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  1. Select same fill colour selects text with same fill colour too. Tricky I know

    When I hit select same colour and there is any live text box with multiple colours in it it does not select the text. Would be really handy if it did.

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  2. Proportional Grid like After Effects

    Make the standard grid setting in preference allow specification of height AND width. After Effects has a similar feature. Just tried to set up a proportional grid using Make Guides and illustrator almost crashed. Sometimes I don't want the Grid to be square.

    8 votes

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  3. Duplicate Layers with sequential numbering rather than "copy"

    When you duplicate a layer it would be much better if, rather than the XXXX copy suffix the duplicate layer was numbered. And preferably numbered XXX_0001 (or a format one could specify in the Preferences). This would make working with layers much much easier - especially when working with After Effects.

    14 votes

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  4. Allow fractions input and simple operations

    It's handy when in Illustrator you have units set to picas and you input pixels just by adding the px, but not so handy when you need to add a fraction and because you don't know you have to calculate the value first, instead of for example typing 1+9/16 and not 1.5625.
    Other example is when you're setting guides or dividing grids: you need to break a space in x times or create a pattern.
    CorelDraw has it and saves a huge chunk of time.

    3 votes

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  5. Quick Apply in Illustrator (and all major Adobe apps)

    There’s a neat and extremely useful feature in InDesign called Quick Apply (and I wonder why is it only there). It’s a quick and convenient way to find, select and perform any desired action whose name I know but am unable to find (within myriad of menus and submenus of panel options). Please add the same feature to all major apps.

    10 votes

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  6. Unoutline Text

    When creating a user interface at my job in illustrator, aligning text and iconography is very important. It would be awesome if I were able to create a bunch of live text, create outlines of this text, and move and align text all over the art board then somehow, UN-OUTLINE all the text and make all the text that you aligned to be re-editable and live text.

    This would be phenomenally useful.

    5 votes

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  7. 最近使用したものの一覧にファイルパスを表示する

    最近使用したもの一覧はインターフェースとして便利ですが、同一ファイル名を使用したりするケースでは判別がつかず、ファイル管理上、危険が伴うので、ファイルパスを表示するなど、どこかにユニーク情報を入れてほしい。

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  8. Introduce Undo History panel

    Please introduce Undo panel to Adobe Illustrator, listing all the steps that have been performed on a document during the current session, so one can quickly switch between any previous state and current state after testing a number of changes by clicking any item in the displayed Undo stack.

    See this Adobe Forums thread for details:

    https://forums.adobe.com/message/9801291

    647 votes

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  9. Turn Off Always on Top

    This really goes for any Adobe program but the programs always pop to the top of all of my windows which drives me crazy. I hate when I'm trying to multi-task only to have the Progress window pop up in the middle of my view. Or worse when the program Window itself jumps to the front. I use this software in a professional setting so I'm always working on something else when my files are loading. Please stop forcing the program and progress bars to the front of all open windows.

    9 votes

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  10. Percentage rulers

    Photoshop has Percentage as a unit for its ruler, and I find it very useful when one needs to center an element, or drag a guide in the middle or the third of the image, especially as one can stick to the ruler marks.

    I always wondered why Illustrator did not have that functionality.

    41 votes

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  11. Effects Gallery interface extremely tiny on 4K resolution screen - Windows 10. No fix for it.

    Using the latest version of Adobe Illustrator. I've just bought a brand new Dell XPS 15 it has a 1050 NVIDIA Graphics card, Windows 10 and a 4K screen. The interface is extremely tiny. It's usable but the effects gallery is too tiny to use.
    I'm not sure if this a "bug" per se, but none of the fixes available online work (this included creating a Prefer External Manifest file and code for the Illustrator executable file). What I've read says this is a problem Adobe needs to address.
    I'm extremely disappointed in this. What can I do to fix…

    29 votes

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  12. Have a search bar at the top that searches all menu items.

    Ok, the Adobe menus have a LOT of menu items and features. You guys should create a search bar that searches all the menu items and features to make it easier to find things.

    Microsoft has this feature in it's Office Suite and it is SUPER useful.

    For example have a bar that asks the user "What are you looking for" They can type anything, for example "Alignment" and it would bring up the alignment menu. Or "pathfinder" will bring up a button for the pathfinder menu.

    Think about it guys, would save EVERYONE who isn't a pro SO much…

    35 votes

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    The latest 2022 release has the Discover window that you can quickly call using F1 by default, which searches most if the commands available.
    Have you tried it? Please tell us how it differs from what you expect from the global search you have in mind? What is missing or can be improved?

  13. Pinch to zoom for Illustrator while the free transform tool is active.

    When I have something selected and I activate the Free transform tool, pinch to zoom no longer works, this is my primary method of navigation. This block forces me to go back to the selection tool and then zoom in and then return to the free transform tool then I had. I don't like that it's very inconvenient. I am on a laptop and have the latest version of Illustrator installed.

    5 votes

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  14. Artboard delete tool

    This is really nitpicky but the little X at the top right of the artboard tool is too small and more often than not I end up creating a new artboard around the object at the top right of the artboard. Possibly make the cross larger or move it somewhere else to remove this problem?

    3 votes

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    Hi,
    We are pleased to inform you that your request is available in the latest release of Illustrator version 22.0.
    Visit your Adobe Creative Cloud Application and update. If you do not see an update on the application please check for update from the flyout options on the application after clicking on three vertical dots. For step by step process please visit: https://helpx.adobe.com/in/creative-cloud/help/download-install-app.html#Checkforupdates

    Warm Regards,
    Ashutosh Chaturvedi | Sr. Quality Engineering Manager – Illustrator
    Adobe. Make It an Experience.

  15. フォント検索ダイアログの改善

    最近、日本語フォントの名前が長くなってきたため、フォント名の欄に後半部分のバリエーションやウェイトが表示しきれず、非常に使いづらい。

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  16. Enable the ablility to keep swatch catagories in my tool panel.

    I would love to keep tool swatches in my tool panel. I do have the ability to take one and put it off to the side among my tools, but when I restart Illustrator the tab is gone leaving me to conclude this is not a supported feature. I use one particular swatch category a lot and this would save me time.

    2 votes

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  17. Density pixels and screen pixels unit to include to design mobile apps

    Always as designer we have to calculate or check the calculation in other sites for dp or sp to px. It will be helpful if you include these units in adobe illustator.

    4 votes

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  18. Prototype mobile / web feature in adobe illustrator itself

    It is helpful to integrate prototyping for mobile and web to show clients in illustrator itself

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  19. Multi color guides.

    I use templates with several close guides. When zoomed in its sometimes difficult to tell which guide I'm at. If the Make Guides selection could have an additional drop down with a choice of 3 or 4 colors, if would help prevent mistakes.

    15 votes

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  20. Disable Learn Window at New Project Creation

    I'd like to have the ability to disable the Learn window from popping up at new project creation. I'm perfectly comfortable in the AI environment, I don't need to be reminded every time I create a new project how to create in it. If I'm unsure of how to do something, I use Google. I can understand if this feature is useful to novice users, however it's not for someone who has been working in Adobe products for 10+ years.

    I've attempted to search for an option to disable it, and was unable to do so. Am I dense, or…

    6 votes

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