Make Y direction POSITIVE numbers above the Y "zero" point like in the rest of world.
Align Illustrator with the rest of the world by making the default Y direction positive numbers above the Y "zero" point - in my case zero is set to the very center of the Artboard.
And also make this a preference item across CC apps. I still don't see how it's an advantage in InDesign and Photoshop.
You don't work in print much do you.
Make both options available but let the user select which they want to be the default in illustrator's preferences.
Duplicate of this https://illustrator.uservoice.com/forums/333657-illustrator-feature-requests/suggestions/31602175-set-quadrant-on-the-xy-axis-to-be-positive-numbers
and more solid this: https://illustrator.uservoice.com/forums/333657-illustrator-feature-requests/suggestions/32428157-allow-users-to-set-direction-for-x-and-y-axises
Please vote for both! And you have my vote, of course.
Those in graphics design generally use this method of working from the upper left and going positive down and to the right. Previous versions of Illustrator allowed it to go the opposite direction (the company I work for has Illustrator versions going back to CS2, and I think possible AI8). Out computers use multiple different versions, mainly because as long as we save it as an AI8 file we can get what information we need from it with some other in house built programs. It just sucks when we go from one computer to another and have to flip how we think about the Y-Axis. Would rather have that be a preference, as you say