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  1. Auto Spell Check (red squiggly line like InDesign, Microsoft and other products)

    Illustrator REALLY needs to have a feature (that you can turn on or off) for spell check to have the red squiggly line underneath mis-spelled words, like what InDesign, Microsoft, and many other programs have.

    355 votes
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  2. text align vertically

    Allow text to be vertically centered in text box.

    In InDesign, there is an option in the text frame properties, "Vertical Justification", with a "Center" option.

    Or, the "baseline shift" option could be split into either specifying a number, as it is now, or specifying "center in text box".

    This option is very important sometimes, such as having a tag symbol (e.g. circle) with a label inside that is either 1 or 2 lines high. Right now I have to have 2 paragraph styles (1 for 1-line text and 1 for 2-line text) so the 1 line text is in…

    219 votes
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  3. "Hyphenate" not be the default paragraph option

    By default, paragraph text is set to hyphenate words that don't fit into the text box. I suggest that the default is to have text not be hyphenated so you can click the box if you want it to be.

    No one I know has ever wanted hyphenated words in text, but you have to uncheck the "Hyphenate" box from the Paragraph Palette, it's annoying to have to do that every time I make a new paragraph or paragraph style. (same problem in indesign)

    213 votes
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  4. Option to disable 'Recent Fonts' feature.

    I hate having to scroll from the top of the fonts list every time i'm searching for a new font. Currently, in preferences there is an option for only 1 recent font, however, i'd like to be able to disable this feature completely.

    82 votes
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    We have the fix available in the latest release. Please update Illustrator using Adobe Creative Cloud application to the latest build for version Illustrator CC 22.1.
    Please refer to our knowledge base FAQhttps://illustrator.uservoice.com/knowledgebase/articles/1844590 if you face difficulty in update.
    Or get in touch with us at any of the other support channels – https://helpx.adobe.com/support.html

    Warm Regards,
    Ashutosh Chaturvedi | Sr. Quality Engineering Manager – Illustrator
    Adobe. Make It an Experience.

  5. Allow Aligning Stroke to Inside and Outside of Text

    Currently strokes can only be aligned to the center of the edge of text (see red stroke in attached example), it would be very helpful to be able to set strokes to inside and especially outside (bottom/green example) of text while still being able to edit it. This is especially useful when you want to make text standout on a busy background. Thank you!

    81 votes
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  6. Bulleted and Numbered lists (like InDesign)

    This would be a quick easy way to format a paragraph where each paragraph return becomes a bullet or numbered/lettered list item.

    Numbers in numbered lists would be updated automatically when you add or remove paragraphs in the list. Bullets would also flow accordingly when edited.

    InDesign has both a "Bulleted List button" and "Numbered List button" in the Control Panel and if these features were added to Illustrator they would be very popular.

    75 votes
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  7. Select > Same > Font (Size/ Style/ Typeface / Size& Style / Size and Typeface)

    Extend the select menu items to include options for selecting type variations.

    74 votes
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  8. 53 votes
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  9. Convert text to outlines on open

    If fonts are missing on open, give the option to expand/convert to outlines. I work in the sign industry, It is a huge hassle to contact customers to have them convert it and re-send it. They frequently don't know how/didn't make the artwork to begin with. I typically get around this using acrobat watermark trick, but it's very time consuming. We have over 6,000 fonts, and we still have missing fonts all the time.

    51 votes
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  10. Prevent "Align paragraph" from moving the text from its position

    It's by far the thing that annoys me the most about Illustrator;
    when you have your point text already positioned you need it to be aligned to a side and when you press the "align" button in the paragraph options the text moves and aligns to its previous center.
    It's a complete time-waster!

    49 votes
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  11. Data merge like Indesign

    It would be nice if you could have the data merge function like in Indesign so you can import .csv-files.

    46 votes
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  12. Typesetting formulas, mathematical equations and symbols in LaTeX-style

    When typesetting mathematical formulas, LaTeX is the way to go and is the standard in many scientific areas. But a problem arises when mathematical symbols should be used in figures. If these figures are e.g. created in Illustrator, it is always a bit inconvenient to include the symbols in the figure. It is e.g. necessary to render the symbols separately and include them as EPS files in Illustrator or the symbols are added later to the figure by another program.

    It would be really cool to have a build-in feature in Illustrator which would allow direct typesetting in the common…

    39 votes
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  13. Convert outline text to editable text

    I work with a lot of files that come to me with outline text, which I then have to retype from scratch. It would be a really useful feature if outline text could be converted to editable text - could there be some kind of auto-recognition (OCR) of the outline text and generate editable text from this? Built-in OCR?

    23 votes
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  14. Add ability to filter out fonts (system/application) from CC font menus

    Add ability to filter out fonts (system/application) from CC font menus. For example the user should be able to hide the 12 STIX fonts that appear in the menu.

    23 votes
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  15. Keyboard shortcuts for Bold and Italic text

    It would be useful if, while typing/editing text, there was a keyboard shortcut to add BOLD or ITALICS - highlight the word, hit CTRL + B to bold, for example.

    18 votes
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  16. correction to the REAL SIZE measurements of used FONTS in the size box

    When you type and than select a text/number on the screen to see the size, the measure box shows for example in "cm" the hight of the text. When you measure the same text/numbers after printing the result is a lot different (smaller) than the measurement on the screen showed. For example a number of 15cm is after printing only 9,4cm.

    Correct the size of the fonts in the navigator info box to the real size measurements as the print results.

    18 votes
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  17. font drop down

    I always get annoyed that my font drop down menu always starts at the top in the most recent section.

    can i get it to stay at the location where I last opened it/font I last selected?

    16 votes
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  18. 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).

    15 votes
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  19. Undo-text Outline feature

    I work in the design industry and it is quite annoying that after you have created an outline on a text and saved the document on adobe illustrator, you cannot undo the outline to edit, or find out the typeface/and type information (tracking, font size, kerning).

    There needs to be a way to edit/undo the outline

    15 votes
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  20. TateChuYoko’s Adjustment value is limited to an integer in point

    The "TateChuYoko" using for vertical writing text, under use in Japanese environment.
    The adjustment value is set only to integers of points and it is very troubling.
    In that state, I can only do a rough job too much.
    I would like to improve so that more detailed values can be set.

    <Japanese>
    縦中横設定の調整量がポイントの整数値ごとにしか設定できない。
    これでは大雑把な仕事しかできない。
    細かい値を設定できるよう改善して欲しい。

    14 votes
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