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  1. Speed up Redraw with All Thumbnail Options on One Button

    Switching off thumbnails for improved draw speed means switching various options and locations to get the layer, object and transparency thumbs all switched off. Working many customer files per day this is a drag.

    Please put them all on one "thumbs" radio button with options for all-on, all-off, or custom preference, so I can get my work done faster.

    Make this an application preference rather than document preference to save me even more time.

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  2. Adobe illustrator is running slow for no reason

    I have been using adobe illustrator for more than a year on my vurrent laptop and i never had problems (acer nitro 517-52 GTX1650Ti I5). I have updated my graphic drivers and illustrator too. I know i am using more and more fonts over the time. But since adobe illustrator crashed yesterday i doesnt stop lagging. When i am constantly zomming in and out with alt and middle mouse button its crashes in less than 5 sc and crash after placing down 5 rectangles in like 30 sc. My document size is 2000 by 2000 mm and i also tried…

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  3. Shift + click on menu items (File, Edit, Object, etc) w/o closing menu after click

    Whenever I use the menu items (File, Edit, Object, Text, Select, Effects, View, etc) sometimes you go into a submenu, and select one option, e.g:
    1. Go to View Menu
    2. Select Perspective Grid sub-menu
    3. Select Hide guides
    4. Go to View Menu (again)
    5. Select the Perspective Grid sub-menu (again)
    6. Find and click my option (eg. "Snap to guides")

    Now if I could for example "shift+click" to keep the menus open after the click:
    1. Go to View Menu
    2. Select Perspective Grid sub-menu
    3. Shift+click "hide guides"
    4. Click "snap to grid" (without shift when I…

    2 votes

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  4. Connect/weld/glue points to another point/path

    It whould help a lot if we can weld three or more ponits on illustrator and if a path can be welded on the middle of another line

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  5. Non destructive edits like smart objects example puppet warp

    Non destructive edits like smart objects example puppet warp, currently it is destructive. how nice would it be for the original to still be there like photoshop smart objects ? !

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  6. Illustrator server edition

    Please create a Illustrator server version, like Indesign server. Allow us to run multiple server instances on the same machine.

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  7. Adding gizmo feature in the 3d options

    It would be nice if the scale, move, rotate gizmo would be added as an option. As we have in dimension. I found that it is more user friendly than the existing panel.

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  8. 3D and Materials raytracing: Support GPU rendering

    When enabling raytracing for the 3D and Materials effect, use the GPU to render instead of the CPU.

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  9. There should be a way to Unlock All items in opacity masks

    Stock agencies reject artworks if they have locked items in their opacity masks.
    It means that these agencies probably have automated solutions to check for issues like that... meanwhile, Illustrator, the leading software to create vector artwork, has none.
    The workaround would be to check each potential object manually, or use scripts that still have no chance to fully check the problem because of certain limitations.

    Basically we need a strong Preflight tools. There are some (like Vector Inspector Pro), but a native one could be faster and more efficient, if done correctly.

    5 votes

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  10. Illustrator for Android

    I was not being offhand Adobe when I replied "That will have to do."
    re: the Illustrator version for Android that we were discussing, I am hoping that the Android version of Illustrator will be as fully versatile as the PC version with just as much ability.

    81 votes

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  11. Make Global Edit work with parts of compound shapes

    When you use Direct/Group Selection tool and select a part of compound shape, that you know exist on canvas, you expect Global Edit to see them too and allow you to edit these copies simultaneously — but no, Illustrator does not recognize them.
    Please finish Global Edit, it is not complete.

    2 votes

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  12. Release Monitor mapping for non wacom tablets using Illustrator

    Illustrator does not work with multiple monitors on non-wacom tablet devices.

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  13. Tracing transparent BW images not to make white block in BG in place of transparent

    When we trace transparent black and white images where we want to keep white interior and outside transparent in place of transparent we get a white block that can not be removed with scripting or batch, only manually after expand. There should be a setting the image traces only the actual image, not adding BG where there is none.

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  14. Edit Original in context menu Placed image

    Just like other CC applications, Ai should offer the possibility to open the source of a Placed image directly from within Ai. (Photoshop most of the time).

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  15. Background Export (not save)

    Ai now can save documents in background (partially, but still) — it saves a lot of time.
    InDesign, on the other hand, can export in background (well, some file types).

    What if exporting process go in background too, leaving Ai unlocked?

    4 votes

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  16. Resize Images Shortcut

    When resizing images or objects, there should be a way to constantly have things stay proportionate without having to hold down shift the entire time. I would suggest the caps lock key since it carries the same function when typing out letters.

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  17. Enable Content Aware Defaults is an All or Nothing option

    Checking the Enable Content Aware Defaults option in Preferences controls 3 features: Crop Image, Puppet Warp and Freeform Gradient. It would be nice to be able to turn them on/off individually. Now it is all or nothing.

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  18. Increase maximum Keyboard increment for cursor keys

    Keyboard increment Preference is maxed to 1296...

    I need 1920 at least. Why not make it as big as the max artboard size?

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  19. Make the corner widget automatically disappear in small objects

    Sometimes when I'm editing small shapes, I accidentally click and drag the corner widgets and end up rounding the object's edges instead of transforming their size. I believe that when it comes to small objects it doesn't make sense to have the corner widget visible as it is not possible to have precision in the rounding of the edges, so it would make sense to make it disappear automatically. This could be related with zoom levels, so when I zoom in that small object, the widgets reapper.

    I know that it is possible to disable them, but they are quite…

    3 votes

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  20. @2x Retina pixel preview needed

    Designing for high resolution displays is still cumbersome in Illustrator as there is no pixel-preview for retina displays. Please add an option to preview artwork as it displays on high resolution monitors.

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