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  1. 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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  2. 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…

    13 votes
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  3. 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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  4. 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。

    12 votes
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  5. Update Illustrator Variable tool/Graph tool 2019

    Update Illustrator Variable tool to allow the ability to:


    1. Bind variable to individual objects within a graph not just a graph as a whole


    2. Bind variable to multiple copies of 1 object and be able to vary each copy (individually or together based on selection) by dataset


    Update Graph tool to allow the ability to:


    1. Import CSV or XML with variable dataset so a user can copy a graph design X amount of times and toggle through the dataset to display variable graph data without having to manually create X amount of individual graphs and individually change the data X…

    12 votes
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  6. layer group

    like if we could group layers in Photoshop and name it will be super.

    12 votes
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  7. Objects snapping to objects from other artboards.

    I hope this is the right location for this. It may be more of a feature request. When trying to utilize the smart guides to align two objects be dragging, often times the object I am dragging will snap to objects from other artboards. This forces me to select the objects that I want aligned, choose a key object, then go to align panel to make sure they are lined up properly. Snapping to the nearest object or something along those lines would make the most sense. Or maybe setting to allow this.

    12 votes
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  8. Make Illustrator PDFs more automatically accessible

    Accessibility is incredibly important. Obviously Adobe wants to help but it is incredibly limited in Illustrator. If you supply multiple artboards, character and paragraph styles and great text placement options, you should make the PDF export carry those options through. What's the point of using InDesign when you only have two pages? Who needs to files for every project?

    11 votes
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  9. Option for Smart guides to ignore objects outside isolation

    Sometimes you want to isolate certain objects to not mess with everything else. Unfortunatelly, you can't isolate parts of different groups (but that is the other topic—'making isolation more like 'solo' in AE). But enve when you have isoalted something, Smart guides still want to snap to objects other then you want to work with. Sometimes it's fine, yeah, but mostly I want SG to ignore everything else but isolated stuff. Please make a tick somewhere for this.

    10 votes
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  10. Please add a setting to zoom with the scroll wheel without using Alt like photoshop

    Please add a setting to zoom with the scroll wheel without using Alt like photoshop

    10 votes
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  11. Allow grouping where all objects remain in their respective layers

    Grouping objects on different layers for moving etc, but keeping them in their original layers.

    For example: I have a number of objects that are arranged nicely to each other, but I want to move them to the centre of the artboard. So I should be able to select all, group, and select the center button, then release them and not have their layers changed.

    10 votes
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  12. Additional Scripts Folder in Preferences

    In the Preferences we have the ability to define an "Additional Plug-ins Folder" and that will really useful to have the same option for Scripts, specially in enterprise where you don't have the admin right.
    Plus, that will allow to easily disable the Scripts if needed.

    10 votes
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  13. 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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  14. Tangent Constraint or Advanced snapping system

    I work in Illustrator all the time and I ask my self why or how can I snap a line or a shape to the tangent of another shape like Autodesk AutoCAD's "Tangent Constraint", some say that I can start with the Line Segment tool and go from there building the shape, but this option will give me a limited movement and it's not practical like if we have a tangent constraint in Illustrator so we can build logos and shapes more easier and that will make illustrator go to perfection more and more.

    10 votes
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  15. Variable text fields

    It would be really helpful to have an option in Illustrator which can automatically fill custom variable fields like date, file name, etc.

    I am working in print industry for almost 10 years and our primary software is AI, with adding the above option, it will help designers to save lot of time.

    Appreciate your consideration for the above idea.

    10 votes
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  16. '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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  17. Font identification

    Provide an automated routine to identify fonts that were converted to outlines, or that are in a bitmap format.

    10 votes
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  18. Make the new "Properties" panel optional.

    The idea of the properties panel is nice, but it should be customizable. For example, the four pathfinder tools that come up when more than one object is selected aren't the main four that I use, so it would be nice to be able to switch out the default four that pop up.

    It would also be nice if there were a way to not use the new properties panel, and be able to switch in the windows drop down menu to using the old properties panel that is in the top bar across the screen. I don't love the…

    10 votes
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  19. master page

    it would be great if illustrator had a master page like indesign.
    for us who design more then one page for client proofs.

    10 votes
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  20. Isolate Selected Objects without having to group them

    In my work flow, I find I would like to isolate more than one object for something, and not necessarily a whole layer. Currently I have to group two or three objects first to do this. I'd like to see being able to isolate selected objects without having to group them first.

    10 votes
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