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  1. 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.

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  2. 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.

    40 votes
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  3. Find / replace : more option search on...

    i would use Find / replace : only on a page or only on a template !

    i think it's a basic and important option !!!

    Thank for this evolution, please ;D

    1 vote
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  4. Global baseline shift

    In version 14.0.2, we may select any character(s) in a single line adjusting baseline shift variously for each selection of characters. Having made specific baseline shifts, it would be nice to select the desired text and while preserving their relative differing baseline shifts to then globally raise and/or lower the entire line.

    Currently, we are not able to do this. The attached shows that if I select the differing baseline shifted characters, InDesign's UI baseline shift incrementer becomes unavailable. I can globally reset the entire line imposing a single shared baseline value via text input, but this does not respect…

    1 vote
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  5. 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…

    21 votes
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  6. Diagonal Strikethrough

    An upgrade to the existing strike through option with new settings that allow for diagonal lines. I've added a mockup of the character style options.

    This would be an awesome little update wich has many uses and make the life of a lot of InDesigners easier.

    2 votes
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  7. Don't add an extra page when endnotes are imported

    The new endote option is nice (could be better, but hey, it's something). The only thing that bugs me is the fact that a new page is added everytime I place text that contains endnotes, or when I copy/paste that text.

    It screws up much of my design, and I have to manually delete the page and put everything back in it's right place.

    Would be great if the endnote frame would just be placed on the same page as the end of the text flow!

    2 votes
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  8. Keyboard shortcut for inserting Unicode glyphs

    Accessibility and other forms of automated publishing require the correct Unicode glyphs.

    These glyphs include punctuation, math/science symbols, foreign language characters, and bullets/symbols. In 2000, Unicode became the default character set worldwide across the technology industries.

    But we have no way to easily insert these glyphs into InDesign layouts. For example, if I need the math multiplication symbol rather than a lower case "x", I need to either scroll through the glyph dialogue box, or know beforehand the symbol's codepoint 2715 and type it into the Unicode field in the glyph dialogue box.

    Too slow! Especially when you have to…

    7 votes
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  9. Footnote in XML flow

    Hi Team,

    InDesign not supporting footnote future in XML workflow. In Word workflow it is working fine. But in XML workflow XML structure is remove when insert footnotes. We want to move all footnotes into separate frame and align it in page end. Kindly check the feasibility and add this feature.

    Thanks & Regards,
    Senthilvel S

    1 vote
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  10. Allow GREP Styles to apply to merged text

    GREP Styles cannot be applied to the results of a merged document, either when printing or exporting to PDF or when creating a merged document. This should be fixed.

    See the attached screenshot. Numbers blurred, but clearly the Invisible style is not being applied.

    1 vote
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  11. More availaBLE FILE FORMATS in data merge

    Instead of just accepting .csv-files, there shuld also be .txt, .xlsx and other spreasheet (and database) formats

    3 votes
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  12. 2 votes
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  13. Remove Story panel, make optical alignment a paragraph attribute.

    The Story panel has only one option, optical alignment, and it is badly implemented. It applies to an entire story across multiple text frames, columns, and pages, and has one value for point size regardless of the point size of the various styles used throughout the story.

    Instead, make optical alignment and hanging punctuation two paragraph attributes. Allow the point size to be left black, forcing InDesign to apply the current size for each paragraph.

    2 votes
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  14. Underlining that skips characters with descenders

    While it is a last resort in typography, when I do underline I prefer it to be just below the baseline. But this default underline overlaps descenders. Rather than having to lower underlines to avoid these clashes, could the Underline Options panel or another feature detect when an underline will overlap a descender and skip that character? - Thanks!

    4 votes
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  15. Bulleted lists should allow a nested <P> inside a list.

    Bulleted lists should allow a nested <P> inside a list.

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  16. Flag Adobe fonts in document as "Mandatory: Use TypeKit"

    We have multiple versions of fonts available in our environment (Type1, TT, and access to TypeKit) so having the ability to indicate specific fonts as "Mandatory use from Adobe Fonts/Typekit" would be helpful. In essence, the user wouldn't have to manually activate/deactivate to achieve the correct combination of fonts.
    For example, the user may have Proxima Nova family Type 1 active, but the document correctly shows the TypeKit fonts as missing. They then activate their TT family, which also fails. They tend to not think of Typekit as it's not searchable in our font management tool.
    Using the Document Fonts…

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  17. Character palette dropdown menu needs to expand full within workspace (revised post)

    Apologies, but I posted this before but forgot to include screen grabs. In InDesign CC 2018 when I selected a typeface from the character window drop-down menu, the drop-down expanded to fill my workspace vertically no matter where my character palette was on the screen. Now in CC 2019 it only expands to show 19 or 20 fonts in a much smaller drop-down window. I would love either to go back to the way it was before or have the option to enlarge the drop-down typeface selection window.

    See the difference between CC 2018 and 2019 in the screen shots.…

    3 votes
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  18. To implement the Advanced Composition Engine font technollogy

    Advanced Composition Engine is a technology far superior than OTF and TTF so it would be a great engine to use within Adobe products. Not just for Arabic and eastern script but for every possible script. It is 2019 so let's get our options to max level.

    You can read about Advanced Composition Engine at this article:

    https://medium.com/@zlatansalkic/decotypes-advanced-composition-engine-dc22a9cbd912

    2 votes
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  19. Variable font support

    Please add support for variable fonts.

    97 votes
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  20. Move objects to a different layer through F/C dialog

    Would be nice if F/C dialog allowed moving text (and so forth text frames) to a specific layer. Actually this is only feasible per script. User could deport specific text frames to a specific layer in a easy way.

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