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  1. Outlining dotted lines with " aligns dashes", unnecessary anchor points are generated.

    When dotted lines with “Aligns dashes to corners and path ends, adjusting lengths to fit” are outlined , unnecessary anchor points are generated in the circles at both ends.

    When performing detailed processing to create artwork, I sometimes outline dashed lines. So, unnecessary anchor points are an obstacle in such processing.
    Although there are workarounds, I hope that users will get clean outline results without any ingenuity.

    Workaround:
    (A)
    1.Double-click anywhere in the stroke with Width tool to add a new width point.
    2.Execute “Expand Appearance” , “Outline Strokes” or “Flatten Transparency”.

    (B)
    1.Drawing strokes in accurately calculated length with…

    12 votes

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  2. All three stroke gradient types should be applicable to all three stroke alignments

    All three stroke gradient types should be applicable to all three stroke alignments. At the moment, I can only use all three gradient types if the stroke is aligned to the center of the path. If I need to make for instance a circular gradient on a stroke (the second gradient option), I am forced to align the stroke to center.

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  3. Blend Tool > Blend Options Panel stinks, nothing personal.

    I use the Blend tool. A lot. When I start a blend, the Properties Panel helpfully tells me that I have a Blend. Thanks for that. But I still have to go to Object>Blend>Blend Options to get any options for the Blend tool. What if the Blend tool options would magically appear in the Properties panel while I'm using that tool?

    Also, the Blend Options panel will not let me make any changes to the blend other than Spacing or Orientation. How about putting the other Blend Options (Expand, Release, Reverse Spline, etc.) in the Blend Options panel so that…

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  4. Scale Percentage to automatically tell you the Percent of Increase or Decrease in the Object's Size

    Enhancing the Scale tool so that it automatically tells you the Percent of Increase or Decrease in the Objects Size. When scaling elements in Illustrator I cannot always select all and type in 10 inches and have it be what I need. In the attached Image I need the letter T to equal 10 inches in height and scale the other letters up accordingly. So I take the size of the "T" and now have to manually calculate the percent of increase from 4.691” to 10”.

    With an improved Scaling Tool it would be nice to see what that percentage…

    11 votes

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  5. Selection tool: add/remove/invert

    Currently, when making complex direct selections, the Direct Selection Tool only allows addition or inversion of current selection, either by drawing a selection box or by clicking individual vertices (while holding Shift). This is kind of silly. It would be way more straightforward for the tool to allow either addtion, subtraction or inversion of selected vertices (you know, using Shift, Alt of Shift+Alt, respectively).

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  6. ability to change starting point for closed path

    Currently the only option is to cut and the path or redraw the path completely if the starting anchor is in the wrong place. For straight edges, such as a square or even a rectangle it's easy to work around, but when it's a curved edge it is difficult to replicate the same curve with the cut method. Could easily add this feature to stoke effect so that the starting point can be adjusted with a click on the anchor. Or have left and right arrows to move it to a different starting anchor (although that wouldn't work on things…

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  7. The ability trim or extend a line using another line. Like the one they have in Autocad. And the ability to draw various tangent line.

    The ability trim or extend a line using another line. Like the one they have in Autocad. And the ability to draw various tangent line. This will definitely help a lot of Logo designer who work with geometry a lot.

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  8. Make blend profiles

    Blend tool in AI is weak.
    Please add acceleration for both attributes and positions for blended objects, as other competitors do.
    Remove positioning by bezier tension, people hardly use it (watch forums), — make separate curve control for it (or at least sliders!)

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  9. Align panel: Objects touch edges

    I draw as well as design web layouts in Ai, and I spend a lot of time sliding objects around on a pasteboard and using Smart Guides to snap them next to each other so they're touching. I'd like to add a set of features to the align panel that allow you to select two objets, define the target object with a second click, and then define which edge of the objects you want them to touch on: top, bottom, left, right.

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  10. "Divide objects below" with a group

    "Divide objects below" (what I call "cookie cutting") with multiple objects that are from a group, all at once . If I want to cut a pattern (let's say, giraffe spots) out of a shape located below, I should be able to divide the object without having to do it for each individual spot. If the spots are already grouped together to form a pattern, that pattern should be able to divide all at once.

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  11. Better join segments tool

    There are instances (mostly when cleaning up DXF files from 3D models) were there are a lot of broken line segments. It would be great if there were options for the join command to join multiple line segments that are within a certain distance and tangent angle to each other. It would then take multiple separate line segments and join them into one clean and continuous line.

    Maybe there would also be a preview ability that would recolor\highlight the lines that would be joined and then allow you to adjust the distance and angle until you get the desired result.

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  12. Paste symbols along a path

    In Indesign you can copy a path and paste it into a text field, including along a path. This is great because if you paste it repeatedly you can then adjust it like you would with type eg changing height and width, spacing etc.

    I would like to be able to do the same in illustrator.

    10 votes

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  13. Prevent pen tool from auto-connecting when modifier is pressed

    Sometimes I want to draw new path WITHOUT connecting to existing one (and without locking artwork). I'd like to have a modifier key that will temporarily disable auto-connecting.

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  14. Word Cloud Creator

    the ability to create a word cloud based on specific words, fonts to be applied to specific shapes or artwork. This would be very handy.

    10 votes

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  15. character/puppet rigging

    To add the ability to puppet rig illustrations directly in Illustrator.

    This could not only be used to easily move parts of character illustrations while keeping it intact but also export illustrations ready for animating in After Effects.

    Main feature would be ability to pair objects together using anchor points.
    e.g pairing characters hand to forearm and forearm to bicep and bicep to torso. so when the hand is moved the rest of the linked objects will follow.

    10 votes

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  16. Offset Path - Interactive Tool

    Would love to have a tool for interactively creating offset paths.

    Use: Select the tool, click-drag on a path to interactively create an offset version of it

    Tool options could include: [distance], [copies], [join on/off] for open paths, [join type] etc.

    10 votes

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  17. Make ability to create Dead (not Live) shapes

    I don't always need LIVE shapes. They have different controls, different treat of Control panel, they bite off Transform palette. Sometimes I just need rectangular path, as it was before, not Rectangle. Now I have to use Plain rectangle plugin on common basis, rebound to M hotkey.
    I would like to use them if not a bug with Ctrl+Enter in Width/Height fields, while proportion constraint is off (Live shapes don't constraint it with Ctrl+Enter, as everybody else do, — I'm surprised I haven't reported it yet.)

    10 votes

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  18. Polygonal Lasso/Rubber Band effect for standard lasso

    Polygonal Lasso/Rubber Band effect for standard lasso. Should work just like PS lasso. You don't get a break now. Once you start a lasso selection it's on until you've completed your selection.

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  19. Paint Brush Fidelity

    Old illustrator use to let you change the paint brush fidelity with decimal increments. Now there are just 5 options. Can adobe please just change the slider so we can have more options to choose from? The jumps in fidelity options are just too big and it makes drawing a pain.

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  20. Archimedean Spirals

    Surely this should just be a default option for spiral drawing, in the current state of design i would imagine regular spirals would be used far more often than logarithmic, the current way to create them is lengthy and cumbersome.
    Hope this makes it!

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