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  1. Absolute page numbers as a text variable

    I propose adding "Absolute Page Number" as a text variable. Similar to Last Page Number, "Absolute Page Number" would allow the document creator to place the absolute page number of the layout onto a page while also using another page numbering system (sections, roman numerals, etc.).

    With long documents now both being used in whole or separated into parts by clients, this would allow InDesign users to fulfill the issue of having a page carry two numbering schemes at the same time.

    5 votes
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  2. Add the ability to Find/Replace linked images across multiple documents

    The ability to Find/Replace links would be helpful, especially across multiple documents.

    For example, if I have 20 instances of a.jpg on 10 documents, I would like the ability to be able to find all instances and replace with b.jpg without have to manually go into each document and do it one by one.
    Thanks.

    1 vote
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  3. Convert Clipping Path to Frame for multiple objects

    There is a command, Object > Clipping path > Convert Clipping Path to Frame. This will read the clipping path in a placed image and convert it to a frame. The command only works when only one object is selected, If multiple images are selected and every one of them has a clipping path the command is selectable but has no effect. There is no reason for this limitation.

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  4. Snap to frame edges/layers

    In Photoshop, there are very robust options for snapping to guides, grids, layers, document bounds, etc. each of which can be turned on and off individually.

    In InDesign, snapping is much more limited and it is only possible to snap to guides. This means that whenever snapping is desired, guides must be created, which is an extra step that could be streamlined by expanding snapping options to be more like Photoshop.

    2 votes
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  5. customize number/bullet lists without multiple style sheets

    There should be some way to customize bullet and numbering lists without making multiple style sheets and then reapplying those styles to exisiting areas where styles are already applied. This is a crazy amount of work to do something that has to be done fairly regularly.

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  6. Transform multiple objects at once with their own reference point

    If you select multiple objects they are now treated as one big object and transformed using a reference point from that one big object.
    I really need a checkbox where you can choose for every individual object to keep their own reference points when transforming multiple objects. This will save a lot of time. I know their is a workaround (transform again), but that's more steps and it seems like such a logical feature to have.

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  7. Fit Page to Artwork Bounds or Selected Art

    In Illustrator, there are two very useful features in the OBJECT >> ARTBOARDS menu:
    --Fit to Artwork Bounds
    --Fit to Selected Art

    These automatically adjust the size of the artboard to either the outer boundaries of ALL the artwork on that artboard, or to the outer boundaries of the currently SELECTED artwork.

    I use this all the time in Illustrator. To my knowledge there is no equivalent InDesign feature that automatically resizes a PAGE to the artwork on it. This would be very handy

    2 votes
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  8. Convert placed ai to outlines

    We get a lot of files with placed .ai art/logos with various color modes/values. It would be great if there was an option (similar to converting text to outlines but for vector art) that would make them editable (as if they'd been copy/pasting from ai, no longer linked) right within indd.

    If there is a way/script to do this already, I'd appreciate any info/links for it.

    Thanks!

    1 vote
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  9. Improvement suggestions ‘paragraph’ menu

    Baseline grid value ‘increment every’ field in paragraph menu.
    - Now you have to go to preferences first. It is a significant option for layout.

    Reset option for 'left indent' and 'first line left indent'. Reset to 0/0
    - annoying that I first have to adjust the bottom input field and then the upper one.

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  11. A simple quick command for flipping and rotating objects

    I use the flip and rotate tool quick commands within illustrator all the time and am frustrated by all the clicking I have to do in indesign to do the same thing.

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  12. Conditional Text Automation

    Make Conditional Text more automated by either linking it with Character Styles, or utilizing the GREP Feature to globally tag text,

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  13. Center based on chosen Key Points

    The ability to align object to a key object is very useful, but it would be great if users could specify two key points and center a new object between them. For example, when you want an object to be centered between an existing object and the edge of a page, being able to say "Center this object between *this* point and *this* point".

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  14. I'd like a light gray pasteboard with a dark grey theme

    I'd like the option of a light gray pasteboard and a dark gray theme. I like the dark gray option, but I do not like the white pasteboard.

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  15. transparent paragraphlines

    Would be a cool effect to have transparent paragraph lines.

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  16. Illustrator views / layer visibility

    In Illustrator, one can create custom views, which store both pan/zoom information but also, crucially, layer and sublayer visibility information. Being able to choose among these views when importing an Illustrator file would be very useful – imagine turning 40-ish layers on or off manually.

    I frequently use different instances of the same Illustrator file in my InDesign work, with different Illustrator layers visible. The ability to use custom views would simplify this greatly.

    2 votes
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  17. Search in a text selection won't show

    It's really annoying that I select some text and I want to Find/Replace something in that selected text and I can't do that within the Find/Replace window. Is this a bug or is there another reason why I can't do this?

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  18. Transform Each

    There should be a Transform Each or "Transform Individually" tool, just like there is in Illustrator

    5 votes
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  19. Change link names from links palette

    Sometimes we link to Illustrator or Photoshop files in a Guidelines document, which is a reference to that file as an asset, eg a logo.
    When lots of files are used in this way we often only then see that our files (links) are not names consistently. If we change the filename, then we have to relink everything.
    If we could simply rename the linked files from within the Links palette it would save a lot of time and frustration.
    This option could be dangerous for larger workgroups, but any suggestions would be appreciated.

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  20. Multiple viewports for the same document.

    I'd like to have multiple (at least dual) views for the same InDesign document. I'm editing master pages (1 of 6 layers, guides on) and I would like to see the modifications on the normal pages (all layers on, guides off.

    This might also come in handy when editing indexes or table of contents. Anyway, I can give lots of examples why multiple viewports might be ideal.

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