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  1. Make Illustrator PDFs more automatically accessible

    Accessibility is incredibly important. Obviously Adobe wants to help but it is incredibly limited in Illustrator. If you supply multiple artboards, character and paragraph styles and great text placement options, you should make the PDF export carry those options through. What's the point of using InDesign when you only have two pages? Who needs to files for every project?

    18 votes

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  2. QR Code Generator (Like in InDesign)

    InDesign gives you the ability to generate a vector QR code on the fly, I was unable to find a way to do this in Illustrator and would love to have this option if possible. I design a lot of packaging art that will sometimes require a QR code. This way, I can generate a QR code that is a high quality vector without having to import one from another source. Thanks!

    17 votes

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  3. Folders for symbol

    There should be a way to organize all symbols (i often use more then 30 symbols per document), it gets very messy in the symbol window. It would be so much easier to organize and keep track of everything with the ability to create folders in the symbol window.

    17 votes

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  4. Remember Pathfinder Options across sessions

    Currently, the Pathfinder Options are not remembered across Illustrator sessions. This can be tested with the following steps.

    1. Launch Illustrator.
    2. Via the Pathfinder panel, use the flyout menu to open Pathfinder Options.
    3. Set the precision to anything other than 0.028 pt.
    4. Quit and relaunch Illustrator.
    5. Reopen the Pathfinder Options. The precision has been set back to 0.028 pt.

    It would also be good if the Pathfinder Options were able to be recorded as an action. It seems like a bug that they can not now — recording an action for it appears to work, and there is a Pathfinder Options…

    16 votes

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  5. Global Edit - Text, Grouped, Clip masked

    Would love to see advance global editing. I've noticed that grouped, clip masked and text doesn't work with global editing. This will really speed things up for all adobe illustrator user.

    14 votes

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  6. Update Illustrator Variable tool/Graph tool 2019

    Update Illustrator Variable tool to allow the ability to:

    1. Bind variable to individual objects within a graph not just a graph as a whole

    2. Bind variable to multiple copies of 1 object and be able to vary each copy (individually or together based on selection) by dataset

    Update Graph tool to allow the ability to:

    1. Import CSV or XML with variable dataset so a user can copy a graph design X amount of times and toggle through the dataset to display variable graph data without having to manually create X amount of individual graphs and individually change the data X…

    14 votes

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  7. Pan tool wrap

    When you pan with the mouse button/wheel held down, the panning stops when the cursor reaches the monitor edges. This forces user to release mouse, move it all the way back and re-grab it.
    In some other editors you can continue to move the pointer and it will 'wrap' around your monitor, going from the opposite side of it, until released.

    Basically you can pan until you reach the end of your table.

    This mode will help those who have to work at scale and pan without unzooming. Please, add it!

    13 votes

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  8. Escape key should deselect any selected object

    This would be extremely useful when you are zoomed in and a lot of objects are filled in your screen and there's no empty space around to click if you ever wanna deselect an object. Please map the escape key so that it deselects any selected object.

    13 votes

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  9. 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.

    13 votes

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  10. Chinese text hyphenation alignment for punctuation marks in Illustrator text box

    Punctuation marks justified alignment on textbox.

    Need to automate the text alignment in the textbox for Chinese characters.

    Because it is very time consuming to do manual kerning for each characters reiteratively, whenever there is amendment to the text in the box.

    13 votes

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  11. Text editing - missing keyboard shortcuts

    Some text editing shortcuts would be very welcome:
    Ctrl + End: go to the end of the text
    Ctrl + Home: go to the beginning of the text
    Ctrl + Delete: delete all characters of a word to right
    Ctrl + Backspace: delete all characters of the word to left

    13 votes

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  12. 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.

    13 votes

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  13. Additional Scripts Folder in Preferences

    In the Preferences we have the ability to define an "Additional Plug-ins Folder" and that will really useful to have the same option for Scripts, specially in enterprise where you don't have the admin right.
    Plus, that will allow to easily disable the Scripts if needed.

    13 votes

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  14. Let's add Vasily Hall's name to the Ai credits?

    These never get added for some reason, so I'm going to try once per day to put it up here:

    As you may be aware, Illustrator has a natively build CSV-import feature for variables now. This wouldn't have come if Vasily didn't undertake the effort to create this feature as a script, 3 years prior. https://github.com/Silly-V/Adobe-Illustrator/blob/master/Variable Importer/VariableImporter.jsx

    His contribution was:
    1. User research, connecting with users from all over the world to get a sense of whether anyone even wants to import CSV files and use graph variables.
    2. Naming convention syntax for visibility and graph variables.
    3. Logical mechanism…

    13 votes

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  15. Better Management of the Appearance Panel

    Appearance are the most powerful feature of Illustrator, but the learning curve is difficult and for Advanced User it's difficult to manage and remember what are doing what in a Complex Appearance (cf. Screenshot where I had to use Colors to identify properties…)

    Adding features like:
    – Renaming (fill, stroke and effects)
    – Folders (like in Ps: "Pass Trough" blend mode, knockout, vector mask based on "Convert to shape" with 9 points proxy…)

    It will be more easier to understand Complex Appearance samples and for Advanced users, it will be way more efficient.

    13 votes

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  16. Zoom to selection / Fit Selection on Screen, with an assignable hotkey

    Just a simple keyboard command that fills the screen with whatever you have selected.

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  17. Share "Typequest" cache with Adobe applications.

    Illustrator CC 2019 and InDesign CC 2019 generate "Typequest" caches in separate folders by Visual Font Browsing, but occupy the disk because each cache size is large. 
    For Japanese, the font data becomes very large.
    In the future, it is not practical to generate caches individually for other applications, so caches should be shared by applications.

    (Translated to Japanese)
    Illustrator CC 2019 と InDesign CC 2019 は、ビジュアルフォント表示の ”Typequest" キャッシュを個別に作成しますが、このキャッシュサイズがとても大きく、ディスクを圧迫します。
    日本語の場合、フォントデータがとても大きくなります。
    今後、このキャッシュを Adobe アプリ全体で共通利用させ、個別に作成しないようにしてほしい。

    12 votes

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  18. 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

    12 votes

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  19. Variable text fields

    It would be really helpful to have an option in Illustrator which can automatically fill custom variable fields like date, file name, etc.

    I am working in print industry for almost 10 years and our primary software is AI, with adding the above option, it will help designers to save lot of time.

    Appreciate your consideration for the above idea.

    12 votes

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  20. 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.

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