Consistent Keyboard Shortcuts
Why not make all keyboard shortcuts the same across all Abobe Software.
In Illustrator there is no keybaord shortcut to convert text to caps, but in Indesign and Photoshop its Command.****,K
There are lots keyboard short cuts that are different it would be really amazing if they where all the same across all applications
Jake Johnson commented
Indesign is smart and lets you choose shortcuts to match Photoshop in settings. Please touch base with their team. I had the mapping file for Illustrator but never got any traction from the Illustrator team. I agree not all users will want it but not having standards is the reason it is so challenging to have users adopt more than one Adobe product. Users would rather hack something together in Photoshop instead of learning Illustrator. Anytime you need a periodic table to show the keyboard mappings is a sign that usability is too complicated.
Speaking of capitalizing text, one can assign a custom hotkey to it with Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts (I did that).
Another thing is that InDesign’s default hotkey for that (Cmd/Ctrl + Shift + K) in Illustrator opens Color Settings dialog, and a LOT of users will get upset if this default hotkey they’ve been using for many years will change just to conform another application. Adobe had made mistakes like these before and they never welcomed when it comes to professionals.
There are methods to deal with it though.
1. Learn. Usually the mind is capable to switch between modalities just fine, and switch between different keyboard schemes, when dealing with them often.
2. Customize. While it’s true different apps (not only Adobe) allow different depths of the allowed customizations (and Ai’s one specifically sucks a lot), there is still a gap one can close themselves.
3. Developers offer to switch premade keyboards schemes. CorelDRAW allows to quickly toggle keys 'like in Ai', InDesign allows to quickly choose hotkeys 'like in Ai or Ps'... hey, it looks like other apps try to mimic Ai, interesting, right?
But hotkey customization is dangerous. When these break and get lost (for different reasons), it's not that convenient to restore them (especially if you forgot to backup), these don’t stick to cloud, and the default set becomes irritating more it used to before you modified it.
Anyway — consistency for consistency’s sake is a trap. The apps only look similar, but they deal with different medias, formats, offer different tools, modes, and have different history. Every play with defaults leads to micro insults amongst users.
So instead of 'make them similar!' please try to point out cases that CAN’T be solve with individual customization. That is something that can be addressed by the team, unlike 'I am no familiar with the app' — which is up to the end user to master.
Finally, I can just imagine a war that can happen between users, when they start to decide WHICH app should be a master one to copy the hotkeys from. Ugh!
Eugen N commented
I second this. Learning Adobe's apps is challenging because you often need to figure out how to do the same thing multiple times across different applications.