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  1. Table of Contents

    Table of Contents styles should be able to take a selected page range, and generate a TOC based on only that page range.

    Many books have multiple TOCs these days — a master TOC up front, and TOCs at the beginning of each chapter or section, and often a hidden TOC that is used to generate PDF bookmarks.

    Being able to limit page ranges would mean less manually edited of generated TOCs, faster TOC generation, and needing to use fewer paragraph/character styles to handle them!

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    • Table of Contents: Character Style Improvements

      TOCs need to be able to do three different things with character styles that are included in text in a generated TOC:

      1. The Character Style stays present in the TOC (this is currently what InDesign does)
      2. The Character Style is stripped.
      3. The Character Style is mapped to another character style.

      These settings should accessible in the Style: <stylename> section of the TOC options -- customizable for each paragraph style used to generate the TOC.

      The most notable use for the mapping style is when the typeface between the TOC and the body text of the book differs,…

      13 votes
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      • character styles stay/strip/replace in VARIABLES

        Headers created with Variables need to be able to do three different things with character styles that are included in text :

        1. The Character Style stays present in the VARIABLE ;
        2. The Character Style is stripped.
        3. The Character Style is mapped to another character style.

        These settings should accessible in the Style: <stylename> section of the TOC options -- customizable for each paragraph style used to generate the TOC.

        The most notable use for the mapping style is when the typeface between the TOC and the body text of the book differs,…

        9 votes
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        • Make text variables/live captions breakable like normal text

          We work a lot with pictures that get there captions from xmp meta data stored in the pictures.

          There is a great feature in InDesign called textvariables/live captions ;) for this… BUT these variables don‘t wrap like normal text :(

          Instead we have to convert the live captions to static text to get the proper text warp and in doing so losing our live link to the XMP meta data.

          So please enhance this feature to a real feature and allow variables to wrap like normal text. Thanks!

          155 votes
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          • Robust Indexing Software

            We need a more robust indexing software for those of us in book publishing (nonfiction). Due to the finicky nature of having to manually find and enter every index entry, InDesign's indexing software is only plausible for simple indexes that are done infrequently. Because of this, my publishing company adopted a plug-in, Sonar Bookends, a long time ago. Sonar works quite well, but this has made our use of InCopy impossible, as Sonar Bookends was not designed to work with InCopy and is causing it to regularly crash. I don't see any reason why a robust indexing software that can…

            6 votes
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            • Add features to draft legal briefs

              Legal filings are just complicated, cross-linked books.

              Lawyers have to follow court rules when typesetting appellate briefs.
              See e.g., http://www.ca2.uscourts.gov/clerk/case_filing/rules/rules_home.html
              https://www.supremecourt.gov/filingandrules/rules_guidance.aspx

              WordPerfect has a few useful features: see "Legal Toolbar" https://www.wordperfect.com/en/product/professional-edition/#features

              You should add a feature to create a Table of Authorities (ToA). The ToA lists each authority cited along with every page on which it is cited. The ToA has different sections for different kinds of authorities, e.g., cases, statutes, etc.

              The best way would be to have InDesign identify authorities/citations. Most lawyers follow the Bluebook. https://www.legalbluebook.com/default.aspx
              Others follow the RedBook or the MaroonBook.

              Make selecting, dragging, and dropping…

              10 votes
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              • Select multiple objects/images across spreads

                Please develop a way to select multiple object or images across multiple spreads. I have a 300+ page document that needs all images nudged slightly up or down.

                3 votes
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                • The ability to unlink footnote/endnotes from references, thus turning the footnote/endnotes into static notes.

                  As a designer who typesets thousands of pages of academic research annually, the ability to convert footnotes to endnotes and vice versa is a helpful addition (thanks InDesign team), but more features are needed:

                  The ability to unlink footnote/endnotes from references, thus turning the footnote/endnotes into static notes.

                  Currently this process is accomplished only via the benevolence and magic of Peter Kahrel's script, available here: http://www.kahrel.plus.com/indesign/end_to_static_CC2018.jsx

                  The reason being, I can no longer use the InDesign XML tagging feature while the footnote/endnotes remain linked—for some reason, XML tagging of footnote/endnote text is not supported!

                  If you'll indulge me, here's a…

                  3 votes
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                  • Preflight Panel: Page Range Textbox should be wider

                    In the preflight panel, the textbox that you can type page ranges into is simply too small, leading to confusion when you're working with higher-numbered ranges. See attached images of the same range and how digits are easily obscured.

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                    • InDesign Books Improvements

                      The Book Panel is still bare bones.

                      1. I want all the fly-out menu options for a book to be available with a secondary click/contextual menu.

                      2. I want label colors in the Book panel to mark the status of various documents/chapters.

                      7 votes
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                      • Support Apple Pages file as original text file

                        I use Pages a lot, more than word, as pages support a lot of macOS native shortcut and I like to use them to quickly do my text editing, but word on the other hand has too many shortcut that doest follow the logic in macOS…

                        As a heavy Pages user, it would be a huge time saving option to be able to link my pages file into indesign the same way as word file does.

                        I like the idea of doing my text in a clean text editor like Pages, and linking it to InDesign to do the heavy…

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                        • pages counter in book panel

                          It would be useful to see total number of pages in a book.
                          I could be displayed in the very bottom row of book panel, next to synchronize or save book icons (on the left).

                          10 votes
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                          • Continue footnotes numeration

                            Add the possibility to continue footnotes numeration over different stories. For example, continue footnotes numeration on different chapters of a book, where each chapter is one independent file.

                            35 votes
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                            • Make the PDF Comments available for book document

                              Include the possibility to import PDF comments in an indesign book document. It would make easier than export/import each file of a book.

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                              • Make the PDF Comments available for book document

                                Include the possibility to import PDF comments in an indesign book document. It would make easier than export/import each file of a book.

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                                • Windows within Pages Panel

                                  When working on a long document, you may need to refer back to an earlier page for information or formatting consistency. An easy way to do this would be to allow for the Pages Panel to be subdivided into windows or views of the overall docuement. That way when you are at page 120 and need to look at 80, you could simply get 80 in one window and 120 and its adjacent pages in the other. You would then be able to toggle back and forth without having to scroll all the way up and down through the whole…

                                  4 votes
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                                  • disable "live-update" of cross-references

                                    we are working on large document (about 600 pages) with many cross-references (over 3000).
                                    This leads to a very slow performance and makes working with the document a real test of patience.
                                    It would be great to have an option to temporarily disable the "live-update" of the cross-references!

                                    13 votes
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                                    • Please bring back mini bridge.

                                      Mini bridge was a great feature. Using Bridge inside of Indesign saved a lot of time and frustration with messy images files from clients.

                                      6 votes
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                                      • Remove [All paragraph] from Cross-Reference

                                        After the update Indesign to the latest version, there is an option for [All Paragraph] when creating a new cross-reference. This has led to a very slow performance when it tries to load all paragraph by default.

                                        The alternative is having a "unchecked" option for user, perhaps?

                                        1 vote
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                                        • make book remember relative (to book file) chapter documents path

                                          book should "remember" documents paths relative to book own file path.
                                          After copying whole folder with book and documents files to new place, the book is opening chapters from old place instead of the one, that they are.
                                          Just like it is in Framemaker.

                                          To omit this error, you have to change the name of old folder.

                                          9 votes
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