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  1. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE add the Alt/Option key functionality from XD!!!

    I know there is the measure tool. I wish it functioned like XD where holding Alt/Option and hovering over an object will give you the exact distance.

    It's super frustrating to switch between Adobe products and have no consistency. One shortcut to zoom in an app does something entirely different in another.

    Yes, I understand they are different apps but you force people to subscribe to multiple apps instead of allowing people to see a project to completion in one single app. I can learn one or two apps inside out and backward - I cannot learn 50...

    Thanks.

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  2. Option to retract handles or leave in place when converting a curved anchor to a corner anchor

    When changing a curved anchor to a corner, the handles retract. Would be nice if the handles did not retract, or if there was an option to choose retract or leave the handles where there are.

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  3. Symmetric Curve while using Pen Tool

    As in Corel Draw if we are using a "Three point curve tool" we can make it a symmetric circular shape curve by simply pressing the shortcut "SHIFT" key.
    I think it should be in illustrator with the pen tool. We could make it circular by pressing any shortcut key. as most of the time symmetric circular curves are required instead of simple smooth curves.

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  4. Brushes: anomalous effects

    Illustrator 2018 22.0.1

    Steps taken: Applying a pattern brush to a stroke, and adding an extra stroke around that in the appearance panel.

    Expected result: The stroke should only apply to the visible outline of the brush (see image), and no weird visual anomalies.

    Actual result: The stroke applies to both the brush as expected, but also to the original path (which should be invisible). There are also some anomalous gaps between the component parts of the brush, which should not be there.

    Furthermore, if you expand the brush you get a group containing the brush sub-paths (totally fine), but…

    5 votes

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  5. Add an Illustrator shortcut to resize my current tool

    Please add an Illustrator shortcut to resize my current tool! In Photoshop, if you're on the brush tool, then hold down CTRL and OPT, you can drag up/down to resize the brush. That would be GREAT in Illustrator!

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  6. ROTATE AND SCALE TOOL

    ATTACH MY ROTATE AND SCALE TOOL TO THE SELECTION TOOL AGAIN. WASTING TIME GOING BACK AND FORTH ON SOMETHING I PERFORM HUNDREDS OF TIMESA DAY. I'M EXTREMELY DISSAPOINTED
    WITH THIS CHANGE ):

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  7. Consider End handles

    In illustrator we can to adjust start and end point handles in open path, but it have not much sense. What about to consider this handles to adjust shape of the object fill. Not on strait line like usual, but in way like we want. By the way, if we decide to close the path, Ai should make it in that way too.
    So, we doesn't need two objects with stroke and shape separately, it will be one object with adjustable end handles.

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  8. XD style snapping and spacing

    Adobe Experience Design has a nice snapping and spacing function that would drastically increase the power of Illustrator. Being able to more easily repeat objects and adjust the spacing between them by clicking and dragging while being able to see a measure of the spacing.

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  10. Change arrow cursor back to how it used to be.

    I would VERY much like to be able to change the arrow cursor style back to how it was prior to the most recent update. I do not like the arrows no longer having a handle; perhaps I'm irrational, but it's really throwing me and disrupting my workflow.

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  11. Better implementation of Actions

    Do a better implementation of Actions. More like Photoshop.

    Some of the menu itens are not recorded in Actions, and others even with the Insert Menu item, still won't record the custom settings of it, and everytime you play that action, it will bring default values to it and open context menu to you to reenter parameters.
    This must be implemented correctly, direclty with the record and not that patch "Insert Menu Item" option that exist today.
    You should only hit record, do the menu options (even the Effects ones), and it must record it with all custom config you…

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  12. Color Picker digits round up

    Hi, I like Illustrator for many reasons, but I find one little thing is annoying. So often I need to prepare the design files for my printer. And because the color picker doesn't have the feature of auto rounding up the digits, the color I used always has decimals, instead of a rounded up number in CMYK mode. It is not easy for the printer to process these color data. I have to round up each color manually, which is time-consuming and I might miss some elements. So is it possible to have the color picker have an option of…

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  13. 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,…

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  14. 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…

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  15. 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.

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  16. 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.

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  17. 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.

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  18. 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! :)

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  19. 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…

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  20. Option to apply ruler scale

    One of the reasons many people still use CorelDraw for drawing is that they can set a specific drawing scale to the rulers. This is a feature that is still missing from Illustrator and would go a long way to open up the market to designers who use Illustrator as a design program, and finally get people away from Corel. The current option is to constantly draw objects at full-scale (which may be too big for Illustrators limits) or use a calculator/scale converter, which adds significant production time. Currently this option is only available through a very expensive 3rd party…

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