PDF. Add a toggle on/off of the Background Tasks to force a foreground PDF export. This has been an issue for many years and still isn't corrected!

    14 votes

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  4. Loop Video in PDF

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

    13 votes

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  5. Add page border / outline when exporting to PDF

    Please add a checkbox in the export to PDF- or print options to automatically add a frame / border / outline to the pages.

    13 votes

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  6. Crop Marks In 100 Percent Black

    Please add the capability to produce crop marks in 100 percent black. In the 2019 printing industry, not having this feature accessible is mind boggling. While there may always be a need for offset printing along with crop marks in registration builds, to ignore the needs of the growing digital printing market is a grave oversight on Adobe's part. Print shops are losing enormous amounts of money in click rates by not being able to produce a true black and white side with crop marks. This especially affects four color over black printing.

    From 2013 to 2018, the digital printing…

    12 votes

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  7. Allow to export interactive PDF with CMYK colorspace, or allow to include interactive elements into printable PDF

    This feature is highly needed. And after all, it makes no sense: PDF format supports both interactive forms and CMYK tagged graphics, but for some reason it's impossible to combine PDF text boxes with CMYK graphics.
    My current project, for example, needs a batch of interactive documents in which worker must fill necessary fields every day AND then print few thousands of copies. This operation must be performed manually and frequently.
    And instead of creating single PDF with text box I'm forced to recreate required PDF with necessary data. It's illogical and meaningless.

    12 votes

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  8. 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.

    12 votes

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  9. 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.

    12 votes

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  10. Batch Single Page PDF Creation

    Please add an option to export ranges of pages as single page PDF files from Indesign like Illustrator(save individual artboards). This would simplfy sending pages to assembly station for imposition and corrections afterward.

    12 votes

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    Closed: Fixed  ·  Anonymous responded

    Hi All, this feature is now available in the latest version of InDesign i.e. InDesign 13.1

    Kindly update InDesign to get access to this feature.

    Regards
    Javed

  11. InDesign needs to export to PDF/UA

    There is currently no option to export to PDF/UA compliant PDF files. PDF/UA is an ISO standard and base for compliance to accessibility laws.

    Especially in the public sector, where you need to create documents that comply to accessibility regulations this is a must!

    We plan to use InDesign to create accessible PDF forms at a public university in Austria. We are bound by laws to only use software, that allows us to produce accessible content. The creative cloud bundle and acrobat are industry standards, and it is not understandable, why InDesign as part of this suite does not apply…

    11 votes

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  12. PDF Tag Preview

    PDFs have to be tagged properly for ADA compliance. It would be nice to be able to preview (in InDesign) what the tag structure will look like when exported to PDF. This would prevent having to return to the source file if there is inappropriate nesting of tags, incorrect tags, etc. This would be especially helpful with complicated (multi-level) lists.

    11 votes

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  13. 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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  14. Include Spread Rotation in PDF Export and Publish Online

    When exporting/publishing as spreads, allow us to "include spread rotation" and display those properly in the online viewer and PDF export.

    I have a calendar layout with most of the spreads rotated for proper viewing. I've always exported as spreads and rotated manually in Acrobat for the client but I can't do that when publishing online.

    A simple version of this would apply only when exporting spreads ie: where the result of 2 8x10 pages is a single 16x20 page which is then rotated per the ID view settings.

    A truly complete solution would need Acrobat/Reader the ability to show…

    10 votes

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  15. Use the Articles tab to designate the reading order in a PDF

    When creating an accessible PDF, InDesign should use the Articles Tab rather than the Layers Panel to structure the Reading Order. It reads properly but once you check the accessibility, the "Reading Order" panel shows a MESS. It's based on the Layers Panel which is madness to try and re-structure when creating a large form with hundreds of form fields. The Articles Panel is needed to set the tab order anyway. This would make the most sense to me.

    10 votes

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  16. Add ability to export PDF as imposed spreads

    It would be SO helpful to be able to export a PDF of a print layout as imposed spreads... the software already knows how to impose spreads in the Print Booklet feature, but if users could also export PDFs this way it would save a lot of time. I don't need to impose spreads often, but when I do it's a real time suck.

    10 votes

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  17. 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"

    10 votes

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  18. 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.

    10 votes

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  19. Package file with Interactive PDF

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

    10 votes

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  20. Increase Default Offset crop marks to .125 in

    When you create a PDF from InDesign, the Default Offset for the Marks and Bleeds is .0833 in. Why is that, when the usual minimum bleed is .125 in. Yes, we can change it. But do you know how many people change it? ...not many.

    10 votes

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