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  1. Make duplicate image an instance, not a copy!

    InDesign has this in place, and so should Illustrator :)

    When you import an image file into Illustrator and copy it, it will make a new copy, instead of a new instance. If you work on a file where an image file is included multiple times, the Illustrator file itself often becomes too large.

    This would never have happened if the duplicates of the image file were instances instead of copies.

    It is also impossible to relink duplicates of the same image when they are copies. You have to do it manually. It's both time-consuming and outdated.

    Turning the image…

    2 votes

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  2. Ask user before updating links (AI 26.0.1)

    When opening a file containing linked images that have been revised AI will automatically update images without any alert.

    This is pretty dangerous for anyone working with a team or refer/update old projects.

    Would love to have it ask me first or at least tell me which links were updated. Something to create awareness that things have changed since it was last opened.

    3 votes

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  3. Improved links panel (with Relink All)

    Improved links panel. List all instances of a linked image under one 'primary' link, append the filename with " (xx instances) ". Use a chevron that points right to indicate that there are multiple instances under the "primary" one shown in the list. Clicking the chevron makes the chevron point down, and displays the list of all instances.

    Clicking to select the "main" instance and clicking the re-link button should allow the user to replace all instances of the same image. Allow the user to expand the list downward as described above and select a single, or multiple instances to…

    4 votes

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  4. icon hit info loked on layer

    adding a locked icon on the layer with the layer number on hover, you would make an unlock this link

    1 vote

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  5. Option to open folder containing linked file when relinking

    Option to open folder containing linked file when choose "Relink file" instead of open last folder

    2 votes

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  6. Consider a document as 'unsaved' (dirty) when a linked image gets updated

    Illustrator think that updating a link is not an operation.
    This leads to problems with documents that use PDF-compatibility option.

    Imagine you have an already saved document that have some linked images in it. You open it in Ai and then Edit a linked image in Photoshop. Make some changes in the image, save them in Ps, go to Ai and agree to update the link...

    But Ai still considers the document as non-'dirty', as if no changes were made.

    You can’t save the document and re-write the PDF content, to see these changes appear, say, in the InD document,…

    12 votes

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  7. Unembed JPEGs & PNGs

    Please return the feature from the older versions that lets you unembed JPEGs & PNGs. I hate that it's only possible to do with TIFFs and PSDs now. It's such a pain when you're trying to reduce the file size.

    1 vote

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  8. Nommer les images incorporées

    Pour avoir la possibilité de retrouver les images incorporées au besoin.
    Dès que l’image est pixellisée ou recadrée, nous perdons cette précieuse information.

    2 votes

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  9. リンク切れ画像のファイル名をコピーできるようにしてほしい

    画像のリンク切れをアラートしてくれるが、
    ファイル名を取得できないので、ファイル検索がしにくい。
    リンク切れ画像のファイル名をコピペ出来るようになれば、
    ファイル検索がしやすくなると思う。

    2 votes

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  10. Update all linked files

    When you have a large number of linked files changes, but you have a manual mode with the confirmation, you can’t say 'Update all links' in the dialogue window, and you don’t have it as a button in the Links panel.

    11 votes

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  11. PNG 16bit color

    Can't place RGB 16bit .png files - only 8bit works…

    35 votes

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  12. relink pdf file in illustrator

    i working with pdf files and placeing pages into artboards.
    my problem is when i want to relink multiple placed page to one page, i have to repeat Relink...

    3 votes

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  13. show preview for missing link image

    Instead of blank, empty image frame when a linked image is missing please embed a preview of each linked image. That way, just like Indesign, it will be possible to see what the missing file looks like as you attempt to relink the image.

    3 votes

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  14. Remove background/ make background transparent in images

    It would be really great if we can provide a feature to remove background and make objects transparent within Illustrator. There are users who import pictures in Illustrator but in order to make the background transparent, they have to use other application and, image trace would be complicated.

    2 votes

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  15. Please support WebP, JPEG XL/XS, HEIC(HEIF), aPNG file formats

    dear illustrator team pleased add support for this file formats in illustrator "WebP, TIFF, jpeg XL, jpeg XS, HEIC(HEIF), aPNG"

    42 votes

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  16. Unembed links when packaging...

    When packaging a file, there is no option to un-embed images.

    4 votes

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  17. Can you PLEASE PLEASE just put a simple trash can icon on the links panel so i can just delete links that are no longer pertinent?

    Can you PLEASE PLEASE just put a simple trash can icon on the links panel so I can quickly and easily delete links to images that are no longer pertinent. this would be valuable because I use the same base maps over and over but import different source sketches that I trace/digitize on to the map. once the feature is digitized and I've deleted the sketch the link lives on forever. Or better yet, just the way it works in InDesign (maybe you've heard of it) - if you delete the image, the link to it automatically deletes.

    18 votes

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