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  1. Remove canvas size limit

    Can we please have the possibility to set bigger canvas size to incorporate large sized artwork.

    (Please note: This item is NOT for more number of artboards per document)

    689 votes
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    441 comments  ·  Document and Artboards  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Need More Info  ·  Yogesh Sharma responded

    It will help if you can tell us about your workflow while you vote on this bug.

    Would it help if there was a “virtual scale”? Say, if you could define a scale of 1:10 so that input fields accept bigger values, and exported files are at scaled size (10x in this case)?

    Thanks,
    Yogesh

  2. Automatic dimension/measuring tool please

    A tool to automatically dimension signs would be an advantage to those of us working in the sign industry who create visuals for clients. It would also assist in maintaining accuracy of the artwork created and automatic checking device. This with the removal of the artboard size limitation would create a full working drawing platform for the manufacture of large signs for the retail industry.

    319 votes
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    101 comments  ·  Drawing Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Need More Info  ·  Yogesh Sharma responded

    A couple of questions on this:

    1. Would it be okay to have a separate spec creation service much like the upcoming Adobe XD service? On this service, anyone with a link, can select any objects, and view its dimensions (W/H), colors, fonts etc. Or should it be inside Illustrator.

    2. Are you only going to create horizontal, and vertical dimensions? Or would you also like to have angular dimensions as well?

    Please share more details about your workflow.

    Thanks,
    Yogesh

  3. Improve Graph / Chart tool

    Current graph tool in Illustrator has many limitations that need fixing. Following are some of the problems in Graph tool:

    # No value labels
    # Data window that requires you to remove characters such as commas
    # Resetting of chart upon making changes
    # Resizing issues (e.g. with bounding box)
    # Missing basic chart types like *****
    # No support for templates
    # Also the tool doesn't support making new chart types, such as attaching data to any attribute of the artwork.

    190 votes
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    103 comments  ·  Drawing Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Need More Info  ·  Yogesh Sharma responded

    Please share your thoughts on the following:

    1. Would it make sense to have a separate desktop app, just to create charts, and bring them inside Illustrator or InDesign? It may not be on cloud.

    2. Or would you rather have us work on building it within Illustrator?

    Thanks
    Yogesh

  4. Illustrator 88's pen tool worked better than this one

    Please, please... does anyone at Adobe actually draw with the current pen tool? This is the main tool in your toolbox and it hasn't had a good flow since Illustrator 10. You should be able to draw and use modifier keys to change to the +, - and ^ with ease. Instead, the cursor flashes and gives you one teensy moment when any of those are available resulting in additional points being placed when you might, for instance, be trying to remove a point. The direction handles get in the way of reaching points. Segments are selected too easily when…

    78 votes
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    21 comments  ·  Drawing Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Need More Info  ·  Yogesh Sharma responded

    We would like to understand more about this request. Please me us know if you can talk to us on a call to demonstrate the issues in detail.

    Thanks,
    Yogesh

  5. Changing default PDF preset

    I save PDF versions of my Illustrator files dozens of times daily, and every...single...time...I have to manually go find and select the correct option in the PDF dropdown menu. Illustrator has never had a way to change the default PDF setting the way InDesign has, and it needs it!

    This is not a big feature request, but for me it’s probably the biggest pain point Illustrator has. Please fix.

    11 votes
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    7 comments  ·  File Save, Import and Export  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    There are a couple of considerations to be made here:

    1. When you save/close a PDF (with Ai editing capabilities), open it back, make some edits and press Cmd+S (Save), original PDF settings are preserved. I am assuming there are no expectations of changing this behavior.

    2. Same document, when Saved As (copy), the PDF options dialog picks up the settings embedded in the PDF as the starting point. Users can then change it. By showing user’s last used setting (as requested in this report), it would not be possible to populate PDF‘s embedded setting in the dialog.

    Please share if this is an acceptable change.

    Thanks,
    Illustrator Team

  6. Network drives support

    I can't believe what I read on this Adobe support page (https://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/kb/illustrator-support-networks-removable-media.html) about using Illustrator files only on your LOCAL drive.
    How is it possible Adobe drove it's software into this nightmare?
    If we really can't acces and save our files on a local network drive then I am really done with it...

    9 votes
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    3 comments  ·  File Save, Import and Export  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi,

    Apologies for the inconvenience caused. Please provide some information in order to reproduce the issue on our end. Please provide the below information –
    The version of Illustrator you are using ?
    Hardware details?
    Your operating system?
    Is this happening even with a small file?
    Can you please share the file with which this is happening every time you save on server?

    This will help us to investigate into the issue.

  7. Adobe have to improve the SVG exportation tool

    Adobe have to improve the SVG tool, because we need to create new document to be able export SVG CODE directly from Illustrator file...
    Will be better, if we colect files to export, and on this function, be able to export not just SVG file, but also the SVG code, to use diretly on CSS and HTML.
    Will be a great help to web designers.
    Cumpz :)

    6 votes
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  8. Exporting SVG icons to use for web overrides classnames colours get all messed up

    When you have multiple icons exported in SVG to use for web, once its introduced in the code their classnames get overridden and the colours get messed up of all icons.

    Our programmers are having to open each icon in text editor Atom/Sublime and change the name of the class names for a different and unique name to avoid overriding between files. It's quite frustrating and time consuming for them.

    4 votes
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    Hi Guillermina,

    File > Export > Export As provides an option to create unique class names and IDs to avoid clashes when merging different SVG files into one document. In the SVG options panel select “Unique” under “Object IDs”.

    Does this address your issue?

    Greetings,
    Dirk

  9. Export symbols to SVG like as native path/vector

    It would be very coherent to have an option to configure a "break link" when exporting symbols to SVG, leaving it as a common vector.
    Currently, exporting symbols to svg creates a <symbol> element, leaving us with no freedom to manipulate every SVG as usual.
    Extra hint: Put the symbol name as ID of the converted object in vector.
    Since in Web projects, we need SVG with all its elements in native shapes/paths.

    4 votes
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    1 comment  ·  File Save, Import and Export  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi Adson,

    Thanks a lot for adding your feature request to Uservoice. Just to confirm, symbols are references by at the moment but you’d rather like to have the actual instance added directly:

    Turns to:

    Is this correct? What issues do you have with ?

  10. Brushes: anomalous effects

    Illustrator 2018 22.0.1

    Steps taken: Applying a pattern brush to a stroke, and adding an extra stroke around that in the appearance panel.

    Expected result: The stroke should only apply to the visible outline of the brush (see image), and no weird visual anomalies.

    Actual result: The stroke applies to both the brush as expected, but also to the original path (which should be invisible). There are also some anomalous gaps between the component parts of the brush, which should not be there.

    Furthermore, if you expand the brush you get a group containing the brush sub-paths (totally fine), but…

    4 votes
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    Need More Info  ·  9 comments  ·  Drawing Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  11. Cursor change when hovering over the endpoint of a handle with the direct selection tool

    When I hover over an anchor point with the direct selection tool, the cursor gives a visual clue that I am actually over it. When I click on the end of handle (successfully) it does as well. But if I click and drag but miss the handle end (which does not get bigger when I zoom,) it goes into selection mode and the handle goes away. This is annoying. I would like the cursor to change before I click on the handle end (while hovering - like it does on an anchor.) That way, I can tell when I'm actually…

    4 votes
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  12. Change the layer an object is located on

    If you have a large artboard with multiple objects and layers it is really time consuming to organize your layers when all you can do is drag and drop. I think it would be useful if you could right click on an object and "move to layer" like you can in muse.

    4 votes
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  13. Gradient tool

    Add more options to the Gradient tool, especially the radial gradient option. The ability to move the center of the radial gradient would be very useful for cartographers making maps and having the ability to show spheres (3-D circular objects) with a source of light northwest (or any other angle) of the circular object. The attached file should better explain the desired outcome. Your competitors (CorelDraw and Canvas) have had that feature for years, yet Illustrator is more often used for making maps than the other software packages.

    3 votes
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    Need More Info  ·  Yogesh Sharma responded

    Hi Kazimierz,

    You can modify the center of the radial gradient. Just choose the Gradient tool (G) with the objects selected (and gradient applied). Drag it across the shape. The start point comes the center of the gradient.

    Does that work for you?

    -Yogesh

  14. Highlight the layer that is selected on the artboard

    When selecting an object, it's extremely hard to find the layer. Can the layer be auto selected/highlighted when selecting an object?

    3 votes
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  15. Make a default workspace for "Illustration."

    The software is called "Illustrator." Seems like there should be an "Illustration" workspace.

    2 votes
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  16. Asset Export - Filename field is too short

    I need the filename field to be longer in the Asset Export panel. There's not enough room for clientname_departmentname_clr_logo naming schemes.

    2 votes
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    Hi,

    Here what you can do is go to fly-out menu in Asset Export panel and select list view. By doing this you will get bigger size for Asset name. If that also falls short you can increase the size of panel horizontally.

    Thanks & Regards
    Nitish Agarwal
    Illustrator Team

  17. the ability to check an option for "convert lines to shapes" when I export different formats

    When exporting a file to svg.... I wish there was a check box where I can specify it converts all lines to shapes on expor to svg... This way I do not have to do the conversion manually... and then revert back when I save ai version...

    Often I get messages that disstract me and then i forget to revert back and accidentally save the ai version with lines as shapes... then my mast ai version gets messed up...

    2 votes
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    2 comments  ·  File Save, Import and Export  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi Steve,

    Thanks a lot for reporting the feature request. When you say shape do you mean you want lines to get converted to SVG elements? Does this apply to the other shapes like, ellipse, circle or rectangles as well?

    Greetings,
    Dirk

  18. Have an 'expand' button on the Image Trace properties panel

    Have an 'expand' button on the Image Trace properties panel..

    It's a pretty crazy change to remove it..
    why have it tucked away in the menus ?!

    2 votes
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    Need More Info  ·  Yogesh Sharma responded

    The Expand button does appear in the Properties panel. Can you please check again at the bottom of the panel with traced object selected?

    There is a bug though wherein if you have multiple tracing objects in a group, the Expand button may not appear. We are working on fixing it.

    -Yogesh

  19. Save for Web

    The new and NOT IMPROVED Illustrator does not allow me to save gifs and jpegs for the web. I used this feature all time since I design web banners - and now it's gone! Thanks for nothing, Adobe!

    2 votes
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    Hi,

    This option is available under File > Export > Save For Web (Legacy). If you still don’t find the option or any other issue please let us know.

    Thanks & Regards
    Nitish Agarwal
    Illustrator Team

  20. Support for "9-slice scaling" in SVG

    SVG export breaks "9-slice scaling". This is understandable, since SVG has no such concept built-in.

    But SVG *can* do something like this. Or "4-slice scaling". See, for example:

    https://w3.eleqtriq.com/2014/03/the-holy-grail-of-image-scaling/

    I would like to see Illustrator's SVG export offer this feature, given that Illustrator does.

    At the very least, if implementation wont happen, or is delayed, *please* mention that 9-slice scaling is not working in SVG export in the docs and (for bonus points) as a warning in the export dialog box (in cases where the document uses this feature).

    1 vote
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