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  1. Retrieving an unsaved file

    Enable an option to retrieve a file within a certain time period, that was closed but not saved. This would be useful when a file is closed in error. This happened to me and I lost a days work. Silly error but easily done as I had a swatch box obscuring the file tab and closed it by mistake. Unfortunately because I then tried to reopen the file, the snapshot in the data recovery file was the re opened unsaved version so I had lost all of the previous 4 hours work.
    Therefore, if it was possible that AI could…

    5 votes

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  2. Export symbols to SVG like as native path/vector

    It would be very coherent to have an option to configure a "break link" when exporting symbols to SVG, leaving it as a common vector.
    Currently, exporting symbols to svg creates a <symbol> element, leaving us with no freedom to manipulate every SVG as usual.
    Extra hint: Put the symbol name as ID of the converted object in vector.
    Since in Web projects, we need SVG with all its elements in native shapes/paths.

    5 votes

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    Need More Info  ·  Dirk Schulze responded

    Hi Adson,

    Thanks a lot for adding your feature request to Uservoice. Just to confirm, symbols are references by at the moment but you’d rather like to have the actual instance added directly:

    Turns to:

    Is this correct? What issues do you have with ?

  3. Save in Multiple Formats at once.

    It would be a HUGE time saving feature.
    It is such a waste of time to have to save each individual file I am working on separately. It would be great for instance to be able to save in both ai and pdf formats at the same time. As well as being able to save every file simultaneously in the chosen format / version.
    Saving files in Illustrator is a truly Tedious, long drawn out affair.
    And of course being able to save in the background so you do not get locked out of other files you are currently working…

    5 votes

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  4. File New fit to Clipboard

    I thought this was already a feature....

    Have content on Clipboard... Open Ai, New File, choose size auto fit to Clipboard

    5 votes

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  5. Shapes created in Photoshop should be paste as vector in Illustrator.

    Shapes created in Photoshop should be paste as a vector in Illustrator.

    After all Photoshop and Illustrator belong to the same family, So at-least we users expect this little ability to have this ease of use.

    Please do include this capability.

    Thanks.
    Jaydev

    5 votes

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  6. Allow the app to send projects to Sketch

    If I want to outline a drawing in Illustrator Draw but color it in Photoshop Sketch, right now I have to save it to the creative cloud as PSD. There should be an option where I can open the full project in Sketch app, in both apps where in Photoshop Sketch I can choose to either import a project from Illustrator Draw, or while in Draw I can export a project to Photoshop Sketch.

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  7. Export quality for EMF or WMF

    When exporting to emf or wmf formats to get editable vectors into PowerPoint the details in curves or small marks get all messed up. For example the details of a registered trade mark on a logo will be distorted or the curve of a letter o will become choppy. This is a huge issue for us and I'm hoping quality settings like the options provided for exporting and svg would fix the issue.

    Thank You

    5 votes

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  8. Save as pdf (range) without ALL canvases being saved in the background

    See here:
    https://community.adobe.com/t5/illustrator-discussions/single-page-pdf-from-illustrator-includes-all-canvases-in-document/m-p/12564633#M300920

    When I save a range from a multiple-canvas Illustrator document, the pdf in Acrobat shows only the range requested, but when opening the pdf back into Illustrator, ALL canvases from the original document are in the document.

    Example (see also screenshots):
    I have a simple Illustrator document with 72 canvases. When I save ONE canvas from that document (Save as PDF, range X, Press quality), the pdf it creates shows to have only one page, but the file size of the pdf is 20+Mb, which for this simple work is exorbitantly high. Upon opening the pdf back…

    4 votes

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  9. 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.

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  10. 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…

    4 votes

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  12. Generate .ico file from Illustrator (AND Photoshop)

    I just used https://icoconvert.com/ to convert a 32x32 PNG to ICO.

    This is something that, in 2020, Illustrator -- AND Photoshop! -- ought to be able to do natively. I mean, if a WEBSITE can do it....

    4 votes

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  13. “Clipping path limit reached for TIFF preview" dialog.

    Please add a checkbox with the "Do not show" option in the “Clipping path limit reached for TIFF preview" dialog. This comes up hourly in my company's workflow and the only option given is "Ok". Thank you.

    4 votes

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  14. Add 'Relink image' in the right click (contextual) menu

    would speed up productivity when replacing multiple linked images by allowing users to control-click or right-click on an image to relink files, rather than going to the menu bar every time.

    4 votes

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  15. Save from Illustrator to iPad Cloud

    I need to be able to save illustrator files to the cloud for ipad use, as I can for Photoshop.

    4 votes

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  16. DWG export to have thumbnail/preview

    DWG files exported from Illustrator have no way to be previewed without opening. DWG files saved from AutoCAD have a thumbnail image included in the file that can be shown by Bridge CC or windows file explorer. but illustrator doesn't seem to export these correctly. This makes it impossible to sort through large amounts of DWG files.

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  17. placeholder image

    image Placeholder function like InDesign

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  18. Show linked file page number and change page of pdf easily

    For example, I have a multi-page pdf file in my hand.
    I choose pdf file in illustrator and I can't understand which page of pdf
    How I can understand which page of pdf file
    And I would like to be able to change the pages like the photo below

    4 votes

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  19. Imported SVG path elements - always black fill

    I am using the latest version of AI (early 2019).

    I notice that SVG path elements often lose their fill color. (They are always black.)

    Have not been able to pin down the exact circumstances where this fails, but I am attaching a bare bones file which exhibits the issue clearly.

    This file displays perfectly in (e.g.) chrome. There's a red and a green filled path.

    But when importing the SVG to AI, the 'red' path loses its fill and becomes black. The green fill is honored on input. I can't see any meaningful difference between the way the fill…

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  20. Allow different computers to work on the same file

    Inspired by the way Google Docs work and how you can edit a file on a shared Dropbox file and have it change to all users it is shared, it'd be really functional if two people could edit a file on at the same time.

    I know this could be really challenging, but it'd make it better for users who work in teams or need to revise files.

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