Ability to convert Freeform Mesh to Gradient Mesh
The ability to convert a freeform mesh to a gradient mesh is sorely needed. I love creating a gradient with Freefrom Mesh, it's a lot more user friendly but it is a lot more heave on the system, especially when you start having multiple objects. The ability to convert a Freeform Mesh to a Gradient Mesh should be a standard feature. Analysing the colours as it does from an image but creating a more contoured mesh as it does by default with a vector.
Gradient mesh is less heavy on the system and more universally accessible say for exporting as an SVG instead of rasterising the gradient
Greatly support this. In fact Freeform Gradient IS a mesh. but a dynamically generated triangular one. Unfortunately Illustrator knows nothing about this valid PDF construct, that's why you get a 'non-native object' after expanding the fill. We definitely need it live and available for editing with a extended Mesh tool, including full API and scripting support. This is a huge effort though, so probably won't happen until this request gains several hundred votes.