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  1. The default unit of measure option for stroke shouldn't be pixels.

    The default unit of measure option for stroke shouldn't be pixels, because I don't think that's a good way to guide the flock.

    2 votes
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  2. A big persistent Color palette offering RGB and HSB and Grayscale at a glance.

    When making Illustrations, I switch between RGB / HSB and Grayscale all the time. I have a 30" screen - room enough to show all mixers all the time.
    Please make this possible.

    5 votes
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  3. Shape properties panel - can't see a way to open it permanently

    When you have a primitive shape selected in the properties panel there are three dots which allow you to edit the shape attributes eg pie angle if it's a circle. I can see no way to have that panel open automatically why is it always hidden behind the three dots button? I'm constantly having to click to open that panel.

    1 vote
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  4. Extended Tools Panel

    Less frequently used tools (in my case: Scissors, Paint Bucket) are hard to find in the standard Tools Palette. Wouldn't it be great when Illustrator had a preset to show all tools at a glance (on my 30" screen...)?

    I know that it is possible to create custom tools panels - but especially when creating those, it's nice to have a view on all tools at once!

    2 votes
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  5. Replace Symbol widget missing from new Properties Panel - Needs Consistent Behavior

    Maybe I'm missing something, but if I have a symbol sitting on an artboard, the Properties Panel will have the "Replace Symbol" drop-down widget so that I can easily change it.

    However - if that same symbol is grouped, or displayed under a clipping mask - direct-selecting it (Control + Click) - this option will be missing from the Properties panel.

    CC 2017 did not behave this way - and the toolbar at the top of the window would always show this option when a symbol was selected. For users who utilize a lot of symbols within working files, or…

    2 votes
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  6. Full stroke style capabilities in touch workspace

    The stroke currently only lets you adjust the size of it, you should also be able to control the style of that stroke, whether you want it to be dashed or the shape of it in the touch workspace.

    4 votes
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  7. "Effects" in menu when right clicking a selected object similar to InDesign.

    In InDesign I can select an object and then right click on a PC and the menu that appears shows shows "effects." Illustrator should do that as well.

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  8. Top Tab Ordering

    Is there a way to order the tabs at the top when multiple files are open?
    It is a real pain to reorder the tabs at the top, so that you can sequence through the pages in order of file name / date etc.
    It seems silly to have the top tabs, but not be able to have them automatically order themselves...
    (unless there is a way already)

    3 votes
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  9. 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.

  10. The properties panel

    It'll be great if the More Options (the three dots) appears automatically when passing the cursor, so it's less clicks to do, so is a faster workflow.

    2 votes
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  11. Non-Latin Support for Numbers in UI

    I use Bengali extensively in CC, and it's frustrating that the interface doesn't understand Bengali numerals as their latin equivalents - for example if I type ৩৩ in the font size, it doesn't understand it as 33. However, I noticed that in the latest version of InDesign (13.0 x64) it does recognize & convert Bengali numerals - for example when I type ৩৩ in the font size box it converts it to 33pt. However, this still doesn't work in the current version of Illustrator (22.0.1 x64), and it would make sense to have this feature throughout the major CC products.

    1 vote
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  12. Nudge buttons on Transform Tool

    The new tools panel does not display nudge buttons on the transform tool X,Y, and W,H buttons. We use them frequently now have to display the application bar - which is a shame. There's room for them as the 'rounded corner' section has them!

    2 votes
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  13. Illustrator needs a layer composition panel like in photoshop

    I'm still waiting for a feature which photoshop has for years: layer compositions. It would be so helpfull to save the visibility of layers.
    The feature "save view" is not a solution because you only can save the top levels.
    For example you are working on a map with hundreds of layers. For special maps you have to activate special layers and deactivate others. You have to do it for hundreds of layers manually. And if you forget to activate onlay one you’ll get a call from your client two weeks later asking you why the printed map has no…

    5 votes
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  14. New Document Decimal Rounding

    When creating a new document, Illustrator CC rounds a dimension of 6.125" to 6.13". This is incredibly frustrating as a packaging designer, where accuracy is important.

    Why does this interface not honor more decimal points?

    5 votes
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  15. Match display sizes across CC apps already. Please.


    1. Open AI

    2. Create new A4 document

    3. Display @ 100%

    4. Open ID

    5. Create new A4 document

    6. Display @ 100%

    7. View AI and ID windows side by side

    8. Compare sizes.

    FFS! Please make apps sync real 100% size rendering of documents already. It‘s fundamental for graphic professionals to be able to view documents in real size. Why is this still not fixed.

    100% is 100% irrespective of display resolution. Come on, it‘s 2017. Nobody is working on 72 dpi anymore. We all have 5K retina displays.

    Please try to keep up, Adobe.

    5 votes
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  16. New crop feature

    Would much prefer this feature to be similar to InDesign. Don't see me likely to use as is since it throws away unused data and embeds. Ability to NOT crop like that is one of the most useful features in InDesign. Masking although clumsy as a crop tool seems it will remain more flexible and useful.

    1 vote
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  17. Efect menu

    I would like to provide a suggestion, to the "Effect" menu of Illustrator, they will take the same aesthetics from the rest of the menus. "Effect" looks very Windows 95.

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  18. Recent files list - not to contain files created by 'save a copy'

    Windows 10. Illustrator 22.
    Currently, when using longish file names, the file extension is truncated and missing from the recent file list.
    This wasn't a problem until you started including files that had been created by 'save a copy' in the list.
    So now I often get 2 identically named files appearing next to each other with no way to work out which is the .pdf and which is the .ai without clicking on it - which also moves the wrong one up the recent list.
    I'm just not sure files created by 'save a copy' should be there.

    An…

    3 votes
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  19. Option to permanently expand areas of the Properties panel

    I have a lot of empty space in the new Properties panel.
    Having to click the '...' every time I want to access extra options seems clunky when I have so much unused space.
    In the old interface you could double-click on the top bar of a panel and it would expand to your preference and remember that expansion.
    A similar option here would be welcome.

    4 votes
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  20. Pan and zoom with scroll wheel

    Would really appreciate being able to zoom in and out with the scroll wheel and pan by clicking it, just like in AutoCAD. Zoom focus would be relative to the cursor, so you can quickly move to any part of the document. This is a far easier and intuitive system, as navigating the canvas becomes twice as fast.

    At the vary least there should be an option to enable this functionality, as some may prefer the current setup.

    18 votes
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