"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.
Jennifer Schneider commented
Yes! Please, please, please change this. Especially in Illustrator - if you are doing a lot of text in Illustrator (instead of InDesign) it is because you are doing something more graphically oriented than text-based, and hyphens are not visually appealing.
Flyers, posters, handouts, worksheets - I do tons of these, and manually work to not have hyphens, orphans, or widows because they don't look nice graphically. Thanks!
Fernando Zamora commented
it's not ideal, but if you change hyphenation in your [Normal Paragraph Style] in the "New Document Profiles" inside Application Support, this will be the default for new documents. You can even remove Myriad as the default font.
I keep a set of startup documents free of Symbols, Swatches, Graphic Styles with the type settings I use for defaults. whenever there is an illustrator update i replace the startup files with mine.
Concur. Ideally, the default would not include hyphenation for Illustrator. InDesign, yea. Illustrator, nay.
Agreed. Hyphenation should be opt-in, not opt-out. Or at least provide an easily accessible check box, not hidden away in the paragraphs menu.
Totally agree here. Illustrator is not InDesign where someone might create a long document.
I agree.. a system preference would be the way to go
Brad Rinke commented
Make this an option that can be set in the illustrator preferences as a "sticky" setting. That way the user can have the default hyphenation style they prefer.