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  1. Adding feature for first page number in Text Variable

    We work a lot in typesetting Journal which need to mention page number for each article. The 'last page number' in Text Variable are very useful and I wish to have an option for first page number in the feature. In current situation, I have to change the first page number manually if the pagination changed.
    Thank you.

    9 votes

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  2. Cross-Reference feature

    I'm an avid user of InDesign; currently working on a book-length document of about 150 pages. I often want to cross-reference something said earlier; however it is buried somewhere in the hundreds of paragraphs of the article story format. That means it's very hard to find that paragraph so that I can simply refer to the page number it's on (see attached file of image capture).

    Here's my suggestion: Add a field in the cross-reference dialog box where you can copy in a few leading words of the paragraph you want to find, then have the paragraph text field find…

    9 votes

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  3. Footnotes from all text frames and tables on every page

    My booklets almost always have a complex layout with some (2-5) tables with visible or invisible borders and (2-5) text frames on one page.
    I need there a consistent numbering of footnotes at the end of the page or spread from all tables and text frames on that page (separate for every page). I.e. real footnotes for the whole page not for a single text frame.

    A lot of people for sure have the same issue.

    New endnotes feature in October 2017 update does not resolve the problem at all.

    This input may be closely related to “Please make…

    9 votes

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  4. Rename "Parent Pages" to "Master Pages" again.

    For workflow reasons only, please: Bring us the OPTION to use the word: "Master Page" again. We support inclusiveness, but this is too much!
    This initial idea only had 4 votes and you changed it.

    8 votes

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  5. Endnotes should have the same renumbering options as footnotes

    Footnotes can be set to renumber every SECTION. This is OK, but could be improved (see below).
    However, endnotes can only be set to renumber every STORY. This is a most undesirable limitation, because it requires breaking text threads in order to create new stories. This is destructive design—to limit potential problems it is necessary to wait until layout is completed before breaking threads. Even then, problems can still occur.
    This problem could easily be fixed by allowing endnotes to be renumbered the same ways as footnotes can be—every section.
    Of course, renumbering every section also has a significant limitation—it…

    8 votes

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  6. Allow designers to "group pages" for to provide easier re-organization

    Similar to grouping layers in photoshop and illustrator or styles in INDD, you should provide the folder option inside the pages panel to "group pages" to make sections easier to reorder.

    8 votes

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  7. datamerge control layer visibility and ability to control more via data

    would be cool if we could select the ID-layers-visibility via datamerge. (like Photoshop can do since CS1)
    For example:

    data1: layer1 is visible, layer 2 is invisible
    data2: layer2 is visible, layer 1 is invisible
    etc.

    AND: it would be great to select objectstyles via datamerge. like XMPie can do.

    But XMPie is far much too expensive for small daily business.

    8 votes

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  8. merge text frames

    When copying data from other inDesign files into a new InDesign file, I always end up with multiple text frames, most of them empty, because it creates a new text frame every time, stacked on top of the empty one that was already there. It's very frustrating and has been a talked-about issue for a while (based on my Google searches.) Please, add a Merge Text Frames option to the menu. None of the scripts I've used have worked. It's torturous. As an author, I am constantly editing my text and it's frustrating to realize that adjusting a master page…

    8 votes

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  9. Allow Master Pages to be Marked so that Page Numbering Ignores Them

    Sometimes my documents have pages that don't count as pages when it comes to page numbering but I can't set exceptions to Master Pages so that they are not included.

    I can restart the numbering manually using exiting tools, but the numbers are rendered incorrect if any pages are moved. Having the ability to mark a Master Page as "don't include this page for numbering purposes" would be very useful.

    8 votes

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  10. Overscroll Feature

    It would be so nice to be able to enable overscroll in Indesign like you can in Photoshop. It feels so claustrophobic not being able to overscroll.

    8 votes

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  11. Cross-reference window really too small

    I have to cross-reference dozens and dozens (not to say hundreds and hundreds) of items according to their item number. Of course, they all have a paragraph style and can be found, but not easily: the dialog box for the cross-reference is way too small, displaying only 6 items at the time and we need to scroll and scroll and scroll. On top of that, the items do not appear in alphabetical (or in this case by increasing number) but just randomly. Hair loss guaranted and nerve breaking after an hour of work on the menu too. Would it be…

    8 votes

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  12. Change the page size

    When changing the page size, the current page content is centered relative to the new size. Or it would be nice, if I could choose to attach current content to one of the corners of the page, the same way I can choose the transformation anchor point (the square with the nine anchor points)

    8 votes

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    Need More Info  ·  Anonymous responded

    Thanks for this suggestion. I need a little more information in trying to understand this request a bit more:

    1. Is the situation that you have created a design already or have an existing design and now need to change the page size. Any description on why you need to change the page would be helpful.
    2. How drastic is the page size change. Is it just a minor change or is it something like changing from portrait mode to landscape.
    3. Please share links to any screenshot of the document where you recently needed this feature. This would help us better understand this request.

  13. Pages Folders!

    Being able to group and collapse sections/chapters/draft/optional layouts would be a huge help.

    7 votes

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  14. Managing multiple tabs in InDesign is an abomination

    Managing multiple tabs in InDesign is an abomination. Firstly, the tolerance between reshuffling tabs and pulling a tab out to a separate window is far too small. Try doing this on a 4K screen, move your mouse a couple of millimetres up or down and all of a sudden your tab is now it's own window. Worse still is that when you pull it back into the tabs, it goes right to the back.

    This leads me to my second issue. The lack of any way to reshuffle tabs that have multiple tabs in between. There are two ways to…

    7 votes

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  15. Please make hyphenation an option, NOT the default

    In the Paragraph Panel, hyphenation is selected as the default option, but we know that breaking words across lines lowers readability in text. Please keep it as an option for instances where it's needed, but don't make it the default. When changing it, it should also be universal to a document (in other words, you shouldn't have to click every text box to turn it off).

    7 votes

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  16. Apply Multiple Master Pages per Page (Akin to Layers)

    Ideally, InDesign would treat master pages like layers. In this manner, a variable number of master pages could be applied to any page, allowing for more efficient and quicker customization of page layout. For example, a user might set up the following master pages:

    A-Body (1 Col.)
    B-Body (2 Col.)
    C-Body (Fig. or Table)
    D-Header (Full)
    E-Header (Partial)
    F-Footer (Full)
    G-Footer (Partial)

    In this example, the many possible combinations, such as AD, AF, ADF, AE, AG, AEG, BD, etc. (based on layout needs) wouldn't need to be created. More importantly, as in styles based on parent styles, changes would effectively…

    7 votes

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  17. InDesign Templates and Style updates

    I start by making an InDesign template and incorporating all the object and paragraph styles I think I'll need. Then from my template I create my first document. However, as I proceed with actual content on that document I find I want to modify some styles, add new ones, etc.

    There does not seem to be a way to have my template updated automatically with those style changes/additions. This would be a great help because my template is no longer usable as an "old version". So, I have to save my new document onto and replace that older template (without…

    7 votes

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  18. Add an option in Find/Change to "Continue from cursor position".

    Presently, if you search and then "work" on what you find, and then continue your search, InDesign starts the search over from the beginning. This is frustrating.

    7 votes

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  19. many users working on the same file simultaneously.

    2 users - one is working on pages 1 to 20, other one is working from 21 to the end - but file is the same.

    7 votes

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  20. Embedded Graphic check in Preflight

    It would be really handy if there was a possibility to check for embedded graphics using the Live Preflight.

    Thank you!

    7 votes

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