Open New File with Limited Color Palette
Include an option in the New File dialogue box to open a file with only black and white color swatches. Currently, new files open with a large palette of useless color swatches, and it's a time waster to have to delete all those colors each time to have a clean and functional palette.
You can set your own document profiles that have only what you need.
Trash all swatches, styles, brushes and resave this new document as a default profile (in a separate folder first), add your own, and then copy the file over existing one (or add a new). Access the folder by clicking Browse option in Profile dropdown in the extended New Document dialog window.
Just remember to backup these files, because Ai overwrites defaults each update!
I somewhat agree. An interesting topic to talk about.
Not sure if having an option like 'Don’t load standard presets' (off by default, to respect the legacy, and sticky, of course) will solve this problem either. A newbie won’t understand the option, a pro won’t need the option — they have it all set up already. It does not mean it’s completely useless, and I’d probably would use it, instead of using the 'Clear Unused' action I even have bound to a hotkey... but still I need this on a hotkey, because I open files created by other designers, which do not care about presets (and won’t care, because the 'Clean presets' option would be optional)...
Educating neophytes is the problem.
Making changes to default presets is the problem.
Both won’t get solved with another option — that’s what I personally think.
You don't need to have this option, really. Just trash all swatches, styles, brushes and resave this new document as a default profile (in a separate folder first) and then copy it over existing one. Access the folder by clicking Browse option in Profile dropdown in New Document dialogue.