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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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.

    1 vote
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  5. 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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  6. 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.

    5 votes
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  7. 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.

    19 votes
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  8. Reveal in Finder Option

    Reveal in Finder Option - Currently reveal in finder you "command + click" file name at top of window, however this option is not availble when window is tied to the application frame.

    9 votes
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  9. Different color guidelines

    SInce I am working on several different artboards at the same time, it would be great to be able to have the capability to have different color guidelines. I Also have times when using a single artboard it would be nice to be able to have more than a single color guideline so I can for instance a Color to guidelines for each artboard. There are times I need to use multiple guidelines and being able to have multi colors for the guidelines. I would be able to have more than one color at a time designated for different reasons

    1 vote
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  10. Missing "Select Similar"(same,colour, stroke etc) button.

    Please add Select Similar (same, colour, stroke, etc...) button, to new Properties panel(2018). And option for aligning one single object to artboard in Properties panel, would by fine too(without entering Align panel).

    4 votes
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  11. 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.

    5 votes
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  12. Move properties back to the top.

    I don't understand why Adobe tries to fix things that aren't broken. The properties tab at the top is where it needed to stay. Having moving properties to a side tab was a huge mistake. My workload has increased just trying to find where things have gone and I find it much less useful this way. You also have gotten rid of the expand button when doing in image trace. I'm sure I'll find many more things that have gone missing or much harder to find now. I feel like CS5 was the most perfected version of all adobe products…

    20 votes
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  13. Expand Image Trace

    When you do an image trace of an image there is no button to expand it.

    1 vote
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  14. Keyboard shortcut to switch between colour panels (RGB/HSB)

    I use both the HSB and the RGB colour panels all the time. To switch between them, the user currently has to select from the options menu or shift-click multiple times to cycle through.

    What would be really great is to be able to assign shortcuts to specific colour panels.

    8 votes
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  15. Remove units from input boxes

    When editing a value in an input box, e.g. the width of an artboard, the unit (px) is still included in the box. This makes it harder to hit the right spot in the text with your mouse, and makes it more prone to error. It's especially annoying when performing arithmetic!

    Trying to avoid this situation: "306 p+34x"

    1 vote
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  16. Grid or Guides Calculator

    Have a make grid or guides feature with a grid calculator that was artboard dependant.


    • as in I could have different grids on different artboards

    • proportional grids

    • vertical grids and guides as well as horizontal

    The amount of time I take having to set up grids, by drawing boxes and dragging in guides, to do my layout is enormous.

    It is such a fundamental part of graphic design, I feel like it should really be embedded in illustrator. I have noticed that the new Photoshop has it. Also indesign has it. But really i need it more in illustrator.

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    11 votes
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  17. Option to put Properties Panel at the top of the workspace.

    For those of us who find it more convenient for the Properties to be at the top of our workspace, we should be able to click and drag the properties panel into the default space along the top of the window.

    17 votes
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  18. Search window in all Adobe programs

    Add a window where I can search a feature, window, or command that exists in the program.
    It's hard to remember where everything is located.

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  19. "Replace" automatically selected

    Everytime I place an image I have to check if "replace" is clicked. If I have a picture selected and then "place", it means I want to replace it. Please fix this, it's very annoying and have been there for ages.

    4 votes
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  20. Rotate in Portrait Mode on Surface Pro

    When rotating the Surface Pro from landscape to portrait, Illustrator will not stay in portrait mode. It reverts back to landscape.
    Adobe Photoshop works in portrait mode.
    Illustrator used to work in portrait mode, but no longer does in CC 2017 and CC 2018.

    Example of issue here:
    https://youtu.be/fVQQJR9SMzg

    54 votes
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