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  1. Grouping objects from different layers

    Hi Illustrator ! It would be great if there’s a feature to group objects and not have them in the same layer. Many instances I want to be able to resize/multiple select different objects (frim different layers) at the same time without having to select each of them individually everytime.

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  2. PLEASE ZOOM WITH MOUSE SCROLL LIKE PHOTOSHOP

    PLEASE ZOOM IN/OUT ONLY IN MOUSE SCROLL LIKE PHOTOSHOP

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  3. How come the measure tool does not snap to points?

    Without snapping, measuring between points is not very accurate.
    It would be nice to be able to measure actual lengths of curves or sections of paths. It would make it easier to create diagrams with dimensions.

    18 votes
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  4. I would LOVE to be able to copy appearance attributes!

    It would be VERY helpful if I could copy the appearance of one item and paste to apply them to another, instead of having to do everything over again for each item.

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  5. The ability to increase the text size of any menu, pallete or dock item. Some of us are going blind.

    Give users more flexibility with the program interface please. This will help alot of people with eye strain.

    18 votes
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  6. Add Linux Support

    It would be great if the Adobe Apps were fully cross-platform compatible. We already have Mac support so the precedent further *Nix OS support seems reasonable. This would help me immensely as this barrier is the ONLY thing that keeps me tied to both Mac OS and Windows in addition to Ubuntu. Currently I have to deal with either:
    1. A shoddy WINE installation of the aging CS6 apps
    2. A windows VM which is painful for the type of development work I do around Illustrator

    This would also lead to some further cost / performance benefits with the systems…

    15 votes
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  7. Make conical gradient

    Don't tell me abous mesh trick, it has it's limits and surely is not that easy to use.
    Just make Conical type gradient from the box.

    14 votes
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  8. Folders for symbol

    There should be a way to organize all symbols (i often use more then 30 symbols per document), it gets very messy in the symbol window. It would be so much easier to organize and keep track of everything with the ability to create folders in the symbol window.

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  9. Chinese text hyphenation alignment for punctuation marks in Illustrator text box

    Punctuation marks justified alignment on textbox.

    Need to automate the text alignment in the textbox for Chinese characters.

    Because it is very time consuming to do manual kerning for each characters reiteratively, whenever there is amendment to the text in the box.

    13 votes
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  10. Artboard numbering glitch

    When I make extra artboards, sometimes the numbering doesn't work and it gives problems with exporting files.

    See the file I included

    1 Artboard 1
    3 Artboard 3
    3 Artboard 3
    4 Artboard 4

    13 votes
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  11. Remember Pathfinder Options across sessions

    Currently, the Pathfinder Options are not remembered across Illustrator sessions. This can be tested with the following steps.


    1. Launch Illustrator.

    2. Via the Pathfinder panel, use the flyout menu to open Pathfinder Options.

    3. Set the precision to anything other than 0.028 pt.

    4. Quit and relaunch Illustrator.

    5. Reopen the Pathfinder Options. The precision has been set back to 0.028 pt.

    It would also be good if the Pathfinder Options were able to be recorded as an action. It seems like a bug that they can not now — recording an action for it appears to work, and there is a Pathfinder Options…

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  12. Share "Typequest" cache with Adobe applications.

    Illustrator CC 2019 and InDesign CC 2019 generate "Typequest" caches in separate folders by Visual Font Browsing, but occupy the disk because each cache size is large. 
    For Japanese, the font data becomes very large.
    In the future, it is not practical to generate caches individually for other applications, so caches should be shared by applications.

    (Translated to Japanese)
    Illustrator CC 2019 と InDesign CC 2019 は、ビジュアルフォント表示の ”Typequest" キャッシュを個別に作成しますが、このキャッシュサイズがとても大きく、ディスクを圧迫します。
    日本語の場合、フォントデータがとても大きくなります。
    今後、このキャッシュを Adobe アプリ全体で共通利用させ、個別に作成しないようにしてほしい。

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  13. Improve snapping strength

    Currently, there is a "snap to point" feature in illustrator. However, I find that it works poorly. Often, I create guides, create geometric shapes on those guides, and move them overlap, join, or intersect to make new shapes. Currently, when I create a shape, I notice the shape will snap to a guide, but when I zoom in all the way, it will not be exact. Also, when I try to move two shapes together, I will experience the snapping effect, but it often is not lined up when I zoom in.

    Is it possible to improve the snapping to…

    12 votes
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  14. Bounding box not visible / non-existent for Graphs

    The bounding box is non-existent for graphs drawn in illustrator. Have tried turning on/off "hide edges" under view, restarting, shutting down, but nothing is working. Scaling tool is useless too as the bounding box remains invisible.

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  15. Make Mesh Envelope Distort work with linked images

    Since Free distort doesn't support images at all, both linked or embedded.
    I have to use envelope distortion each time I need to distort an image within AI.
    But I have to break link with image for this, because Envelope works only with embedded images sadly.

    11 votes
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  16. Enable smart guides with Measure Tool

    Measure tool just doesn't work with smart guides.
    At all.
    Why? Why?!

    11 votes
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  17. QR Code Generator (Like in InDesign)

    InDesign gives you the ability to generate a vector QR code on the fly, I was unable to find a way to do this in Illustrator and would love to have this option if possible. I design a lot of packaging art that will sometimes require a QR code. This way, I can generate a QR code that is a high quality vector without having to import one from another source. Thanks!

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  18. Bring back Live Trace (fix Image Trace)

    Image Trace creates unusual artifacts when tracing even somewhat complex lineart. The tracing is also always shifted from the original position. This never used to happen using Live Trace, it almost always worked perfectly. I've tried several different settings multiple times, the results are never as good as they used to be in Live Trace. I had to install Illustrator CS4 today just to use Live Trace because the Image Trace results on the latest Illustrator were too messy.

    10 votes
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  19. Selection tool+Shift to only ADD to selection without deselecting already selected objects

    If you drag Selection Tool while holding Shift over already selected objects it deselects them. This can be very frustrating in some cases, for example if you have to carefully select and delete multiple patches of overlapping shapes. Instad of just holding Shift and dragging a selection box multiple times and then deleting, you have to select, delete, select again, delete and so on.

    It would be nice for Shift key to only add to selection without deselecting, and (for example) for Alt key - to only subtract.

    10 votes
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  20. 'Use preview bounds' option for symbols

    AI allows to 'Use preview bounds' — to count in stroke's weight in artwork's size.
    I rarely use it, but I can always turn it off, like I do in screencast attached.

    But when I decide to turn my artwork to symbol, I'm limited to only one option — stroke is counted in ALWAYS. This is very inconvenient for some design tasks.

    I would like to have an option anywhere to change this behavior.

    10 votes
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