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  1. Subdivision for Ellipses / Circles

    For constructing objects with circles, it would be nice to have a possibility to enter the subdivision / number of Anchor Points on a circle.
    All circles have 4 Anchor Points and this can be subdivided to 8/16/etc., but when we need a circle with 6 evenly spaced Anchor Points, it's quite a hazzle to get there. Why not add a subdivision field?

    3 votes

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  2. Bounding Box Pivot Point control and rotation improvement

    It would be great to be able to change the pivot point of objects while using the bounding box.
    Also if you can rotate not only if you're close to the corners but by holding anywhere outside the shape.
    These features already exist in Photoshop. I find it veeeery clunky to have to move between select, scale, rotate tools for simple operations that can be consolidated together into one, freeing so many hotkeys for more useful stuff.

    3 votes

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  3. More Eyedroppers

    Sometimes I would like to just use the eyedropper for fill color instead of having it match everything. It would be cool if you have individual eyedropper tools for fill, stroke, font features, and one for everything.

    1 vote

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  4. Toggle Radii in Ellipse Properties

    When editing Ellipse Properties in the transform palette, it's be great to be able to turn off the radiuses in the ellipse, enabling a live shape which is an arc. At the moment you are limited to filled/joined sections.

    5 votes

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  5. Jointures Multiples/Multiple Joins

    Je souhaiterai pouvoir sélectionner de multiples points avec l'outil sélection directe et que la commande joindre (Commande -J) fasse la jointure pour tous les couples de points ayant même abscisse et même ordonnée.
    Ce qui motive ma demande est que je récupère des fichiers générés par des sites web où chaque segment est isolé. C'est problématique soit pour ajouter un fond, soit pour avoir une découpe plus rapide et plus propre sur ma découpe laser. Avec des segments courts, le matériau n'a pas le temps de refroidir entre deux passes et fini par se consumer. Avec des tracés longs, la…

    4 votes

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  6. Blend annotator

    It would be good if the blend tool worked like the gradient annotator where you can weight the blend along the linear axis using sliders to quickly adjust the spacing of the blended objects.

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  7. calculate area of circle

    Please add ability to calculate area of circle (in addition to the existing height/width). This will make it easier for users to create ACCURATE data visualizations/infographics!

    This calculation should be included in Photoshop, InDesign, After Effects -- basically, any tool someone may want to use to create a data viz.

    4 votes

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  8. Vector lasso tool

    Vector lasso tool, which can also make straight lasso lines between lasso points, similar to what pen tool does between anchor points.

    Problem: Selecting multiple objects or anchor points within a complex shape consisting of straight lines, or adjacent to an inclined straight line, is a difficult using the present lasso tool. Please consider the simple example of selecting objects within a triangle - both the rectangular direct selection tool and the lasso tool are useless for that.
    Suggested solution: The present lasso tool could be changed to operate in point-to-point mode while a certain key, e.g. Alt, is pressed,…

    4 votes

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  9. Keeping corner points while dragging an arc.

    When I have an arc that has a corner point at one end, dragging the arc changes the line to an unwanted shape even when "Constrain Path Dragging" is turned on in settings. I ALWAYS need those corner points to remain corner points.

    I suggest using the SHIFT key to keep them as corners.

    Many versions ago (late 80s, early 90s), corner points always remained corner points, and I liked it that way very much!! : ) It made my job so much easier. Since then paths have been a real hassle.

    4 votes

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  10. Don't stop Duplicating when ALT is released !!

    When using Select and Direct Selection Tools, you can duplicate elements by holding ALT-key down.

    But if you release the ALT-key before you release the Mouse Button, the duplicating ceases . This differs from how most of the other applications behaves. For example in Photoshop, duplicating continues even if you release the ALT before you release mouse button.

    How this works in Illustrator leads often to situations where you think you have duplicated something, but you actually just moved it. And often I edit the element I thought I duplicated, and loose lot of work as it wasn't actually duplicated…

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  11. Change Illustrator marker code from % to something no one would use, like tilde

    You know... people REALLY USE the "%" symbol when making charts. We'd like to be able to use it when making live marker symbols, but we can't because that is the reserved symbol for markers. NO ONE would use a tilde since it can't be represented as a data point. Please change this and add functionality to add a suffix to numbers when used in a column marker. You REALLY need to bring charts into the 21st century... I feel like I'm still working in 1999.

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  12. poligonal lasso tool in Illustrator

    I regularly prepare projects in Illustrator, in which I have to mark large, complex groups of objects with a lasso tool. It would be a lot easier for me to work if I could select objects using poligonal lasso in Illustrator. It would save me many hours of work!

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  13. Spring Loaded tools

    Over in Photoshop, it's possible to hold the single-letter shortcut for activating a tool, and to then release the key to return to your previously-used tool.

    In many ways, this is not useful in Illustrator, but in several, it's invaluable. The Zoom tool, in particular--I'd like to be able to hold Z, adjust the zoom, and release Z to be back on the selection tool (or whatever i was previously using).

    The Hand tool already works this way: Take out a tool like Selection (v), and then hold spacebar to get the Hand tool. Drag the canvas around, then release…

    12 votes

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  14. Scissors tool should be aware of stroke width profiles and brush tool data.

    At present, if you use the Scissors tool on a path with a width profile, the resulting paths will both inherit the entire width profile. This always feels wrong; I would much prefer that the resulting paths had new width profiles that match the original look of the path.

    4 votes

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  15. replication

    Replication tool .. Replication tool is not easy enough to use .. Excuse me for mentioning the old Freehand but it had a very easy to use replication tool .. which would just select the shape and set how many times to replicate it and with mouse movement it was easy to make shapes like mandalas Beautiful and psychedelic shapes or anything that needed to be duplicated in a circle easily ... I would be very helpful if there was such a duplication tool as there was in the old software and I would use it a lot

    2 votes

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  16. 3 points arc creation tool

    It is possible to add a feature in arc creation tool that uses the three points creation method (starting point - final point - middle point)?

    I found the current arc creation tool very annoying

    3 votes

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  17. Split "Scale strokes and Effects" into two options...

    Please split the "Scale strokes and effects" into two options, one for strokes, and one for effects. See mockup attached.

    10 votes

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  18. Swap Tool or Transform Option

    I would like a tool or feature whereby I can select two objects, hit the tool or possible transform option and the objects swap their exact positions. This would save an incredible amount of time especially when updating an existing document. There used to be a script for this way back in the day but I think it's time to bring in this very effective feature.

    5 votes

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  19. Add Fit to Artboard option to Rectangle Tool

    In the current situation, enter the size of the Rectangle by writing numbers or drawing it manually

    My suggestion is to add a feature inside the Rectangle box (Fit to artboard)

    I think this feature will save a lot of time

    For clarification, see the attachment

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  20. Straighten/unrotate object

    As far as I can tell, there's no way to re-straighten an object after rotating it. There's nothing retaining what the degree of rotation was. That would be really helpful.

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