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  1. Character Style contestual to Paragraph Style

    Suppose you have a text, for example an introduction, with some word (i.e. titles) in Italic in it. Now you decide that this text must be in Italic. So, all the titles in it that were in Italic must be in plain.
    In CSS this is easy to do; you'll have something like span.title { font-style: italic; } with the variant p.intro span.title { font-style: normal; }.
    I think it's a necessity quite frequent. In other similar scenario you may have to use different colors, different weights.

    4 votes
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  2. Checkbox to exclude styles from output in »edit all export tags« panel

    I'd love to exclude styles to be output into HTML, EPUB, etc. with a simple checkbox in the »edit all export tags« panel. Up to now, I have to delete styles that I don't want in the export every time before the export. The checkbox would save a lot of time with recurring work as journals etc.

    4 votes
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  3. Vignette effect for frames

    Hi guys,

    This would be a killing feature. There's NO WAY to automatically assign a vignette effect to a photo frame. I order to do that I have to:

    1) Emulate the effect . by assigning inner shadow to a frame. This is kind of ok but it has probblems: it's not a propper vignette (vignettes actually affect corners, kind of a radial gradient) and there is no way to apply a size that is relative to the frame (I know, this is not even possible anywhere).

    2) On a picture, I can select the content of the frame (the…

    4 votes
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  4. alt/option + new style

    When you want to create a new style and have the window pop up immediatly, you have to alt+click on ne "new style" button.
    The window should pop up when you simply click the "new style" button. This should be the same for other panels such as the swatches panel.

    3 votes
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  5. Revision clouds/bubbles

    Would love to add a feature to do revision clouds (for architectural plans and presentations) like adobe acrobat has

    3 votes
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  6. Add to TOC checkbox for Paragraph Style Options window

    While working on a project with lots of styles it will be hard to decide all the styles on TOC window. It will be useful to select TOC styles on Paragraph Style Options window.

    3 votes
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  7. paragraph shading borders align to / away from spine

    Add the ability to have paragraph shading and borders align to / away from spine. Also make it possible to have each corner affect individually align in relation to the spine.

    3 votes
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  8. 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.

    3 votes
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  9. Better Stroke Styles with Gap color

    This is actually a crossover between objects and styles. When I do a custom striped stroke style with a gap color, the gap color peeks out behind the stroke. It appears both in InDesign and in the resulting PDF. That background color should not show.

    3 votes
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  10. Creation of Table of Contents — Adjustable size of the interface window (width and height)

    Creation of Table of Contents — Adjustable interface window (width and height)

    When working in huge and very complex documents — with dozens and dozens of paragraph styles and very complex table of contents —, the limitations of the interface window are rather annoying. The window cannot namely be expanded to have a better view of the selected styles.

    The number of visible styles is namely limited to four (see screenshot). And the width cannot be adjusted either.

    It would thus be a considerable improvement if the window size could be customized in order to have a much better view…

    2 votes
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  11. 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.

    2 votes
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  12. I am designing a book with message bubbles, wish you had a variety of them in paragraph shading. Perhaps paragraph custom "shapes."

    I am designing a book with message bubbles, I so wish you had a variety of them in paragraph shading. Perhaps you could add custom paragraph "shapes."

    2 votes
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  13. Search bar in Paragraph/Character/Object

    Search bar in Paragraph/Character/Object

    2 votes
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  14. Right click a Style Sheet, Find this Style

    For years I've been hoping for an option to right click a a specific style to FIND THIS STYLE in the document. Because we all name them differently, I sometimes need to find a Style in the document, rather than click all over the place to hunt it down.

    I'm currently working with a manual that I did not create. There are 30 or 40 styles I have to clean up. I love the Select All Unused option, but now I have styles that I know I'm not using and they're still showing as existing somewhere in the document.

    Please…

    2 votes
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  16. Character styles applied to paragraphs apply to bullets as well

    99.9% of the time I want bullets to match the text color. When changing the character color via the Paragraph Styles palette or when selecting the text and changing the color via the color palette, the bullets do just that. But when I select text and change the color via a character style, the bullets don't follow suit.

    To give you an example of why this would be useful to me, one thing I often end up doing is creating two versions of something: one on a dark background, one on a light background. The only thing different between the…

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  17. Need a tutorial on forcing a paragraph style to actually work

    I've been sporadically hunting for a year on how to force a paragraph style to actually work in a text box. Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn't. Yes, I've tried the option bit. All I want is for the right margins to be the same, and to have a bottom margin that will keep the last line X amount of line-height from the bottom of the text box.

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  18. Using local alphabets in Numering Style Format (Paragraph Styles)

    We have only two character formats "A, B, C, D ..." and "a, b, c, d ..." except digital. But many of us work with texts in languages with other alphabets, which are also used as indexes of lists. It would be nice to have formats of local alphabets depending on the language chosen for the paragraph. For example, if the Russian language is selected for the paragraph, then in the list of character formats, except the Latin alphabet, there will be a Russian "А, Б, В, Г..."
    This property should not depend on whether the localized or English version…

    2 votes
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  19. Easier crosschecking, resetting and copying throughout all styles

    We are working with at least ten different paragraph styles per document. If there are changes to be made in the CIs we have to check every single style: Opening up the Paragraph Style Options window, changing, closing, next style, reapeat... forgetting something and opening all windows again to check.
    -> How about a button in the Paragraph Style Options window to jump to the previous or next style in the list? (might be useful to every kind of Style Option window)

    In the Paragraph Style Options window there is a Reset to Base button only under General.
    -> I…

    2 votes
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  20. Keyboard Shortcut for Adopting Paragraph Style Sheets

    1. Using the text tool, click in a paragraph.

    2. Hold Option & Shift, then click a Style Sheet formatted paragraph

    3. The paragraph that had the text tool in it is now formatted to the [Option/Shift] clicked paragraph's Style Sheet.

    This is one of the most time saving keyboard shortcuts from Quark Xpress.

    This saves countless hours for anyone formatting text, albeit a tri-fold, or a 1,000 page catalog.

    PS: If you're going to mention Command/Return to bring up Style Sheets, this is not time saving. The user still has to scroll the curser around to select the Paragraph/Character…

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