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  1. Add "Preview" button when creating a new color swatch

    When you have and object selected and a fill or stroke color is applied to it...and you want to create a new swatch using a different color...a "Preview" box in the New Swatch dialog box would be helpful so you can see how it would look before accepting it. Currently, ID will apply your new swatch to your selected object(s) after it's created, so allowing adjustments at the same time could cut down on an extra step should you need to tweak the color.

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  2. Swatch Grouping

    The Color Group function is really useful, but it only works in the creation phase if you select multiple colours. There's no obvious way to add a colour to a group after it's been created - there's no contextual menu option, there's no palette menu option, and seemingly, you can't drag and drop it into the folder, which is counterintuitive as this is something users do all the time with Layers. Similarly, color groups should function the same way inside the CC Libraries palette. There should be a shortcut to add any selected Swatch or Color Group to the current…

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  3. adding PMS colors to color books

    Rahul Sharma: Hello. Welcome to Adobe Technical Support.
    Mirjam Pijning: Hi
    Rahul Sharma: Please allow me 1-2 minutes while I review your issue.
    Rahul Sharma: As I can understand, you want to use PMS 2148C swatch color, is that correct ?
    Mirjam Pijning: That is correct
    Mirjam Pijning: But it is not available in the color book PMS Solid Coated
    Rahul Sharma: I apologize for the inconvenience.
    Rahul Sharma: I'll be glad to help you with your issue today.
    Rahul Sharma: May I have your phone number to update your profile?
    Mirjam Pijning: +31 6 46 23 03 62
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  4. Replace white background color with transparency

    Quark X Press is able to replace the white background color of a placed TIFF image with transparency - this is the only feature I miss in InDesign.

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  5. option to read in spectrophotometer results

    Create a import option to accept readings from a spectro. that can identify its closest PMS color - and or - create a new SPOT swatch that uses the opposite values of the Lab readings to compensate that value to achieve an closer DeltaE reading on the next print of a specified PMS value that you are wanting to reach

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  6. swatches, color, and gradient panels like illustrator

    Illustrator has the easiest to use and most powerful swatches, color, and gradient panels. Indesign would be a much better experience if it just used them. Just make them exactly the same.

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  7. Option to merge swatches when importing from another document

    When Importing Swatches from another document produce a dialog similar to when importing Text Styles. I should be able to choose which ones i want to import and be able to decide what to do if there are swatches of the same name. In some cases i would like it to overwrite the swatch on the active document with the swatch that exists on the imported documents swatches.

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  8. Opening items such as swatches in the columns when hovering the mouse over them

    Currently I do not know of a way to enable it so that anything you hover the mouse over automatically opens without you having to click on it, i.e the swatches/ colour tabs when in a column. Please let me know if there is otherwise this would be a nice feature.

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  9. Colour Themes for in-RIP separation

    Not sure whether to post this as colours, printing or CC Libraries.... Perhaps all of them...

    I print with in-RIP separations to match named colours in InDesign with the printer RIP to always receive accurate colours for comparing to customer colouring scales or calibrating new custom colours with a photo spectrometer. When creating a custom colour theme for a customer, I cannot do this because I cannot give each colour an individual name and as such I need to manually add every colour and rename them as needed.

    I want to be able to rename a theme called X with…

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  10. Distribute gradient colour stops evenly

    It would be nice if there was a button in the gradient palette that automatically distributed all the colour stop locations evenly from 0% to 100%.

    Often gradients have 5+ colour stops in them, and it becomes tricky when adding more stops to then rearrange them all across the entire length.

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  11. Spot color overprint per default

    It would be great to have a way to generally overprint a spot color in the whole Indesign document.

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  12. New object remembers previous object's settings

    In Illustrator, if you draw an (for example) orange rectangle with a 5pt outline, the next object you draw will have the same settings. How do I do this in Indesign? Each new object I draw in Insdesign defaults to the same basic setting, and does not remember what I previously drew. Your Support people tell me this is not possible. Please add this feature to a new release, as the default. (And, yes, I know about styles, that's too long-winded as I might just need to draw a dozen orange boxes once).

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  13. Avoir la fonction comme dans illustrateur du 'glissé" de la couleur du cadre vers la couleur de fond. ou l'inverse.

    Avoir la fonction comme dans illustrateur du 'glissé" de la couleur du cadre vers la couleur de fond. ou l'inverse.

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  14. Appearance Panel in Properties window

    In the properties window, every-time I open the fill in the appearance panel I have to open any swatch folders, it would be good if it remembered which folders were open so I don't have to open each time. Also, would be handy to have the switch from Text to Frame as icons to the left of that panel, then it's just one selection rather than two.

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  15. Make Color Books available under Window menu, like in Illustrator

    I can no longer view Window > Swatch Library > Color Books. This now missing function allowed me to view/choose Pantone and other color books PLUS opened a window with all the swatches at once, just like Illustrator does.
    Please reinstate this feature! of viewing the color book swatches arrayed in rows/columns in a scrolling window. See attached screenshot for how it used to look (matches how it works in Illustrator).

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  16. Load multiple swatches

    The lack of ability to load multiple swatches in one go in Indesign is frustrating. Having to do it one at a time is counter intuitive and time consuming.

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  17. Add swatch to default list for future use

    When you create a swatch in colour picker and add it to swatches, give an option to "add to default" menu, so it forms part of the default set when you open a new document.

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  18. Color/swatches Library

    In PS and AI, there're a lot of built-in color/gradient libraries, and when you want to select a color, you ca just append them or open a color library, but in indesign, there're no ways you can do so, a lot of the color selecting work is done by guessing unless you know which color you want to choose

    I hope there will be a built-in color library (if the interactive buttons can have a built-in library and why don't we add a sample color library?

    I know the "Official" way to do this is using Adove Color Theme Panel,…

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  19. Color Picker Shortcut

    There are a bunch of ways to select color in InDesign, but the easiest and omnipotent way is using color picker, unfortunately, there's no way to call it out in Indesign unless you double-click the fill/stroke icon in the tools panel

    and theres no way to add a customised shortcut to the color picker panel as well. I really wish to see this feature in future InDesign

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  20. Color Swatches Menu too small and not resizable

    In InDesign CC 2019 the Color Swatches Menu is too small and not resizable, like in CS6. It was very useful to resize the menu so not to have to scroll in a small window through the many colors of some projects.

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