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  1. Drag and drop artwork between documents in same place

    Photoshop allows to drag-n-drop artwork between documents in same place, when you hold Shift.
    In Illustrator, no matter what you hold, artwork would be dropped where cursor is pointed, with no respect to original X,Y coordinates.
    I desperately need this!

    Quite often I have to copy artwork, containing huge raster images, from one document to another. I need them to be placed in same place, snapped on grid, but AI just drops it. The only way to keep coordinates — is to copy/paste in front/place, which takes an EON to do with my big raster images.

    10 votes

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  2. To arrange Artboards alphabetically by there names!!

    To have an option where I can arrange artboards by there names

    9 votes

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  3. Ability to Copy&Pastle "Color Groups" in "Recolor artwork" to another document

    In one document I have create created some Color Groups for recolor my artwork. Now I want to copy them into another document.

    It's not possible to do currently. But it's so simple to implement!

    9 votes

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  4. Set location of new artboard

    Bring back the ability to click to set the location of a new artboard. With 2018, I have to find wherever a new artboard appears and move it to where I want it.

    In 2017 and prior, I'd just click to make a new artboard where I wanted it.

    9 votes

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  5. Export Artboards' ExportTo directory should be saved in the Illustrator File

    Currently, Export Artboards' ExportTo directory is a per Application setting and changes for all subsequent ExportTo actions.

    It really should be a per Illustrator File setting so that exporting art boards from a file defaults to last export directory used for this file.

    To support both per file and per application behaviours:

    1. Add a checkbox next to the ExportTo: directory field: "Use last export directory for this file" with the state of this check box is saved in the Illustrator file so it does not need to be changed after the first export.

    If selected shows the file's export to…

    8 votes

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  6. Move Hidden Layers with Parent

    I can't Move Hidden layers, groups, and objects if they are part of a group. Even if I click the targe icon, nothing hidden selects.

    Sincerest apologies to those familiar with the workflow in Illustrator but coming from photoshop it is mind-boggling that a Parent object does not move its children along with it just because they are invisible.
    Photoshop handles this exactly as one would expect and moves hidden items. Just because I can't see it doesn't also mean that it behaves as if locked.

    Context: when building a character for Character Animator a very complex grouping structure exists…

    8 votes

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  7. Previous Zoom

    A "Previous Zoom" or "Previous View" command which would change the zoom/magnification to the most recent zoom state. Also the option to center on selection or artboard. This will allow users to toggle between magnification of say 400% and 3200% or 5% and 1200% if they're regularly checking for details and positioning within a larger document which I do constantly in a prepress environment.

    8 votes

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  8. Allow Scale adjustment when creating New Document

    Many times as a designer you have to create artwork that is a fraction of the final scale. It would be nice if you could enter the final size in inches or feet, and then hit a dropdown that would have different fractions of scale (1/8, 1/4, 1/2 etc.) and then illustrator could compute the appropriate numbers. It could also scale down the bleed area as well.

    8 votes

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  9. Pressing Ctrl+Shift+PgUp with single artboard doesn't work as it does with multiple artboards

    When working with multiple artboards (I use them for exporting tiffs from larger design) using Ctrl+Shift+PgUp is quite handy to quickly navigate to first, master artboard AND set zoom to 'Fit artboard to window' with one hotkey.
    But when you have only one artboard, pressing Ctrl+Shift+PgUp (expecting it to fit artboard in window) does nothing.

    I think it should work consistently.

    8 votes

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  10. Transferring object name when Releasing to Layers

    When I Release to Layers, all of the objects within that layer are renamed to "Layer 1, Layer 2, Layer 3" etc. and I'd love to be able to have the new layers be named the same as when they were objects.

    8 votes

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  11. Export an AI Artboard from multi-artboard file to a separate single artboard AI file.

    Often I create AI files with multiple artboards for creating a seamless document for presentations. Often after the presentation is made I need to break apart the file and parse out the pages to created technical fabrication details. It would help immensely if the artboards were exportable into separate single artboard AI files.

    7 votes

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  12. Intuitive access to Custom Templates and show the correct name

    Hi - I use custom templates more than a 1,000 times a year. Every Illustrator template is easily located in the New Document window. Logically, you should be able to access Custom Templates there ... without drilling through More Settings - a nearly buried link - and then the Templates button - also seemingly an afterthought.

    Also, in the Recent Items window, my custom templates don't include the template name; they just say [Custom] and the file dimensions. This isn't helpful if you have multiple custom templates.

    I hope these features are addressed in a future update. Thanks.

    7 votes

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  13. pin document to start screen

    Have the ability to pin a document to the home screen

    7 votes

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  14. Move(select) multiple artboards with just a mouse

    I just need to be able to select and move multiple artboards.
    Thats so simple. Currently, I can select only 1, but I have 100 of them already and I want move some groups in my document, to easy re-arrange them. But I have to move one by one. AWKWARD.

    7 votes

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    Hi,
    We are pleased to inform you that your request is available in the latest release of Illustrator version 22.0.
    Visit your Adobe Creative Cloud Application and update. If you do not see an update on the application please check for update from the flyout options on the application after clicking on three vertical dots. For step by step process please visit: https://helpx.adobe.com/in/creative-cloud/help/download-install-app.html#Checkforupdates

    Warm Regards,
    Ashutosh Chaturvedi | Sr. Quality Engineering Manager – Illustrator
    Adobe. Make It an Experience.

  15. Artboards window: Add search bar. Also, be able to rearrange the actual artboards alphabetically in the document.

    It would be very helpful to alphabetically sort the actual artboard in the document as well as in the artboard window. Search bar would also help with organizing large quantities of artboards.

    Asset Export: Add the ability to select portions of an artboard and have it automatically retain the artboard name when pulled into asset export instead of a generic "Asset xxx" name.

    6 votes

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  16. Automatially push guides to a single layer

    It'd be great to have an optional feature that pushes every newly created guide to a dedicated guide layer. I think many people work with an eytra layer for guides on top of their layer stack to toggle visibility and lock, and manually collecting all guides gets tedious.

    6 votes

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  17. Triangular grid with precise snapping

    It would be great to have triangular grid with precise snapping besides regular square grid for drawing geometric shapes, patterns and isometric illustrations.

    6 votes

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  18. Touch workspace needs a layers panel

    Why they have not included such a basic, essential feature in the touch workspace is beyond me.

    6 votes

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  19. Deleting Artboard

    Can you add back the little cross/close button (we used to have in CC2017) to the artboard so that I can delete the artboards without visiting the artboard pannal?

    6 votes

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  20. Show current artboard when using shortcuts to switch artboards

    It would be useful if when switching artboards with Fn+Shift+Up/Down that the Artboards window reflects the currently viewed artboard. The current workaround is having to guess which artboard I'm looking at by double clicking the artboard and checking to see if the canvas switches view.

    6 votes

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