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  1. Snap to guide at one zoom level is perfect at all zoom levels.

    After setting up rulers, I want to be able to snap an object to that guide and have it be perfectly aligned to that guide at all zoom levels. So if I align an object to that guide at 50% zoom, I want it to be perfectly snapped when I zoom in at 640000% zoom (or whatever). I’ve wasted so much time over the years and many versions of AI aligning at one zoom level and then zooming in as much as it will go to readjust to a perfect alignment because it didn’t work at the prior zoom level.…

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  2. Disable smart guides to some specific object/layer

    Hi there,

    After using Illustrator for quite some time, I found there has one function I need the most.
    Which is to disable smart guides to some specific object/layer.

    Smart guides are amazing but I found that they won't work well if I had a crazy vector texture background.
    When I try to align to the main object I am working on, it will just try to align to background vector textures. Which is not ideal.

    So I have been thinking, could there have a feature, that disables smart guides to some specific object/layer, like we can lock anything that…

    2 votes

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  3. Snap to artboard bounds

    Please add /Snap to Artboard bounds (like Photoshop Snap to Document Bounds).

    Or repair Smart Guides to prefer Artboard Bounds. It now avoids Artboard Bounds when switched on,

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  4. 「ガイドにスナップ」を追加して欲しい

    階層が複雑なデータを作っているときに「ポイントにスナップ」では自分の意図していない部分にスナップすることがあります。

    「ガイドにスナップ」を追加してガイドだけにスナップする様に出来ませんでしょうか。

    ご検討をお願いいたします

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  5. Show Smart guides when using Curvature Tool

    When using the curvature tool to creat a symmetric curve, it would be nice when smart guides (to the center) are shown.

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  6. Make smart guides stop working with Ctrl key pressed, as in Photoshop and InDesign

    The function of disabling smart guides by pressing the Ctrl key in Photoshop and InDesign, allows you to adjust the position of an object more accurately without having to go to the menu to disable them.

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  7. Magic Grid

    Hi!

    I would like to have a new tool: a kind of semi-elastic placement aid. Our team designs packagings and often has to adapt layouts to new die cuts, so objects often have to be moved, but must not change in size themselves. Sometimes a logo exists in three different sizes, which must be chosen depending on the total height. In addition, they must adhere to minimum distances, which may also not be scaled. However, the design often follows a grid, e.g. a logo must be on the vertical at 5/13 of the total height. So I imagine a kind…

    5 votes

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  8. Temporarily disable snapping while dragging objects or anchor points

    Currently when you move objects or anchor points while you have Snap to Point and/or Smart Guides turned on it is necessary to stop what you're doing and switch them off then switch them back on again when you've finished moving.

    This is very disruptive to workflow. Productivity would be significantly increased if there was a modifier key set to disable all snapping while moving an object or anchor.

    Obviously all modifier keys and combinations are currently used up for use before clicking an object or starting a process. However the control key (similar to its function in Photoshop) or…

    3 votes

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  9. Make the artboard centre mark smart guide aware for shape reference points

    I should be able to drag the rotation reference point to the centre mark of an artboard and that process be simple but it's never accurate enough. A simple fix might be to make smart guides / shape reference points aware of one another so that I can drag / Alt-click near enough to it and Illustrator recognises where I want the reference point to be set to.

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  10. Snap to Stroke width option

    The addition of the snap-to-glyph functionality that was added to the type tool recently, it could be useful to have the option to snap to the outside width of a stroke (i.e. the where the path would be if a stroke were expanded into a shape), perhaps with a zoom or stroke size threshold to prevent mis-snapping at broader scale.

    This could be particularly useful when try to align an object to a path with either a variable width stroke or multiple strokes applied. It would also allow for more precise alignment to the end of open paths that have…

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  11. Line relations

    In SOLIDWORKS there is a feature to assign lines/shapes a relationship (parallel, perpendicular for straight lines; concentric, cordial for circles; etc.). And one of the most useful is the tangent relationship.

    I would like to be able to, with the click of a button, assign a pair of lines/shapes a certain relationship that is persistent and updates all related elements when moved, rotated, etc. This would be similar to the join commant that allows two points to be connected and act as a single piece.

    This would speed up a lot of the work I do with icons etc, where…

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  12. Curved surface snapping

    Can we have the possibility to snap objects or shapes with curved paths and surfaces. For example, currently, two circles snap together only at the four points. What about having circles snapping at any desired point on the circumference. When working with Photoshop or Indesign, one has the capability to temporarily disable snapping simply by pressing the 'ctrl' key while moving the selected object. Can we have something similar for Illustrator? It would make things easier when one has a lot of points to work with. Thanks

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  13. Make Smart Guides work with Library assets

    Precise work with Library assets is difficult/impossible because it's treated differently by Smart Guides/snapping than normal artwork.

    • Object Highlighting only shows a Library asset's edge/container, not its contents
    • Anchor/Path Labels are not displayed on placed Library assets
    • It's not possible to grab/move placed Library assets based on its content's paths or anchors, making it impossible to place precisely
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  14. Make Smart Guides work consistently with Symbols

    Precise work with Symbols is difficult/impossible because it's treated differently by Smart Guides than normal artwork.

    • Anchor/Path Labels are not displayed on Symbol-ized artwork
    • It's not possible to grab Symbol-ized artwork by a path segment (only anchors) making precise alignment impossible
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  15. Snap to bounding box of symbol

    The bounding box of a symbol has anchorpoints. But these are not snappy, alas.

    Please make those snap as any other anchor point.

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  16. mid grid snap

    It would be useful to have the option when grid snapping is enabled, a hint or indicator that allows the user to snap the anchor handles to the middle point of the defined grid unit. A simple override to avoid having to enable/disable the snapping function.

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  17. Smart guide show projected extension of another line when hovering

    This is a basic feature in CAD programs. When you are using the pen or line tools, you need to be able to hover over the end point of a line, and then snap the cursor to that line's hypothetical extension, so you can start a new line on that extension, so that each point you make can be co-linear with another.

    See this video: https://youtu.be/9RgRoOunCDs?t=18 and attached images

    I can't say how many times (probably in the tens of thousands) in my career when I have had to drag out a construction line extension just so i can start…

    5 votes

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  18. Smart guides to work with artboard

    I suggest enabling smart guides when you work with artboards as well, feels like it should help with workflow.

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  19. Smart Guides snapping to the cursor is just making me work much slower

    I have been having problems with smart guides after the recent update. It has been snapping my cursor to objects, which I have never wanted and never will want to do that ever. I just want to simply align objects together, and now I have to use the features in the align window to time-consumingly do the jobs. Please remove the snap-to-cursor feature for the sake of my deadlines.

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  20. Snapping unexpectedly disabled when drawing to an Artboard edge

    When using the rectangle tool or other drawing tools, you can snap to the edge of an artboard, but you cannot snap to grid lines that intersect with the artboard edge.

    This makes things complicated if you are designing relative to the artboard all the time with Snap to Grid or Snap to Pixel enabled. I have to workaround it, snapping inside or outside the artboard edge first, then moving the point an exact increment to match where the artboard edge and grid line intersect.

    Notice that in my screen recording, this happens even at the beginning when I first…

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