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  1. Option to turn Overprint Preview on as the default preview in Preferences

    I'm doing a lot of package design for flexo printing, always struggling with overprint preview accidentally turned off. This is also a massive issue in conventional offset printing, especially with white accidentally set to overprint (e.g. when changing colors of many objects from black to white at once, or similar situations). This option would be a huge relief.

    20 votes

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  2. Add a UPC barcode Generator

    Add an integrated barcode generator that can produce a wide range of commercial barcodes (UPC, Code 128, ISBN, etc.).

    10 votes

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  3. Custom Bleed amount for each Artboard

    Custom Bleed for each Artboard

    Sometimes I have alot of different arboards.. Business cards and Banners.. the business cards need 1/8" bleed but the banners need 1/4"

    being able to customize bleed per artboard would be very helpful

    8 votes

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  4. Why cant a save as a pdf with the option so scale down?

    Why cant a save as a pdf with the option so scale down?
    if you are working on a shop design and you have the art-board at full size (5666) or whatever it is. I cant save it as a .PDF because its out of range and I cant see a option to scale it down. and we cant print as a PDF anymore...... why are you making proofing so hard?

    7 votes

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  5. Can you please add a function to warn and show white overprints?

    Can you please add a function to warn and show white overprints?

    4 votes

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  6. Best feature proper text completed circle rounded as micromedia freehand MX

    Text completed circle rounded as micro media freehand MX

    Type toolbar insert fonts small, medium, large, huge

    4 votes

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  7. Duplex Printing Control

    Operating System macOS Big Sur 11.5.1
    Adobe Illustrator version 25.4

    The current print process is printing duplex, despite the fact that the printer option is marked as NOT duplex - likewise there is no option for duplex on the illustrator print dialog.

    3 votes

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  8. Would be nice to add an additional document color mode with CMYW or CMYKW

    Would be nice to see a feature to include the color white in the document color mode as either CMYW or CMYKW as an addition. There are printers that use all 5 printer color inks. (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, and White)

    Special printers that utilize white ink to print onto black (or dark-colored) t-shirts can be useful if white is included in the document color mode in Illustrator. This will play a huge role making white more vibrant from the printer.

    3 votes

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  9. 3 votes

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  10. 3 votes

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  11. Saving/Exporting PDF as separate pages

    When saving PDFs, can we have same menu and options as when saving Ai files:
    - separate art-boards into individual files (using range) (InDesign has it)
    - INCLUDE the art-board names with each page
    - please, please, please. We've been using Ai as print files for years, because PDF is lacking this

    3 votes

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  12. Improve print quality for non-postscript printers on macOS

    When using Illustrator on macOS Computers, the quality (resolution) of documents is lower when printed on non-postscript printers than when printing the same document using Acrobat (this seems not to be the case for Windows).
    The attached file shows the difference between the exact same file printed on the same printer using the same settings. The upper part was printed using Acrobat, the lower part was directly printed with Illustrator.

    3 votes

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  13. better handling for Print to Laser Machines

    sending a job "print" to laser machine Illustrator is quite slow and doesn't handle vector and bitmap below 333 dpi.....

    I had to switch to corel draw to be able to "print" vectors @ 0.001 and bitmaps at 250 dpi.... in illustrator it reads vector with at 250 dpi as bitmaps! (dpi should not matter for vectors)

    3 votes

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  14. It would be great to have a densitometer

    Similar to Indesign, to read the tints with the numbers in the separations palette. Currently when building we need to pop it into Indesign to take a reading, especially if there is transparency.

    3 votes

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  15. please bring back pdf print on the mac.

    please bring back pdf print on the mac. I work on big scaled jobs and pdf save dose not save the full artboard

    3 votes

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  16. Overprint black: ignore groups

    This may be brought up elsewhere, but I've tried to give it a clear title.

    Currently, when setting overprint to 100k strokes (for example), Illustrator may not display/apply the overprint for grouped objects, making the user have to find the erroneous objects, then ungroup them.

    Overprint slows Ai down a lot, making this task a real headache, so it'd be lovely if this were sorted in the menu.

    2 votes

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  17. I would love to see Output Preview as in Acrobat DC with the Percentage Ink shown when you move over

    I would love to see Output Preview as in Acrobat DC with the Percentage Ink shown when you move the cursor over an area

    2 votes

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  18. Alignment marks for Screen print

    Is there any way you can add a feature that would allow a novice screen printer the option to select a center mark and bleeds?

    2 votes

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  19. Alignment marks for Screen print

    Is there any way you can add a feature that would allow a novice screen printer the option to select a center mark and bleeds?

    2 votes

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  20. Adding overprint toggles in the Separations Preview window

    Currently, the overprint toggles are only in the "Attributes" panel but the overprint preview toggle is in the Separations Preview panel. Including overprint toggles in the Separations Preview panel allows the user to see the overprints in the file and toggle off/on any visible overprints prior to exporting/printing. This would save on workspace real estate by choosing to exclude the Attributes panel solely for overprint toggles.

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