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  1. Percentage rulers

    Photoshop has Percentage as a unit for its ruler, and I find it very useful when one needs to center an element, or drag a guide in the middle or the third of the image, especially as one can stick to the ruler marks.

    I always wondered why Illustrator did not have that functionality.

    34 votes
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  2. Select inside marquee window

    Create a toggle-able feature like the one found in many CAD programs:
    Select ONLY the objects ENTIRELY inside the selection window marquee via the following methods:
    1. hold Shift+drag
    2. Dragging left-to-right enables "select inside", dragging right-to-left enables "select touching" (as per most CAD programs)

    33 votes
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  3. Add 3d connexion space navigator compatibility

    I would like to be able to pan and zoom with my space navigator 3D mouse.

    31 votes
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  4. 28 votes
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  5. Have a search bar at the top that searches all menu items.

    Ok, the Adobe menus have a LOT of menu items and features. You guys should create a search bar that searches all the menu items and features to make it easier to find things.

    Microsoft has this feature in it's Office Suite and it is SUPER useful.

    For example have a bar that asks the user "What are you looking for" They can type anything, for example "Alignment" and it would bring up the alignment menu. Or "pathfinder" will bring up a button for the pathfinder menu.

    Think about it guys, would save EVERYONE who isn't a pro SO much…

    28 votes
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  6. 27 votes
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  7. Layers in Touch Interface

    The touch interface should have layers.

    27 votes
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  8. Total UI Inconsistency with decimals in Illustrator

    1 v 22.0.1

    Most of the Features in Illustrator have inconsistent number of decimal points.
    New document size - 3 decimal places - 0.001
    Artboard size - 2 decimal places - 0.01
    Artboard position x,y (in the same window) - 1 decimal place - 0.1
    creating new rectangle - 4 decimal places 0.0001
    Object transformation - 3 decimal places 0.001
    Rectangle angle 2 decimal places - 0.01
    Rounding corners - 3 decimal places 0.001
    Split into grid - 2 decimal places 0.01

    Offset path - 4 decimal places 0.0001
    3d revolve angle 0 decimal places
    3d Extrude & Bevel angles…

    26 votes
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  9. Constraint needed on 'Transform Each'

    Please add an option to constrain the horizontal and vertical values when scaling objects using 'Transform Each'.

    I almost always use 'Transform Each' to scale proportionally, and right now you have to manually set horizontal and vertical to the same value.

    26 votes
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  10. Effects Gallery interface extremely tiny on 4K resolution screen - Windows 10. No fix for it.

    Using the latest version of Adobe Illustrator. I've just bought a brand new Dell XPS 15 it has a 1050 NVIDIA Graphics card, Windows 10 and a 4K screen. The interface is extremely tiny. It's usable but the effects gallery is too tiny to use.
    I'm not sure if this a "bug" per se, but none of the fixes available online work (this included creating a Prefer External Manifest file and code for the Illustrator executable file). What I've read says this is a problem Adobe needs to address.
    I'm extremely disappointed in this. What can I do to fix…

    25 votes
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  11. Visual indicator between a layer and a group

    In the layers panel, a group and a layer look the same in appearance. Thus, when a named group un-grouped accidently, it loses its name. This mostly occurs due to lack of visual dissimilarity between and group and layer thumbnail. May be a small marker in the corner of the thumbnail (indicating whether its a layer or a group) should do the trick.

    25 votes
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  12. Distances between objects

    Photoshop has a useful feauture — it shows the distance between currently held object and adjacent one, when you hold Control.
    (I coldn't capture these annotations on video, sadly).

    AI just doesn't.
    It can detect similar gaps between objects, show offset from current position, but not distances to neigbours.

    And it even doesn't show offsets when you use snap to grid (with Smart guides on).

    Please, make snaps great again.

    24 votes
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  13. layers in folders

    Given that Photoshop can group layers into folders, illustrator should have the same capacity to bring the experience closer together.

    It would allow for greater flexibility when editing artwork. F

    23 votes
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  14. Add "Edit With" to the Illustrator menu when working with images

    Add "Edit With" to the Illustrator menu when working with images! Indesign has this and it's very convenient. Its a no brainer to add it to Illustrator!!!!!!!

    22 votes
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  15. Make 'Recent fonts' section in Character palette work alongside with selecting current font in font list

    Recently AI made focus in font list in Character palette jump to the top of the list, in 'Recent fonts' part, thus making impossible to browse fonts in alphabetical order — you have to scroll font list manually to position.

    This is stupid.

    In 22.1.0 this request has been realized:
    https://illustrator.uservoice.com/forums/333657-illustrator-feature-requests/suggestions/32044567-option-to-disable-recent-fonts-feature

    Now user can set '0' in Preferences to completely eliminate 'Recent' section in font list — and this magically 'fixes' selection of current font in context.

    This is stupid.

    I personally want to use BOTH 'Recent fonts' AND current font focusing.
    I don't care about it won't be selected…

    21 votes
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  16. Show number of selected objects

    It's amazing nobody asked for this.

    Just use that bottom filed that can show artboard name, current tool, etc, for saying how much objects user has selected.

    If you are as lazy as you are implementing user requests — make just this. But make it better and allow this field to show several things instead of one. And add artboard number there.

    20 votes
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  17. Find Font window panel - expandable/resizable and searchable

    Please simply allow the Find Font window panel to be expandable/resizable. Difficult to tell between the different weights on long font names such as:
    Helvetica Neue LT Extended Heavy
    vs
    Helvetica Neue LT Extended Black

    The panel needs more horizontal space or even a tooltip to pop-out the full font name.

    20 votes
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  18. Asset Export - Ability to reorder asset list view and group items

    Asset Export - Ability to reorder asset list view:

    Love the asset export, but it'd be really useful to click/drag change the order of my asset list in Asset Export panel.

    It would also be great to have an option to group by art board. When I have a file of 20+ ad variants as their own individual artboard and want to export assets, it's a pain to keep track of things. It's also too bad that if I make a new asset later in the process, there's no way to group that asset next to the others in the…

    20 votes
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  19. 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…

    19 votes
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  20. Disable "hover scrolling to change numeric value in input fields"! At least an option to do so

    it's super maddening and frustrating. I often have to use trackpad to do work and this activates so easily. Please provide an option to turn this off. Thanks

    19 votes
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