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  1. Quick check box in nav / control bar for scale stroke and effects

    When an object is selected, put a checkbox in the navigation / control bar to quick toggle "Scale Strokes and Effects".
    I work professionally as a pre-press graphic designer and I constantly have to switch back and forth due to specifications from rip softwares. I normally just go through and select all the lines I need to be a constant weight after resizing them and change them manually. This is time consuming.

    3 votes

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  2. Highlight an anchor point used as a key object

    Keying an anchor point is a lesser known option for aligning and distributing.

    Clicking an object in a selection to key it is a thing that can be learnt by a chance (that is how I learned it myself), but using the latest selected point as a key is not a behaviour that is easily noticed.

    The change of the mode is marked only via the small icon in the corner of Align panel, and nothing else on the artboard tells about it — compare this to the fat edge a key object uses.

    Can you try to make a…

    3 votes

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  3. Alignment options to outside (top, bottom, left, right) of key object

    I would really benefit from options to automatically align an object to the outside edge (top/bottom/left/right of its bounding box) of a key object. For example, "Align below" would put the top edge of the bounding box of the repositioned object flush with and below the bottom edge of the bounding box of the key object.

    While I can try to achieve the same results by dragging the object around and using smart guides and snapping, that may require a lot of time (and a little luck) when there are several nearby objects that smart guides are being generated from,…

    2 votes

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  4. Make Numpad targetable for shortcuts (not the same as above letters normal numbers)

    Let we assign different shortcuts for the numpad than the normal numbers. I tried to assign and some doesn't work even when they don't conflict with other shortcuts.

    3 votes

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  5. キーボードの複合キーに対応してください

    片手が不重なため、キーボードのアクセシビリティ設定で複合キーの設定が欠かせないのですが、キーボードの複合キーに対応していないせいで、コマンド、シフト、オプションキーを使用した操作が一切できず困っています。

    1 vote

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  6. 「ビューを回転」で0°にスナップして欲しい

    カンバスビューを回転出来るようになりましたが、リセットの操作をしなくても、回転させているときに0°に近くなったら0°にスナップする機能が欲しいです。
    今は+-5°くらいでスナップしますが、このスナップはあまり必要ありません。

    4 votes

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  7. Renaming Layer Shortcut Keys!

    Hello there Illustrator Devs!.

    I just wanted to ask about a very simple feature but until today it hasn't been added to the Illustrator App

    can you add a shortcut to rename a layer?. it is important for motion graphic artists to rename all the layers so it will be clear which layer for each object in after effects.

    double-clicking is ok but it seems to be more efficient if I can bind some hotkeys to rename layers because using hotkeys or shortcuts just requires one hand only rather than using a mouse.

    I will appreciate it if you consider…

    3 votes

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  8. Please add a quick keyboard combination to Export as function. I'm needed this a lot.

    Please add a quick keyboard combination to Export as function. I'm needed this a lot.

    3 votes

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  9. Make title bar of inactive window look different from an active one

    On Windows there is no way to tell Illustrator window in focus from inactive one, even when a corresponding option in OS preferences is on.

    And every time Ai is not in focus you can’t use hotkeys.
    Please make at least something dynamic to tell if the window is in focus! Like it was before. Icon changing color at least.

    8 votes

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  10. Paste Remembers Layers Keyboard Shortcut and Visual Indicator

    I would love a keyboard shortcut and visual indicator for "Paste Remembers Layers". I do a lot of packaging production and I am constantly turning this feature on and off because I am copying elements from one document to another but the files I am copying from are not always set up correctly... so I need that feature to be off sometimes. I just spend alot of times going back and forth... and I can't be the only one.

    3 votes

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  11. integrate settings between Rosetta based release version and beta/prerelease

    I need to switch between rosetta illustrator (for Astute Graphics plugins) and the beta native version.
    Is it possible for them to share settings, or alternatively, would that be a workable feature?
    I'm sure there would be complications, but I have to ask.

    1 vote

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  12. Delete Hidden Layers command - Innapropriately named?

    The latest version of Illustrator (25.3) introduces a new command in the flyout menu of the Layers palette. It is called Delete Hidden Layers.

    It's a useful command, but it also deletes hidden groups and objects inside visible layers and visible groups as well. These are not what most Illustrator users would describe as 'Layers' and thus the naming of this command may cause a lot of trouble.

    There should perhaps be at least two or three different commands: Delete Hidden Layers and Delete Hidden Objects and Delete All Hidden Items.

    21 votes

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  13. Locked objects should not highlight at all when drag selecting over them

    That’s the whole reason I lock them, so they’re not in the way and are ignored during complex selections. Highlighting them when mousing over? It goes against the very design principle of locking. So annoying to see these fundamental usability regressions at every turn with .ai lately.

    1 vote

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  14. Batch Copy Transform Data (Dimensions, Location, Rotation) between Objects

    I often need to update assets by swapping in objects, placed to match existing position, dimensions and rotation data. Would it be possible to copy all transform data at once rather than one attribute at a time?

    Blender is an example of software that does this well.
    (Pardon me if this has already been requested, or there is a better existing way to do this. I haven't yet found either.)

    2 votes

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  15. Paste Special Menu

    Organize and expand the paste options: paste without formatting etc...

    1 vote

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  16. command+option+z should *not* be the shortcut to revert the current project

    command+option+z is "step backward" in photoshop, undo basically. Why is it revert file in illustrator?! so many people have lost work because of this simple oversight.

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  17. Allow "UNITS" in preferences, when once set, to not revert back unless changed by user.

    When you set your Preferences for "Units" it always reverts back to "Points" after you close and reopen the application. Its a very frustrating issue.

    *IMPORTANT NOTE.. Setting up WIDTH & HEIGHT for a document I can't think of any situation where one would use this setting. If so, it would be such a rare instance.. INCH, MM or PIXEL should always be the Primary Settings here.

    3 votes

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  18. Ability to open several documents from Recent section/menu

    The Recent Section we're presented with when we first open Illustrator, we should be able to select multiple files to open, rather than just clicking one, and then having to "cmd O" or use the File Menu "open recent files" please just save me hours of my life.

    2 votes

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  19. Double clicking a Gradient Fill should open the Gradient Editor

    Double clicking a Gradient Fill should open the Gradient Editor instead of the plain color picker.

    2 votes

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  20. Add menu items to custom toolbars

    The new ability to make a custom toolbar is great, but it's limited to existing tools only. It'd be great to be able to add items from the menus that are sometimes buried several clicks in - such as Select Same Appearance, Outline Stroke, etc.

    I guess they'd need custom icons - maybe they could use user-defined text labels or acronyms (eg: SSA) as a quick default, and you could allow users to also create their own icons for use.

    2 votes

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