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  1. Make it easier as a new user to fill a shape

    There's no fill or paintbucket tool. For new users this is really yucky. I am trying to use the paintbrush tool and I keep selecting a fill color since that is the only thing I can find that has anything to do with filling but as soon as I go to draw with the paintbrush the fill color I selected vanishes and is replaced with that no fill icon. It doesn't make any sense to me and is really hard to use. Why not make your interface more intuitive for these most common things people would want to do right…

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  2. Make it easier as a new user to fill a shape

    There's no fill or paintbucket tool. For new users this is really yucky. I am trying to use the paintbrush tool and I keep selecting a fill color since that is the only thing I can find that has anything to do with filling but as soon as I go to draw with the paintbrush the fill color I selected vanishes and is replaced with that no fill icon. It doesn't make any sense to me and is really hard to use. Why not make your interface more intuitive for these most common things people would want to do right…

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  3. Libraries panel background

    Can we stop changing the look of the Libraries panel.?!?!?
    Can we have an option to adjust the transparency's of the links? so they view better with a darker background?

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  4. Make Keyboard Shortcuts and Action panel both see shared conflicts

    You can assign F-keys to panels in Keyboard Shortcuts.
    You can assign F-keys to actions in Actions.
    But they know nothing about each other.

    When you try assign a combination that is already taken by another command, Keyboard Shortcuts window will warn you and give ways to solve the conflict... but not if the F-key-combination is taken by an action — it knows nothing about actions.

    Same with Actions panel — it knows nothing about Keyboard Shortcuts and never warns you, if you try to set, say, Shift+F8, which will disable native Transform panel call.

    Please let these two work…

    4 votes

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  5. Add the ability to select multiple files to open at once from the Home Screen

    The home screen in AI, IND & PSD NEEDS a Multi-Select feature to easily open multiple recent files at once.

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  6. Hard press to access eye dropper

    Like Adobe fresco — when you hard-press the eye dropper tool appears

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  7. migration of templates

    Is it possible to create a better migration of templates? Every time I upgrade I have to find the folder that has my custom templates. This is extremely un-user-friendly.
    Thank you

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  8. Add Reveal in Finder/Explorer

    When right-clicking on a file's name/tab, add "Reveal in Finder" as one of the options. This exists in Photoshop and is very handy. Not sure why this can't easily be implemented in Illustrator, InDesign, etc.

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  9. Each item in the document to have its own persistent history

    Linear document history seems very dated considering how much ram computers have these days, a hierarchical multi-dimensional object oriented history seems like a good idea. It would be amazing if I could choose to access the history of each item in the layers panel. it might work similar to file versioning solutions like GIT.

    This history could be optionally saved into the file or cloud library so it can be accessed across sessions.

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  10. protect against accidental micro-adjustments during object selection

    There are many times, most often while I am either double clicking to get into isolation mode, or selecting a layer as I am moving the mouse, where I accidentally move the object I clicked on a tiny bit, this becomes a problem on some pieces of artwork where math and/or high level accuracy are involved, and the adjustments are so minimal that they aren't noticed until its too late to undo.

    It would be really cool if illustrator somehow detected or prevented against accidental unwanted adjustments. the idea occurred to me after seeing my phone attempt to block accidental…

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  11. Modifier key on apple pencil

    It would be nice if on the apple pencil you could assign the Modifier circle to the Double tap button on the Apple pencil.

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  12. UI Adjustment for ALL Adobe Programs!

    Dear Adobe Illustrator Team,
    Thank you for allowing the Mac people to adjust the size of the interface! I had a problem being able to click the "Create" button at the larger sizes, but that makes it so much easier to see things, particularly on Retina monitors!

    I was just talking with a low vision student when I noticed it; it will help her and help my students to see what I'm doing.

    Could we have the same on PC Illustrator? And then in InDesign and Photoshop? It seems like it has been added to Photoshop, but I don't see…

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  13. Description: Visible backgrounds/Previews

    As an example: Effects > Distort & Transform> Free Distort which has a dialogue box where you manipulate the effect but, the preview doesn't show the graphic within the context of your design (attached sample). Because some controls like Free Distort don't have a slider, or mathematical value we can assign, it's very challenging to manipulate the graphic with any contextual accuracy. For this particular effect, and others that have a similar user experience, if there was a live Preview, or a window showing it in context of it's area of the artboard, it would minimize the nudging/adjusting/clicking that has…

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  14. Alternate artwork for the opening screen

    Option to pick different your own or different artwork for the opening screen

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  15. Have Release To Layers inherit custom names from within the original layer

    When prepping files to move from Illustrator to After Effects, I frequently have to release everything to layers and then rename all the layers.

    It would streamline this process immensely I could rename, say, Groups, or Paths, or whatever element I'm using while everything is still in one layer and then have the Release To Layers command automatically inherit those names for the layers when they are created.

    If they didn't have custom names, it would create a layer as normal.

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  16. Please give us a keyboard shortcut for "scale strokes & effects"...

    and show an icon somewhere in the user interface, that is always visible and shows the state of this preference.

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  17. Improve the Property Panel

    Hello,

    I work in the printing house, and we make labels, our main software in this environment is Illustrator, it lacks a lot of things which are very useful in InDesign or Photoshop and winch cannot be found in Illustrator.

    Among these missing I find that the property panel should be improved, for example as for InDesign, the character and paragraph options should be deployed more easily and remain if desired without having to deploy the menu each time you use it.
    It also lacks the overprint object option.

    Sorry I am French and I have google translate translate.

    Thank…

    2 votes

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  18. Keyboard Shortcuts for all languages available in every installation

    When installing Illustrator (or ID, PS, …) in a specific language/region, only the corresponding keyboard shortcuts are installed. But not everyone working with en_GB als language also uses a keyboard with that layout.

    For example, I'm used to have my whole system set to English as interface language, but I use keyboards with Swiss German and Swiss French layouts. This makes more than half of the default shortcuts unusable and reassigning each an every shortcut every time a major revision is released is a major pain.

    The keyboard shortcuts are small text files, packing all languages with every install won't…

    4 votes

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  19. Turn off annoying "Catch up with what's new in illustrator" popup

    EVERY time I load Illustrator, the stupid, pointless, broken "Catch up with what's new in illustrator" popup appears. I have the options of:
    'Remind Later' which means this thing will appear the next time I load the app
    or
    'OK' which opens the 'Learn' panel, which contains...nothing.
    So both options are equally ****. Which is exactly what we'd expect from this dreadful application that people only use because it's the "industry standard" since Adobe illegally killed off FreeHand many years ago. When will Affinity Designer become the industry standard? Very soon, I hope.

    12 votes

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  20. Better options to layout and save button mode in actions

    Allow editing of multiple actions at once: eg shift select a group of actions, go to action settings and set the colour for all. Allow separators in button mode.
    This would help me as I have a large number of actions, grouped by the type of illustration I am working on. I usually work in button mode, so segregating by colour allows my to identify actions quickly. If I have to reset my preferences, or reload group actions, it can take nearly an hour to set this up.

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