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  1. Customize quick actions in properties.

    Love the new properties window and the quick action feature. But sometimes I need to do some actions that had disappear from the old toolbar like select objects with the same fill color...
    It will be nice if I can add or remove some actions based on what I usually do.

    13 votes
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  2. Customize Home Screen Document Templates

    The User should be able to select which document templates appear under "Create a new file" on the Home Screen.

    Right now, it shows A4 (which I rarely use), Postcard (in godforsaken metric), Web Page, iPhone X (which I shall never, ever use), HDTV 1080 (which is identical to Web Page, and therefore pointless), and Custom.

    But it does not list US Letter at all, even though I work at that size far more often than any other.

    That is just plain stupid.

    Let ME decide what templates to show on MY Home Screen.

    12 votes
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  3. Lock workspace

    Photoshop introduced locking workspace in fresh release. I want same thing for AI. Or is it there already?

    12 votes
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  4. Add numeric controls over ALL features of gradient

    Relative position of gradient inside path.
    Origin position.
    Center position.

    12 votes
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  5. Make setting reference point hotkeyable

    Problem Description:
    I change reference point all the time.
    I'm so tired of grabbing a mouse and searching for a reference grid and precisely clicking in tiny-tiny square.
    Please add a possibility to set a hotkey for each position!

    Look, there is a whole numbers block at the right side of a keyboard (if you are not using these fancy ***** castrated versions which doesn't have it). I could have used it to set reference point, using something like Ctrl+Shift+3 to set it to the right bottom.
    I can use an action for doing this, bit I'm long ago out…

    12 votes
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  6. Make grids 'In Front' more useful

    Problem Description:
    I'm a fan of grids. I use it almost always.
    I use 'Overprint preview' to make my grids overlay my art, so I can see what I'm doing and where I'm snapping.
    But it' not perfect because of bugs I reported.

    So I propose to improve 'Grids In Back' behaviour.
    Allow users to set grids color and transparency, when it's ticked off.
    It could be useful for dark designs, when overprint-grid trick doesn't do much.

    12 votes
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  7. Reversing order of objects

    Sometimes it's useful to change order of selected objects, making bottom-most go topmost and vice versa.

    I understand possible complications — what would AI do when selected objects have other unselected objects between them (meaning order)?
    For example, I have these objects in Layers:
    A
    1
    B
    C
    2
    3
    I select 1,2,3 and do proposed 'Reverse order' command.
    I expect order to become this:
    A
    3
    B
    C
    2
    1
    I see two fitting places for this command: Layers palette menu or Object > Arrange
    It's scriptable, but I would like to have it by default.

    12 votes
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  8. Unable to Resize Tool Panels (vertical axis)

    Cannot 'grab' the bottom edge of a panel in the right column to move up or down. Panel size seems 'locked.' This causes lots of wasted space in the right column tool set UI. This problem exists in both the Essentials workspace and the Essentials Classic. This was not an issue in previous versions of Ai. Thanks for addressing this bug!

    12 votes
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    I am closing the ticket due to lack of response.
    Please get in touch with us at sharewithai@adobe.com or any of the other support channels.
    Since this is not a generic issue that we can reproduce at our end, we will need someone to look into your machine to figure out what is going on here.

  9. Zoom in and Zoom Out Through Mouse Wheel

    In previous Adobe PD and Illustrator versions i was using preferences setting to change the zoom with Mouse Wheel, but in this version it is not available.

    12 votes
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  10. Duplicate Layers with sequential numbering rather than "copy"

    When you duplicate a layer it would be much better if, rather than the XXXX copy suffix the duplicate layer was numbered. And preferably numbered XXX_0001 (or a format one could specify in the Preferences). This would make working with layers much much easier - especially when working with After Effects.

    12 votes
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  11. Multi color guides.

    I use templates with several close guides. When zoomed in its sometimes difficult to tell which guide I'm at. If the Make Guides selection could have an additional drop down with a choice of 3 or 4 colors, if would help prevent mistakes.

    12 votes
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  12. Release to Layers retains Group/Object names, creates top level layers

    Currently, when one uses the "Release to Layers" command, all naming on the groups is removed and the resulting layers are renamed rather unhelpfully as Layer 2, Layer 3, etc. In addition, these new "Layers" are kept as sub-layers of the orignal layer which, when working with complex artwork, can be quite confusing. The current functionality completely invalidates good organizational practices and actually punishes any attempt at naming conventions when needing to prepare artwork for other applications (such as After Effects).

    Ideally, when "Release Layers to Sequence" is performed, the naming already in place on the selected groups or objects…

    11 votes
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  13. 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.

    11 votes
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  14. Cancel button in progress bar window

    What I figured out right now, is that you can't really press Cancel when you accidentally launched complex process.
    Applying filter, saving, complex transforming — it just won't respond no matter how quick you are and how strong you push that mouse button.
    Is there any way that IA will hold a bit of it's attention to actually letting users cancel what they want and make this button a bit less decorative?

    11 votes
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  15. Please let list of scripts displayed in File > Scripts get updated

    When I add or make changes to Scripts folder, I have to relaunch AI to make it see changes. How difficult it would be to add an option there to auto-update it, or just to add command 'Update scripts'?

    11 votes
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  16. More toggle buttons in top row

    You know, AI has a lot of options that can be turned on and off.
    And some of them switched on and off quite often: snap to grid, guides, smart guides, edges, corner widgets, bounding box...

    Of course, all of them can be accessed via View menu, but uou just don't see them there! Users need no only SWITCH them, but KNOW what current state is.

    Are my guides are turned off or I've deleted them or moved occasionally?
    I want to draw a complex thing — is my grid's snap is turned on or I need to do it…

    11 votes
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  17. Make units and grid settings to be bound to file

    I work for screen and print media simultaneously in different files
    I work in metric units.
    I need to have 'mm' for general-stroke-type in design for printing and 'px' in other file for screen.
    I'm so tired to change units every time I Ctrl+Tab between them. By hand, every time!
    Ctrl+Shift+U change only general units, and I have to skip all picas-inches I never use.
    I have to Ctrl+K, click Units and drop down three menus every time I need to see units I need in file I need!
    PostScript is cool, point reassigned as a strict fraction of an…

    11 votes
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  18. Properties panel lacks properties

    CC 2018. Please include ALL properties for the selected object. Selecting a stroke should show ALL stroke properties (including cap, corner, dashed line etc).

    And please don't put stuff behind the ellipsis icon (additional properties). Some of the additional properties menus duplicate the stuff in the panel itself, or don't even work.

    If you want to make properties show by context, you need to make the dedicated panels obsolete!

    11 votes
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  19. Dim Control In Isolation Mode

    It's extremely difficult to manually work with colors with respect to the complete artwork in isolation mode with the background dimming effect. This should be able to be disabled, while still maintaining group isolation workflow benefits.

    11 votes
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  20. Option to turn off "hover scrolling"

    It would be nice if there was a preference to turn off what I've seen referred to as "hover scrolling" or when selected type or object is changed when the mouse rolls over a drop down menu. I was first going to report it as a bug, but apparently it's an actual feature.

    11 votes
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