The ability to select a vertical row within text to change color or make it bold.
The ability to select a vertical row within text to change colors or style.
We design a lot of restaurant menus, brochures, TV menus, and currently to make the items and prices have its own color or style, we either duplicate and erase items/prices to change color and style (bold for e.g.), or we change each line manually (which takes some time).
Wish to see this in Illustrator soon.
I agree. Although it is expected from us to use InDesign to design menus, we still use Illustrator for this. And there are some who struggle but try to use Photoshop for that, despite it not having even Tabs. Sure it’s up to us, and there are some who want Ai to have raster tools it it, to retouch photos... OK, this is where I go a bit sarcastic :) Nothing would matter if these three had a proper seamless integration.
But speaking about the case — yeah. In InDesign you could have created a style that tracks tabs and applies a nested style, which takes a text after the, say, second tab symbol and makes it red and bold. This is what is intended to solve it.
Or you can put this the text into a table, in cells, and remove borders, and then select columns there... but Ai does not have tables.
In Illustrator... well, if you have to works in columns instead of lines :) and match leading and indentation across all columns. A perversion, I know, and updating this is not pleasant either...
Having a cursor that can select vertically seems like an easier solution than dragging all of the InDesign functions into Ai, or change habits. But the problem with this method is that it allows to have disjoined ranges... and this is impossible for now, since a LOT is based on the foundation of having an uninterrupted text selection range at any moment. All scripts will stop working, all tools would probably had to be rewritten. Possible, but dangerous.
But a demand is a demand :)
Let’s see if anyone upvotes it. I do.
Abed Ibrahim commented
Wow .. almost forgot this, anyway this is what i meant:
Without colmun mode, will have to seperate the prices and color them, then superscript the dolar sign 1 by 1, or copy paste, then lower the .99 size down 1 by 1. (yes, this is seems far from illustrator but still inside illustrator, and important only to menu designers, but we can live without it!)...
This is something text and especially code editors are capable of — to select a column of text. But it makes sense for coding... there are not many cases where this can be that useful in design... Each line should have the same number of symbols, with equal lengths...
I’d like to see a screenshot of the text that requires it.
And if had to do something like this frequently — I’d wrote (or ordered) a script.
Try using the Vertical Type Tool.