Align to Cap Height
It would be amazing if there were an option to Align to Cap Height similar to Align to Glyph Bounds released in the August 2020 update.
If you have separate bits of text that you are trying to align to the same object, the result can be jumbled depending on the types of letterforms you include. It would be nice to have the option for text to align the same no matter if you have ascenders, descenders, curved forms, etc.
Bobby, what is that rival app you are referring to?
Bobby Henderson commented
I, too, would like to see options to align text objects to other objects via cap height or x-height. At the very least Adobe Illustrator should allow text objects to be aligned to other objects via the baseline. At least one rival vector drawing application does this; in addition it offers first baseline and last baseline alignment to other objects for multi-line strings or blocks of text.
Turning on snapping functions and using Smart Guides is a sort of okay work-around. But it requires the user to manually move the objects. Clicking a button or keyboard shortcut to execute the command would be far faster and more precise.
View > Snap to Glyph (and make sure you have Smart Guides on too).
Does it work for you?
It would be incredibly useful to be able to align live text to other elements by cap height, x-height, baseline, descender/ ascender etc... and of course while ignoring sidebearings/ metrics/ spacing.
Similar to hanging quotations/ punctuation horizontally, it's often useful to treat descenders, ascenders, caps etc... similarly. It's something I compensate for nearly every day at work, and it seems like it'd be simple math for AI.