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why is there no navigator panel in indesign?

Explorer ,
Apr 15, 2024 Apr 15, 2024

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i use the navigator panel a lot in other cc programs but apparently indesign doesnt have such a feature, which is really a bummer i find it a really helpful tool. why is there no navigator?

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Apr 15, 2024 Apr 15, 2024

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you can support existing feature requests for navigator here:

 

https://indesign.uservoice.com/forums/601021-adobe-indesign-feature-requests?query=navigator

 

(i agree it's a good idea. at this time though it only yielded 2 votes since 2020.)

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Apr 16, 2024 Apr 16, 2024

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InDesign had a Navigator back in the early days, but it was removed almost 20 years ago in favor of Power Zoom. I was a pre-release tester at the time and pleaded loudly for the Navigator to be preserved, but to no avail.

Good luck to you if you try to file a new feature request.

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Apr 16, 2024 Apr 16, 2024

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Are you familar with the "bird's eye view" in InDesign (and Photoshop)?

 

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Apr 16, 2024 Apr 16, 2024

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Among other things, it's another example of the difference between individual-page, "artboard" apps and long-form, page layout apps. I consider the difference fundamental, despite how smoothly ID, Photoshop and Illustrator blend the workspace these days.


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Apr 16, 2024 Apr 16, 2024

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Nonsense.

Back in the CS days before it was elimanted, the navigator panel worked perfectly well on all docs regardless of length, and I found it far superior to the replacement power zoom or birdseye view as David calls it. Seems, thjough, that I was the only one complaining at the time.

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Apr 16, 2024 Apr 16, 2024

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Okay. I didn't mean it was necessarily useful or not on each kind of app, only that there seems to be some... deliberate forking of features between the two types, and some questions of this type kinda-sorta want an artboard-focused feature in ID, or vice versa, without recognizing the functional differences.

 

I never found the Nav pane useful, but then, I've never tried to do all this fancy-schmancy stuff on a 12-inch laptop screen. 🙂


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Well, monitors have gotten bigger and cheaper, and I've learned to live without the navigator. It wasn't something I used every day even when it was there, but it was a faster way to move around a zoomed page than scrolling or using the hand tool, which is waht I do now. Never use the power zoom.

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