Path-to-path collision snapping
It would be incredibly useful to have, for example, two circles snap to each other not only at the anchor points but also at any point along the paths. This would help a lot when using Shape Builder tool, because at the moment most of the time you either get a tiny gap between the shapes (then the Shape Builder tool doesn't work), or the shapes overlap (then the Shape Builder tool leaves unnecessary anchor points which you have to meticulously fix).
Will Dinski commented
That this is still a problem (yet they continue to add new, buggy features) is why I won't ever fully embrace illustrator. They've had years to fix this.
Is there any way you can implement the snap to collision feature like Astute plugin Colliderscribe?
Through this feature, you can snap tangents or edges of circles for geometric constructions.
I just upgraded my Ai from 2019 to 2021 after having my new M1 Macbook and I can’t use my Astute plugin Colliderscribe anymore unless you pay an annual subscription for their whole suite of tools which is unreasonable for me because I only use this particular tool and not the entire suite.
Corel Draw and Affinity have this feature so I’m thinking to make a switch instead of paying annual subscriptions for both Astute and Adobe.
Meanwhile you might want to check ColliderScribe plugin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDtqeMzDiwk
David Sciberras commented
Can we have the possibility to snap objects or shapes with curved paths and surfaces. For example, currently, two circles snap together only at the four points. What about having circles snapping at any desired point on the circumference. When working with Photoshop or Indesign, one has the capability to temporarily disable snapping simply by pressing the 'ctrl' key while moving the selected object. Can we have something similar for Illustrator? It would make things easier when one has a lot of points to work with. Thanks
It is really amazing how "Illustrator" the leading software in vector drawing (so they say), it lacks in basic functions, therefore in precision and simplification in drawing.
All vector graphics software have better management of point snaps, path snaps etc. (freehand 8, coreldraw, inkscape, Affinity Designer), NO Illustrator NO!
We should think about this!
Tautvydas, I agree that Ai should be able to to do it from the box, but if you desperately need it, try ColliderScribe by AstuteGraphics:
It does it brilliantly