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  1. Guide Labels

    I would love the ability to label my guides. In fact maybe a hole overhaul to the guide system. In After Effects and Premiere you can add Composition Markers, give them comments and adjust their perimeters. It would be great if you could do that for guides.

    On the rulers will show a marker. Double clicking the marker will bring up the Guide Controls. or when you select 'New Guide' from the drop down menu, Guide Controls takes place of the window that currently gets displayed.

    I would love this across all programs: Photoshop, After Effects, and the like, not…

    8 votes

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  2. Remove 'move' function mapping from the Return/Enter key.

    The "move" function pop-up menu is activated by both "Shift + Command M" as well as the Return/Enter key. You are able to clear the "Shift + Command M" function by using Edit Keyboard Shortcuts, but the Return/Enter key will still engage this pop-up menu when an object is selected. Being close to the Shift key, it's constantly triggered on accident and it's not (as far as I can tell) currently possible to remove this function from being mapped to the Return/Enter Key.

    8 votes

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  3. Add 'Release' button for Ennvelope distort object in Control bar

    Control bar is still the best thing to control various aspects of selected art. You try to trasfer some of those to Properties, but 'Release' button (as long as 'Expand') is still nowhere to be found (only deep in menus or on hotkeys, already taken).

    8 votes

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  4. Make an option to show points' handles when part of the path is transformed live

    I often modify part of the path or single point with basic tools. For examples, it's quite convenient to select one point and rotate it, if I want to change the angle of it's handles, or scale it, if I want both rotate and scale. Unfortunately, AI hides handles when I drag my selection with a chosen tool. It makes sense in general, but I would like to have an option not to hide it, so I could see where my handles are all the time of transformation.

    8 votes

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  5. Don't erase Note in Attributes when image is relinked

    I store meta-information about image in Note field in Attributes palette. When I relink images, AI erases Note info. Don't do this. I see relinking as changing path to an image, not replacing image entirely. I need Note to be kept. Now I have to copy note before relinking and paste it back.

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  6. You can't enter isolation mode when nothing is selected

    Sometimes I want to create artwork without messing up with existing one, and without locking/hiding anything (because it's require for other operations).
    Sane way is to enter isolation mode and start there.
    But NO, AI won't let you isolate empty space! And I have to create one thing (trying to not auto-connect to existing paths), then isolate it and finally draw in peace.
    If you afraid that many users will double-click nothing and struggle understanding what has happened, make it an option.

    8 votes

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  7. Alt + New Fill/Stroke button in Apperance should add one below current fill/stroke

    Sometimes I build appearance from top to bottom.
    Right now I have to create new fill and drag it under current fill.
    What if I just Alt+click New/Duplicate button and this will create new/copy UNDER currently selected fill/stroke/entity?

    8 votes

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  8. Make Perspective grid tool work with smart guides

    I can't set proper perspective grid without controls of grid snapping to specific points in my art.

    Setting this up is ridiculous .
    There is no 'Preview' tick in 'Define grid' dialogue.
    You can't symmetrically stretch symmetrical one-point perspective grid.
    You can't custom drag vanishing lines.
    You just can't set is precisely.

    I have to build everything manually.

    8 votes

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  9. The ability to measure the distance (redline) between objects

    The ability to measure the distance (redlining) between objects is the only missing feature that makes me hesitant to design in Illustrator because the current way I do it adds additional unnecessary steps to make sure the spacing is perfect.

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  10. Show reference point locator in Scale/Rotate/Shear/Reflect tool dialogue

    I wonder, why 'Transform each' has one, while normal transform tools haven't. This would be so useful!

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  11. Allow to choose file version when saving templates

    One of our designers still use old version of AI.
    We need to share newly created templates (.ait) with her.
    But AI doesn't give options when saving templates!
    So I'm forced to save to .ai first, choose CS6 version and then change extension by hand.

    Why can't I see same options for templates?

    8 votes

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  12. Return greeking of vector graphics

    AI is never fast enough. Pan is slow.
    Why did you remove greeking completely? If I wanted to better have nice looking art while panning, I would tick an option in Preferences! But now there's no such an option.
    InDesign still have greeking option fro both text and vector art.
    Please return it back as an option (and add slider for quality, as ID has).

    8 votes

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  13. Add ability to use PPCM along with PPI, as Photoshop does

    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

    Since fractional values for resolution are impossible within AI (while Photoshop does!), we have to import via PS or work in scale and are very limited.

    Please, add ability to use PPCM along with PPI, as Photoshop does.

    8 votes

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  14. Keyboard shortcut for Properties panel

    There is a keyboard shortcut to go to any other windows option except this.. I don't know if it is because it is a new feature, but this should really be implemented... Can there be a mappable keyboard shortcut for the new properties panel on illustrator

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  15. A hotkey to make the Transform tool only transform fill patterns.

    When dragging with the selection or direct selection tools, or using the rotate, and scale tools to transform an object, you can hold down ~ to only transform its pattern fill. But the free transform tool doesn’t do this. Can we get it to do this?

    (As with the rotate, scale, and selection tools, holding down the other modifier keys whole holding down ~ should act as they normally do with the Transform tool.)

    There is a ‘transform pattern only’ option in the free transform panel’s menu, but that’s a lot of clicks far away from the thing you’re actively…

    8 votes

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  16. 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.

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  17. Installing old versions of Illustrator!

    My Illustrator 2020 / 24.6 was crashing on startup, so i decided to delete and reinstall it.
    Now i can't find on Creative Cloud the same version (2020/ 24.6) to download.
    I've been informed by customer service that Adobe no longer provides previous versions of the apps. I never received any information that the company would no longer provide the older versions and now I can't reinstall the version I had on my computer. My OS doesn't support updates anymore so I can't install the latest versions of Illustrator. Customer service only provides base version 24.0 for offline installation and…

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  18. Highlight an anchor point used as a key object

    Keying an anchor point is a lesser known option for aligning and distributing.

    Clicking an object in a selection to key it is a thing that can be learnt by a chance (that is how I learned it myself), but using the latest selected point as a key is not a behaviour that is easily noticed.

    The change of the mode is marked only via the small icon in the corner of Align panel, and nothing else on the artboard tells about it — compare this to the fat edge a key object uses.

    Can you try to make a…

    7 votes

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  19. 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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  20. Please make the units setting bound to the files, or at least change with workspaces!

    Adding to this idea:
    https://illustrator.uservoice.com/forums/333657-illustrator-feature-requests/suggestions/32403850-make-units-and-grid-settings-to-be-bound-to-file#comments

    I work with both printed and digital formats, on top of that much of my work is multilingual, involving English, Japanese, Portuguese and other languages (at least we don't deal with LTR type... for the time!).

    As such, I'm constantly changing units from mm to pixels and points, type from points to mm to Q, it's a mess! And I do that several times a day.

    I guess the easier path would be to bind the units settings to the workspaces, as binding to the files would require changing the .ai format. But what do…

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