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  1. option boxes with sizes need different default behavior

    for all boxes where you can edit a size, please make the default behavior that when you click in the box to edit the size it selects everything. that way you can just click on the box and put in the new number. If for example a text size is 10px, please when I select the box, select everything so that I can just type in 14 to make the size bigger. If I type in 14, you should just keep it in pixels. Or if I type in 14pts, change it to points. Editing sizes right now is annoying…

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  2. Define word count when filling placeholder text

    When creating documents waiting on content to be supplied, would be great to be able to define number of words or paragraphs for placeholder text to help accurately identify space that may be required.

    5 votes
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  3. Paragraph Shading corners do not continue between columns

    The paragraph border has an option to "Display Border if Paragraph Splits Across Frames/Columns" BUT paragraph shading lacks the corresponding option. Resulting in a mismatch across frames and columns. See screen shots.

    3 votes
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  4. Split one text box into multiple text boxes

    Split one text box into multiple text boxes at the click of a button. I have a list of text from Excel that I've formatted, but I now need to distribute every word individually around the page. A 20 minute job could be turned into a 1 minute job.

    1 vote
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  5. Include search for cross references pointing to other documents in Preflight

    Until now, cross refs to other documents can kill Indesign in case that other document has been renamed, moved or deleted. ID would then, like, forever try to find that document, slowing itself down to the unability to work with it.
    That's why such cross refs should not exist, but they occur when copying text from one document to another. In order to find these cross refs, the only way is to hover with the mouse over the cross refs listing in the cross ref panel. That's annoying. Please include searching for such cross refs to Preflight.

    2 votes
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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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.

    3 votes
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  10. 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.

    1 vote
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  11. 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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  12. text anchor list

    There is lack of TEXT ANCHOR LIST window
    Is it very hard to manage such anchors.

    I'm finishing a very long scientific publication containing over 650 pages and 1600 footnotes. I have to make about 100 internal hyperlinks and cross references but there is no simple way to see available text anchors in document.

    Please think about it.

    6 votes
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  13. 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

    1 vote
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  14. 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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  15. 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…

    1 vote
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  17. Auto resize text

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

    1 vote
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  18. highlight hyphenations

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

    5 votes
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  19. editable text from illustrator

    Make editable text from illustrator already. Jeez.

    3 votes
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  20. Non-uniform spacing AND rounded corners

    I would love to be able to set the inset spacing of top, bottom, left and right independent of one another in a text box that has rounded corners. My current work around is to have multiple boxes-one with a rounded corner and another with text. If it were all apart of one box, it would make my workflow faster and all of the boxes would be uniform and easier to make changes to.

    3 votes
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