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  1. Accessibility to Authors

    For long book publishers (200–300 pages or more), the appeal of InCopy is being able to share text between the designer, editor, proofreader, and author. But InCopy is $240 for 1 year of use, so of course no freelance proofreader or author is going to buy it. Microsoft Word is far more accessible, $100 for one year and that includes the entire Office suite. Many people also use free online versions from the web or from years past.

    I would suggest making Adobe InCopy free or at least available for a much lower price. Making it free could actually make…

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      2 comments  ·  InCopy  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Add Index panel to InCopy

      It seems to me to be a great oversight that the Index panel of InDesign does not exist within InCopy. To create an index is a natural part of content creation (although the actual generation of an index is naturally part of design).

      Given that the anchors for index entries are in-line with the text as found in both the story editor and galley view, it seems that there should be a way to work with these within InCopy.

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      • Enable Find (from Find & Change) in checked in content (Incopy workflow)

        Currently the Find feature does not work on content which is checked in in an Incopy workflow. It seems like an unnecessary technical restriction which hopefully could easily be changed. E.g. when you'd be on the phone with copywriter while that person is working on the content and you need to quickly find certain sections. Or you need to place an image next to a certain passage.

        (I understand it can be activated by checking out all stories, but there are scenarios when this would be unpractical.)

        I reckon it should be technically not challenging to implement, while logic to…

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        • Make it possible to view names associated with user colors

          InCopy allows users to pick user colors, which are displayed with tracked changes and with notes. But, far as I can tell, there's nowhere I can go to see which user is using each color, unless they leave a note. The editor spends valuable time playing detective about who's making which changes. Could you implement an "alt text" triggered by hovering over tracked changes, similar to how the username pops up when I hover over a note?

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          • InCopy should have a mobile app

            Microsoft word has an app for android which can be used to write ideas while away from the computer and then open up the same file on the desktop for editing. InCopy should have the same functionality with a mobile app that can open or create an icml file to type a story. It wouldn't require any editing, only the bare bones so ideas don't get forgotten.
            Thank you

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            • Changing Paragraph Style in InCopy story does not prompt check-out dialog

              1. InDesign 13.1 and 14.0 both exhibit this behavior.

              2. If you have an InCopy story that is not checked out to you, and you attempt to change a paragraph or character style, the following happens:

              * The style change does not take effect (this is correct)
              * The newly-selected style appears to be selected in the paragraph style panel (incorrect)
              * The "You must check out the contents of this frame in order to make changes. Check out now?" dialog does not appear. (incorrect)

              3. I expect the "You must check out the contents of this frame in order…

              2 votes
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              • Make Track Changes visible in Layout view for InCopy

                Add the ability to see track changes in Layout view for InCopy. It is incredibly annoying for editors to have to switch views constantly to review eidts and then see the layout.

                7 votes
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                • Option to not include InCopy Assignments when Packaging an InDesign file.

                  When using the Package feature, we need an option to choose whether or not to include InCopy .icml assignment links. I need to send a packaged InDesgin document with links, fonts, etc. to 3rd party designers. They won't need the InCopy assignments, and I don't want missing link error messages when they open the file.

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                  • InCopy default view preferences

                    It would be great if InCopy users could set their own "view" preferences and have them be used when opening all InDesign documents. Currently the screen mode (Preview or Normal) is determined by the last InDesign user that saved the INDD. This is the same for grids and guides (something InCopy users usually don't need to see).

                    Ideally this should work the same way you can set the default view of Layout/Galley/Story by doing so without a document open.

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                    • Add an import options dialogue for importing InCopy documents into InDesign

                      Just like when importing Word documents, you can select what stylesheets and attributes to bring into the InDesign or InCopy document, add the same options dialogue window when importing InCopy documents into InDesign. Oftentimes the writer of the InCopy story doesn't use the same stylesheets as the InDesign document. In my case, I build newspapers and we are constantly improving the design and simplifying the naming process for stylesheets. The reporters forget to use the template and therefore old styles or misnamed styles get brought into the document. There are ways around this of course, but when I need to…

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                      • Add Endnote Support for InCopy

                        Please add endnote support for Adobe InCopy. Without it, InCopy sadly is pretty much useless.
                        InDesign Footnotes are too inflexible and working with manual Footnotes is not really feasible in larger documents.

                        6 votes
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                        • InCopy - Give more pdf options in InCopy (pdf presets available)

                          It would be very helpful if the pdf preset options exist also in InCopy. Here, it is the Incopy user who creates and sends the pdfs for corrections (after his last adaptations). The options in InCopy are very poor…

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                          • InCopy mobile?

                            It’s weird, but I hate to write while sitting at a desktop. I would love to be able to curl up on my couch (or at a coffee shop, or on my porch) to write and then sync the text I just wrote into a library to import into InDesign on my desktop.

                            I think an Adobe mobile text editor could be a lightweight and flexible solution that accomodates us tempermental writers!

                            9 votes
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                            • Send Assignment Notifications to InCopy Users

                              It would be nice if InDesign/InCopy sent notifications whenever an assignment was created. Otherwise, I have no idea I have a copy assignment waiting for me unless I'm constantly checking the assignment folder to see if our marketing director has assigned anything to me. Currently, he relies on email or phone to alert me that a new assignment has been created.

                              7 votes
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                              • Improve Incopy

                                Incopy, as it stands today, has lots of problems. We cant use it while working with remote editors. Similarly my clients dont wan to use InCopy as the user interface is too complex for them. Also, some clients can't download a desktop product because of restrictions in their organizations.
                                InCopy is a good product but doesnt fulfill the needs of today's world. Please improve it

                                2 votes
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                                • Track Changes Visible/Printable in Layout View

                                  The ability to view and print tracked changes in layout view for InDesign and InCopy would be an epic game-changer. Workarounds become tedious (especially when working with large publications) and plug-ins become outdated.

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                                  • Ctrl + Backspace

                                    In almost any Windows program (including InDesign) hitting Backspace while pressing Ctrl deletes the word to the left of the cursor., while hitting DEL while pressing Ctrl deletes the word to the right.

                                    With InCopy on Windows, the word to the right is removed no matter if you use DEL or Backspace. This is very irritating and a bit pointless, since Backspace and DEL are just a few cm apart.

                                    Also, I find myself wanting to delete the word to the left of the cursor much more frequently than the word to the right. For me this is a deal…

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                                    • Spell check with glyphs

                                      I added words with glyphs to my custom dictionary. In the spell check and spelling context menu these glyphs are not visible. I see f.ex haha-yoga in stead of Hatha-yoga ( the t in this word has a dot underneath). So my request is to make spell check work with glyphs.

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                                      • Fully support Metric units of measure for ALL Adobe applications!

                                        ALL Adobe products should allow type sizes to be specified using Metric units of measure instead of Imperial units of measure. This would avoid errors from converting between two different units of measure.

                                        This website (https://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~mgk25/metric-typo/) also recommends the use of a publishing 'metric point' equivalent to .25 mm because it corresponds to the dot pitch of many computer monitors.

                                        There is also a unit of measure called the English Metric Unit that is equal to 914400, which would make it easier for your programmers to convert between Imperial and Metric units of measure. Please see http://polymathprogrammer.com/2009/10/22/english-metric-units-and-open-xml/.

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                                        • Notes for images/picture-frames (InCopy)

                                          It's possible to select some text to attach a note, but it's not possible to select images to attach notes (for example the editor like to have the image brighter and like to communicate this to the designer)

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