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  1. Save and sync Keyboard shortcuts in the cloud

    I've been waiting for this feature for quite some time.

    I was hoping it would be there when CC first came out, and it's still missing. Will there be such a feature anytime soon?

    39 votes

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  2. 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.

    38 votes

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  3. Make 'Recent fonts' section in Character palette work alongside with selecting current font in font list

    Recently AI made focus in font list in Character palette jump to the top of the list, in 'Recent fonts' part, thus making impossible to browse fonts in alphabetical order — you have to scroll font list manually to position.

    This is stupid.

    In 22.1.0 this request has been realized:
    https://illustrator.uservoice.com/forums/333657-illustrator-feature-requests/suggestions/32044567-option-to-disable-recent-fonts-feature

    Now user can set '0' in Preferences to completely eliminate 'Recent' section in font list — and this magically 'fixes' selection of current font in context.

    This is stupid.

    I personally want to use BOTH 'Recent fonts' AND current font focusing.
    I don't care about it won't be selected…

    36 votes

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  4. CMD - CMD + : Zoom to center screen as in Previous versions

    In new versions, CMD + and CMD - Zoom to center of a selected object rather than always the centre of the screen.
    It would be great if the possibility to restore the old feature was given.

    Thank you!

    36 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.

  5. 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…

    34 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?

  6. Distances between objects

    Photoshop has a useful feauture — it shows the distance between currently held object and adjacent one, when you hold Control.
    (I coldn't capture these annotations on video, sadly).

    AI just doesn't.
    It can detect similar gaps between objects, show offset from current position, but not distances to neigbours.

    And it even doesn't show offsets when you use snap to grid (with Smart guides on).

    Please, make snaps great again.

    32 votes

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  7. 30 votes

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  8. Release to Layers retains Group/Object names, creates top level layers

    Currently, when one uses the "Release to Layers" command, all naming on the groups is removed and the resulting layers are renamed rather unhelpfully as Layer 2, Layer 3, etc. In addition, these new "Layers" are kept as sub-layers of the orignal layer which, when working with complex artwork, can be quite confusing. The current functionality completely invalidates good organizational practices and actually punishes any attempt at naming conventions when needing to prepare artwork for other applications (such as After Effects).

    Ideally, when "Release Layers to Sequence" is performed, the naming already in place on the selected groups or objects…

    29 votes

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  9. Implement quick filter by object name in Illustrator Layers panel

    On large documents designers very often give names to objects in document structure for improve navigation in structure. But now there are no way to quickly find object by name in document, except custom scripts.

    For solve this problem please implement quick filter input field in Layers panel interface, for quickly search objects by part of his name (like filter in Fonts list).

    Even if designer don't add names, via this filter we will can quick find all curves, all rectangles, all circles, all curves, all guides, etc, so it will be very useful.

    29 votes

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  10. Layers in Touch Interface

    The touch interface should have layers.

    29 votes

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  11. Total UI Inconsistency with decimals in Illustrator

    1 v 22.0.1

    Most of the Features in Illustrator have inconsistent number of decimal points.
    New document size - 3 decimal places - 0.001
    Artboard size - 2 decimal places - 0.01
    Artboard position x,y (in the same window) - 1 decimal place - 0.1
    creating new rectangle - 4 decimal places 0.0001
    Object transformation - 3 decimal places 0.001
    Rectangle angle 2 decimal places - 0.01
    Rounding corners - 3 decimal places 0.001
    Split into grid - 2 decimal places 0.01

    Offset path - 4 decimal places 0.0001
    3d revolve angle 0 decimal places
    3d Extrude & Bevel angles…

    27 votes

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  12. 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.

    26 votes

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  13. Asset Export - Ability to reorder asset list view and group items

    Asset Export - Ability to reorder asset list view:

    Love the asset export, but it'd be really useful to click/drag change the order of my asset list in Asset Export panel.

    It would also be great to have an option to group by art board. When I have a file of 20+ ad variants as their own individual artboard and want to export assets, it's a pain to keep track of things. It's also too bad that if I make a new asset later in the process, there's no way to group that asset next to the others in the…

    26 votes

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  14. 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…

    26 votes

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  15. 'Saved' menu in New Document window should show my custom templates

    1. Right now only templates from Adobe Stock show up here. It's counterintuitive. I would like to have my custom templates saved here. Otherwise they are relatively hidden at the bottom of the 'Web' or 'Print' lists.
    2. I would also like to be able to quickly save a template right from the new document window (not have to make a document, save as template, get permissions error, fix permissions, save template).
    3. The new document window is VERY SLOW to open. Legacy is instant and the lag is really frustrating.
    4. Please for the love of creative gods, fix the High Sierra/CC bugs.…
    25 votes

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  16. Move properties back to the top.

    I don't understand why Adobe tries to fix things that aren't broken. The properties tab at the top is where it needed to stay. Having moving properties to a side tab was a huge mistake. My workload has increased just trying to find where things have gone and I find it much less useful this way. You also have gotten rid of the expand button when doing in image trace. I'm sure I'll find many more things that have gone missing or much harder to find now. I feel like CS5 was the most perfected version of all adobe products…

    25 votes

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  17. Constraint needed on 'Transform Each'

    Please add an option to constrain the horizontal and vertical values when scaling objects using 'Transform Each'.

    I almost always use 'Transform Each' to scale proportionally, and right now you have to manually set horizontal and vertical to the same value.

    25 votes

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  18. Visual indicator between a layer and a group

    In the layers panel, a group and a layer look the same in appearance. Thus, when a named group un-grouped accidently, it loses its name. This mostly occurs due to lack of visual dissimilarity between and group and layer thumbnail. May be a small marker in the corner of the thumbnail (indicating whether its a layer or a group) should do the trick.

    25 votes

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  19. Show number of selected objects

    It's amazing nobody asked for this.

    Just use that bottom filed that can show artboard name, current tool, etc, for saying how much objects user has selected.

    If you are as lazy as you are implementing user requests — make just this. But make it better and allow this field to show several things instead of one. And add artboard number there.

    24 votes

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  20. Create an Ungroup ALL feature on layer(s).

    It would extremely useful being able to select the artwork on the layer and clicking an ungroup all option This would speed up prepress production especially when there are multiple grouped objects on a layer.

    23 votes

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