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  1. Visible keyboard shortcuts for actions

    In photoshop you can see the keyboard shortcuts for a created action right behind the action in the action-window. Why isn't this possible in illustrator?

    32 votes

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  2. Better Action Set Organization in Illustrator

    We have a lot of Actions but only a few are needed at a time based on the workflow you're currently in. It would be great to have the "for the moment" unutilized actions hidden when in button mode. Action Sets functioning like Libraries while in Button Mode without having to delete and then reload is not a good way of going about this.

    21 votes

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  3. Please allow "ACTIONS" menu to record the SCALE in EXPORT SCREENS dialog for Artboards

    Please allow "ACTIONS" menu to record the SCALE in the EXPORT SCREENS dialog for Artboards. I'd love to be able to record ALL the frequent filetypes and associated sizes for each asset and deliver an ACTION to my entire TEAM that makes this efficient for our everyday usage.

    7 votes

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  4. Making all functions recordable

    Corel has had this feature for ever. Need to increase productivity by recording actions and applying quick keys to it. But we need to record extensions, and scripts that we run.

    7 votes

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  5. Update Actions to record more features

    In order of importance would love to see illustrator actions record

    1) the pdf preset, when saving to pdf
    2) save as location next to existing file as an option - i currently save to desktop and manually move the file.
    3) layer name when cut copying pasting, selecting all
    4) find font to not need the font loaded to work. We use this to eradicate old type 1 fonts that are buggy and crash computer.
    5) new swatch to remember the global swatch name when recording.

    6 votes

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  6. Allow Batch Actions to work on all open files

    Batch Actions can work on a folder of files but not all open files. Photoshop can do this, why not Illustrator?

    5 votes

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  7. Allow assignable shortcut key for "Convert selected anchor points to smooth (and corner)" action

    Would like to assign a shortcut key for both "Convert selected anchor points to smooth" and "Convert selected anchor points to corner" actions, similar to pressing available button when an anchor is selected.

    4 votes

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  8. How to select non filled shapes just by clicking on their surface?

    How can I select a shape/object without a fill just by clicking on its surface?
    I don't want to click on the stroke, since that's slower and less practical than clicking on the middle of the shape, I don't want to click on layers nor any slower way to do it.

    If what I want is not possible, then that would be a very clear sign that Adobe is very, VERY stubborn against selecting by clicking on the middle of the shapes, for no reason at all, since there's no problem in putting an option for it on the settings…

    3 votes

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  9. Record OK button in Actions

    In my action I need to confirm a dialog manually all the time. Can't figure out how to get the robot to click 'OK'.

    3 votes

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  10. Batch apply action to selected items

    It strikes me as absolutely bizarre that you can't apply an action to multiple objects in turn. You can batch apply actions to files. You can apply actions to selected objects. You can apply actions to a selected group of objects I think? But you can't batch apply actions to groups of objects. I have about 300 really short little lines in an infographic that I need to be the same length. They're fairly spread out and any anchor selection based approach would take 2 hours. What an incredible hassle.

    3 votes

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  11. In actions, ability to copy a dimension from transform window and paste in a move command

    In actions, the ability to copy a horizontal or vertical dimension from the transform palette so that it can be pasted in another command (usually move).
    For example, I'd like to be able (in an action) to copy the height of a selected object, then paste that elsewhere, such as move that distance, or create a rectangle with that measurement as one of the dimensions.

    3 votes

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  12. AFP to SMB link conversion

    Create a function that examines the file links in an ai file and convert any AFP links to SMB links.

    2 votes

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  13. Create Droplets like in Photoshop

    Illustrator has actions and even a "Batch" for actions. However doesn't seem to be a "Create Droplet" option like Photoshop.

    This would be very useful for people who need to do repetitive tasks (in my case a quick and dirty Image Trace on multiple files very often)

    2 votes

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  14. Ability to add effects in Illustrator actions

    It would greatly enhance the performance of Illustrator actions if it was possible to add features such as effects to an action. Keep all settings stored and without having to see the dialogue box for the captured effect when played back in the future.

    For example, including a 3D Rotate effect from Effects> 3D> Rotate... and capture all of the settings in that dialogue box within the action whilst recording.

    Thank you!

    2 votes

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  16. An image or shape splitter that randomly generates splits in an image based upon user-set ranges

    Currently, mosaics are somewhat difficult to make (I am new so I don't know everything, therefore I have some issues with this) I am looking for a function that allows the splitting of images, shapes, or shape groups, through a menu that you place ranges upon (i.e. amount of resulting shapes, how many sides per shape as a range between two numbers, etc.)

    The ability to select shapes in an image by area and color to then split them randomly while still keeping original outline form would be also appreciated, along with averaging color values if you choose to split…

    1 vote

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