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  1. make styles palette at book level (as well as variables, master pages and other shared book elements)

    then, there could be a switch button in paragraph styles palette for documents (as well as other palettes) that makes all styles "inherited" from book "superpalette".

    I mean, that I would make ONE set of styles which will be instantly propagated into all book documents, (which have this switch in "on" state).

    I know it can be done with book "synchronize" button, but it is not working, when you change styles name in one document. Synchronizing just add this style as a new to synchronized documents, instead of changing its names everywhere.

    And, last but not least, there will be…

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    • Book files | make list of all files seachable and make groups for better overview

      When having a Bookfile with a lot of files in it. It is nearly not possible to find the right files. It would be nice if it would be possible to make any groups and make it searchable to find them easier.

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      • Layer selection when creating Table of Contents

        A book having multiple subdocuments in which 3 different languages are used, that each have their own layer, should have a selection of which layer should be addresses when generating the table of contents for it, so that the ToC can also be made in the different languages, per layer.

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        • Ability to lock (and unlock) the order of documents in Book files.

          Ability to lock (and unlock) the order of documents in Book files. In long documents with many chapters it is easy to inadvertently move a document in the book window.

          3 votes
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          • Please add a way within a book file to update all document's tables-of-contents.

            Please add a way within a book file to update all document's tables-of-contents.

            Right now, when I make a change to one document that changes page numbering, I must manually go update the TOC of every document in the book individually. This feature could easily be added to the same "Update Numbering" command within a book document.

            10 votes
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            • Index Alphabetising Systems

              I'm currently producing a book every Bob Dylan song in it for his publisher. It's a huge project and I'm indexing. I've noticed something very odd with InDesign's indexing system, which is that it's only possible to alphabetise letter-by-letter, so if these were song titles, I'd get this (in this order):

              I Dream
              I'm Asking
              I'm Falling
              I Win

              Of course, what I want is word-by-word indexing, which would give me the (correct) following:

              I Dream
              I Win
              I'm Asking
              I'm Falling

              I know I can tweak these entries manually, and I have done but it's laborious and risky. I…

              3 votes
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              • Provide variable features as in Adobe Framemaker

                Adobe Framemaker has a superb variable features
                - Support wrapping of long text from variable in document
                - Conditional text (e.g., <$paratext[Appendix, Chapter]>)
                - Standard portions of text (e.g., $paratext, $paratextonly, $marker1, ...)

                3 votes
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                • Pages panel for book wiev

                  I want the pages panel to display the whole book. Sometimes it is very useful to see the transitions between chapters before exporting to PDF. Double click a page and it opens the file.

                  2 votes
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                  • Traditional Book Focus

                    I write long traditional books with hundreds of black and white text pages. Adobe's focus as a graphics company may be why it misses some important issues for people like me. Editing hundreds of pages of text and incorporating feedback is extremely difficult.

                    To accomplish this I have to get the full layout correct with many chapters all in individual files and then create a PDF version of the book. of course, when viewed two up the pages don' align properly if I don't insert a blank page as the first page using DC. Simple fix, give me a proofing…

                    4 votes
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                    • Scrollable text frame feature.

                      Currently you have the option in the overlays panel, but it currently doesn't work. This is valuable for many design jobs where the client has to cull text to make the content fit into a specified page size. Particularly in PDF format, so if it's possible to make it work for all export formats, not just ePub and Publish online. Clients are still using PDFs so we need to make things work for them.

                      3 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.

                        32 votes
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                        • H&Js

                          Please add several built-in H&Js that we can preselect and let us create and also let us save our own so that we can reuse them in different styles and different documents.

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                          • Apply character styles to every occurrence of specific index entries

                            Allow us to apply character styles to every occurrence of specific index entries. For example book titles that are usually italicized.

                            Under the topic in addition to the sort by options include a checkbox for always apply character style and then the drop down to select a character style.

                            6 votes
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                            • set individual pages as non-numbered in books

                              I use the book feature for many, if not most of the documents that I create. Each individual InDesign document included within the book is a new chapter. Because the majority of my clients request printed copies of the documents I create, I usually create customized tab pages that precede each chapter, so that the end user can easily find a specific section. These tabs are printed on card stock instead of the standard bond paper that is used for the content of the document.

                              The majority of my documents require page numbers, and so I use the feature where…

                              6 votes
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                              • Do not like the new endnote feature. There needs to be an option to disable it when importing Word documents.

                                Endnotes needs an option to be disabled when importing long Word documents. Minimally, it needs an option to run-on the endnote text at the end of the document and dissociate the reference marker with the note text so that both can be formatted with the rest of the document.

                                6 votes
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                                • Multiple index

                                  Support for multiple indices (Index of Subject, Index of Authors, Index of Passages, Index of pictures, index of tables).

                                  That would greatly improve performance of work and cut a lot of time and get out books faster than before with higher accuracy!

                                  11 votes
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                                  • Relative path to linked excel tables and images

                                    I have folders structure for my engineering report. I want to use it for other projects too. So I need possibility to set relative paths for linked tables and pictures to have possibility to copy whole report structure to the new place and repeate all calculations and make new report. Now I have to copy structure, rename old project folder to force InDesign to take new project folder, open new report book,update all links,save new report book with all documents. Restore name of old project folder.

                                    2 votes
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                                    • Add run-in footnotes

                                      Add run-in footnotes, so multiple footnotes could be on the same line to save space (instead of every footnote starting on a new line)

                                      33 votes
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                                      • Easier Conditional Text in Tables

                                        Currently, to apply conditional text to text inside tables, you have to go cell-by-cell to apply the text. This behavior is unlike character and paragraph style application, where you can simply select a bunch of cells and apply the styles all at once. Conditional text application to cell contents should behave the same.

                                        8 votes
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                                        • Add global level or book level text variables.

                                          It would be nice to have book level text variable(s) that is used in documents in that book.

                                          18 votes
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