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  1. Stop appending the word "folder" to all package folder names

    I really really really hate that I have to waste 8 keystrokes (yes, I count the down-arrow to get to the end of the package name) on every single package I make. At least give me the option to change the default suffix.

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  2. Export to Illustrator with Layer Preservation

    We do a lot of packaging design for a large catalog of products and use InDesign for most of that design (due to some specific needs for variants, etc.). We often need to provide the files as .AI format to our manufacturing vendors. It's easy enough to export to PDF, which preserves the spot colors and Acrobat Layers, but when we save from PDF to .AI, the layers vanish. InDesign needs a way to save/export native files in a format that can be opened in Illustrator that preserves all InDesign layers.

    5 votes
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  3. ID - Preflight Navigation

    Hey there,

    i wish i could navigate in my preflight window with arrow keys.

    It's important to check all the "mistakes" fast.

    Kind regards and big thanks!

    4 votes
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  4. Packaging links without duplicating them

    When packaging a job it would be great if InDesign could move rather than duplicate links to a collected folder.

    Currently after packaging a job for print and archiving I then go and delete the original files as I only need the one set. However it takes a while to sort through what I need to keep i.e. alternative images and layered images which I may need for future jobs.

    4 votes
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  5. Print as mockup

    All designers print or export their designs with a stroke that defines the paper size. That stroke could be replaced by a fill that simulate a certain paper colour (prefs defined) and a short subtile dropshadow.
    It would be great to have in the print/export dialogbox a function that could do that for you, simulate a certain paper colour for the background and a dropshadow. Print as Mockup function

    4 votes
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  6. Disable external plugins from earlier versions when packaging files

    I find that some files created with cs5.5/cs6 use external plugins that get embedded in CC 2019 and then cause them to crash when opened on another system without those plugins. Is there any way to disable the plugins at the package stage? That would ideal.

    3 votes
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  7. Allow a "consolidate" type of packaging that doesn't create new copies

    The ability to take the current working document and consolidate copies of links and document fonts around the existing document, rather than create an additional copy of the INDD working file. Using the Package feature for files in progress that are simply being moved between workstations is problematic because you have to remember to delete the "old" version that was just packaged. I would like a way to make 100% sure that everything I need for the existing file is organized within one master folder, without having to embed all the links or manually delete duplicate INDD files.

    3 votes
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  8. Batch "enable profiles for all linked images" option

    There should be an easy way to batch "enable all ICC profiles" for linked images in an opened document.
    Today, the only way to do this is by changing each image individually. Alternatively, you can force an ICC profile mismatch before opening the file, and then enable all profiles while assingning the correct ICC, which it can lead to errors.

    For those whose workflow is based on PDF/X-4, it is crutial to activate the ICC profiles for all the linked images in every InDesign document.
    And since the default behavior for InDesign is to ignore the ICC profile while placing…

    3 votes
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  9. Make the Package feature open by default in the same folder where the indd file is located

    Make the Package feature open by default in the same folder where the indd file is located. That is, when it's asking me which folder to place the package folder into. Currently it opens in the last folder Package feature was used to make a package.

    E.g.
    1. I have indd in C:\1\1.indd
    2. I use the Package function to make a package like C:\1\1 Folder
    3. I have another indd in C:\2\2.indd
    4. If I use the Package function now, when it first asks me which folder to put the package into, it shows me C:\1\, and I have…

    3 votes
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  10. How about making pantone to cmyk again like pre cs6? Adobe's lab conversion has cost us a bundle...Quark's conversion however , still works

    Adobe's pantone to cmyk conversion of 2738 C-100 M-89.86 Y-9.09 K-2.43
    Quarkexpress's pantone 2738 conversion to cmyk c-99.2 m-87.8 y-0 k-8.6
    Panton's website Pantone 2738 conversion to cmyk c-100 m-92 y-0 k-1

    3 votes
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  11. Load automatically the maximun ink (TAC) from the CMYK working space profile in the separations preview palette

    Load automatically the maximun ink (TAC) from the CMYK working space profile in the separations preview palette.

    It would be a nice feature if InDesign could load automatically the maximun ink (TAC) from the CMYK working space profile in the separations preview palette. Sometimes it is quite difficult to find that value inside the profile and if you are working with different requirements, as some prepress workshops do, having that preloaded would avooid many troubles.

    Thanks :)

    3 votes
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  12. Print Preview rather than a P... or is that a d?

    I'm amazed at how complicated it is to be able to print something as simple as front cover and back cover as a spread.

    in fact, i have yet to figure that out at all.

    Is there a reason why i can't print select pages from a catalog, and see where they will land on a page?

    I feel like I'm working in Quark back in 2001. Have we made no progress in in the print dialog box since then?

    I'd like to be able to SEE the pages (from selected range) their orientation on select paper stock, and how…

    3 votes
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  13. Add a way in a book file to change the conditional text "Set" of all documents within the book at a global level.

    Please add a way in a book file to change the conditional text "Set" of all documents within the book at a global level.

    This way I can print "Product A" without having to open every document within the book and changing the "Set" to product A. Like wise for "Product B," etc.

    An alternative would be to add it o the publish/print/export presets.

    3 votes
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  14. Auto speads into pages

    Sometime we have to design in spreads then output for print in pages. This means with a spread you have to add bleed to the right of a left hand page and add bleed to the left of right pages when manually breaking the pages apart.

    It would save time if Indesign 1- split all speads into pages and 2 -
    extended any image/ coloured boxes to the left/ right by the amount specified in the bleed preferences.

    3 votes
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  15. Mixed orientation printing within the same document

    Please consider implementing mixed orientation (auto orientation) with printing so it saves people time from having to export to PDF first then print as it is only possible through Acrobat at the moment.

    3 votes
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  16. Copy dependent files to Links on save

    Can we please have a checkbox in the Save dialog that enables us to automatically collect all dependent files to the Links folder when saving the file?

    I know there is an option to copy links to a folder but this is a manual process. I think the option I’ve described above will alleviate many issues with people unknowingly leaving links in their Downloads folder etc.

    2 votes
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  17. Consolidate shared links when packaging a book

    It would be great when packaging a book to consolidate links that are shared between documents to a "Shared Links" folder.

    As currently if you have 5 chapter document which all have the same link placed in them - then this link will be duplicated 5 times when it is unnecessary and also creates problems when updating links later on

    2 votes
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  18. Please allow an export as TIFF option!

    I don't understand why a graphic design software won't allow pages to be exported as a TIFF! It is fine if it is restricted to single-pages.
    It's a HUGE pain to try to convert my designs into PDF or JPEG and open in photoshop, and always introduces some quality loss. Please Adobe, make your software functional for the 21st century!

    2 votes
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  19. Print menu switches back to "all" instead of "range" automatically

    Every time you print a specific page, and need to print another the print menu automatically switches to "All" instead of "range" This causes a lot of paper waste and abort print job problems. Would it be an idea to make it so that indesign keeps the latest used setting instead? This have been suggested before i guess, but the problem is still there.

    Thank you!

    2 votes
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  20. possibility to change the filename when making a PDF while packaging

    We always define our PDF's with a coding for HR or LR, and I always need to manually add it after packaging. Why not make the naming of the PDF standard as identical to the indd filename, but with an option to change it or add something to it, like what PDF settings where used.

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