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  1. Ability to link artboards

    Can you add the ability to link artboards like in affinity designer so that whatever is being done to the first artboard shows on the second. This is a great feature fore textile pattern designers so that we can work in a smaller artboard but see what the repeating pattern looks like on a bigger artboard and be able to fix mistakes easier. I know illustrator has a pattern maker but it is very buggy and isn’t as good for making a pattern tile.

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  2. Ability to change default unit of measurement

    Please add the ability to change the default units for documents. I work in print and it's frustrating (and annoying) to have to change the units from points to inches every time I create a new document.

    2 votes

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  3. Add Plus buttons as the sides of a selected artboard to quickly add artboards new ones

    Photoshop displays nice (+) buttons to allow users to add new artboards to any side of a current one.

    In Illustrator, Add buttons exist only in Control and Properties, and always add an artboard next in a row.

    Not fair.
    And if you add these new Add buttons — allow to disable them too. Some will disagree on having extra fluff on canvas.

    Mockup image by Oleg Krasnov

    3 votes

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  4. Create square artboards with Shift held when no artboards are selected

    Artboard tool does a lot of things: selects, creates, moves,.. we are out of modifiers to control it properly. Specifically, we can’t create square artboards with the natural way we can create square paths, circles with Ellipse tool, like in many applications.

    Instead, Ai uses Shift key to select artboards if you start holding Shift before clicking (which is fine) and uses ratio of the last selected artboard if you hold it while dragging (who even uses it?)

    What if you let us to create square artboards, when no artboards are selected, but Shift is held? The alternative is to…

    4 votes

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  5. Update Artboard Default Sizes

    The current list of default art board sizes are very old and spec sizes for products that are no longer in use. Please update the list to include modern formats like HD, 4K, iPhone 11, 12 and so on. I doubt many people still regularly use the VGA settings or the 'Nexus 7' any more.

    2 votes

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  6. "Duplicate artboard" command should have option to create duplicate artwork on its own layer, not double all the assets in the file structur

    Currently when user chooses "Duplicate artboard" command, all of the assets on all layers and sub-layers get duplicated where they are within that layer hierarchy. To make for better asset organization, "Duplicate artboard" should have an option to create a new layer and put all of the duplicated assets in the same layer/sub-layer hierarchy there so then both sets of assets are independent in the layers window.

    should have option to create duplicate artwork on its own layer.

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  7. Document Recovery Panel

    Crash Recovery or document recovery is a life saver during unexpected crashes or Force quits of Illustrator sessions. However it becomes a nightmare, when it forces to recover documents from an old session and take ages to recover those document.

    A simple panel similar to MS Office will be really helpful for me to make a choice of what i want to recover and what to throw away before working..

    Its not always I need to use the old opened documents which I was not editing/ creating but just viewing as reference.

    Also its not always I want to waste…

    2 votes

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  8. Make Artboard Edge Color Difference

    Simple. Set the selected artboard stroke to difference mode and allow it to always be on top. That way it will show up when a different color background is used (like black). Or better yet, allow us to assign an artboard edge color (per document).

    2 votes

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  9. Selected artboard border indication border color & width

    Selected artboard border indication border color & width

    When managing multiple artboards 20+
    Its hard to know wich one is selected.
    I use this for copy / paste elements when working on google banners or ad sets.

    3 votes

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  10. Better grid settings

    Inkscape 1.1 has great grid management.
    It's embedded with the document: because grid needs vary a lot from a document from another
    It's accessible on the lateral panel, while on AI you need to enter the general settings; all while snapping is in the view menu (go figure...)
    There a two types of grid.
    You can set several grids.
    On this lateral panel, and for each grid, you can easily define there enable , visible and snapping status. (no menu spelunking)
    You can set the grid origin with coordinates or by alignment to the page (on AI if you modify…

    5 votes

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  11. 新規作成時のドキュメントウィンドウの全画面表示について

    アプリケーションフレームをOFFにした状態でドキュメントの新規作成をすると、ドキュメントウィンドウが全画面で配置され、左右のツールパネルの下に潜り込んで表示されます。
    毎回ドキュメント全体を表示させるのに、ドキュメントウィンドウをドラッグしてサイズを小さくし、パネルとの重なりをなくすひと手間が入ります。
    ※ツールパネルはフロート状態ではなく固定しています。

    Photoshopのように(またはイラレでアプリケーションフレームを使用した時と同じように)ツールバーやパネルに重ならないようにドキュメントウィンドウを表示する仕様にはならないでしょうか。
    またはそれができる設定はあるのでしょうか。

    3 votes

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  12. add a Color to Artboard names in artboard panel

    add a Color to Artboard names in artboard panel, just like the way we color layers in photoshop

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  13. allow the GRID to only be on the canvas, allowing the outer space to be used at the same time for element while building a project

    allow the GRID to only be on the canvas, allowing the outer space to be used at the same time for element while building a projects. ALSO allow a slider to dim down the lines and a line width slider for the lines. This way its fully customizable for the user

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  14. Add preset sizes for social media posts, banners, and stories

    Adding size presets for specific platforms like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc. would be helpful to easily create posts, profile banners, and story graphics

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  15. Autogenerate designs with Adobe Sensei?

    What if Illustrator had the ability to autogenerate versions of a design using Adobe Sensei technology? Imagine that you are going to design several banners of the same design in different sizes. Instead of designing each individual banner, one could simply click on a button that auto-generates versions in all the different sizes needed. This will help streamline the design process and eliminate time-consuming manual tasks.

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  16. Artboards workflow could do with some streamlining.

    So artboards in AI have been around for a while now, but the current workflow is pretty limited and at times frustrating.

    There are 2 really big things that could do with improvement.

    1 - The biggest issue I have is that there is no keyboard shortcuts to make a new artboard.

    Why do I have to move my mouse over to the artboard panel and click the add artboard button.

    This is way to long winded every time you want to add a new artbaord.

    2 - When adding a new artboard it does not conform to the column…

    2 votes

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  17. "Align Artboards to nearest pixel" or "Rearrange selected artboards" to avoid extra pixel on export.

    Similar to "Rearrange All artboards" except I don't want them rearranged, I just want them to snap to the nearest whole pixel to avoid the extra pixel when exporting raster assets.

    OR

    "Rearrange selected artboards only"

    I frequently set up documents with with dozens of artboards of various sizes organized and positionally grouped in specific ways. Currently I need to manually set x and y pixel coordinates for each artboard because "rearrange all" destroys the iterative structure of my document.

    4 votes

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  18. Remove the 'Drawing Area' (dark grey area behind art boards)

    The 'drawing area' behind artboards limits where you can place items (especially masked items that fall off this area), it limits the number of artboards, and limits how freely and where I can place multiple artboards. It also has no purpose at all as far as I can see.

    3 votes

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  19. Remove the 'Drawing Area' and it's limitations (dark grey area behind art boards)

    The 'drawing area' behind artboards limits where you can place items, especially masked items that fall off this area, limits number of artboards, and limits how freely I can place multiple artboards.
    If you want 40 artboards (for say storyboarding) but want more than 10pixels between each, you can't. If you have masked a large drawing and need the invisible masked items to sit outside the Dark Grey drawing area, you can't. If you have a lot of artboards but want to place characters for use by other designers, animators outside your artboards but have many artboards you struggle.

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  20. Rearrange artboards on canvas accordingly to their order in the Artboards panel

    If you use artboards to have pages, swapping wo of them could be a nightmare.
    So:
    1. Allow Ai to rearrange artboards on canvas as the order of items in Artboards panel suggests
    2. Add Swap Selected artboards maybe, when exactly two artboards are selected

    4 votes

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