Make the new "Properties" panel optional.
The idea of the properties panel is nice, but it should be customizable. For example, the four pathfinder tools that come up when more than one object is selected aren't the main four that I use, so it would be nice to be able to switch out the default four that pop up.
It would also be nice if there were a way to not use the new properties panel, and be able to switch in the windows drop down menu to using the old properties panel that is in the top bar across the screen. I don't love the new properties panel from the stand point that it takes away so much of my screen. Most of the time, the entire bottom half of the properties panel is empty. I'd rather just lose a little of the view of my workspace with the thin bar across the top of my screen how it used to be, as opposed to how it is now where I gain just a little more of a view without the bar on the top, but lose so much of the meat of the width of my workspace.
Maybe I just haven't played around with this enough, but as soon as I saw this is how it worked, and couldn't figure our a way around it, I was instantly frustrated. If I wanted to use this kind of interface, I would just go use sketch or try out XD. But i feel like illustrator should say the way it is. If its not broke, don't fix it.
If you want to switch the older control panel you can do that in 2 ways:
1. Go to Window > Control and the control panel will be shown.
2. Go to Workspaces and switch to Essential Classic, this will also show the Control panel on the top.
Thanks & Regards
Vova Kowalski commented
It's essential to have pathfinder tools on the properties panel while working with paths.
I think we just need the ability to customize the properties panel.. add whatever we want and arrange the order as we want.. This way each of us who have different ways of working and different project types can all work the way we want.
Max Hancock commented
I really miss the one that went across the top instead. However, if you save me a step, the I accept the new properties panel, but most of the time it doesn't. Most options are actually minimized and I have to click an additional button to get at it. In my mind, this is a step backwards. Why have a button that says Tool Options when you could just show the options? Why isn't there an expand button when I choose a blending group? Silly things like that should be present there. Why do I still have to go digging for the option to turn off hyphenation whenI have type selected. The properties panel is nearly empty for most tools I choose, when it could have many options there at our fingertips. I just don't get it.