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  1. Snap collisions

    Is there any way you can implement the snap to collision feature like Astute plugin Colliderscribe?

    Through this feature, you can snap tangents or edges of circles for geometric constructions.

    I just upgraded my Ai from 2019 to 2021 after having my new M1 Macbook and I can’t use my Astute plugin Colliderscribe anymore unless you pay an annual subscription for their whole suite of tools which is unreasonable for me because I only use this particular tool and not the entire suite.

    Corel Draw and Affinity have this feature so I’m thinking to make a switch instead of paying…

    5 votes

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  2. Make the shear tool work as it does in InDesign

    InDesign shearing is superior because you can see where an item's angle is and change it at any time. The best part, however, is that you can extend the sides or resize the sheared shape and it retains the correct angle, allowing you to reuse assets much more easily.

    2 votes

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  3. Make an optional Shapes dialogue that works like Figma

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGBIc6oJCos

    I am in love with these features and could see having an "Advanced Option" set to turn on features like this for quick non-destructive design output.

    Thank you! :)

    4 votes

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  4. Could the Width Tool scale Pattern Brush tiles proportionately instead of squeezing them down distortingly?

    Greetings!

    I'm not sure, if this feature is already there (would be grateful for a response if it already is!). I googled, didn't find anything. It's also too many keywords...

    So. The width tool can varyingly alter the width of a stroke to which a pattern brush is applied to. What I have been struggling with, is that, the width tool only squeezes the pattern tiles perpendicular to the spine of the stroke, and thus distorting the proportions and original composition of the pattern tile itself.

    Is there a way to perhaps, distort the tiles in a manner that they…

    4 votes

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  5. turn a type on path back to a normal path

    If you accidently select a path with the typing tool and save it without undoing it, theres no easy way to change it back to a normal path. You have to use the direct select arrow and click on all segments of the path, then copy and paste it, then join. You cant even click and drag to select all segments. Could there be an easier way to turn this back into a normal path?

    6 votes

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  6. Allow user to disable Brush cursor circle guide.

    Give the user the option to disable the brush cursor guide. Some seem to like it but it would be helpful to me to be able to turn It off.

    2 votes

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  7. 3D rotation tool like XD and reedit primitive shapes

    3D rotation tool like XD please!
    And, the option to reedit a primitive shape (like a star for example). Changing the number of points at anytime.
    ...like Xd already does.
    It's sad that I've been asking for this feature since decades, and now, a new software can do it, instead of the "cutting edge" vectorial software...
    And, the most ridiculous, inside the same company.

    2 votes

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  8. Displaying the direction of a path ...

    ... as well as simply changing the same. The running direction is sometimes important when preparing plot and milling data.

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  9. Auto-calculate spacing of dashed strokes, given dash width and number of dashes

    When I'm designing dials for equipment, I often need to place a dash at a given number of/angular intervals around a curve (eg, ten 1mm dashes around an arc of radius 15mm and theta 3pi/5 radians). Often the simplest, most time-effective way to do this is with dashed lines.

    Currently, in order to work out accurate gap spacings without dashes getting cut off at the end stops, I end up having to calculate arc lengths and gap spacing by hand. I daresay the maths is good for my brain, but it would be really handy to input "dash width: 1mm,…

    2 votes

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  10. Rotation and reflection when selecting an object

    When I have an object selected (left mouse is pressed down), I want to press the space bar to rotate it. This might rotate anticlockwise by 90° (so I would press the space bar three times to rotate the object clockwise by 90°). You could make the rotation angle 45° to be aligned with rotating and holding the shift key.

    Also, while the object is again selected, if I press the X key, the object is reflected horizontally; pressing the Y key reflects it vertically.

    These key strokes have been in use on another software program that I have used…

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  11. Can we please get Image Trace by Color option

    Can we please get Image Trace by Color option. So if we like to trace only single color elements from rastor image, we can do.. We can correct the shape by pen tool and join it to our vector art..

    3 votes

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  12. non destructive erase with brush tool

    it would be nice if we could use the brush in a transparent mode to erase in a non destructive way.

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  13. magic wand selects only visible items

    it would be super helpful if the magic wand could be set to only select what you can see on screen currently. this way you won't accidentally select an item without knowing

    2 votes

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  14. Unify point tangent, angle\length\direction

    Short rationales:
    Point Angle - I need a way to control the exact angle of point handles to unify them across a design. Currently the only way to control the angle is to constrain it to vertical, horizontal, or 45 degree angles.

    Point Handle Length\Direction - If you grab a point handle and make it a different length or direction than the handle on the other side of a point, there is currently no way to re-unify them besides re-drawing the curve.
    There is also no also no way to scale handle length along the direction or angle you’ve already…

    5 votes

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  15. Allow strokes in brush and pencil tools to be shown in real time while drawing

    When you draw lines with freehand tools (pencil/brush), the stroke doesn't show up until after you finish it and release. It just shows as a thin blue line. It doesn't account for thickness so I end up having to redo lines because I can't see what they look line until I finish drawing each line.

    2 votes

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  16. 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.

    17 votes

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  17. Modo sketch para desenhos mais técnicos

    Modo sketch para desenhos mais técnicos. Assim os usuários poderão criar peças mais precisas para impressão ou arquivos dxf para CAD.

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  18. Shape Presets Built in and Integrated into Illustrator

    Please add shape presets for common shapes such as donuts, pies, tear-shapes, double stars (stars with two different lengths of points), square stars, cloud shapes, trapezoids, double arrows, cogs, and crescents. This would streamline the process of creating flat vector icons if there were shape presets for these common shapes. The idea would be to add adjustable anchor points to preset versions of the shapes mentioned above that the user could adjust in the menu or control panel. For example, for the cloud shape, the two parameters could be the number of bubbles & the inner radius(the radius of the…

    3 votes

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  19. The ability to set a line length, no matter what angle the line is on.

    It would be great if there was a section in the transform panel where you could enter a length for a line (instead of setting a height and width for the bounding box).

    This way it would not matter what angle the line was draw at, it could be set to a specific length.

    I've currently been drawing a vertical line, setting a height and then rotating to the correct angle but it is very tedious!

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  20. Allow us to convert all points of shape.

    Why does selecting all the points of a shape suddenly mean you can't convert them to smooth or corner? You should be able to convert them--however you wish--with all the points selected.

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