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  1. Please allow to turn artboards

    Allow to turn artboards just like vectorial shapes vertically or horizontally, no more having to enter the opposite measures on each size tab.

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  2. Can we have master artboards for Illustrator, the way we do for In Design??

    I do so much illustration on my projects that it's not practical to use In Design for layout, so I use Illustrator for everything and it's almost perfect. The one thing I find I'm consistently missing is the ability to assign templates to certain artboards (like a master artboard.) I can't use "paste to all artboards" for this, because often I am doing book format with A/B. Sometimes, I'm doing student/teacher guides where the looks need to be differentiated.

    Can we get the ability to assign some artboards to another so that they can update dynamically if we change them…

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  3. Ability to change the Canvas size after a new document is created

    The new expanded canvas size is great, but I think there should be an option to change the canvas size from the standard one to the expanded one after a document is created instead of having to create a new document.

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  4. default units

    I am currently using the 2020 version and i would like to have inches as the default unit. It is not available on this version. I had to contact customer support and they only way is keep documents in inches is when i open a new doc and each time i have to change the unit. There should be a way to have all my docs set up as inches under Units. So general and type in inches and stroke in points is what i would like to see.

    2 votes

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  5. 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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  6. Align to...BUTTON

    In a past version of AI, the "align to artboard or selection" was a button rather than a menu. Please bring back the button! I switch between these two options hundreds of times a week and the menu wastes time that adds up.

    Thanks so much always!

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  7. Document Color Mode - add option of Grayscale

    I need to make a lot of documents that must print in one color. I truly wish Illustrator offered a Document Color Mode of Grayscale - that mode would prevent use of color in any object created in ai, and would convert anything Placed, imported, or otherwise part of the document as Grayscale. It would also be good to have an "Open As" Grayscale option...

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  8. Provide an option for making artboard names visible on the artboard (like when editing artboards). This would be so helpful!

    Provide an option in Adobe Illustrator to show artboard names on the artboard/on top of the artboard (like when editing artboards). This visible naming would greatly help to keep artboards organized in large, multiple artboard files.

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  9. Don't automatically lock new template layers

    It would be useful when creating a new template layer it did not immediately become locked. Usually, I would want to put items on this layer like notes or reference marks, but unlocking the layer seems like an unnecessary step for a layer that has just been created.

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  10. "show images in outline mode" doesn't work (Document Setup)

    Image doesn't show when option is on. It used to a while ago...

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  11. Alt+click to create an artboard and open artboard dimensions

    Alt+Click in artboard work space to set location AND open an artboard dimensions dialog box. At present we have to draw an artboard and then go edit the dimensions. Currently its 2 clicks and a couple of drags, instead of just one click with the proposal above.

    Also most other tools have "Alt+Click" features enabled, think "square" "rotate" "scale". etc.

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  12. Export .BMP on various artboards.

    When will it be possible to export more than one image of the same artwork on different artboards in the .bmp?

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  13. Drop new artboard where you want it

    In previous versions of AI, you could choose where you wanted to drop a new artboard. Now it just dumps it in the middle of the screen. This is problematic because when you go to drag it to a new location, it often grabs items from existing artboards and drags them along with it. I have no idea why you changed this feature, but it is a daily frustration. And judging from the forums, I'm not the only one that hates it!

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  14. Adding Pages/Sheets like in Excel for better organization of large jobs

    Adding Pages/Sheets like in Excel for better organization of large jobs. I work at a sign company and frequently come across large jobs that I would like to keep organized.

    For example let's use a job I am on right now. It is a job for hospital signage. Over 500 signs in total and let's say 15 departments. Some departments have upto 20 signs. While artboards work well in this instance it would be nice if I could have the option to organize the departments with "sheets" instead of individual files. My reasoning behind this is when I have to…

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  15. Automatically incorporate the .jpeg .png name into the artboard name

    When working with multiple assets (png's and jpegs) and wish to import them in a document for various purposes: resize, remake them as vector for "overwrite" purpose it would be really helpful to:

    When importing a .jpeg or a .png file into a document, by clicking on the .png or .jpeg with the arboard tool, instead of creating a generic name, the artboard tool should "take" the name of the file automatically.

    When working with hundreds of small assets, it is very painful having to rename every single file in order to batch export them.

    Very helpful in, mobile, web…

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  16. A 3D presentation of layers and of artboards would deconstruct the fusion of all those into one 2D screen. Gaming software does iit.

    A 3D presentation of various containers (artboards, layers, groups) would show the composition of the various containers into what is currently a 2D screen. Gaming software does it.

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  17. OPTION CONFIGURE DECIMALS

    It would be nice to be able to configure the number of decimals we want to work with in Adobe Illustrator. There is a total inconsistency in the number of decimals that Illustrator currently works with, since the artboards have 2 decimals, the object transformation before version 24.1 had 3 decimals, after 24.1 4 decimals, etc. It is very uncomfortable to work with such a variety of decimals, it is also not accurate.

    It would improve the workflow and accuracy by being able to manually configure the decimals we want to work with.

    Hope that helps. ;)

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  18. fit artboard in window

    When opening an Illustrator document. Please have the file open as Fit Artboard in Window. Like it used to be. It is annoying to have to hit the shortcut, command - 0 every time I open a file.

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  19. Comprehensive Design Theme

    An comprehensive theme which contains a preset colors for all type of projects, along with selective fonts for specific client/brand.

    This feature can be used across all apps and will be adapted automatically.
    For example: It will automatically use the presets RGB colors for web and video projects, then for web design project it will also select the theme "predetermined safe/web fonts". And when you're starting a print project, this feature will automatically use the presets CMYK and PMS (if available) colors with the theme's predetermined fonts.

    As an added feature, there would be an AI inverted (dark) theme. I…

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  20. Set artboard rearrange for document so when artboards are duplicated they automatically go to the next line versus getting the error.

    Set artboard rearrange for document so when artboards are duplicated they automatically go to the next line versus getting the error "Cannot create Artboard outside of the canvas. Please rearrange and try again. How about that feature automatically rearranges the next artboard to follow your preferences (direct down for example).

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