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  1. Keyboard shortcut to hide/show selected Layer

    Option to assigne a keyboard shortcut for hide/show selected layer. Currently you have to click on the eye icon, which is pretty cumbersome. (for eg Photoshop has this feature, I think).

    (I'm on a project where you need to trace this huge sketch with ready made elements and so toggle layer visibility is a fast way to see how things are aligning.) Cheers!

    10 votes
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  2. New Document dialog should not be so slow to appear or react to input

    Creating a new doc via the keyboard is so slow that several other commands can unwittingly be executed before the dialog/settings panel appears. The fact that this clunky panel was introduced relatively recently as a "feature" is even more irritating.

    Alternately provide an option to create a new document from default or current settings so that I can adjust it later when I need to.

    10 votes
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  3. Infinite Canvas

    I find myself using more and more Figma to brainstorm and create my designs as I have a single document containing all of my visual explorations.

    For print assets I go back to Illustrator and create the final file, but I reallly wish I could have done it all in illustrator. So just removing the canvas limit.
    Not artboards or number of something -> just being able to spread and spread your ideas in the same place.

    9 votes
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  4. get rid of these garbage product tour popup windows

    No one is going to use these lame tour popup videos-- people google for solutions. Either get rid of them or have them off by default

    9 votes
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  5. anchor object to text ability (like indesign)

    Ability to anchor an object within text in a text frame in Illustrator. In other words, when the text reflows, the object would move along with the text. There are forums on this already - but I don't see a request anywhere! I know this is available in indesign....but it's not in illustrator.

    9 votes
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  6. Show missing link path/locations like InDesign. (To make relinking an image simple)

    In the Link Panel - Indesign shows the file path for placed images and links (even when missing or embedded). In Illustrator's Link panel these path/locations are greyed out with no text, thus making finding a missing file purely guess work. Can the Indesign Links Panel be directly replicated to Illustrator so absolutely the same? Cheers

    9 votes
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  7. Assign a key to toggle from align to object to align artboard

    It would be quicker for my workflow if I could have a way to toggle align to object to align artboard.

    9 votes
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  8. Create a collaborative editing mode

    It would be incredibly useful having an editing mode where you can edit your documents in real time with other people. That would be very interesting, as collaborative work is really necessary for many projects nowadays.

    9 votes
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  9. Introduce bevel joint clamp values for strokes

    Adobe's miter limit is something quite weird. I was lucky to find and bookmark this article to learn it, finally:
    https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/mswanson/2006/03/24/miter-limits-in-illustrator-and-wpf/

    As you can see, AI have no tools for defining how much of a stroke would be cut when joint is beveled. I want some.

    9 votes
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  10. Copy the style of stroke when using eyedropper tool

    When I use the eyedropper tool on a stroke with arrowhead, the full style does not get copied - only color and weight (not arrowhead). I think it is expected for the arrowhead to get copied too, just like the color AND font get copied when you use the eyedropper tool on text.

    9 votes
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  11. find font

    When finding lost fonts or replacing fonts can you PLEASE let AI change/replace fonts that are hidden or on a locked layer. Or at least give us an option to.

    9 votes
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  12. the option "History", as in Photoshop; In photoshop.

    The new illustration update, should have the option "History", as in Photoshop. I was just working on a design and really needed that tool, but as it was, it took me another hour doing everything again. Please, it would be a very useful tool in Illustrator.

    8 votes
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  13. Count objects

    Count objects when using Select-->Same, Select-->Object, and "Start editing similar shapes together" commands. Sometimes "Start editing similar shapes together" does not select all similar shapes; therefore, an edit made using this feature may not edit all similar shapes, unbeknownst to the user. However, if I know how many shapes I have, then I can confirm that all shapes are selected when using these commands throughout the editing process. This is valuable because confirming the count of selections builds confidence that edits are made to all objects. Likewise, it also saves the editor time by mitigating the need to count all…

    8 votes
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  14. Gradient “easing” / bezier curve control for color stops

    Any work that utilizes gradients in Illustrator would benefit greatly from the addition of the ability to manually control/adjust the bezier curves of the gradients’ color stops.

    The specifics of how this works are discussed here: https://larsenwork.com/easing-gradients/

    Ultimately, this level of control allows for significantly more pleasing and subtle gradients. Relying on midpoints to adjust gradients ultimately results in very obviously visual “steps” from one color stop to the next.

    I’ve attached a video demonstrating the easing function, as well as a before and after image to illustrate its effect.

    8 votes
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  15. Isolate selection doesn't get recorded in Actions

    Action doesn't record 'Isolate Selection' command

    8 votes
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  16. Match Width or Height to Key Object

    I would like a quicker way to match an object's width or height to that of another object. Currently I have to select the correctly sized object, copy the W value, select the next object, and paste the W value. This must be done individually for each object. A pain when you have, say, a dozen objects scattered around the artwork but you want them to all be the same size. I think it could work similarly to the "align to key object" tool.

    8 votes
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  17. When opening a multi page pdf instead of having to select the range, why can't it open the page you see in the window

    When opening a multi page pdf instead of having to select the range, why can't it open the page you see in the window? In other words, why not make the window page and range the column. I am always selecting the page in the window and forget to change range and always end up opening page 1. Thanks

    8 votes
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  18. Better antialiasing

    Long time ago I abandoned Xara and moved to Illustrator full-time.
    I managed to solve all problems I had encountered with, but several things still bug me.

    One of them is this:
    https://illustrator.uservoice.com/forums/601447-illustrator-bugs/suggestions/31525333-minus-front-on-grouped-objects
    https://illustrator.uservoice.com/forums/601447-illustrator-bugs/suggestions/32954797-pathfinder-must-work-with-group-as-a-single-object

    The other one is a crude antialiasing.

    See attached images.
    Zara puts more shades of gray to show the slope of test line, while AI leaves more uniformly filled areas. It gets more noticeable when angle gets sharper.
    Changing antialising options doesn't help.

    Please, make antialiasing better.

    8 votes
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  19. Allow linked content within symbols.

    It would be nice to create symbols with linked content that would update when the linked content changes. Currently you have to embed anything within a symbol, images for example.

    8 votes
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  20. Remove survey requests from app

    Give users some way to disable in-app survey request popups. Simply clicking the X does NOT prevent it from popping up again in the future.

    How about moving this request out of the program so it doesn't appear during a long, automated batch operation for example (and can't be dismissed BTW). Adobe has our email addresses, just send the request there. OR move survey notifications to the CC Desktop App. That's a nice central location that does not impinge on production activities in any of the apps.

    8 votes
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