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  1. Make InDesign be able to import/Export comments from/to PDF

    I want to be able to get the comments from PDF into InDesign so that I can easily incorporate/respond on the comments from people.

    105 votes

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  2. Applying Master pages to 'all even' or 'all odd' pages

    Applying Master pages to 'all even' or 'all odd' pages - would be handy when working with large documents, rather than manually typing or cmd+shift the pages to include.

    103 votes

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    Need More Info  ·  Anonymous responded

    Hi All, thanks for this feature suggestion.

    If I understand this correctly the idea here is that you need a faster way to be able to apply Master Pages to the various pages in the document. One use case is that you want to apply a particular master page to Even and Odd pages.

    Are there other such scenarios too, where you need more support. It would be helpful if you can mention other such scenarios.

    Thanks

  3. 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.

    102 votes

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  4. Folder for Layer

    It would be very helpfull if we can group Layers or make Folders like in Photoshop.

    102 votes

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  5. UI – Some Buttons are missing InDesign CC 2020 (OS X)

    Hello,

    I’ve updated InDesign to the newest version 15.0 (InDesign CC 2020) on OS X.
    And some buttons in the top window border are missing like the percent and the GPU rocket.

    Is it possible to put these back?! Or do I have to change it anywhere in the menu? Can’t find it.

    Best
    Sascha

    101 votes

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    80 comments  ·  UI  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    The InDesign team appreciates your valuable feedback and concerns. These go a long way in helping us make InDesign better for you and update it continuously to cater to evolving user needs. The app bar design was changed as part of these improvement efforts, and will also help us in introducing some modern and exciting functionalities which we have been working on.

    While doing this, we have taken care not to remove any existing functionalities which were available in the previous App Bar design. These have only been relocated – either grouped along with similar functionalities (based on results from our user research) or shifted to improve usability (to provide a consistent experience) while working across Creative Cloud apps, especially Photoshop (Ps) & Illustrator (Ai), which are frequently used by InDesign users. We do understand that it takes time & effort in adopting these but we sincerely hope that the…

  6. Share for Review - Option to add multiple users as Owners.

    On many occasions, we have multiple designers working on the same InDesign file. I've noticed on the new Share for Review feature that only the user that created the Review has access to the comments in the Review panel; other users who open the document get a "no access to comments" message (See attached images). I think it would be extremely beneficial to allow multiple 'owners' of the review, so as to allow multiple users to see comments made in the Review panel.

    95 votes

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  7. Allow negative indentation!

    Please allow negative indentation!

    That would make all kinds of hanging bullets, chapter numbers and outdentations easy without any workaround (like "indent everything but the headlines and lists" ...). It would make text layout faster, purer and cleaner, as the type area could be correctly defined just for the copy text.

    I think this simple change should be easy to implement and bring enormous relief for our craft.

    95 votes

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  8. 94 votes

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  9. Continuous numbering of footnotes and endnotes; endnotes to separate chapter

    PLEASE add these features to the footnote and endnote functionality of InDesign:
    - Continuous numbering of footnotes and endnotes throughout the various indd files within a book document
    - Ability to put the endnotes of the different indd files within a book document in a separate .indd file at the end of the book; numbering continuous OR per chapter.

    94 votes

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  10. 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…

    92 votes

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  11. Allow multiple files and Excel in Data Merge

    Allow multiple files in data merge. Excel should also be possible as an import.

    90 votes

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  12. Enhance the new Suffix feature for exporting single Pages or single Spreads as PDF

    The new Suffix feature allows three parameters: ^#, ^P and ^S. So far so good.
    To make the feature complete I would suggest a couple of other parameters:

    ^N for page names
    Page names like i, ii, iii or a, b, c or 001, 002, 003 would be possible.
    Also names like 200 for the first page in a document that starts with 200 for page one.

    ^X for section prefixes ( max. of 8 characters )

    ^A for names of Alternate Layouts

    ^W for width of page

    ^H for height of page

    ^Pt , ^mm, ^In etc.pp. for unit…

    89 votes

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  13. make data merge possible from Google Sheet without being forced to make csv

    I use DataMerge a lot and its really boring to be forced to export an update to csv when working in collaboration.
    If we could use directly the source file Google Sheet we could improve our workflow (Easy Catalog does it !)

    89 votes

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  14. Add support for Case Transformation in GREP Change to field

    GREP Case Transformations in "Change To"

    Add support for case transformation in the replace patterns "Change to" for changing the case of the original text when using subpattern
    replacements.

    \u Make the next character uppercase
    \U Make all following characters uppercase until reaching another case specifier (\u, \L, \l ) or \E
    \l Make the next character lowercase
    \L Make all following characters lowercase until reaching another case specifier (\u, \U, \l ) or \E
    \E End case transformation opened by \U or \L

    88 votes

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  15. Support for Multicores Performance

    The most of us have powerful mutlicore computers. I think for sure indesign coult have a huge performance boost with Multicore support.

    Until now only powerful 3D programs or video software uses that power. I think in addition of GPU Support it would be a significant performance boost with multi core support.

    For an Example: i got a i7 Quad Core Mac. While writing a big PDF, indesign just uses 1 core.

    87 votes

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  16. Ability to assign a shortcut to [None] in the Character Styles window.

    Because you sometimes want to REMOVE a character style and it would be very beneficial to be able to use a shortcut for that as well.

    86 votes

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  17. Please allow placed PSD layer blend modes to carry over into InDesign

    We build 2-layer Photoshop files for product images. Top layer is product image set to NORMAL blend mode. Bottom layer is shadow of product set to MULTIPLY blend mode. When placed in InDesign the shadow layer does not carry over multiply blending. It knocks out anything under it in InDesign file. Our work around is placing two copies of the PSD file on top of each other. We then have to set the bottom image to Multiply with top layer turned off in Object Layer Options. Then the top image needs to have shadow layer turned off in Object Layer…

    86 votes

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  18. InDesign Accessibility Checker feature

    I use Indesign to create ADA compliant documents. I constantly have to go between InDesign and Acrobat. It would be more productive if the accessibility features in Acrobat were included in InDesign. It would also be nice to have a built in color checker included in Indesign.

    Is there a plug in available??

    85 votes

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  19. Select All Across Pages

    PLEASE create an option to select all objects or text over the entire document instead of just the page/spread you're on. Making a universal change to the document, such as outlining the type is such a pain having to manually change from page to page. I've seen MULTIPLE threads online for the past 8 years of people requesting this, and it hasn't been resolved.

    85 votes

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  20. Form Field Calculations in InDesign

    With InDesign's form tools, we're missing the ability to add calculations to form fields in InDesign, and that task must be done manually in Acrobat.

    To start, I'd like to be able to build simple calcs into my InDesign forms. Example:

    And expense report has a form field for each day of the week, and then a total for all of the days. Would like a simple summation calc that I could use for rows of fields or columns of fields. Or both!

    Another example: multiplication of quantity times price. Or multiplication of 5% sales tax on an amount field.

    83 votes

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