Introduce Undo History panel
Please introduce Undo panel to Adobe Illustrator, listing all the steps that have been performed on a document during the current session, so one can quickly switch between any previous state and current state after testing a number of changes by clicking any item in the displayed Undo stack.
See this Adobe Forums thread for details:
I'm disgusted with versions of Illustrator without the Undo panel yet.
Brennan Young commented
I find it astonishing that anyone can imagine File Versioning could be a viable replacement for Undo History. Versioning and Undo History serve similar goals, but at very different levels.
Versioning is at a higher level of organisation. It's certainly a useful 'import' from the software development world.
But even software developers (who have pioneered and used versioning for many years) don't commit every single keystroke, clipboard operation and micro edit to the version history. Versioning was not created to solve that problem. Software developers still rely on the undo buffer just as much as Illustrator users. Versioning didn't make it obsolete.
Furthermore, a 'commit' should preferably be relatively stable, so that others can pull it and try it out immediately. Devs who make too many commits of micro edits quickly become unpopular! If I wanted to find an old version of a graphic in the history, I'd be utterly dismayed to find that history polluted with dozens of near-identical micro edits. Don't do that. Be a good citizen. Consider that it might be you that has to trawl through your own version history in six months.
Let Undo History handle the low-level edits. Let File Versioning handle the high-level edits.
So, if it's not already loud and clear, we still need the Undo History panel, Adobe.
As an example of why a history panel would be very helpful... Just last night, I was working on a project and had nudged an object, probably 20 times, realized that I didn't want what I had done and needed to undo those nudges. A history panel would have allowed me to undo those nudges in one move rather than having to undo each one. There have been other times when I've needed to undo even more. This is definitely not something that reverting to a saved version would be helpful for. Only a history panel would be useful here.
Nick, the problem you have in seeing or understanding why we want a history panel is because you see through your own eyes and what may work well for you, but everyone is different, especially creative people, because we don't process our thoughts or ideas the same.
I'm not speaking for anyone else, but the reason why versioning is not sufficient for me is it is totally different than a history panel, I don't create a version with every action I take in a file. Could you imagine a new version every time you changed the color, added a path, erased, deleted a layer, etc, etc. We would have thousands of versions.
The reason why I personally want a history panel is often I want to quickly compared current changes I made in the design to how I had them before and the time it would waste to repeatedly hit "CMD+Shift+Z" is not a an efficient way to use my time. Could you image the time I would waste if there were 30 or 40 actions that I needed to go back to view something?
I respect your opinions guys, but you haven't given me an explanation of why you disagree. Afaik the only difference is that I have to save often, which is just best practice.
Nick, that is called versioning. History is like the history palette in Photoshop and InDesign. I don't care about versioning except for when I'm programming. I can save versions and give them names, so versioning for art or design isn't something I'll likely use and didn't ask for. I've come to the distinct conclusion this user voice thing is more of a pressure valve for users and less about Adobe paying attention or listening to the user. This is why I rarely if ever participate in user feedback or user feedback conferences. Software Engineers rarely if ever care about the end user, nor do they care how the end user uses the software, as they should fall in line with their ****** unusable software. We are now three years on from when I posted this, and quite frankly am just about done. The final option is I bomb their LinkedIn until I get kicked from that platform or finally get someone's attention.
Versioning is not even close to the undo/redo list. Let's let the community consensus determine when a feature has been implemented, agreed?
Yes, this is definitely not the same thing. I don't understand Adobe, if we can continuously undo in Illustrator then why on earth can they not just show a freaking list of those states? I understand the argument of destructive vs non and the impossibility of non-linear undos, but nobody and I repeat NOBODY is asking for that. Just give us a panel with a list of what we just did so we can jump back without guessing. For the love of GOD Adobe, give us this one critical FUNCTION, not feature, and lay off adding less requested stuff? Please?
Derek Jenkins commented
Version history isn't the same thing.
Hey everyone, Illustrator does have history states now. You have to save your document to the cloud, and then you can access File > Version History
It finally happened!
I just had to do a bunch of Image Trace option modifications. Each single Undo takes considerable time. So I went for the History Panel. And came up here. Please, Adobe, this is really needed.
Spent a half hour looking for the history panel and ending up here. This is not as useful as a history panel would have been a half hour ago.
No history panel, no buying license for a painful "ctrl+z spiral of violence". Adobe, you decide.
Come on guys, seriously, it's not that hard
Daniel Kither commented
I can't believe Adobe haven't introduced this yet - not only to Illustrator, but to InDesign as well.
This is where Affinity is light years ahead, I'm afraid.
I can't believe that Illustrator doesn't have a history panel already! It's so useful in photoshop as a quick gut-check to see whether or not I like what I'm doing or if I should just go back to a previous state.
Christopher Clinton commented
The Illustrator team has been the best out of the Adobe development teams the past few years at improving the software. Kudos!
Here is another very important feature that is long overdue...plus, check out the demand for it :D
BTW...that forum thread links to a general support page of no help. Someone did start another request here:
Upper Stage Media commented
Cant get a history window in AI but heres 10 web apps to make a 2d character animation based on your 720p webcam.
Why are we still asking for this!!!!?????
I haven't needed it in the months that I've been using Illustrator until today. I got "lost" in my undos, and I couldn't tell which commands were doing what. I'm using a very large area and have multiple artboards, so I had no idea which areas were being affected or not. This would have been instrumental in my situation.