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  1. Make Static Symbols the default, instead of Dynamic Symbols.

    A new symbol is saved as "Dynamic" by default. Please make "Static" symbols the default. They are the "Standard" and should remain the default. It is the exception when I want a "dynamic" symbol.

    54 votes

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  2. Allow to edit color of text in a dynamic symbol instance

    I think it should be possible to edit the color of text in a dynamic symbol instance, just like it possible to change the color fill of any other element

    28 votes

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  3. 'Use preview bounds' option for symbols

    AI allows to 'Use preview bounds' — to count in stroke's weight in artwork's size.
    I rarely use it, but I can always turn it off, like I do in screencast attached.

    But when I decide to turn my artwork to symbol, I'm limited to only one option — stroke is counted in ALWAYS. This is very inconvenient for some design tasks.

    I would like to have an option anywhere to change this behavior.

    23 votes

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  4. Add reference point locator for symbols

    Symbols only have registration point. Fine, store it. Use it as default for scaling-rotating and so on. But why I can't set reference point for transforming it as I want, and as I can for EVERYTHING else?! What, AI can't calculate it's left top coordinate or what? Why can't I flip it over the left edge, for example? Why can't I even COPY it's top left coordinate?

    Shh, calm down.

    18 votes

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  5. Allow linked content within symbols

    It would be nice to create symbols with linked content that would update when the linked content changes. Currently you have to embed anything within a symbol, images for example.

    14 votes

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  6. Adding (also with drag-n-drop) multiple symbols to the canvas at once

    Being able to select more than one symbol from the symbol library and adding to the canvas. Instead of mousing back and forth repeatedly.
    The way the Library panel works is great. You can select multiple objects and drag to the canvas, placing each at the desired location, quick and easy.
    This would be a great function for the symbols panel.
    Thanks!

    12 votes

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  7. Regression: Illustrator CC saves each instance of symbol in .ai file separately

    How to reproduce this problem in Illustrator СС:

    1. Create clean AI file with A4 page.

    2. Place any pixel image (with size ~10 mb) embedded to this page. Save file, it will have size about ~10 mb)

    3. Make this image as symbol and remove object from page.

    4. Place symbol to page one time.

    5. Save file. File size will be, eg, ~10 mb.

    6. Now place same symbol to page more 4 times, total will be 5 images on page.

    7. Save file and check size - it will be increased to ~50 mb.

    As result, you will have ai file, containing only 5…

    10 votes

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  8. Symbols with multiple features / variants

    Would love to be able to construct multi-function symbols... the basic symbol is the same but when I place it, I would like to be able to change it from one of several variants which stays in the same place I put it..

    8 votes

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  9. Change default Reference Point when creating a symbol

    I like to have the reference point of my symbols up in the left corner (instead of center, as it is by default). So, every time I create a symbol I have to change this option. So, I type the name, I tab two times, and then click the down arrow to button to set it to a static symbol. Then I have to grab the mouse — to change the reference point. This slows down the work flow quite a bit. I would like to have the top left corner as default, or at least make it changeable by…

    5 votes

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  10. Allow outline / edges colour changes in Symbol edit mode

    Allow the user to change the outline colour in Symbol Editing Mode. 'Options for Symbol Editing Mode' is always greyed out. It's possible to change the outline colour but it always reverts to the randomly-selected default colour.

    See summary of issue here:
    https://community.adobe.com/t5/illustrator-discussions/editing-symbols-layer-options-changing-select-color-doesn-t-work/m-p/14468979

    3 votes

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  11. Transform Each around Symbol Registration Point

    It would be nice, when using Transform Each, to have the option to transform the Symbols around their Registration Point.

    3 votes

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  12. Live Update Prewiew

    I'm exploring a dynamic feature in Adobe Illustrator for live visualization of nested symbols. Think MC Escher tessellations – I would like to see how changes to one symbol affect the entire design in real-time. Any insights or techniques for achieving this precision are highly appreciated.

    3 votes

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  13. Creating several symbols at once (Multi-Add symbols)

    An option when adding Symbols to the Symbols panel for a multi-add option, similar to the Asset Export panel.

    3 votes

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  14. Enable Symbols Options edit in multi selections

    Symbol option changes are made per symbol only, please enable when multiple symbols are selected. ie. I have 10 dynamic symbols that I want to change to static symbols, it currently has to be done one-by-one.

    3 votes

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  15. symbol marker in preview and outline view

    I'd like to see a symbol "marker" of some sort to quickly identify symbols used on a layout, much like the pilcrow and other typographic characters used in InDesign (that can be turned On or Off). These "markers" should be visible in both Preview and Outline views. Thanks. A.C.

    3 votes

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  16. Reset symbol rotation and scale independently

    It would be nice if we had the option to reset symbol transformations independently.

    For example, only the scale (keeping the same rotation) or only the rotation (keeping the same scale).

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  17. Symbol Sprayer Tool Enhancement

    The Symbol Spray Tool is very awkward in using and not very intuitive to first time users. Who would have thought to double tap to open the options for the tool. There is very little documentation on this. I do not believe the tool is used by many artist. May be add the options to the menu bar? Also unable to ungroup or align the symbols once they are on the artboard. Would be awesome to be able to create a path and apply the symbols on the path. This would be great to create an outline then spray the…

    2 votes

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  18. Replace Image With Symbol

    I would like to select any number of images on my document and replace them with a symbol. I would like the symbol to be in the exact same location as the images were and be the exact same size (if the image is clipped by a clipping mask, I would like the symbol to be the size of the clipping mask). I would like the option for the symbol's proportions to be 1) retained and match the height of the images being replaced (in case the image proportions are different), 2) retained and match the width of the images…

    2 votes

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  19. Please add keyboard shortcut to edit a symbol

    We need do edit symbols very often, a keyboard shortcut would make our workflow more efficient.

    2 votes

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  20. I would like to be able to set the grid origin when editing a symbol.

    If I open a symbol from the symbols window, the grid position is always offset from the origin of the symbol. It is not currently possible to set the grid origin here. Why doesn't the grid origin set to the registration point of the symbol? At least an option to do this would be great.

    2 votes

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