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  1. Artboard search function

    Add a search bar to the Artboards window

    15 votes

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  2. Option to "Show Transparency Grid" by default for all the files at all the time

    I deal with a lot of white icons/svg and would like to keep the transparency grid on by default for all the files.

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  3. Show how many artboards are selected

    Since we can have multiple artboards selected and this selection isn't very noticeable (which should be fixed too), why not to show how many artboards are selected?
    Just say how many in empty 'Name:' field, since it shows nothing when more is one artboard is selected, in brackets or different color.

    14 votes

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  4. Make an option to disable auto-selection of artboards, when clicked inside

    AI now selects artboard whenever mouse is clicked within in (with any tool). While it's a great general behaviour, I'd like to be able to disable it.

    I have to work with overlapping artboards (which, by the way, sometimes prevent AI from correctly selecting the artboard clicked—it depends on artboards' order). When object is copied, AI remembers it's coordinates. Then, when I go to the object I need to place my copied art over and press Ctrl+F, AI pastes the object in the same coordinates. Sounds OK, but when I clicked that underlying object, AI moved the focus from initial…

    13 votes

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  5. Set export options to default to the same folder the native is housed in

    Set default export or save as locations to start in the same folder as the native Ai file as opposed to previous locations. It can be rather cumbersome when switching to an entirely new project, then exporting that project and having the 'save as' default to the entirely other project's recent save.

    13 votes

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  6. Make ripple Artboard tool in Illustrator

    As someone who uses Illustrator to design much of my artwork for animation in After Effects there's one tool that I find I constantly need and instead just muddle through manually cutting, copying and pasting.

    It'd be great to have a tool in AI that would insert a new Artboard between say frames 9 and 10, and then move all the artwork from frame 10 on up to the next artboards (frames 11, 12, 13, 14, etc.) I think of like a ripple edit tool. You can insert or delete a frame (artboard) and the artwork on all the artboards…

    13 votes

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  7. Master page

    It would be great if Illustrator had a master page like InDesign.
    For us who design more then one page for client proofs.

    13 votes

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  8. delete artboard with content

    Be able to delete artboard with content. One or many pages.

    12 votes

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  9. 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…

    12 votes

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  10. Add a button to save presets like Photoshop has.

    Photoshop has a button to save presets when you create a new document. I love that feature makes my job easier, I wish Illustrator had that same button instead of having to save the files as templates. So much simpler and faster with the button right there.

    12 votes

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  11. Preflight

    Please implement an integrated preflight function that works in the same manner as the preflight function found in InDesign.

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  12. Barcode

    Dear Adobe,

    hope you doing well, could you please one more option in illustrator for Barcode generator

    Thank you

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  13. Create artboard to three decimal places

    It would be nice to be able to set artboards to three decimal places without it rounding up. If I make something at 3.125", it rounds up to 3.13", or 3.6785 becomes 3.68. Although I have not had any printers yell at me for my files not being correct, I still am concerned that it always wants to round up to the hundredths place, especially when I'm having to be sure that my materials are going into places where the sizes are set in to be such specific tolerances.

    12 votes

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  14. a way to nest objects on art board for sign makers

    Idea: Take multiple objects, such as multiple copies of a logo or elements and nesting them within the artboard and a feature to say how much space you want between each object.

    Reason: When it comes to signs or sending a print job to a plotter. Sign makers want to maximize the number of objects on a vinyl. Sure we can manually move objects or even use the distribute tool. but this takes to long and sometimes when selecting multiple objects you can not use the distribution tool to distribute both vertical and horizontal at the same time or objects…

    11 votes

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  15. Artboard numbering by order not by creation

    For many years I wish AI sorted the artboards by their position in the document but not by their time of creation. When moving artboards around for creating an presentation (which I would like to export later by maintaining the sequence I see on the canvas) it would be so much more comfortable when the numbering of the artboard would change accordingly. For example if I prepare a presentation with multiple artboards and decide to move the most right artboard of the bottom row to the very upper left position I wish this artboard would be numbered as artboard #1…

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  16. Option to Have Golden Ratio & Rule of Thirds Grid (like PS)

    For a canvas, if there is an option to get a Grid for 'Rule of Thirds' or Golden Ration.

    This will make a lot easier for the designer and will be more effective in Illustrator as compared to PS (where this option is available) where vector designs are being created.

    11 votes

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  17. Separate marquee selecting and deselecting into different keys

    Shift + marquee selecting should not simultaneously select and deselect objects, instead the two should be separated into different keys, such as 'Shift' for only adding to the current selection and 'Alt' only subtracting from it.

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  18. Slug

    As part of my daily workflow, all my art has to have a slug, when i put all the information about the file, date, time, user, CMYK and spot colors used, company logo, etc.

    Editable and complete slug option will be appreciated, see attached an example of my manual slug, i use in conjunction with a plugin which puts date time, the user, etc automatically, but i don't like plugins, I want part of the Adobe illustrator Software.

    See attached an example

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  19. To arrange Artboards alphabetically by there names!!

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

    10 votes

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  20. 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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