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  1. Changing color of selected letters

    It is very difficult to change the color of a selected letters in a text if you can not see the color as it is because it is inverted when they are selected. So you are changing the color but you don't know the real appearence, , for that you have to deselect the text each time. Can this be fixed for a future version? thank you

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  2. In the newest version of illustrator 23.0.2 the text right to left option doesnt exist. THIS IS A HUGE PROBLEM. HEBREW DOESNT PROPERLY WORK

    In the newest version of illustrator 23.0.2 the text right to left option doesnt exist. THIS IS A HUGE PROBLEM. HEBREW DOESNT PROPERLY WORK

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  3. Spell checking

    I typed a new paragraph in a 10 page brochure and wanted to spell check the new paragraph alone. It is not happening. Spell check start from the beginning of the document taking my time. Is it a bug?

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  4. Eyedropper Tool should pick colors from OpenType-SVG fonts

    When picking a color from either color vector and bitmap OpenType-SVG fonts, the picked color is currently the default underlying text color (often black), not what is actually displayed on screen.

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  5. Text selection

    If I have a text box selected and switch to the text tool, why does Illustrator assume I want to select a non-selected text box to edit text in? It should prioritize the selected text box over non-selected text boxes.

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  6. Cannot group Text objects with right-click

    Illustrator CC2018 (22.1)
    Windows 10 and Mac OSX High Sierra 10.13.3

    When I select two or more Text objects (point, area, etc.), I cannot group them using right-click (it works

    It works with other objects, or with Text and other objects, but not when all my selections are only Text objects.

    Once grouped (with CMD-G for example), it is possible to ungroup them with right-click, though.

    4 votes

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  7. Recent updates have made working with type more difficult

    Using type in illustrator used to be a breeze. Now it seems you need near pixel-perfect accuracy to highlight or to select the type box. Often now you will just end up creating a new type box when trying to highlight type already present. Honestly, it worked great before whatever update changed this and now it's somewhat irritating to use. It's not a major issue really, but sometimes the old 'if it isn't broken, don't fix it' advice should be heeded.

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  8. More Detail in Font Find/Replace - Include Details to Assist Tracking Down Correct Font

    When working with files that reference missing fonts, sometimes it is necessary to find the exact font but there is little to go on other than the font name displayed. If font information was stored such as version, type of font (TrueType, OpenType, Type-1, etc...), foundry, version, date, etc...it would make it far more efficient to track down the correct font.

    For example, when working with product labels, etchings or logos often it is necessary to use the exact font to maintain consistency in manufactured products. Having little more to go on than a name makes it extremely difficult. This…

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  9. Placeholder text relative to your document

    When you choose the type tool and click, the placeholder text defaults to 12pt. This means that the text is tiny if you have a large artboard (see attached). It would be cool if the placeholder text was sized relative to your artboard instead, so that it's easy to see and work with.

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  10. Adjusting the curve of the "type on the path" and be able to keep the type from distorting

    This was actually a feature that USED to work on previous illustrators, since this month's update (October 2018), it stopped working. Basically, you make a circle shape, then you type on a path. But sometimes you want to be able to adjust/transform the curve (while keeping the Type same size and proportion) to see how it would lay without distorting the type. *Not the same as holding shift because that just keeps the curve the same shape, and it also make the type bigger or smaller. See image for a mock up of what it should look like in action.…

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  11. Typography Swapping Window (just like “Recolor Artwork”

    I use Edit>Edit Colors>Recolor Artwork so very often that I have replaced the “Rulers” keyboard shortcut with “Recolor Artwork.”

    “Character Styles” and “Paragraph Styles” are invaluable tools, but I REALLY would love to have a dialogue box identical to that of “Recolor Artwork,” except for swapping & changing type, character & paragraph rules/styles. If necessary, I can create a mockup of the UI that I have in my head for this, but I’m not planning to, unless it is necessary.

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  12. Resize Area Type from Transform Pane

    When you try to set a size for an Area Type text in the Transform pane, it currently distorts the text along with changing the size of the area. This strikes me as inconsistent with resizing the area from the bounding box resize handles, and also undesirable (am I missing a use-case where you'd want the text to be distorted in this situation?)

    I recently became aware there are width/height inputs in Type > Area Type Options but these are cumbersome.

    I propose the Width / Height inputs in the Transform pane behave as in Area Type Options.

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  13. Insertion point should remain solid when using arrows to move through text.

    If you have text and you use the arrows to move through characters, the insertion point continues to blink. This isn't how it works by default anywhere else in OSX, and means that you either count key presses and characters to keep track of where it is, or you wait for it to flash to see where you currently are.

    This slows down workflow and breaks user expectations by deviating from OS behavior.

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  14. Set default font for all languages

    There should be a way to set default fonts for all language inputs. I use traditional chinese in a lot of my work but the default font uses japanese Kanji, which doesn't hold all the traditional chinese characters, making it difficult for me to change every time.

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  15. Make Spellcheck take Soft Returns into Account

    Make spellcheck take soft returns into account when suggesting capitalisation. At the moment, it doesn't recognise a soft return for what it is and instead suggests the next word is the start of a new sentence.

    Why it's important? Because it's a basic omission.

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  16. Leerzeichen beim Wörter editieren nicht antasten!

    Wenn man ein Wort in einem Satz auswählt um es zu ändern, wird das Leerzeichen danach auch ausgewählt. Wenn ich nun das neue Wort schreibe, wird das Leerzeichen entfernt! Man muss dann immer extra das Leerzeichen erneut eingeben! In vielen anderen Textprogrammen wird das Leerzeichen nicht angetastet (ob es nun ausgewählt wird oder nicht)!

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  17. Add a true automatic text reduction feature.

    It would be great if text size would automatically reduce to fit a given size text box (as its added).

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  18. Automatisches RESET oder Button für die Textformatierung bei Illustrator und InDesign

    Diese Funktion fehlt. Wenn ich viel schreibe oder Text einfüge, dann ist es mühsam, dass ich nicht die Wahl habe was bei einem neuen Textfeld bzw. neu eingefügten Text passieren soll: Letzte Formatierung beibehalten (aktuell) oder Reset zu einer Standard-Formatierung. Vielleicht reicht auch ein "RESET Textformatierung"-Button in der Menüleiste.

    Alternativ wäre es mir recht, wenn z.B. einfach nur die Funktion geändert würde bei Klick auf Formatierungsoptionen. Beispiel "Text unterstrichen". Wenn kein Text ausgewählt ist, dann ist "Text unterstrichen" dauerhaft an, wenn Text vorher markiert wurde, dann wird nur der ausgewählte Text unterstrichen und alle folgende Texte sind "normal", d.h. man…

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  19. We need Umlaute! (Variable Text doesn't like äüö)

    Specifically when working with variables in text form. They are not being imported correctly, despite everything else working. See picture.

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  20. package font-family instead of font

    Sometimes I need to adjust the font style in font family like Helvectica Neue Light, Condensed, Regular and so on, However now the illustrator only makes the package the font which have been used. That means when I get the package, I only can have one font in the font family only.

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