Anchor Reduction Brush
Would it be possible to create a brush or an eraser to reduce anchor points with finer control than Path > Simplify? For example, a user wants to clean up a complex path where most of the path is great but part of the path needs anchor reduction. Include the same options of Path > Simplify and allow the brush to scale up and down. When the user brushes over the anchor points, the anchor points are removed. Maybe include an alt key option that toggles the brush functionality between Precise Simplify and Bulk Delete Anchor Point.
Yes, this is a tool that feels natural to have in Ai.
I know of two third-party tools with this functionality:
1. Smart Remove Brush tool by Astute Graphics — https://astutegraphics.com/plugins/vectorscribe
2. Wrinkle Remover tool by Virtual Mirror — https://www.virtualmirror.com/html/VS2content_SamplerTools.html (this one is outdated, works on CS, but there is a solid chance to see it again live)
Both tools are paid, and their algorithms differ. I actually would like to have both available.