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  1. 141 votes

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  2. 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)

    18 votes

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  3. disable autocrop suggestions

    The aggressive new autocrop suggestions in Illustrator 23.0 are a huge hassle. Every new crop I make I have to move the suggested crop lines back on 2-3 of the sides of my cropping image, or risk losing as much as 70% of the original image. Very much a waste of my time and a headache.

    2 votes

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  4. Bring back the previous Illustrator CC toolbar

    Bring back the previous Illustrator CC toolbar. After years of having the AI tools in a particular spots, now they're all over the place and hard to find and the Edit Toolbar is a cluster#$%& of madness. Bring it back!

    10 votes

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  5. 3D Mouse Support

    Originally posted in the forums:

    I am aware that this has been asked before, but I have not found an adequate answer.

    I have always disliked the methods used by Illustrator for pan and zoom functions.

    I have been using a program called X-Mouse Button Control to remap the functions of the mouse wheel and middle click to pan and zoom operations. For panning, this works well: Middle click to pan. In X-Mouse, the middle click is replaced with a macro that will hold the space key, and simulate a click/hold of the left mouse button. This allows panning in…

    7 votes

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  6. Screen resolution of Illustrator 23.0 - Not recognising retina display?

    Just downloaded the new Adobe Apps as an update. All fine except illustrator. It looks massive on my screen. Seems it's not seeing retina display or can't work out the size of my display. Attached are two screenshots. One is illustrator window looking massive and Photoshop looking as it should.

    3 votes

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  7. Show link image while resizing or moving

    Instead of seeing just the bounding box when transforming linked files, why not show the content of the link? Transforming linked files, image or vector based, would be more intuitive. This currently requires a workaround.

    4 votes

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    This is what Illustrator is capable of now with Preferences > GPU Performance options turned on.

    It should work for both linked or embedded images, vector or raster, exactly as you described.

    If it does not happen for you — please report it as a bug, and provide screenshots or screen recordings of the behavior, along with full OS and app specs.

  8. Properties Panel, values are not selected by clicking on the symbol in front of their field

    If I click on a symbol in a panel for a property like W or H or X or Y the current value gets selected. This does not work in the Properties panel, nothing gets selected and I have to double click inside the property field to select it.
    It slows down and is not consistent with the way it has worked for years.

    4 votes

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  9. Customize Transparency Grid Size and Color...

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

    11 votes

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  10. Increase contrast between selected font and other fonts in Font list in Character palette

    Not long ago the contrast between current font and other fonts in list in Character menu was quite sufficient (see image 1). Now it's barely visible (image 2). It makes locating current font in list rather difficult.

    Please reconsider colors chosen.

    21 votes

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  11. 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…

    15 votes

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  12. Keyboard Shortcut to select locked objects

    When needing to move a locked object, you currently only have the option of "unlock ALL" whereas sometimes you may have many things locked that you do not want unlocked - only one or two things you want to move.

    It would be helpful if by holding a button (Say Alt or control) this would allow you to select locked objects, move or alter the object, and once you deselect it continues to be locked.

    21 votes

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    In latest versions you can enable 'Select and Unlock objects on canvas' option in Preferences > Selection & Anchor Display section.

    This adds small lock icons for each locked object you can toggle right there without the need to unlock everything first.


    This is not exactly the solution you asked for, no hotkeys involved (and there are no modifiers left to allow this), but it does the job.

    Does it work for you? Please leave a comment.

  13. Mapping artwork on 3d object surface

    Now we need every time to convert /or update/ artwork into symbol before mapping in on the surface of 3D objects that are created with 3d effects. That process is annoying and complex. Simplifying of that can help profs and beginners to use it quickly and pass some steps.

    Now many programs like Adobe Dimension CC, 3d paint allows to do that very easy and in real time.

    Also adding some new feature like uv maps or tiling 3d effects can be very helpful.

    2 votes

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    Modern 3D and Materials allows to map symbols directly on a object on canvas, across its multiple surfaces. A user can move it, rotate, scale.

    The tech is not perfect still, and it won’t be supported for now Classic 3D effects, but is potent enough already to try.

  14. Extended Tools Panel

    Less frequently used tools (in my case: Scissors, Paint Bucket) are hard to find in the standard Tools Palette. Wouldn't it be great when Illustrator had a preset to show all tools at a glance (on my 30" screen...)?

    I know that it is possible to create custom tools panels - but especially when creating those, it's nice to have a view on all tools at once!

    2 votes

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  15. Copy parts from multiple layers into multiple layers

    I work with a lot of parts that I need to keep separated for output. A simple example is a complex, compound shape with 20 elements. I have 10 on a "cut" layer and 10 on a "print" layer. If I copy and paste them, I can only paste them into one layer. I might want them to go back into the same layers or into 2 new layers. I never want them in the same layer. I now have to go in and separate them all into the proper layers.

    This is important because the layers tell our output…

    5 votes

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    You can enable Paste Remembers Layers in the panel’s menu to make Illustrator remember layers your objects were copied from and insert them on layers with same name when pasted. If these layers don’t exist, Illustrator will create them. Be careful and disable it when not needed, if might make a mess when not needed. Also note that with this option enable everything copied from an isolation mode creates a separate 'Isolation mode' layer, which is stupid — vote here if you think this should be addressed: https://illustrator.uservoice.com/forums/601447-illustrator-desktop-bugs/suggestions/37935496-paste-remembers-layers-bug-with-isolation-mode
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