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  1. Groups, Smart Groups, and Searching in Links Panel

    The links panel should support Groups and Smart Groups. Large numbers of links in projects -- especially those that include a lot of InCopy assignments -- get unwieldy.

    Ideally you would be able to make groups and manually move links into them, and also create smart groups that would automatically update. Ideas for common filters that smart groups would be used for:

    All CMKY images, all non-CMYK images, all InCopy links, all links that need to be updated, all links that are embedded or not, all links that are currently on a Hidden Layer or hidden via conditional text, etc.

    54 votes
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    5 comments  ·  UI  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  2. "Force quit" a background task

    In all the years that we've had background tasks, I've almost never been able to cancel one successfully. Whenever a task hangs up for unknown reasons, and I hit cancel, it just hangs on the 'cancelling' step and the only way to stop it is to force-quit InDesign, which can equal lost work and damaged files.

    I would like to see a more assertive way to force shut down of a background task that isn't cooperating.

    53 votes
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    6 comments  ·  PDF Export  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  3. select similar

    It would be helpful to have a select similar feature for lines and other drawn objects like in illustrator because sometimes I need to change a bunch of things to a different line weight and currently must manually find and change them. I always miss it when I'm working in Indesign instead of Illustrator.

    52 votes
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  4. Publish Online for INDB (book) file

    Please extend Publish Online to Books. I use recurring elements as chapters in presentations and would like to publish online instead of exporting and transmitting PDF files.

    52 votes
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  5. disable "live-update" of cross-references

    we are working on large document (about 600 pages) with many cross-references (over 3000).
    This leads to a very slow performance and makes working with the document a real test of patience.
    It would be great to have an option to temporarily disable the "live-update" of the cross-references!

    51 votes
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    7 comments  ·  Long Document Features  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  6. EPUB CSS output could be improved quite a lot

    So I’m currently in charge of Readium CSS, which is a project related to Readium 2 (link: https://github.com/readium/readium-2), a complete rewrite of Readium SDK, which you may know in the form of a Chrome app – this Chrome app is actually advised by InDesign engineers in the InDesign forums whenever a rendering issue pops up so I assume InDesign engineers know it exists.

    Unfortunately, there are a lot of CSS issues piling up right now and InDesign’s output could really do with some significant improvements to allow for better cross-platform support and rendering. Indeed, Readium 2/CSS is meant to…

    51 votes
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  7. GREP styles as stand-alone named styles

    I use GREP styles a lot, and they are very convenient! But I often have to use the same GREP styles in different paragraph styles. Sometimes they consist of rather complex long expressions, and their transfer to another publication becomes difficult and time-consuming. GREP styles should be placed in a separate list, similar to the other stylesheets, and each of them must have its own name, with which they can be included in the paragraph style.

    51 votes
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  8. Content aware fit in object style // InDesign

    Please make it possible to use the function "content aware fit" for images in an object style.
    // InDesign

    Thanks, Heike Burch // www.moliri.com

    50 votes
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  9. Would like the Links panel to show status, resolution, color information for linked AI and PDF

    It would be helpful to be able to view the following information for linked AI and PDF files in InDesign's links panel:


    • Color space of linked AI and PDF files

    • Status of any links or embedded art in linked AI and PDF files

    • Effective resolution for links or embedded art in linked AI and PDF files

    50 votes
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  10. Endnotes as bibliography, reference one source multiple times.

    When creating a bibliography often times you must reference one source multiple times.

    the way that it is set up now, adding a new endnote creates a new entry at the bottom. there is no way to reference something twice.

    Obviously this creates concerns when considering navigation, as it works both ways now.

    50 votes
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  11. 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.

    49 votes
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  12. 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 !)

    49 votes
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  13. Repeat last action feature

    Please, make something like MS Word, that you can repeat your last action just pressing F4. That could save a lot of time.

    48 votes
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  14. Need option for auto-fit in table cell style

    When I reduce the text size in table, the rows height not fit automatically and its manual work to fit the each row for whole table. It's make easier if we have option to fit the cell height automatically based on content like Object style "Auto-Size"option.

    48 votes
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  15. Show Masterpages overrides.

    There's no way you can tell that someone did alter or remove MasterPage-items on a document page. You should add a little + sign next to the page icon in the Pages panel. Just like altered Paragraph Styles.

    48 votes
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  16. Refine "No Break" by providing suboptions

    While hyphenation preferences can be refined at the Paragraph (style) level, Character (style) options only provide a boolean “No Break” attribute which prevents line breaks whatever the location of the text in the layout.

    Note, for example, that “Hyphenate Across Column” is available as a paragraph option while the user may actually want to turn on/off column breaks from within a character style. The “No Break” attribute is then too harsh, since it fully disallows line breaking.

    Suppose a ITEMS character style is associated to proper names or book titles. We may want to allow regular line breaking for these…

    47 votes
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  17. Static Endnotes

    I need a possibility to turn off the automatic endnote function that appears in InDesign CC 2018. It may be practical for some applications, but it greatly impedes the flexibility of many designs. Can someone tell me if this is possible – the endnotes don't need to be dynamic for my purposes. The way they were imported when placing a Word document in ID CC 2017 was fine.
    Richt now, the only way I know to work around it is to use Peter Kahrel's footnote to endnote script.

    46 votes
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    46 comments  ·  Text and Type  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello All,
    Thank you for reporting the issue to us.
    We have fixed the issue in the latest version of InDesign, Id 15.0

    Please upgrade your InDesign application to the latest version to try out the fix.

    If you face any problems with the new update, do let us know in the comments.

    You may also follow the below given link for the list of all fixed issues in Id 15.0
    https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/kb/fixed-issues.html

    -InDesign Team

  18. Let baseline shift be expressed as a percentage of the font size

    If I've created a paragraph style, sometimes I add a character style with a different size for specific purposes, usually either a bullet point or a quote mark (to highlight a pullquote, for example).

    In practice, this means a bullet point is usually smaller, and the quote mark is larger than the rest of the paragraph text. I alter this size as a horizontal and vertical scale, NOT a specific size in points, as this lets the characters scale in proportion when I alter the type size of the paragraph style.

    However, I usually also include a baseline shift in…

    45 votes
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  19. Text variables to include auto numbers

    When creating a text variable, it would be great to have it capture the auto numbering, e.g. if the heading is "1. Introduction" and the number is set as an auto number to the paragraph style, then the text variable that references that paragraph style should also pick up the number. At the moment, all you get from the text variable is "Introduction". Or at least have that as an option!

    44 votes
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  20. Place a video from a URL with https

    The window for "Place a video from a URL" will not accept a safe HTTPS link (only http). Thus when I publish it, the browser throws a warning asking if I trust the content. Extremely silly bug in this age of security issues.

    43 votes
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