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  1. 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…

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    • Add unicode categories to the list of available GREP choices

      If you've ever had to write out a GREP code and weren't sure of the character, you can click on the @ to call up a list of known codes to choose from while in the find/change menu OR the GREP styles panel.
      However, there is a selection that is missing that GREP in InDesign is known to handle, and that is unicode categories:
      https://www.regular-expressions.info/unicode.html
      for example, if I type into the GREP find field - right now - the following code:
      \p{Zs}
      I know that InDesign's GREP will find all spaces except tabs and returns. However, this isn't an…

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      • Text Hotkey window tool

        A windowed tool that allows you to assign "Hot keys" to font styles where you could quickly edit text on the fly. The text hot key tool would have an activated switch so when its on, it applies your hot keys and when its off everything goes back to normal. This would mostly be used for references where authors names are italicized, body copy is regular and numbers are bold. I know it is similar to the eye dropper tool except you would be able to edit all at once rather than have to go back to each style. The…

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        • Custom numbered footnotes

          One feature is really missing from the beginning - and this a free style numbering (endnotes and footnotes as well).

          So many times we get the Asterisk (*) as start, followed by numbered footnotes (1, 2, 3, 4, …). So it would be helpful to define something like this: *, \# (<-- which means, first Asterisk and numbered from up there, etc.) Or *, o, \# etc.

          Example for placed footnote text:

          * Temp
          o Temp
          1 Temp
          2 Temp
          3 Temp
          .
          .
          .

          It could be implemented in the footnote area of the text container (Command/STRG B) and…

          15 votes
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          • Allow to use a footnote multiple times on one page

            I'm working with tech documents and spec lists that often have one footnote applying for several items like:

            Item A
            Item B (footnote 1)
            Item C (footnote 2)
            Item D (footnote 1)
            Item E (footnote 3)

            Instead of having footnote 1 listed twice (which looks very odd and consumes space), it would be awesome to have some slick way to deal with this without the need of working with crossreferences and alike.

            I'm aware of adding a superscript 1 for the second appearance but it doesn't automatically counts up when adding a new footnote prior to the automatic footnote.

            2 votes
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            • Footnotes *from different text frames* in *separate text frame*

              New footnotes in InDesign 14 does not suite for complex layouts with many text frames and tables on one page.
              There should be also a solution for footnotes collected from different text frames / tables on a page.
              *Collected in a separate text frame.*

              2 votes
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              • outline entire layer

                It would be great if there were an easier solution to outline your tekst. I think I have a solution that would be great in a workflow.

                It would be great if, in a indesign document, I could put all the text on one layer. Then, in the layer panel on the right, to right click the layer and convert all the tekst of that layer (throughout the whole document) to outlines!

                Obviously, you could duplicate the tekst layer and set it to don't pint so you always have a version of the text to edit.

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                • Restart footnote/endnote numbering after chosen Paragraph Style

                  Please add the possibility to reset the numbering of footnotes/endnotes in the paragraph style.

                  This should be a Paragraph Style Option.

                  If someone works in just one long tread, it would be much faster to reset footnotes or endnotes numbering automatically after specific paragraph style instead of making sections once and once again (after every reflow) .

                  3 votes
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                  • export all the text to word

                    Would it be possible to add a function to export all the text of all blocks, chained or not, from a document in one go to word.
                    I make directories and my clients always want to recover the text once the published directory to make their changes for the next issue.
                    Thank you

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                    • Hyphenation of compound words must take precedence over hyphenation

                      Currently, in Indesign in german language "st" is always hyphenated. In my work, however, there are many compound words in which the "st" is at the beginning or end of the word and therefore the hyphenation of a compounded word must occur before or after the "st" instead of between "s" and "t".

                      Example:
                      "Führerstand", compunded of the words "Führer" and "Stand"

                      Expected hyphenation:
                      Führer-stand

                      Wrong InDesign hyphenation:
                      Führers-tand

                      2 votes
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                      • Create linked text boxes and assign different colors for text in each text box.

                        Hello,
                        I would like to be able to create linked text boxes and assign different colors for text in each text box. The linked text boxes can have different background colors. You can create it manually by selecting text and changing its color, but what if an editor removes or adds a paragraph? If in box A background was white and text was black, and in box B background was black and text white, then if a paragraph in box A was removed, text from box B (white) will move to box A and will become invisible in box A…

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                        • 2 votes
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                          • Auto resize text

                            When overset text is encountered, have the option to resize the text to fit the frame.

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                            • highlight hyphenations

                              A great feature would be if InDesign could highlight automatic hyphenations.

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                              • No scroll options in Font menu

                                Please, add a scroll bar and/or scroll wheel/page down/page up options and maybe start typing font name desired to functionality in the font menu in InDesign CC PC versions! Painful at best without these options.

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                                • type measurement units

                                  I choose inches for my units. It used to be, that even when I did this, type units were always in points... specifically space before and space after paragraphs. Now, they display in inches. I know I can type in "p8" and it will convert... but I need to SEE it in points, rather than having to change my units every time I need to see this. I thought that previous versions also had, in preferences, units specifically for Type. I would like this feature back.

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                                  • Duplicate Table of Contents Style... Alt-[New]

                                    Adding the possibility of duplicating TOC Style or Create New based on old one.

                                    We still have only the option New and Edit. And all new styles have to be defined from scratch.
                                    Or add the shortcut Alt-[New] to create New based on old one.

                                    2 votes
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                                    • Convert the selected footnote to the endnote and vice versa.

                                      Convert the selected footnote to the endnote and vice versa.

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                                      • Uncheck Shared Hyperlink Destination by default

                                        In the panel 'New Hyperlink' the box 'Shared Hyperlink Destination' is by default checked. I always (must) uncheck it. Two questions: can I reset these default-settings somewhere. (I think not - but I'll like to do that). There is no possibility to put this check on/off under a shortcut. That should be nice for automation-purpose.

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                                        • errors created when outlining text

                                          When I outlined text today before sending to the printer, extra spaces were introduced into the text. this isn't supposed to happen!

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