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  1. Export with Grid

    I tried to search for how to export a document with the grid visible and found some results in Google, but couldn't apply any of them. Over an hour chatting with a Help Agent, I was told it can't be done. Why wouldn't there be an option to export/print with the grid on?
    I've been learning how to do Floor Plans using Illustrator (since I already have Creative Cloud) and got reprimanded for handing in an assignment without a grid...imagine my frustration that it's not even an option AND that it took over an HOUR of chatting with someone to…

    9 votes

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  2. Export Multiple Artboards in DXF format

    I'd love to be able to export multiple artboards to DXF files

    9 votes

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  3. gcode

    Hello!

    I would be absolutely DELIGHTED if you could introduce a way to export G-Code from Illustrator. I have a laser engraver (Cubiio) and the only way I can turn vectors into G-Code at the moment is by using Inkscape and an extension by J Tech Photonics. I hate Inkscape with a passion so I grind my teeth every time. This is what I have to resort to when working with vector files that I would like to convert: https://cubiio.muherz.com/gcode_instruction.html

    There is a G-Code extension available for Illustrator, created by https://diegomonzon.com/illustrator-to-gcode/ , but I have been unable to get it…

    9 votes

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  4. import chart data from Excel or CSV

    Need to be able to import data from an Excel (or at least a CSV) file, to create chart with Charting tool. Rather antiquated to have to copy/paste to get data for a chart. (In more than 30 years of using AI, I've NEVER been given a data file in TXT format--the only option currently available to import graph data.)

    9 votes

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  5. SVG option to convert text to outlines when exporting

    When exporting SVG I have ran into wonkyness with fonts so sometimes we export SVG graphics with text as shapes...

    But then I some times get distracted by a email or chat message and save the ai version with out undoing my text to outlines conversion...

    Why not just have a check box on the SVG export panel "convert all text to shapes" then when I export this option parse the document and convert all text to shapes...

    So I do not have to worry about undoing my convert text to shapes when I save the master ai file.

    Stephen

    9 votes

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  6. 8 votes

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  7. Keyboard shortcut for Relink (Link palette)

    One of the features I use very heavily is the Relink button in the Link palette. It has major advantages over the Place function:

    1) it automatically replaces selected linked images (Place requires you to check the Replace checkbox, which becomes unchecked once you do any other Place that isn't a replace)

    But most importantly,
    2) It allows you to relink multiple linked images (replacing them in order from topmost to bottommost).

    Since there is literally no other way to replace multiple linked images in a single action (Place grays out the Replace checkbox if you have more than one…

    8 votes

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  8. Allow drag and drop of an image from the web

    As a web developer I often want to get web images into my documents. When I drag and drop from a browser on Windows, the url is imported as text which is useless.

    Copy & paste works but PNG transparency comes in with a black background which is usually not workable wither.

    The workaround is to copy the url and use file>place and paste the url in to the address bar. Windows then downloads the image and places it in the document but this process takes 30 seconds which is a big interruption to a workflow.

    8 votes

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  9. Overprint simulation on image file exports (JPEG for example)

    I think that it would add great value when Illustrator exports to image file the option to add overprint simulation, in the same way as InDesign easily does.
    I would add great benefit to our jobs and would simplify some steps (not going to InDesign just to do that).

    8 votes

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  10. Export Individual Layers separately

    Now we can only export the multiple art boards on one layer at a time. Please make it possible to select more than one layer and export those to files.

    It would save a ton of time when we have multiple images to export from like dartboards stacked up on multiple layers.

    8 votes

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  11. "Font embedding" is possible in AI format

    "Font embedding" is possible in AI format, and added “the data of that font is kept if text is not edited" option.
    Data can be delivered to clients and output centers in AI format that all functions can be used, not PDF format.

    (Translated to Japanese)
    AI形式でも「フォントの埋め込み」ができて、「編集しない限り、そのフォントのデータを維持」するオプション。
    クライアントや出力センターに、PDF 形式ではなく、全機能が利用できる AI 形式でデータの受け渡しが可能になる。

    8 votes

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  12. Export Multiple PDF Presets (at the same time!) in "Export for Screens" Menu

    Export Multiple PDF Presets (at the same time!) in "Export for Screens" Menu

    At our design and print shop, when exporting projects, we use a number of PDF (and image) presets to create print ready files, proofs, and web files.

    The Export for Screens feature will not allow us to export multiple PDF Presets (i.e. export print ready PDFs at the same time as smallest file size PDFs).

    8 votes

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  13. Export for Screen Quality of export

    Not sure if it has been asked or discussed (spent way to much time searching for it and not finding it) but the "export for screens" exports terrible quality - mostly for jpg.

    The quality is jagged and blurry when exporting a large graphic with text that has been outlined. Yet, when I use the legacy export for the same width and size I want, the quality is far superior whilst still having a small footprint in size.

    Why is the legacy export, in any format, so much better than the "export for screens" that you have made default?

    Often…

    8 votes

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  14. Increase artboard size limitations for creating PDFs.

    Fix issue of not being able to make PDFs larger than 200 inches. I create packaging for furniture that often exceeds this limitation. Causes major issues when working with printers in China. Please offer another option instead of "scaling artwork down". The packaging has to have very precise dimensions and scaling opens doors to mistakes.

    8 votes

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  15. Export selected only

    Would like to see an "EXPORT SELECTED ONLY" option, so that you can export just a selection of items from a file with many elements. Really a pain to have to copy the items I want to export, and paste them into a new file in order to export them.

    8 votes

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  16. Illustrator - PDF Export Cropmarks

    Illustrator really needs a usefull cropmark export option in the pdf export dialougue. just like InDesign. I mean it looks similar to InDesign but its simply not working! who needs cropmarks up to 15 mm long?? why cant i edit the length, width.. etc?. Please make this function usefull!! asap

    8 votes

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  17. Set default artboard name as file name

    Is it possible to have a setting in preferences to set the default artboard name as the file name?

    Generally I name all my artboards the "file nameCMYK" or "FilenamePantone" for exporting later and it's just a tedious extra step to have to go in and name EVERY artboard what I've already named the file instead of just tacking on a delineation.

    7 votes

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  18. Variable Data, Batch Save and Export should be able to grab filenames from CSV.

    When exporting variable data with a batch save/export command, instead of being limited to File + Number, File + Data Set Name, Data Set Name, there should be an option to grab from a variable within the data. If your variable is named '$Filename', then it recognizes that column as the filename.

    7 votes

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  19. Save a Copy from Adobe Cloud Document.

    I've noticed that when you use the new Save to Cloud Documents feature (which is very nice and convenient) the option to Save a Copy is disabled.

    I'm working on a manual to be viewed as a PDF on mobile devices, so I have to constantly save a PDF copy of my .aic document in order to send it to myself via WhatsApp (which is the target) and review it.

    Not having the Save a Copy option is quite inconvenient. Could you guys enable it?

    Thanks a lot!
    J.

    7 votes

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  20. Export EPS with latex

    The open source Inkscape has the feature where you could edit any text as latex in the EPS-file after exporting it. This makes all scientists and other users of latex mega-happy. This is the easiest way to format the text to fit the latex document, and to add nice math writings to the figure in the blink of an eye, instead of the tedious work of writing the correct font and special math symbols in Illustrator.

    Could Ai please add the feature of generating something similar to what is documented here: http://tug.ctan.org/info/svg-inkscape/InkscapePDFLaTeX.pdf ?

    I believe this is easy and quickly…

    7 votes

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