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  1. Please let list of scripts displayed in File > Scripts get updated

    When I add or make changes to Scripts folder, I have to relaunch AI to make it see changes. How difficult it would be to add an option there to auto-update it, or just to add command 'Update scripts'?

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  2. Touch Workspace Eraser

    Drawing in the touch workspace is not usable without an eraser. A Simple undo is not enough. Try to undo something you drew 5 minutes ago without undoing the stuff you like and you'll see what I mean.

    13 votes

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  3. Make units and grid settings to be bound to file

    I work for screen and print media simultaneously in different files
    I work in metric units.
    I need to have 'mm' for general-stroke-type in design for printing and 'px' in other file for screen.
    I'm so tired to change units every time I Ctrl+Tab between them. By hand, every time!
    Ctrl+Shift+U change only general units, and I have to skip all picas-inches I never use.
    I have to Ctrl+K, click Units and drop down three menus every time I need to see units I need in file I need!
    PostScript is cool, point reassigned as a strict fraction of an…

    13 votes

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  4. Allow user to edit predefined sizes for each document profile

    I can edit document profiles, but I can't make presets for sizes I use and get rid of unwanted sizes in New document window.
    Please add interface for doing it.

    13 votes

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  5. Make grids 'In Front' more useful

    Problem Description:
    I'm a fan of grids. I use it almost always.
    I use 'Overprint preview' to make my grids overlay my art, so I can see what I'm doing and where I'm snapping.
    But it' not perfect because of bugs I reported.

    So I propose to improve 'Grids In Back' behaviour.
    Allow users to set grids color and transparency, when it's ticked off.
    It could be useful for dark designs, when overprint-grid trick doesn't do much.

    13 votes

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  6. Customize quick actions in properties.

    Love the new properties window and the quick action feature. But sometimes I need to do some actions that had disappear from the old toolbar like select objects with the same fill color...
    It will be nice if I can add or remove some actions based on what I usually do.

    13 votes

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  7. 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.

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  8. 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.

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  9. Delete from recent files

    As you know, Illustrator keeps exported images in the File > Open Recent Files list.
    So if I export 20 TIFs from a single document — they will all will be listed there.

    This is dumb, and there are multiple requests to stop this:
    https://illustrator.uservoice.com/forums/333657-illustrator-desktop-feature-requests?query=recent%20files

    There are also requests to be able to clear that list (guess why there is a need for this).

    But we should also be able to remove positions from the list one by one.
    Use cases:
    1. I renamed a file and now I can’t open it via this menu
    2. I moved the file…

    12 votes

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  10. 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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  11. GUI Indicator for: Smart Guides, Lock Guides, Snap to Grid, Snap to Pixel, Lock Perspective Grid

    A Panel full of INDICATORS. These indicators show whether:

    • Smart Guides are on or off on
    • Lock Guides is toggled on or off
    • Snap to Grid is toggled on or off
    • Snap to Pixel is toggled on or off
    • Lock Perspective Grid is toggled on or off

    Opening the View Menu constantly do in order to check which options are toggled on or off is annoying and a waste of time. An on-screen GUI element in the form of another snap-in panel with two-state buttons for each option (one highlighted state for "on", another greyed-out state for "off") would be…

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  12. Add reference point locator for symbols

    Symbols only have registration point. Fine, store it. Use it as default for scaling-rotating and so on. But why I can't set reference point for transforming it as I want, and as I can for EVERYTHING else?! What, AI can't calculate it's left top coordinate or what? Why can't I flip it over the left edge, for example? Why can't I even COPY it's top left coordinate?

    Shh, calm down.

    12 votes

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  13. Add option to Always update links

    Sometimes I make a lot of changes within linked images. AI always asks if I am to update links, and I'd like to have this dialogue temporarily switched off (but enable it later)

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  14. Option to snap gradient slider to integer values

    I don't need precision of two decimal places for gradient. I need integers. Now I have to use scripting to round values afterwards and it's not OK. Why Tabs has snapping to values and Gradients don't? Bring it!

    12 votes

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  15. Add numeric controls over ALL features of gradient

    Relative position of gradient inside path.
    Origin position.
    Center position.

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  16. Ctrl+Scroll to zoom instead of Alt+scroll in Windows

    Can you please add an option or something to change the zoom shortcut from ALT+Scroll to CTRL+Scroll?
    Because in Windows the ALT button activates the app menu which is pretty stupid! Or at least disable the activation of the app menu with the ALT button.

    For example I zoom in using ALT+Scroll and now I want to select the Type tool using T on the keyboard and I get the Type drop down menu from the top (see attached screenshot).
    And as you can see this can become very frustrating especially when spending hours in Illustrator!

    Btw please don't suggest…

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  17. Reversing order of objects

    Sometimes it's useful to change order of selected objects, making bottom-most go topmost and vice versa.

    I understand possible complications — what would AI do when selected objects have other unselected objects between them (meaning order)?
    For example, I have these objects in Layers:
    A
    1
    B
    C
    2
    3
    I select 1,2,3 and do proposed 'Reverse order' command.
    I expect order to become this:
    A
    3
    B
    C
    2
    1
    I see two fitting places for this command: Layers palette menu or Object > Arrange
    It's scriptable, but I would like to have it by default.

    12 votes

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  18. Unable to Resize Tool Panels (vertical axis)

    Cannot 'grab' the bottom edge of a panel in the right column to move up or down. Panel size seems 'locked.' This causes lots of wasted space in the right column tool set UI. This problem exists in both the Essentials workspace and the Essentials Classic. This was not an issue in previous versions of Ai. Thanks for addressing this bug!

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    I am closing the ticket due to lack of response.
    Please get in touch with us at sharewithai@adobe.com or any of the other support channels.
    Since this is not a generic issue that we can reproduce at our end, we will need someone to look into your machine to figure out what is going on here.

  19. Option to turn off "hover scrolling"

    It would be nice if there was a preference to turn off what I've seen referred to as "hover scrolling" or when selected type or object is changed when the mouse rolls over a drop down menu. I was first going to report it as a bug, but apparently it's an actual feature.

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  20. Toggle to Disable touch input

    This would be a toggle that users can set to on or off. This toggle would disable the touch input in illustrator on touchscreen devices. This would enable users to paint using a stylus, without their hand making marks when touching the screen. This is especially useful for individuals who rest their hand on the screen as a way to gain control when drawing. This can sometimes manually be done for the whole device, however, a toggle inside illustrator would make it convenient for users to easily change, as well as it would only effect the illustrator application.

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