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  1. Make it possible to TOTALLY OPT out of The creative Cloud!

    Not every one wants it, and it is locking up my PC. It opens way too many programs and processes.

    1 vote

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  2. AFP to SMB link conversion

    Create a function that examines the file links in an ai file and convert any AFP links to SMB links.

    4 votes

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  4. Better Action Set Organization in Illustrator

    We have a lot of Actions but only a few are needed at a time based on the workflow you're currently in. It would be great to have the "for the moment" unutilized actions hidden when in button mode. Action Sets functioning like Libraries while in Button Mode without having to delete and then reload is not a good way of going about this.

    27 votes

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  5. Allow assignable shortcut key for "Convert selected anchor points to smooth (and corner)" action

    Would like to assign a shortcut key for both "Convert selected anchor points to smooth" and "Convert selected anchor points to corner" actions, similar to pressing available button when an anchor is selected.

    4 votes

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  6. An image or shape splitter that randomly generates splits in an image based upon user-set ranges

    Currently, mosaics are somewhat difficult to make (I am new so I don't know everything, therefore I have some issues with this) I am looking for a function that allows the splitting of images, shapes, or shape groups, through a menu that you place ranges upon (i.e. amount of resulting shapes, how many sides per shape as a range between two numbers, etc.)

    The ability to select shapes in an image by area and color to then split them randomly while still keeping original outline form would be also appreciated, along with averaging color values if you choose to split…

    1 vote

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  7. Create Droplets like in Photoshop

    Illustrator has actions and even a "Batch" for actions. However doesn't seem to be a "Create Droplet" option like Photoshop.

    This would be very useful for people who need to do repetitive tasks (in my case a quick and dirty Image Trace on multiple files very often)

    2 votes

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  8. Record OK button in Actions

    In my action I need to confirm a dialog manually all the time. Can't figure out how to get the robot to click 'OK'.

    6 votes

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  9. Please allow "ACTIONS" menu to record the SCALE in EXPORT SCREENS dialog for Artboards

    Please allow "ACTIONS" menu to record the SCALE in the EXPORT SCREENS dialog for Artboards. I'd love to be able to record ALL the frequent filetypes and associated sizes for each asset and deliver an ACTION to my entire TEAM that makes this efficient for our everyday usage.

    8 votes

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  10. Batch apply action to selected items

    It strikes me as absolutely bizarre that you can't apply an action to multiple objects in turn. You can batch apply actions to files. You can apply actions to selected objects. You can apply actions to a selected group of objects I think? But you can't batch apply actions to groups of objects. I have about 300 really short little lines in an infographic that I need to be the same length. They're fairly spread out and any anchor selection based approach would take 2 hours. What an incredible hassle.

    10 votes

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  11. Create an Action from History Panel

    Ok... I've hit on an idea.. I think. Have you ever been experimenting and hit on a great idea, or manually created an effect to lettering, and would like to apply the same treatment to other objects?

    This could be an option in the Actions panel to create an Action from history. This would involve a couple new tools. A History panel like Photoshop, and an option to create an Action from already performed steps.

    1 vote

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  12. Making all functions recordable

    Corel has had this feature for ever. Need to increase productivity by recording actions and applying quick keys to it. But we need to record extensions, and scripts that we run.

    10 votes

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  13. In actions, ability to copy a dimension from transform window and paste in a move command

    In actions, the ability to copy a horizontal or vertical dimension from the transform palette so that it can be pasted in another command (usually move).
    For example, I'd like to be able (in an action) to copy the height of a selected object, then paste that elsewhere, such as move that distance, or create a rectangle with that measurement as one of the dimensions.

    5 votes

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  14. Ability to add effects in Illustrator actions

    It would greatly enhance the performance of Illustrator actions if it was possible to add features such as effects to an action. Keep all settings stored and without having to see the dialogue box for the captured effect when played back in the future.

    For example, including a 3D Rotate effect from Effects> 3D> Rotate... and capture all of the settings in that dialogue box within the action whilst recording.

    Thank you!

    2 votes

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  15. Allow Batch Actions to work on all open files

    Batch Actions can work on a folder of files but not all open files. Photoshop can do this, why not Illustrator?

    5 votes

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  16. Make "Constrain Width and Height Proportions" Actionable.

    "Constrain Width and Height Proportions" setting is not remembered in an Action. Therefore, the Action will perform incorrectly if this setting has been changed since the Action was run. Make this option controllable within the Action.

    9 votes

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  17. Link Actions together

    I use actions a lot to set up files for different products. Using Multiple different actions one after each other depending on specifics of the job.

    I'd like to see a way to add a step that would link certain actions together, so that at the end of one action, I could have a window pop up giving me options to run other actions.

    For example:
    1. I play Action 1
    2. The last step of Action 1 is a dialog box with the options to play Action 2 or Action 3 or Stop
    3. I click on Action 3…

    6 votes

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  18. More Layer Options for Actions

    I work in print, and need to set up files daily for print which are separated into layers for grouping purposes. One of these purposes is for our automated cutting machines. In order for these to work, I need to keep the cutting and scoring paths on individual, specifically-named layers. When setting up many files at once I would like to automate the saving of print files, proof files, and cutting files.

    To do this I really need Actions which support things like selecting Layers by Name (similar to selecting objects by attribute description, a feature I already use in…

    3 votes

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  19. Visible keyboard shortcuts for actions

    In photoshop you can see the keyboard shortcuts for a created action right behind the action in the action-window. Why isn't this possible in illustrator?

    38 votes

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  20. Update Actions to record more features

    In order of importance would love to see illustrator actions record

    1) the pdf preset, when saving to pdf
    2) save as location next to existing file as an option - i currently save to desktop and manually move the file.
    3) layer name when cut copying pasting, selecting all
    4) find font to not need the font loaded to work. We use this to eradicate old type 1 fonts that are buggy and crash computer.
    5) new swatch to remember the global swatch name when recording.

    8 votes

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