"Hyphenate" not be the default paragraph option
By default, paragraph text is set to hyphenate words that don't fit into the text box. I suggest that the default is to have text not be hyphenated so you can click the box if you want it to be.
No one I know has ever wanted hyphenated words in text, but you have to uncheck the "Hyphenate" box from the Paragraph Palette, it's annoying to have to do that every time I make a new paragraph or paragraph style. (same problem in indesign)
We’re exploring turning ‘Hyphenation’ OFF in [Normal Paragraph Style] of all Document Profiles.
@RickWallace LMAO!!!!! NICE!
I've been using Illustrator since 1990.
- Not a millennial.
I know why that last comment was "anonymous" because its from a millennial that loves to meh anything that didn't come last year. You sound like the type that relies on copying other peoples work and on software filters to jazz up your work. Most of us know who to design without needing software to do all the work for us. The software is there to communicate our skills, not replace our skills.
I get the impression Adobe know that Illustrator is well beyond its planned lifetime and should have been killed off many years ago, but can't be bothered to come up with a replacement, and are surprised that people are still willing to use this antiquated piece of junk. The ONLY reason anyone uses it is because everyone uses it. Nobody likes it. Sadly it's the 'industry standard', and until we all switch over to Affinity Designer, it will tragically retain its unearned, undeserved place at the top of the vector heap. (That plus the fact that it's thrown in for free, like a similar-vintage AOL CD, as part of the Creative Cloud subscription).
I get the impression that if it doesn't directly effect design for web then it's not important and goes in the "maybe someday" pile of requests.
Jack Brannen commented
Yeah the Grammarly integration is bizarre.
Its probably as simple as changing a 1 to a zero in the code for this specific setting.
The fact that some of these simple, yet user-essential changes (like HSB default sliders) haven't budged in years but they researched Grammarly support for AI, says a lot about their growing unfamiliarity with the core user's needs and workflow.
Well, it hasn't even been 4 years since this incredibly simple fix was requested, and it was as recent as November 2018 when Adobe said they'd "explore" it, so give them a break. After all, it did take ~30 years to fix the Free Transform tool, so tweaking one or two lines of code must surely take around a decade?
Yesterday, at Adobe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONFj7AYgbko
Blows my mind that this is not fixed yet. As far as I am concerned this is a bug. Who the **** wants hyphenate on by default??? So frustrating.
PLEASE do this!!!!!
David Shantz commented
Has anyone ever argued for keeping hyphenation as the default. Adobe: Listen to your customers... the reason for hyphenation to be off by default is this is an Illustration program. Hyphenation is more unlikely than in an application for publishing books and multi-page documents. Personally, I come back every few years and ask.. It's been more than ten. At least, make it an option so we can set it and forget it.. going to the preferences file doesn't seem to work permanently, and not for older docs.
[Deleted User] commented
Totally agree, such a waste of time turning off hyphenation every time.
yeah... thanks, we had already that as a workaround, plus using an .ait. I work at light speed and I'm hitting Command-N tab_sizetabtab_size 50+ times a day - I'm too lazy to always select a preset profile, open and then hit the required shortcuts to change page size. We want Hyphenation ALWAYS OFF for every document we create, regardless of how the doc was created, when, where, why.. plus I want every doc I every created to have it off as default. I have already created 684 .ai doc this month - which contain probably 3000 paragraph blocks.
Found a workaround.
1. Find the "Profile" files [C:\Program Files\Adobe Illustrator 2021\Support Files\Required\New Document Profiles\en_US]
2. Open the .ai file of the profile commonly used. In my case it's the "Print.ai" file.
3. Open the Paragraph Styles window and double click [Normal Paragraph Style] to edit it.
4. Click on the "Hyphenation" section.
5. Click twice on the "Hyphenation" radio button to turn it off/make it empty. If you click once, it'll leave it as a dash and it doesn't work.
6. Click OK to close window.
7. "Save" the open document and close it
8. Make a new document with this profile and Hyphenation should remain off.
I made a new document to check. Then closed it. Made a new one and changed the sizes and the Hyphenation remained off.
Hope this helps.
Hi AI team. To be clear: OFF should be the DEFAULT SETTING. Turning hyphenation ON should be an option. There is no need for hyphenation in 99% of what we use use Illustrator for. I imagine that since its currently a checkbox, the code has simply a default state set to ON. Isn't this one of the easiest user-requested changes you can make?
Illustrator: Keeping you solidly in the 1990s, whether you like it or not.
Jeremy Jessup commented
There is a "Hyphenation" section in the preferences window already. Would it be terribly difficult to add a checkbox there that toggles whether paragraphs have hyphenation enabled or not by default?
There is a toggle in the Paragraph window for hyphenation that is on by default; I mean, it has to be getting that default setting from somewhere, right? I'm speaking from ignorance here, but it seems like a simple checkbox in the preferences should be an easy fix.
Even moving the hyphenate checkbox to the top level in the properties panel instead of in the dropdown under paragraph would help as an interim fix
+1 this would save an incredible amount of time in the workflow
how long does it take to explore. this was being explored nearly a year and a half ago... to date