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  1. OpenType ligature features ccmp and rlig do not work with variable font

    OpenType ligature features ccmp and rlig are active by default. But they do not work with variable font (liga and dlig will work).

    16 votes

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  2. Customizable "MOJIKUMI (Typesetting)" as same as InDesign.

    In the case of Japanese, arranging characters beautifully is directly related to the readability of the text, so typesetting is regarded as important.
    Japanese typesetting is delicate and very difficult.
    I would like an equivalent type engine for InDesign.
    A common UI with InDesign is desirable.

    (Translated to Japanese)
    文字組設定をInDesign並みにカスタムできるようにしてほしい。
    日本語の場合、美しく文字を並べることが、テキストの読みやすさに直結するので、文字組みは重要視されます。
    日本語の文字組みは繊細でとても難しいです。
    InDesign並の組版エンジンがあればと思います。
共通UIが望ましい。

    14 votes

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  3. CID/GID (Character ID/Glyph ID) are displayed in Glyphs panel.

    In the case of Japanese, there are many variations of Chinese character, so it is useful to know CID/GID.
    Because it does not make a mistake when designing character. Also, I want CID/GID when using many old characters.

    A common UI with InDesign is desirable.

    (Translated to Japanese)
    字形パネルにグリフのCID/GIDを表示して欲しい。
    日本語の場合、漢字のバリエーションが多いので、IDがわかると便利です。
    作字の時などに間違いないようにしたり、また、旧字を多数使用のする時に CID/GID を表示してほしいです。
InDesign と UI を揃えて欲しいです。

    13 votes

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  4. Ability to switch how letters overlap

    By default, when letters overlap, each following glyph is displayed above the previous one.

    When using text effects or OpenType-SVG fonts, this can lead to disappointing results, like shadows on the wrong direction.

    Would love to be able to toggle the order in which all glyphs of a specific text selection are rendered: above or below the previous one.

    Could even use the extra space in the Character palette to include the feature button ;)

    13 votes

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  5. Allow TYPE to scale larger than 1296 pts

    Remove the type scale limit of 1296 points.

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  6. Please turn the eyedropper into a cursor for multiple text formatting

    Indesign allows you to drag over multiple words within a text box, or over various different places to apply a text attribute with the eyedropper tool. ie, the eyedropper when hovered over the text actually becomes like a cursor, so you can just swipe over the text to apply the attribute. Please can Illustrator have this same feature. Otherwise we have to use the cursor to locate the word, then shift+arrow right to highlight it, then click to apply. It's a bit annoying and time-wasting. The eye-dropper turning into a cursor when hovering over text is much more useful.

    12 votes

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  7. Make option to generate compound paths instead of groups when text is outlined

    Create simple black-on-white string of text.
    Outline it.
    AI will make a group of compound paths.

    I would like to have a non-default option that would make AI generate one big compound path instead of group of paths.
    If text has more then one character color within it — only then this option would produce a group, with a colored compounds within.

    Right now I have to use an Action (ungroup, release compound path, make compound path) and manually run it for every string/area of text before proceeding to next step of my workflow.
    I will make a script to…

    12 votes

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  8. Make Smart guides optionally work with live text

    Sometimes it is needed to snap to contour of live text.
    Right now it requires to make a copy of text, outline it, snap to desired point/segment, delete copy.

    What if user could tick an option that allows to snap to live glyphs? or use 'Ctrl' modifier to toggle this mode on the fly? It would allow us to skip copying-outlining-snapping-deleting and boost the speed.

    12 votes

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  9. Break apart blocks of text into separate text objects: by lines, words, characters, outlines

    As done in Flash, I need to be able to paste in a block of text and "break apart" the single text object to several separate text objects. Ideally each time I click break apart, the action will break the text down further: by lines, then words, then characters, then to outlines. This action should be assigned a shortcut to quickly cut up text that has been pasted in from outside Illustrator.

    I spend a lot of time pasting in label text for infographics and diagrams, and then cutting and pasting repeatedly to separate the labels out for positioning.

    11 votes

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  10. Make cursor instantly visible after jumping with Ctrl+arrows

    While navigating text with Ctrl+arrows, especially in short word clusters, something like these:
    mon-sun: 10:00–19:00
    break: 13:00–14:00
    it's quite hard to understand where cursor has landed after last jump, because cycle of blinking seem to stay the same or even elongate!
    There's a second after jump until cursor is finally drawn.
    Could you please add or fix it in such a way that cursor is immediately visible after Ctrl+arrow jump?

    11 votes

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  11. Make Ligatures OFF by default and have a checkbox in Preferences > Type

    Please make it possible to turn off all ligatures within the Preferences > Type dialog box, then make it Off by Default.

    10 votes

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  12. Forced column break

    Can we get some decent text handling features that mimic at least fundamental options such as column breaks and a table feature within Illustrator? It's been 30 years now can't you get this done for once and for all?

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  13. Reflect Single Characters within the Character Panel

    The ability to reflect a single character as live text within the character panel. Similar to the rotate feature already available.

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  14. Convert to Type On A Path

    The option to convert point or area type to 'type on a path' would be helpful. Also to be able to use the pen tool to add points on a 'point type path' and by doing so converting it to 'type on a path'. This removes the need to draw the path then add the type.

    10 votes

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  15. Snap textframe size to content (like double-click in InDesign)

    A function appreciated by all in InDesign.. doubleclick the side of the boundingbox of a textframe and it snaps/scales immediately to the content.

    I'm not talking about Type -> Area Type Options -> Auto-size

    10 votes

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  16. Existing "text variables" function from InDesign to Illustrator

    Is it possible to add a similar feature to "text variables" from InDesign to Illustrator? In particular - the file name, modification date.
    It would be even better if there were some variables, for example - author, size of the canvas, minimum size of the text used in the project.

    9 votes

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  17. Allow to combine/merge selected text and path to Type on Path

    In Ai on iPad we can select a text, hold a spot, and drag the text to a path, converting these to Type on Path. Easy!

    To perform this in Ai for Desktop we have to cut the text, pick the proper tool, hold Alt (or use a subtool), click on path (very precisely), paste the text and then adjust the position (dragging tiny handles). Dated.

    What we definitely need:
    1. Ability to drag and drop a text on a path, using some modifier (Ctrl will do) to stick the text to the path
    2. Have a command in Type…

    9 votes

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  18. Make an option to show text sections with 'No break' applied to them

    'No break' is a goo thing to have, but it's invisible even when Hidden Characters are on. Make something for those who have to work with text in AI to see these sections

    9 votes

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  19. Make Ctrl+arrows jump to hyphen too

    While editing text in Russian, I have quite many complex words separated by hyphen.
    Pressing Ctrl+arrow ignores these and jumps to start and end of word.
    Please add ability to respect hyphens while moving cursor with Ctrl+arrows.

    P. S. If you combine this with reported bug fix about Ctrl+Home and Ctrl+End, it would be AWESOME

    9 votes

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  20. Font Height Options - "Cap Height" option by default

    The new font height option is great!

    However, working in the sign trade, everyone including our clients (who are mostly Architects) specify text by cap height so we are constantly changing the default Em size to cap height.

    It would save a lot of time and also eliminate any potential size issues with someone having the wrong option selected which could be very costly.

    8 votes

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