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  1. 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.

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  2. 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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  3. Cancel an image trace.

    Let me back out of an image trace with ESC. Sometimes it just won't work and I need to back out. If I've tried a thousand different combinations and it still won't trace well then I have to delete the image or sit through all of my undo's and sometimes I run out of undo's. I need to be able to cancel the trace.

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  4. 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'?

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  5. Collapse unfolded actions

    When actions is played, they got unfolded.
    If you have a lot of actions (not in button mode), you'll have to collapse them by hand, each one.

    So I propose this:
    1. Make 'Collapse all' command in palette menu
    2. Make option 'Don't unfold actions when played'

    And why there is no context menu for Actions Palette?

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  6. Ctrl+Scroll to zoom instead of Alt+scroll in Windows

    Can you please add an option or something to change the zoom shortcut from ALT+Scroll to CTRL+Scroll?
    Because in Windows the ALT button activates the app menu which is pretty stupid! Or at least disable the activation of the app menu with the ALT button.

    For example I zoom in using ALT+Scroll and now I want to select the Type tool using T on the keyboard and I get the Type drop down menu from the top (see attached screenshot).
    And as you can see this can become very frustrating especially when spending hours in Illustrator!

    Btw please don't suggest…

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  7. 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…

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  8. Touch Workspace Eraser

    Drawing in the touch workspace is not usable without an eraser. A Simple undo is not enough. Try to undo something you drew 5 minutes ago without undoing the stuff you like and you'll see what I mean.

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  9. 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!

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  10. 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. Menu Customisation/colorisation

    As we can do it in PS and ID: menu customisation (colors).
    Would be great.

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  12. Make live hint for the eyedroppper tool

    Right now clicking with eydropper results in blind result: until it's clicked, there is no way to predict what will be picked exactly. Why not to show properties to be picked in floating thing next to the cursor? PS does it great in separate panel, why AI can't steal that?

    10 votes
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  13. Add option to Always update links

    Sometimes I make a lot of changes within linked images. AI always asks if I am to update links, and I'd like to have this dialogue temporarily switched off (but enable it later)

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  14. The home button should NOT be where "File" is on every other program ever.

    Illustrator 23.0 has the home button where everyone goes to click File. This is muscle memory and I have clicked that worthless home button 6 times this morning alone. None of the other programs have made this change and it is very frustrating. Please allow the user to move or remove the Home Button.

    10 votes
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  15. Dark mode / Light mode (Automatic)

    Now that macOS support a real light/dark mode, it would be really nice to have this option enabled automatically in any Adobe products when I switch from light to dark and vice versa in my system preferences.

    It would be even cooler if you added an option to change the interface automatically depending on the time of the day.

    10 votes
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  16. multiple ruler measurement units at one time.

    I would like the ability to see multiple ruler measurement units, at a time. The simplest way would be to have multiple color coded rulers. The ruler closest to the art-board would be the active ruler for anything currently displaying unit measurements.

    the other rulers would help relational thinkers and visual learners get a better understanding of how units relate to each other.

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  17. hotkey for align

    Allow hotkeys for the align tools.

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  18. Increase contrast between selected font and other fonts in Font list in Character palette

    Not long ago the contrast between current font and other fonts in list in Character menu was quite sufficient (see image 1). Now it's barely visible (image 2). It makes locating current font in list rather difficult.

    Please reconsider colors chosen.

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  19. Last used script

    Please, add a command inside File > Scripts (above the line) to execute last accessed script. A have tons of these and not all of them are bound to shortcuts and smarty palettes. Sometimes I have to apply same script several times and have to dig in all 4-5 folders inside to get right one.

    And, please, make it shortcut-able.

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  20. macOS Fullscreen

    Hi, please add macOS fullscreen support.

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