Reduce the shortening / truncating of color swatch names when in list view
Remove the color type from the right column of the color swatch menu which would result in more space for the color name and ultimately less truncation of color names.
The color type; spot, process or global is already indicated by a dot or triangle on the thumbnail on the left. It doesnt need to be indicated again on the right. If this was eliminated, there would be more space for the color names.
The color mode isnt important. Book, cmyk or RGB - it doesnt matter to users when searching this list. RGB or CMYK is already apparent as is dictated by the document's color mode. Book colors are easily identified by the brand name in the color swatch name.
If this was done, it would net twice as much space for the color names.
Overall, I rank this low priority, but much of AI's menus are inefficient and tend to clutter my workspace . Im constantly widening and narrowing this particular palette.
Perhaps this could be addressed as part of a global UI strategy in the multi-threaded future.
...or better this one, to avoid confusion with 'plus' signs.
I’d drop the triangle to have less confusion with spots and globals and went with the quad, like this.
In list view, LACK of color mode marking is the identifying trait of a pattern.
But, in swatch view, there is no way to identify a pattern / accidental flat shape color pattern vs a basic color.
I think that adding a mark on the lower right of the swatch could help. It would be more consistent than lack of a symbol.
basic color - no symbol
global - triangle
spot - triangle + dot
pattern - triangle + slash (or something)
That makes sense.
Both solutions are cryptic but a symbol on the swatch opens up more room for filenames.
Auto "sort by kind" could help users. Currently, if you sort the swatches by kind it will sort once but then not sort new swatches as they are added. Maybe thats already a request.
I’d like to have some way of indicating pattern swatches though. There are some problems with confusing some of them, accidentally made from flat shapes, with ordinary color swatches.