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  1. Less controls for selections, which scale and round corners instead of select and drag

    A new handle and selection system was introduced, which included rounded corners, scale, and rotation options. Some of this was a good feature, until it wasn't. I desire a preference for turning off most handle options because with them on, I'm unable to select-option drag copy, or move elements unless I zoom in 1000 percent. The rotate and modifier keeps getting in my way and it's driving me nuts. Selecting and moving objects shouldn't be this frustrating.

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  2. XD style snapping and spacing

    Adobe Experience Design has a nice snapping and spacing function that would drastically increase the power of Illustrator. Being able to more easily repeat objects and adjust the spacing between them by clicking and dragging while being able to see a measure of the spacing.

    8 votes

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  3. Allow Shape Builder to close edited path, but keep the one below opened

    Hi there!
    So, the thing is that - when I have 2 intersecting open filled paths, I really want to remove the outside path of one path using Shape Builder tool. But I want the second path to stay open. and the first path to become closed.

    It may sound as a picky request. But I struggle with this issue everyday, like, 20+ times.

    7 votes

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  4. Make Global Edit work with guides

    Guides in Illustrator are treated like objects. It does not suite everyone, and there is a request to make them a completely separate entity, like ones in InDesign, without them being able to get selected with 'normal' object, get grouped, etc.

    Still, when a selection of a guide is made, it is expected for it to behave like a selection would do. We can transform them (rotate scale, flip, move), hide/lock individually... and it feels normal for a selected guide to be affected by the Global Edit feature.

    However, it does not :(

    7 votes

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  5. Remove overlapping lines

    Exported CAD drawings often contain many overlapping lines.
    This makes such drawings difficult and cumbersome to work with, and often makes Illustrator hang.
    The possibility to select an entire group of objects and, via a tool in the Object menu, remove all lines which extend parallel to and within a certain threshold distance from another line, would be great.

    7 votes

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  6. Vector Networks Like Figma Has

    In illustrator vector shapes can only go in one continuous path. If you wanted to draw a cube, it would take 3 shapes, perfectly aligned and 12 points, 6 of which would overlap.
    In a vector network a point can have multiple branches meaning that a cube could be one shape, with only 7 points (see image).
    This feature would eliminate the need for complex shape overlays to create simple compositions, like a cube.

    7 votes

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  7. An option to ignore locked layers with the eyedropper tool

    At the moment, if you have a locked layer above the layer you are working in, the eyedropper tool selects colors and properties of the top layer - the locked layer - instead of the (unlocked) layer you are working on.

    This causes frustration as every time you want to eyedrops something, you have to make a bunch of layers invisible first.

    If an option could be added to the eyedropper tool, such as "ignore locked layers", this problem would be gone completely and working with Illustrator would be a lot smoother and faster.

    This could be an option under…

    7 votes

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  8. Move selected anchors by coordinates

    In InDesign when you select some specific anchor points on a path with the direct selection tool, and want to move them x- or y-wise, you can enter the value and hit return to make the selected points move accordingly. Or you can move them by dragging them.
    Here is what it looks like:
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/gk9qk6eqvdvn41p/indesign_points_moved.mov?dl=0

    If ypu try to do the same in Illustrator, it works as long as you drag the anchor points by hand, but if yo try to do it by entering x- or y-values the whole object moves, not only the anchor points selected.
    Here is…

    7 votes

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  9. Free transform should function the same as photoshop free transform

    Free transform function in Illustrator is good, but to have another function that acts the same way as Free Transform in Photoshop would be really helpful.

    7 votes

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  10. Keyboard shortcuts for Flip (Reflect, Mirror)

    I flip vertically and horizontally quite often. It'd be very nice to have a shortcut for it. I currently have to create a custom action for it, but that ends up using one of the F1-F14 keys which are inconvenient to use.

    7 votes

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  11. Easier way to do charts and graphs

    PLEASE come up with an EASY and SEAMLESS way to export excel charts into Adobe Illustrator! Please! I have over 153 bar and pie charts I have to create from a pivot table in excel, which is arduous and time consuming. The chart feature in Illustrator is awful and confusing to use as well. I’ve been doing charts the same way for years by copy/pasting from excel into illustrator and having to remove about 10,000 clipping paths. Surely there is something you can that will make it easier to do charts. An extension? Maybe play nice with the @micsrosoft developers?…

    7 votes

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  12. Graph Data Label Decimal Exision

    Previous versions of Illustrator's graph data labels matched the decimal points defined in the "Cell Style" field. The current version of CC removes any zeros at the end of the label - e.g. "3.00" is changed to "3", or "4.20" is changed to "4.2".

    According to Adobe's Customer Care, this is an intended behaviour - but could it be an optional one? Having to manually append zeros to hundreds of labels is not an appealing prospect.

    7 votes

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  13. Please support for CAD functions

    Pleased support CAD functions natively in illustrator like CADtools or CAD-COMPO, I consider that these functions are very important.

    7 votes

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  14. Correct direction of the object rotate function

    When rotating objects in a positive angle direction, objects SHOULD rotate CLOCKWISE
    When rotating objects in a negative angle direction, they SHOULD rotate COUNTER CLOCKWISE

    Illustrator seems to be BACKWARDS from all other programs I have ever used...

    7 votes

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  15. Curvature tool doesn't work for path in Text on path

    I have drawn a curve using Curvature tool.
    I've made a text follow this curve.
    I want now to edit this curve with Curvature tool, but I just can't — AI want recognize highlights and selects points in this path with this tool anymore.

    Kinda same happens with editing path in blends with Curvature tool — I have to dance with Ctrl, clicking, isolating, and then, after some combination of woodoo, AI finally sees points and allows to move them with said tool.

    7 votes

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  16. Offset Path - allow creation of non-joined segments

    Would save a lot of time if Offset Path could create paths with or without joining them.

    As it is now there are times when it's useful to have auto-joins and many times that it's not. Personally I end up spending a bunch of time deleting the joining path segments as I rarely use them in my workflow.

    A simple solution would be to add an on/off toggle for [Join] right above the join type combo.

    As well, per other requests, please can the panel remember the last-used settings for [Preview] on/off?

    Thanks!

    7 votes

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  17. Please give us better Transparency tool like in CorelDraw and Affinity Designer

    I'm fighting between working in Affinity Designer and Illustrator, AD has much better drawing tools, it's faster than Ai, but I love the familiarity of Ai. If you can give us better Gradient and Transparency tools like in AD that would be amazing! It would help speed up the coloring process when making more realistic artwork. See Screen shot from AD.

    7 votes

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  18. Retain length of handles when modifying curves and length of path when moving anchor points.

    I'd love an option to retain the length of a handle for an anchor point. It would be nice to keep the curvature equal on both sides of an anchor point. There are many times I would have liked this option to create symmetrical graphics.

    Similarly, I'd also like the option to retain the length of a path when moving an anchor point. Sometimes I use lines/paths as arms of characters. If I need to change the position of an arm there ends up being a lot of guess work modifying the path.

    7 votes

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  19. Dimension Tool Ungroup to edit

    To be able to ungroup the dimension, created with the dimension tool so it can be edited. The only way I have found how to edit it is expand appearance. And that duplicates it a number of times so you need to delete the duplicates first.

    6 votes

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  20. Rotate objects separately

    If we make a selection of objects, and then rotate it with a corner marker of the bounding box (or with the Rotate tool), they get rotated all at once, as a single object.
    If we want to rotate all separate objects in the selection separately, the only way to do it is with the Transform Each dialog, with Preview option on, with arrow keys, changing the Angle value. Doable, but not fun.
    What if we get a mode, at least for the Rotate tool (since it’s a special tool for rotating), let’s say, with Ctrl/Cmd held, to rotate object…

    6 votes

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