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  1. Add the ability to select an object by clicking it's visual appearance (strokes, glyphs, effects)

    Sometimes selection tools fail (seemingly) to pick up object.
    For example, if you have an object with fat stroke, clicking to outside part of that stroke will select nothing (or object underneath stroke) — you have to select in/inside edge to do it.
    Second example — type object, with an empty descender zone, behind baseline; you click below letters to select an object behind, but pick type object instead.
    Third example — object with a subtle but wide drop shadow effect applied to it. Shadow is almost invisible (low opacity and light color), but when you click in it, AI…

    23 votes

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  2. 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…

    11 votes

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  3. 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.)

    22 votes

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  4. Changeing force of Bezier handles without changeing their orientation

    Case study:

    1. click Direct Selection Tool (white arrow)
    2. click a curve segment (not vertex) of any shape
    3. drag

    See how the orientation of Bezier tangents at both ends of the segment change orientation? This is most unhelpful. If, instead of dragging the mouse, you use keyboard increments (arrows), then the tool acts the correct way -- changeing the Bezier handles length, or "force", while retaining their direction, or "azimuth".

    I understand the interest of the present behavior, but I believe it would be great if there was a modifier key to activate the "keyboard" behavior when using the mouse drag.

    3 votes

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  5. always create spines for blends

    When you create a blend between two or more closed paths, Illustrator automatically generates a blend spine that you can edit.

    But when your blend involves at least one open path, suddenly Illustrator decides you don't need a spine. If you want one, you have to draw an approximation of the spine you figure your blend would have, probably move it around a lot to put the blend where you want it because you guessed wrong as to where Illustrator thought the center of the paths in your blend would be, and then finally do the blend spine tweaking you…

    2 votes

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  6. 21 votes

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  7. Find and replace graphics

    One of the greatest features of Freehand, and something I miss greatly in Illustrator, is the "Graphic Find And Replace" tool. I use the text find and replace a lot and bringing the same tool set to the graphics side would help with production greatly.

    Some of this functionality can be found with "select same as ..." but is more limited and requires extra steps. Or working with symbols but that's less flexible.

    3 votes

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  8. Stencils: Pencil or Brush Draw Inside/Outside Any Guide or Path

    I'd really like to see an implementation for stencils and drawing along rulers, guides and inside/outside any path.

    See this implementation of Escape Motions app Rebelle 3.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzFyk4r47EY

    https://www.escapemotions.com/products/rebelle/

    2 votes

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  9. An option to enable and use geometric centers for equilateral shapes (polygons)

    Please enable the option to use the geometrically correct centerpoint as the intersection of the edge-normals for odd-edged polygons instead of using the "half the height, half the width"-centerpoint, or at least enable it as an option. Drawing the circumference-circle really is annoying.

    43 votes

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  10. 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.

    36 votes

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  11. 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.

    12 votes

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  12. 2D Extrude

    I would like a 2D extrude feature. For example...

    1. Draw a box and add extra points to it.
    2. Select every other set of two points (i.e. segments) and pull them so they extrude out (instead of bend - or have the choice of bend OR extrude), perpendicular to the line they're on.

    Currently I have to duplicate and rotate and then merge... I'd rather like to be able to pull out extruded segments without having to do it manually.

    Boom! great idea, thanks for adding my name to the next release with this new tool. If you don't understand this…

    9 votes

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  13. Put all Blend options and commands into one dialog / panel

    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…

    17 votes

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  14. 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.

    12 votes

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  15. 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.

    13 votes

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  16. adjust CUSTOM brush STROKE SIZE with bracket keys realtime

    use bracket keys to adjust stroke size of custom brushes for faster editing workflow

    (you can do it to calligraphic brushes now but not custom brushes, super annoying since 80% of my character art is with custom brushes).

    3 votes

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  17. Toggle to Disable touch input

    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.

    35 votes

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  18. Change default point type (corner or smooth) when using Join tool

    When joining two open paths using the Join tool, the point created at their intersection will always be smooth, even if the two paths previously ended in corners (such as in the diagram). I would like to please request that the Join tool give the user the option to choose what kind of point (corner or smooth) it will create.

    In the same vein, may I request that an option to remove previous points be added? (indicated by red arrows on diagram attached)

    Finally, when trying to convert that new point to a corner, one must first explicitly change it…

    2 votes

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  19. Editing corner radius

    It is extremely important in my job that I am able to manipulate the corner radiuses of an object uniformly or individually by entering a specific number. I am not able to find this feature in the latest 2018 version that is as easily accessible as the previous version. I would really appreciate it if this feature was available on the transform palette.

    2 votes

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  20. 31 votes

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