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  1. import DXF Blocks

    In fashion Industry, one of the most common exchange file format is DXF-AAMA/ASTM.
    If it is too complex to Illustrator to handle all the subtilities of this format, could it be possible at least to manage "Blocks" ?
    Blocks are DXF entities which can be assimilate as "Groups" or "Symbols"
    but in Ai Groups and Symbols may stay on a single layer.
    In DXF Blocks, you may have multiple entities on multiple layers, but you need to keep them as a single object.
    So I was wondering if Ai could generate for each Block a layer (with the name of…

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  2. Illustrator should have the option to export .webp formats.

    .webp is becoming the default file type for raster graphics. We need the option to export to this format from Illustrator. Having to export .jpegs and then move to Photoshop to generate .webp formats is very inefficient.

    4 votes

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  3. Import SVG fails to load images correctly when linked via a use tag with the source provided in the defs

    The import SVG feature does not correctly load images when using a use tag that links to an image in the defs list.

    The issues with the import are the following:
    1. The image is incorrectly placed in the clipping group, despite one not being present in the svg.
    2. Two strange clipping path triangles are incorrectly added to the clipping group that completely hides the images.
    3. The art board is also incorrect and not placed around the design.

    I created a small svg example that has an image that is linked twice within the design.
    <svg version="1.1" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg"…

    3 votes

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  4. Ability to make "Use Artboards" the default

    I'm working on a bunch of files that have artboard and every time I export things I have to remember to check "Use Artboards". Can this be made something that is able to be set as a default, or at least can the selection be remembered on a per-file basis based on the last export?

    3 votes

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  5. Get back the possibility to disable cloud-saving generally!

    Hi,
    A few days ago I was still able to save as usual and didn't have to choose whether I wanted to save on my computer or in the cloud first. It's really annoying that I have to do this now every time.
    It would be great if you could generally select/set this once, so that you don't have one more click!
    For example, I never save to the cloud.

    Best Florian

    2 votes

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  6. Add Export JPG/PNG option to Package Feature

    Please add an "Export As..." option the Package feature settings so we can export JPG or PNG files in the packaged file folder. This would be immensely helpful! Thanks

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  7. We need for the "Export" dialogue boxes to either remember our last used settings or let us set our own defaults.

    I use "Export As" quite a bit, and I ALWAYS use the same setting I used before. But the "Export As" dialogue box always defaults to settings that I don't, and will probably never use. Please let us set our own defaults or at the least, remember our last used settings.

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  8. .obj asset file multiple group/layer hierarchy

    It’s very cool that you can export 3d models as obj - when I try to import the obj file Into blender, the group objects become scattered and lose there positioning that I have created - please make it so that when I import the file all of the objects are together / grouped as I intended and not scattered - great job on the new update 👍🏻

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  9. Make the 'Create PDF Compatible File' tickbox permanent or lockable.

    Make the 'Create PDF Compatible File' tickbox permanent or lockable.

    Without this being ticked, I can't see any thumbnails of my illustrator files, which is completely disruptive to work flow. I'd like to request that users be able to lock this tick box to ticked status.

    Currently, it's 'sticky': whatever you did last time sticks. Unless you open a doc that was saved without it checked.

    Working in a studio, I handle all kinds of files made by all kinds of people, and time is of a premium.

    'Sticky' but with a fin-print-style 'but' that requires you to be vigilant…

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  10. Create PDF Compatible File - Stroke not outlined

    When saving an Illustrator file with Create PDF Compatible turned on, would it be possible to have the stroke of the text live, the same as you keep the text live. Not outlined.

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  11. SVG scalable vector export option for use in Microsoft applications

    Please include an .svg format without code or mobile device use that will hold clipping, gradients, etc. to use as scalable vector artwork to be placed in MSO applications. This was not an issue in previous versions of Illustrator.

    I provide scalable vector artwork from my projects for my clients who work in Microsoft applications by placing "Picture from File" in a PowerPoint Catalog.

    When exporting, I get an error message: "Clipping will be lost on roundtrip to Tiny" when opening them back up and the artwork is distorted.

    I got better results with "Save a copy" however, I still…

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  12. Return Adobe Draw!!!

    Hello, I have been using Adobe Draw for 4 years until January 10.2022. I am extremely disappointed with its closure and its replacement with Fresco, which is not even available for Android users.
    Over 4 years of work, everything is ruined because my projects are saved as JPEG and the function to download as PNG does not work
    I searched for thousands of applications, none of them is the same as Adobe Draw or at least a little closer to it. Millions of people in Bulgaria used it for various purposes and after closing it you broke everything
    I beg…

    5 votes

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  13. Exporting files - range settings resetting for different file types

    Is it possible for the page 'range' to reset when exporting different file types? It's really frustrating when I've been exporting a few single pages to jpeg for example, and then when exporting a PDF of the document it retains the page range. It's a small issue, but is pretty annoying!

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  14. Save as pdf (range) without ALL canvases being saved in the background

    See here:
    https://community.adobe.com/t5/illustrator-discussions/single-page-pdf-from-illustrator-includes-all-canvases-in-document/m-p/12564633#M300920

    When I save a range from a multiple-canvas Illustrator document, the pdf in Acrobat shows only the range requested, but when opening the pdf back into Illustrator, ALL canvases from the original document are in the document.

    Example (see also screenshots):
    I have a simple Illustrator document with 72 canvases. When I save ONE canvas from that document (Save as PDF, range X, Press quality), the pdf it creates shows to have only one page, but the file size of the pdf is 20+Mb, which for this simple work is exorbitantly high. Upon opening the pdf back…

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  15. Open DXF or DWG and maintain layers, including X-ref layers

    The last version with this functionality was 25. It is critical to my team's workflow. Please bring it back.

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  16. ファイルをテンプレートとして保存する際の改善を求めます

    (Illustrator)ファイルをテンプレートとして保存するときに、アプリケーションフォルダ内のテンプレートフォルダにイラストレーター上から直接保存することが出来ないのは承知していますが、他の保存場所に保存しなければいけないのは一手間かかります。
    可能でしたら、デフォルトの「テンプレート」フォルダから直接、読み書き(保存も含む)出来ると、やはり助かりますので、是非対応してくださいますよう、要望を出しておきます。

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  17. Save as PDF with multiple artboards is slow

    Just had an long trail/error chat with you. We found the problem and thats why i post it here:

    When having a illustator file with 1 image and 4 artboards. (segments of the image). We print & mount the 4 artboards it to make a complete wall vinyl graphics.

    When i Save as PDF the export will take lets say 4 minutes. (it very depends on what image is used) but when i merge all artboards to 1 artboard it saves in 1 minute. So it means that per artboard the export time is multipled by number of artboards.

    Sometimes…

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  18. Better SVG support

    • Support CSS drop shadows
    • the ability to convert lines to shapes on export
    • Better CSS gradient support
    • ability to fonts to shapes on export
    • the ability to define CSS class selectors
    • cleaner code on export
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  19. File Save Options - Recovery data location

    I'm running the latest version of Illustrator (26.2.1 as I'm writing this) but my data recovery preferences are somehow stuck at the location for Illustrator 20 and the application warns me every time that it can't save recovery data for the current document. I can change this, I know, but that still just keeps it then stuck at the location for version 26, and will presumably break again when version 27 is released.
    What I need is some way to restore the default behaviour which would (presumably) automatically update to the correct relative location for the current application version.

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  20. Add option to Import DXF tool

    Hello,
    I have some request about the Import DXF feature.
    When opening a dxf file, the window ask if we want to scale the file to the artwork, but not the opposite.
    When opening a file at scale 1:1, it could be valuable to set the size of the artboard to the limits of the dxf file, as you have to do manually (most often) after you open it.
    It could also be cool to have a window showing the list of layers in the file and give the option to make a selection of those you want to import…

    4 votes

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