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  1. Art brushes different weight value

    Well, this is complex one.

    As you know, a lot of people live in metric world.
    It means they use 'cm-mm' instead of 'inches-points'.
    I, for example, have all three major units set to millimeters — general, stroke and type.

    But each time I apply brush to anything, it gets weight '0,353 mm'.
    Yes, it is 1 point. And every time I need to scale my brush twice as normal, I have to type in '*2' in the end of 'Weight' field instead of just typing 2.

    Worse, when I don't remember what weight it has now, but need to…

    10 votes

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  2. Add ability to set grid setting while creating new document

    First of all — I'm speaking about adding this feature to OLD New dialogue window, because new fancy one is a disaster.

    I create new documents with a vision in mind, what will I do and what grid would I use. I'd like to have an ability to set it with defining size of a document.

    Next, most new users have no idea about grids and don't understand, why use it. More of it, even intermediate users don't have a clue, and I have to deal with a lot of designs, made by these average designers. All of them can't…

    10 votes

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  3. Add ability to select object by visual

    Sometimes selection tools fail (seemingly) to pick up object.
    For example, if you have an object with fat stroke, clicking to outside part of that stroke will select nothing (or object underneath stroke) — you have to select in/inside edge to do it.
    Second example — type object, with an empty descender zone, behind baseline; you click below letters to select an object behind, but pick type object instead.
    Third example — object with a subtle but wide drop shadow effect applied to it. Shadow is almost invisible (low opacity and light color), but when you click in it, AI…

    10 votes

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  4. Make incrementation looped in angle value fields

    Problem Description:
    AI can do math in fields and that is awesome.
    But I always swear a little when I use angle fields.

    For example:
    1. Move an art with Move dialogue at 10mm and 360 degrees
    2. Select another object and invoke dialogue again
    3. Type in '+30' in angle, so it would become '360+30'
    4. Press Tab or Enter

    Actual Result:
    AI says DING (or whatever sound is set for it in your OS) and does nothing

    Expected Result:
    AI should turn this typed value into '30', that is make one revolution and don't bother me, as a…

    10 votes

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  5. link panel shows what layer the (missing) link is on and/or makes 'go to link' work on hidden layers too.

    When links are missing that are on a hidden layer there is no way to easily spot them and check on in multilayered files. Since the GoToLink function only works on active layers, there is no other way but showing ALL layers and then using this function, remembering the layer and then hide the layers again; a painstaking procedure with large multilayered files. Would be nice if the link panel would simply state on which layer the missing link resides. Or make the GoToLink function automatically make the appropriate layer visible, like when pasting onto a hidden layer with 'paste…

    10 votes

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  6. 'Tab' and 'Shift-Tab' to navigate when renaming Assets

    Issue:
    While renaming assets in the Asset palette there's currently no way to move to the next or previous asset using the keyboard. When there are a large number of assets this makes for a tedious process.

    Goal:
    Allow the renaming of multiple assets without having to use the mouse

    Suggested Solution:
    Utilize 'Tab' / 'Shift-Tab' keys to navigate to the next / previous assets, e.g. how renaming layers works in Photoshop.

    10 votes

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  7. mappable keyboard shortcuts

    I just saw youtube videos of Adobe demonstrating the latest versions of Premiere Pro CC and After Effects at IBC 2017.

    Finally After Effects is getting its own mappable keyboard hsortcuts like the one in Premiere Pro. But what about Illustrator and Photoshop?

    We Photoshop and Illustrator users definitely need this too! :

    10 votes

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  8. 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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  9. Menu Customisation/colorisation

    As we can do it in PS and ID: menu customisation (colors).
    Would be great.

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  10. Character and Paragraph Styles

    In indesign Character and Paragraph Styles are very easy to use, and they can be grouped. Is it possible to have similar styles in illustrator?

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  11. Tool/Menu Search bar - for windows 10

    MacOS has had this feature in it's Office Suite for years now.
    but I'm frankly disappointed yet to see Win10 adopt such a game-changingly, useful feature.

    Strangely enough, ONLY the most recently Photoshop update has something like this.
    So why only Photoshop 2019?
    Can this be rolled out to all Adobe suites for windows As soon as possible?

    Ive seen the same idea shared by other users in the past, but still nothing.
    https://illustrator.uservoice.com/forums/333657-illustrator-feature-requests/suggestions/31038655-have-a-search-bar-at-the-top-that-searches-all-men

    Personally, I'd much rather have this than a 'help' search tab that pops open an Adobe forum.
    Vote!.

    9 votes

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  12. Add total artboard counter when exporting

    When I export my artboards (with 'Export as'), AI sometimes won't show whole range numbers, but stick to previously entered numbers for this file. This is fine.

    But my problem is I often need to export all artboards, but not first. And I don't remember exactly how much of them I do actually have — this differs from project to project.
    So I have to exit 'Export as' dialogue, go to Artboards palette, see how much artboards are there and return to exporting.

    Why not to show how much artboards I do have inside dialogue window?
    Please see mockup attached.

    9 votes

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  13. Customize Transparency Grid Size and Color...

    It would be nice to customize the transparency grid's color and relative size.

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  14. Lock palettes or allow to undo UI changes

    So many times I accidentally dragged palettes' icons instead of clicking them to open/close! Each time then I had to drag it back to place it was before or reset my workspace! A simple command 'Undo last UI change' or tick 'Lock UI' would save a lot of time for such clumsy people as I.

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  15. Add ability to use fractional values for resolution everywhere

    AI is used worldwide. Despite PostScript, based on points, based on inch, being de-facto a standard for most users, many people use metric system.

    English inch, as you know, equals exactly 2.54cm.
    This gives us, metric users, mantra for translating PPI into PPCM: 254ppi=100ppcm

    But if we need lower value, such as 10 or 20 or 30 ppcm (working in scale with huge designs, such as ad bus wraps), we can't use it, because AI doesn't allow to enter fractional values anywhere inside! We can't use 50.8, 25.4, 76.2, Ai would round it to 51, 25, 76.
    This will give…

    9 votes

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  16. Make ability to make warnings show in background and not in dialogue windows

    Right now we can click OK/Enter every time interrupting warning dialogue pops up, or tick 'Never show again'.
    I would prefer background message, same as 'Shape expanded' now appears.
    For example, I use Ctrl+J combination to connect all my segments in one closed path. I can have two or more segments, and just press this combination several times to achieve my goal, rather then count how many times I should press it. But when path is finally closed, AI throws a warning at me. Usually my hands press keys one more time after that and AI beeps-blinks, which is awful…

    9 votes

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  17. Reveal in Finder Option

    Reveal in Finder Option - Currently reveal in finder you "command + click" file name at top of window, however this option is not availble when window is tied to the application frame.

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  18. [View / Outline] low-contrast mode

    Hi,

    It would be really helpful for those of us working in low-light environments to have an inverted/low-contrast option for the 'Outline' view.

    As it is, working on an all-white screen is very fatiguing. Having a simple switch to change the display from light to dark would be a welcomed QoL improvement.

    I've attached two images showing how I see this implemented.

    When "invert" is active I'd prefer the background not be pure-black but a dark shade of grey (shown as #1E1E1E here).

    Another option could be to make the alternate mode adaptive, where the color scheme matches the users…

    9 votes

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  19. 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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  20. Delete all saved selections

    There is no way to quickly delete all the saved selections (displayed in the bottom of the Select menu, once you saved them via 'Select > Save Selection...').
    You have to do it one by one, which is a torture.

    Also you can’t just right-click a name of it right there in the menu and say 'Delete' — because you have no context menu for top menu items. You do not like context menus in general.

    8 votes

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