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  1. Functionality to apply kerning before the first letter in a line

    Feature Description: This feature should work like in Illustrator or Photoshop (even After Effects can do it). Please see attached screen capture.

    How it should work:
    1. Insert the cursor before the first character in a line
    2. Use the kerning in the character panel or with the shortcuts (ALT + arrow keys)
    3. kerning should be applied

    Why: This would be a productivity enhancement and make it much easier to optically align the first letter in a line manually without having to use the Optical Margin alignment that only works for a whole story.

    46 votes
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      12 comments  ·  Text and Type  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Ability to assign a shortcut to [None] in the Character Styles window.

      Because you sometimes want to REMOVE a character style and it would be very beneficial to be able to use a shortcut for that as well.

      38 votes
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      • Would like a feature that would set type flush left to the longest centered line

        I often need to set poetry extracts in books so that they are flush left to the longest centered line in the extract—see attached examples. 


        The workarounds a cumbersome and/or time consuming. 

        
It would be great if there was a setting to do this automatically.

        26 votes
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        • MathML Support

          We need to have InDesign to support MathML, this is much awaited feature, but not supporting in InDesign yet.

          Currently we're using 3rd party plugins such as MathType, MathTools, PowerMath, etc. but not meeting our expectation, also high license cost than InDesign.

          @ALL: Please support to include this feature in InDesign in the very near release.

          213 votes
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          • Continuous numbering of footnotes and endnotes; endnotes to separate chapter

            PLEASE add these features to the footnote and endnote functionality of InDesign:
            - Continuous numbering of footnotes and endnotes throughout the various indd files within a book document
            - Ability to put the endnotes of the different indd files within a book document in a separate .indd file at the end of the book; numbering continuous OR per chapter.

            37 votes
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            • 26 votes
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              • Can you please fix the font scrolling issue? When scrolling through fonts it jumps back to the top of the font list

                Can you please fix the font scrolling issue? When scrolling through fonts it jumps back to the top of the font list. It never used to do this in previous versions.

                10 votes
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                • Allow negative indentation!

                  Please allow negative indentation!

                  That would make all kinds of hanging bullets, chapter numbers and outdentations easy without any workaround (like "indent everything but the headlines and lists" ...). It would make text layout faster, purer and cleaner, as the type area could be correctly defined just for the copy text.

                  I think this simple change should be easy to implement and bring enormous relief for our craft.

                  17 votes
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                  • Forced line breaks within text variables introduces an unavoidable letter space

                    When a forced line break is inserted within text that is used for a variable, a random, unavoidable letter space is introduced into the variable text.
                    There are obvious workarounds, but a solution to this would be really convenient.
                    See attached screenshots for example.

                    35 votes
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                    • Allow Optical Margin Alignment to apply only to punctuation.

                      Optical Margin Alignment does a great job allowing quotation marks and hyphens to hang into the column gutters, but it also make characters like A, W, and T do the same, which is often too high a price to pay. Fix this by allowing an option it to only apply it to punctuation.

                      6 votes
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                      • Allow bullets and numbers to hang outside of the text frame

                        There is currently no way to make a bullet or number hang outside of a text frame properly. The "optical margin alignment" feature control is iffy at best.

                        Attached are two photos that show what I mean.

                        In the first example, the "Correct" green bullets are not achievable in InDesign unless every other paragraph except for the bulleted paragraph has an additional positive left indent on all of its lines. It would be so much easier if we could just add a negative left indent to the first line of the bulleted paragraphs.

                        In the second example, a document that…

                        13 votes
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                        • Insert special character — Unicode compliance

                          Unicode is required to meet accessibility standards and several forms of publishing technologies.

                          The keyboard shortcuts and right-click/opt-click Insert Special Characters shortcuts need to be updated to insert the Unicode versions of these glyphs.

                          The Unicode glyph charts are at www.Unicode.org

                          4 votes
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                          • Variable font support

                            Please add support for variable fonts.

                            70 votes
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                              18 comments  ·  Text and Type  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Diagonal strike through text

                              Please allow designers to use diagonal strike through text.

                              Designer should be able to ...
                              - Set the trike through line for single a text selection
                              - Define this in a paragraph style
                              - Use it as a property in a script
                              - choose a direction (top left to bottom right / Bottom left to upper right)
                              - define a line thickness and color
                              - choose to only display a part of the line below and on top of the text

                              Thanks

                              5 votes
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                              • Make No Break Text visible

                                It would be quite useful if No Break text was visible; for example, as a shaded background – see my mockup image.

                                Currently, No Break is visible only as a text override (and then it gets lumped in with all other overrides, so you still have to click each override to see where it got applied).

                                9 votes
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                                • Rotating a linear gradient used in paragraph shading

                                  At the moment there is no level of control for rotating a linear gradient used in paragraph shading. Please add that functionality.

                                  Thanks, René

                                  4 votes
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                                  • Bug in Merge paragraph borders

                                    There is a bug in merge paragraph borders of CC 13.1. In thread text frames, the border is displayed immediately after end of paragraph.

                                    47 votes
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                                    • Hyphenation Options

                                      Please add a checkbox (or something), so that you can turn off hyphenation of words that are connected to an em dash, and for words that already have a hyphen in them. And related to that, please always break hyphenated words/phrases/URLs at the hyphen, instead of adding another hyphen.

                                      We currently have to search for all these "bad breaks" and this feature would be a big help.

                                      12 votes
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                                      • Make OpenType SVG composed glyphs unbreakable

                                        For now combined glyphs can be accidentally broken if they reach end of line.

                                        For example, I add composed glyph 0x261d + 0x1f3fe (☝🏾) It is up pointing hand with skin tone modifier.

                                        Applied EmojiOne font.

                                        Now i start added dots before is (.........). When glyph reach end of text field, he will be PARTIALLY moved to next line. This moment it will be broken.

                                        I understand why it happens, but this is unexpected behavior.

                                        I think there should be an option in paragraph or character style, that makes glyphs unbreakable.

                                        1 vote
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                                        • Import font attributes of text used in PDF comments such as underscore, bold, italic, etc.

                                          Import font attributes of text used in PDF annotation such as underscore, bold, italic, etc.

                                          7 votes
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