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  1. search for tools by name when editing the toolbar

    When editing the tools that are in the toolbar we are confronted with a big panel full of tools. The recent update that categorizes them and allows for a grid view is very helpful. However, I still find myself scrolling down and up trying to find the particular tool I would like to add to the toolbar because it's so easy to miss it. If there were a little search bar at the top where we could type the name of the tool we are trying to locate to pair down the options it would be a much nicer/quicker experience.

    2 votes

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  2. Option to disable Rotate View

    I think the new rotate view update is great if you want to work from multiple angles. But I’ve found it extremely difficult to work while using my trackpad because when ever I zoom in on my projects rotate view is automatically triggered and I have to keep going back to reset my view. As someone who works on multiple art boards at once this happens in a smaller span of time which tends to become annoying after a while.

    33 votes

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  3. Recovery Improvement

    The cancel button should not instantly close the file. The reason why is I'm so used to pressing cancel to get out of an option that I don't want without it closing the file. Because of this, I have been conditioned to think that if I press cancel then I will still be able to work on the file. This goes for all Recovery options on all the programs. It would also be nice to have access to said recovery file longer rather than it being completely lost after pressing cancel.

    2 votes

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  4. Curvature Combs and Tunni lines

    Two ideas, both aimed at creating smoother curves:

    1. curvature combs:
      an additional visual aid that could be enabled/disabled via hotkey or option on a panel that assists the artist/user in evaluating whether a curve is continuously smooth, or whether it needs adjustment. See this blog for a quick coded breakdown:
      https://observablehq.com/@jrus/curvature-comb
      see this webpage for more traditional curvature combs with lines perpendicular to the curved path, in proportion to the path's curvature at that point:
      http://www.bluesmith.co.uk/evaluateComb.htm

    2. Tunni lines:
      an additional assist/handle for helping a user more precisely adjust a curve (or multiple curves), both symmetrically and asymmetrically.
      See this example…

    15 votes

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  5. Ignore commas in graph data

    I create regional reports with a lot of data visualization, so I copy and paste from excel and google sheets all the time. The amount of time I spend removing commas from each number over 999 while creating graphs is wild. I'm working on finding better workflows for this, but if you could just make commas invisible or intelligible to the data window in Illustrator, I would be so happy!

    1 vote

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  6. Basic touchpad functionality on Windows

    As someone who just switched from Mac to Windows, it's incredibly frustrating not to be able to zoom with a pinch or even to scroll diagonally.

    3 votes

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  7. Zoom factor that shows all artboards

    I'd like to have an additional zoom factor in the zoom drop down field that says "All artboards" that zooms out so far that all artboards are visible.

    4 votes

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  8. 맥 버전에서도 윈도우버전과 같은 단축키를 쓸 수 있게 부탁드립니다.

    윈도우 버전에서는 알트 키를 이용해 메뉴에 접근하고 주요 메뉴는 연속된 키 입력으로 접근이 가능합니다. 예를 들어 문자 전체 선택을 하기 위해서는 알트 sop를 누르면 됩니다. 이러한 방법이 맥 버전에서는 불가능해 너무 불편합니다. 동일한 방식으로 단축키를 사용할 수 있도록 업데이트 부탁드립니다.

    2 votes

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  9. Add nudge buttons to Pattern Options / Width and Height

    Add nudge buttons to Pattern Options / Width and Height

    It's inconvenient to type in vales to try/finetune.

    3 votes

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  10. Better ui for 'All Tools'

    The All Tools addition to the Tools had great potential, but the implementation is not intuitive imho.

    Why doesn't it allow to select the shown tools directly?

    Why not make a search box / let it react to the keyboard, so a tool can be selected fast, without having it to add to the Toolbox?

    E.g. a Spiral is needed once in a while, but is not necessary in the Toolbox.

    2 votes

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  11. Change behavior of scrolling out of bounds or overlapping panels

    When dragging an element to the page or screen edge, the scrolling rate goes from 10px/second to 1000 and you spend most of your time trying to figure out how to go back far enough but not too far. If you go too far, you scroll 1000px in the other direction. All while you are holding a bunch of important elements that you don't want to release. It's unnerving and makes no sense. Make the scroll rate consistent even when scrolling out of bounds. Either that or don't let us scroll further our of bounds than the width or height…

    2 votes

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  12. Put Tool Options in a Panel

    Put all Tool Options into a panel instead of a modal dialog. Stop interrupting workflow to get settings that could easily be encapsulated into a panel.

    Also, quit with the 50 different ways of asking the same thing. The blob tool, warp tool, any brush tool all use different ways of getting at the same setting:

    Brush Size, Brush Shape, Brush Angle, Brush Roundness, Intensity Pick the best one and stick with it in all the tool settings.

    3 votes

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  13. Open Library file

    It would be great if the initial Illustrator screen included an "open from Library" option. This may already be there but if it is, it was not obvious enough for me to find 😬. I often want to edit or open library assets and I think it would be great if I didn't have to create a new file in order to be able to open library items.

    4 votes

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  14. Try to Eliminate Modal Dialogs

    There are entirely too many Modal dialog boxes in Illustrator. It would be nice if there were none. Everything that currently pops up and steals focus (completely obscuring everything behind it) should be done in a "settings panel" that can be opened or closed as necessary.

    For example, there is nothing so urgent about the line tool that it should require a modal dialog box to open. If I want to configure the settings, they should appear in a panel called "settings" and I should be able to change them easily without having to stop everything, fill out the form,…

    3 votes

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  15. Allow eyedropper to ignore locked layers.

    Allowing the eyedropper to optionally ignore the contents of locked layers would be very useful. Having a locked layer with transparency above an active layer and trying to sample a line weight, only to sample the fill or other attributes of a transparent object that you're working "through" is very frustrating.

    6 votes

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  16. Absolute mode that always sets a fill a single click and stroke with the Alt+click/right click

    Setting a color for fill and stroke depends on what is 'active' in the toolbox. This is a relative mode mode and it's unique for Adobe apps (and their imitators/imitators).

    What about giving a direct way of setting fill/stroke, without remembering which is in focus now? somewhat like Corel Draw does?
    Give us an option to be able to set a fill with a single click, and a stroke with the Alt+click (and additionally bringing it to focus), or right click.

    6 votes

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  17. Add copy/apply choice to Offset Path

    Most of the time, when using the Object > Path > Offset Path tool, I need to replace the original path, rather than add an offset copy of it. Currently, this requires me to offset the path (often multiple at once) and then delete the existing paths.

    It would be much easier if Offset Path offered the same choice of "OK"(Apply and replace original path) and "Copy" as the transform tools.

    6 votes

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  18. Rotate artboard with all objects

    It's possible to rotate the artboard, but the objects are still on their old positions.
    I found the is a button to bind artboard and objects for MOVING the artboard together. Why does that not work for rotation?

    In the mean time I have written a small javascript to solve this: https://www.behance.net/gallery/125369255/Javascript-for-Illustrator-RotateArtboard

    I hope, we can use a rotation of an artboard with it's objects soon in AI.
    – Jens.

    4 votes

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  19. Arrow key operation for move view or and rotate view

    Move view (<h> key) and rotate view (<shift><H> key) should also be operable with the arrow keys when one of these keys is pressed. This is how it works when moving objects.
    This would be helpful for people with disabilities and users of graphics tablets, who can then place the keys on the graphics tablet keys.

    3 votes

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  20. Cloud file Versioning

    I know this would be a huge lift, but cloud file versioning would be great. Beyond the obvious workflow advantages, it could facilitate working with cloud documents offline and syncing later without risking clobbering what's in there or attempting any sort of complex and error-prone diffing process.

    1 vote

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