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  1. Paragraph Border Controls when Split across Columns or Frames

    There needs to be a control that "If paragraph breaks between columns or frames" restricts the paragraph border to: "baseline" , "cap-height" and perhaps a value offset for this. At the very least there needs to be the "clip to frame" option for paragraph border like there is for paragraph shading. However, the controls for baseline and cap-height would be ideal.

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    • Apply object style to a group

      It would be nice if I could apply an object style to grouped objects. Especially useful when using only the position functions.

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      • Synchronize styles across book documents should REMOVE styles as well as updating and adding them.

        Synchronize styles across book documents should REMOVE styles as well as updating and adding them. For all styles: object as well as text.

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        • Add lowercase, Title, and Toggle to Case in style definition options

          When defining a style, under Basic Character Formats, it would be very helpful to force lowercase! (And also add Title and Toggle case options so all case possibilities are present)

          This is especially needed when replacing acronyms (usually typed in all-caps in manuscripts) with the appropriate small caps. It is very time consuming to manually retype all-caps acronyms in lowercase, then apply small caps character styling to it!

          Try doing this for a 300-page book....you'll want to cut your eyes out.

          55 votes
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          • Don't add space between paragraphs of the same style

            I'd like the option to not add space between paragraphs of the same style, even if those paragraphs have space above or below. Microsoft Word has a checkbox that does this, and it's great for list styles. You can create a list style with space above and below and then check that box so that space only appears before and after the list, not between list items.

            In order to achieve the same effect in InDesign, you need three or more styles (one with space above but not below for the first item, one without space above or below for…

            84 votes
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            • I wish to replace Minion Pro (which I never have used and never will use) with Arial

              You've made Minion Pro your default font. I want to use Arial as my default font.
              You've made 1 point your default line width. I want to use 0 point as my default line width.

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              • DIV STYLE Panel FOR EPUB/HTML

                Using hundreds of anchored text boxes (with Object styles) within threads is time-consuming but necessary to provide <div> classes for css.
                It would be MUCH quicker if there was an InDesign Div Styles panel where I could apply a class for css to a section that needs different styling between PDF and ePub/html versions. These sections often contain 5 different Paragraph Styles so I need to add some kind of wrapper.

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                • Add section number (^x) in Paragraph Style / Bullets and Numbering / Number

                  The ability to add the section number in Paragraph Style / Bullets and Numbering / Number.

                  Currently, chapter number (^H) works but section number (^x) does not.

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                  • Spacing & increment styles

                    The inclusion of preset spacing styles (for individual objects) would be very helpful. You could set up a several spacing increment styles and have a one click approach to spacing. this would be very helpful for catalog design work.

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                    • Some way to synchronize and update styles (Paragraph and Character especially) across multiple InDesign documents.

                      Currently, there is no way other than the undesirable "book" workaround method to have a set of Paragraph Styles - that can be updated globally accross multiple InDesign documents.

                      There should be some way to synchronize and update styles (Paragraph and Character Styles especially) across multiple InDesign documents.

                      This could be done by some kind of external "Styles" library (ideally, both Local and or Cloud based) that can be applied to an .indd file, that when updated or changed, will then update or change any document using that same Styles Library.

                      Currently, it is very difficult to keep Styles updated…

                      2 votes
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                      • Allow Adjacent Bordered Paragraphs to Share Their Border

                        It's great that Paragraph Borders are now included but it really needs an option to "Connect Border to Adjacent Paragraphs Sharing the Same Style" so that the border runs around multiple paragraphs if needed. I know you can work around this with forced line breaks and empty lines but that jars with me and doesn't give me proper style sheet control.

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                        • External Paragraph Styles (to keep all documents in sync easily)

                          I would like to have external paragraph styles (and other styles too) so that they can apply to multiple documents and keep all documents using them in sync with the same set of styles.

                          4 votes
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                          • SVGs / AIs and Graphics as bullet points

                            It would be nice if paragraphs styles would allow for SVGs and / or Graphics to be used as "custom bulletpoints".

                            3 votes
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                            • Paragraph Rule Establish Length

                              Under Paragraph Rules, we have the option to increase the indent from the left or the right, it would be nice to just dictate overall length of size

                              3 votes
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                              • Add "Unmap All" to Map Tags to Styles

                                In the Map Tags to Styles popup panel, please supply a "unmap all tags" button. Sometimes we use the tags to prestyle text, but then apply manual overrides, and want to retain the manual overrides when importing new XML. We currently have to manually remove all mapped styles from the tags before doing that, which can be very tedious when working on large numbers of documents.

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                                • Possibility of defining several alternative Font Styles in one Character Style

                                  Possibility of defining several alternative Font Styles in one Character Style.

                                  E.g. Character Style: Italic
                                  Font Style: Regular Italic OR RegularItalic OR Italic OR ItalicRegular OR Italic Regular

                                  Currently working with two families of fonts, one of which has italic defined as Italic and the other as Regular Italic, this is impossible. You have to define two character styles and search the whole text.

                                  2 votes
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                                  • Different corner options?

                                    How about creating a method for users to define new and/or different corner options?

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                                    • Character style in brush form so I can just set it and highlight parts of text and the brush does the rest.

                                      Character style in brush form so I can just set it and highlight parts of text and the brush does the rest.

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                                      • Ability to set Style Override Highlighter as "on" or "off" in preferences

                                        Currently the Style Override Highlighter [+] in the various styles panels functions as a toggle on a per app basis, not as an "on" or "off" preference setting. This means it can't be set on a document by document basis, as enabling it will actually toggle the setting to "off" if a user has the setting switched "on" in their copy of InDesign.

                                        Would greatly appreciate the ability to set this as a normal InDesign preference - ie one that can be set at application/document level, the same as almost every other setting in the program.

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                                        • Retained overwrites

                                          While doing heavy make-up of book texts I often need to get in a line or to space out a line. Doing this without having countless paragraph overrides (with the danger that by clicking "clear override" or applying a script everything would be lost) the only possibility so far is to make numerous paragraph copies, e.g., "body", "body+5", "body+10", "body-5" etc.
                                          A possible solution could be to have the paragraph style definition with some kind of "ranges", maybe "Tracking: 0 - +30" with a default value "0". And the actual value could be selected in a panel. Hopefully someone has…

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