Line and Shape Constraints/Relations
Has probably been said a number of times but I'll add to that. Would love to see illustrator have the ability to add constraints/relations to lines and/or shapes. It's a super helpful tool in other programs and would just make it that much easier to make designs super crisp and perfect looking.
Ah, so you mean 'relations' like in SolidWorks, Sketch Relations?
Yes, these would be cool. Equal and Fix specifically.
As far as I know, this is impossible to replicate exactly for now for plugins, and the closest toolset you can get to have this today is SubScribe by Astute Graphics.
Brandon K commented
Yea so basically if you look at the picture I've attached I just mean being able to make lines or shapes parallel, equal, tangent, etc. Things like that.
Brandon, can you show some examples or mockups, please?
What kind of constraints and relations? Controlled how? For what?
The term is super wide, so some clarification can help.
You mean something like this?
Constraints could be interesting. If we're asking for engineering tools, a drawing scale setting could be interesting, too. I will usually do large drawings that need to be scale-accurate as 1-mm:1-in, but it would be cool to be able to use dimension palettes with native dimensions and just have the drawing scale.
In SOLIDWORKS there is a feature to assign lines/shapes a relationship (parallel, perpendicular for straight lines; concentric, cordial for circles; etc.). And one of the most useful is the tangent relationship.
I would like to be able to, with the click of a button, assign a pair of lines/shapes a certain relationship that is persistent and updates all related elements when moved, rotated, etc. This would be similar to the join commant that allows two points to be connected and act as a single piece.
This would speed up a lot of the work I do with icons etc, where a geometric and engineering style approach is required.
Crude illustration attached of SOLIDWORKS interface.