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  1. Area Calculation

    Having an area calculator would be awesome!

    20 votes

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  2. Pen mode

    Option to disable touch input, AKA pen mode, so that we can't (accidentally) draw strokes/shapes/etc while interacting with the interface or zooming with multi touch. Just like Photoshop does.

    20 votes

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  3. stroke weight

    I would love a keyboard shortcut to change the stroke weight increments, similar to how we can toggle pt size of type. This would allow me to continue my workflow in fullscreen mode.

    19 votes

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  4. Additional arrow-key nudge values by using key combinations...

    I would like the ability to specify multiple nudge values for the arrow keys to be used when certain key combinations are used - so that different nudge distances could be achieved with different arrow key combinations, such as:

    Shift+Arrow
    Ctrl+Arrow
    Alt+Arrow
    Ctrl+Shift+Arrow
    Ctrl+Alt+Arrow
    Shift+Ctrl+Alt+Arrow

    18 votes

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  5. Illustrator support on Huion tablets

    Illustrator is not compatible with huion tablets. The cursor moves when pen moves but no ink comes out when press down. This works in ALL other products (e.g photoshop) except illustrator. Several people have reported this issue.

    17 votes

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  6. Snap shape to artboard or bleeds

    When you draw a rectangle as a background color or border, you could snap to the edges of the artboard or snap to the edges of the bleed.

    17 votes

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  7. Live preview of gradient (while dragging)

    Whenever I'm using the gradient tool I wonder why I can never see the appearance of the gradient while dragging it. resulting in having to tweak it at least a couple of times before I'm content.

    16 votes

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  8. Introduce reset option for shear/rotation/scaling

    Currently, having used the Shear or Scaling tool on an object cannot be undone - except by undoing ANY previous changes to a document, plus the document may not have been closed and reopened, thereby losing the undo stack.

    I'd like to suggest to add a Reset Object option to AI, allowing to reset an object's shear, rotation and scaling attributes to their original values at the time that object was created.

    The suggested Reset Object option should open a confirmation dialog containing three checkboxes for the user to check:


    Reset the following object attributes:

    □ rotation
    □ scaling
    □…

    16 votes

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  9. Illustrator - Align

    The Align tools in all Adobe programs is a wonderful feature. However, in Illustrator when you Align objects it changes the position of ALL of them. In other programs, it tends to be the last object you select takes the dominant position - aligning all others to it. In Illustrator it doesn't seem to matter the order you select, it just aligns it to the nearest center point (thus moving ALL the objects). The Lock feature doesn't help as you cannot select a locked object to align with/to.

    16 votes

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  10. Anchor point smart delete

    Deleting an anchor point by default break up the shape of the stroke.
    What about smart delete, that automatically adjust nearest handles to save the shape of the stroke.
    I dream about it from the cs3 version :)

    15 votes

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  11. Merge anchor points

    I'd like an option to merge two anchor points into one on a shape/path. This would make cleaner paths and objects.

    15 votes

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  12. Please add draw behind and draw inside to illustrator on iPad.

    Please add draw behind and draw inside to illustrator on iPad. Thank you!

    14 votes

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  13. Pattern brush can be created while viewing preview as in pattern edit mode.

    Creating tiles and checking whether the seams are aligned is hard work.
    I think that it is convenient to have a function that can create a pattern brush while watching the preview as in the pattern edit mode.
    It seems that the efficiency of pattern brush creation will be greatly increased.

    (Translated to Japanese)
    タイルを作成し、つなぎ目が揃っているかを確認する作業は大変なので、パターン編集モードのようにプレビューを見ながらパターンブラシを作成できる機能がほしい。
    制作時の作業効率が大幅にUPすると思います。

    14 votes

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  14. Make symbols work in brushes

    When you save symbol as brush, it stops being symbol.
    This makes impossible live update of the brush, when brush changes as soon as you make changes.
    This video shows such live update (after Spyro part):
    https://youtu.be/3OaLZuFZxdk
    Making symbols stay symbols in brushes seems to be the easiest way of having such a behavior in AI.

    14 votes

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  15. Hairline Stroke

    Be more Builder/industry user friendly!
    Please, set a preset "hairline" or 0.001 stroke size... so that CO2 laser users can focus more on creating content that dealing with this type of easy to implement features....

    14 votes

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  16. More CAD-like methods of drawing paths

    For Example:

    Draw a circle by plotting 2 points + defining radius
    Draw a circle by plotting 3 points

    More object snapping options:
    Snap to tangent
    Snap to parallel
    Snap to Perpendicular
    Options to turn various snaps on/off

    14 votes

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  17. Soft selection (Selection drop off)

    This already exists in many 3D applications (Maya, 3D Max, and C4d, for sure) and it's often treated, not as a separate tool, but as a setting in the regular selection tools. The idea is that you can set an gradient influence area where the points directly selected are affected 100% by transform changes, while everything else is affected by the changes but adjusted to the alpha percentage of the gradient at that point's initial location. I know that sounds like a mouthful, but it's very similar to how the mesh warp works (minus the having to convert anything and…

    14 votes

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  18. 3D visualization of art

    Ability to visualize the art on a 3D model.
    Ability to make basic adjustments to 3D attribute.

    14 votes

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  19. Lamé rounded corners

    It would be great to add a way to create Lamé curved corners with rounded corners. (See the section "Optical corner rounding" in https://medium.muz.li/optical-effects-9fca82b4cd9a for an example of this.) Right now, one can make geometric round corners in Adobe Illustrator (and InDesign), but it would add greater flexibility to designs to use Lamé curves to create these more nuanced curves.

    13 votes

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  20. Circle tool : pie shift snap to angles

    Make the pie feature of the circle support snap to angle.
    Example
    https://i.gyazo.com/bbf718e29c9eb4af8af65a8d837de353.mp4

    13 votes

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