Introduce Undo History panel
Please introduce Undo panel to Adobe Illustrator, listing all the steps that have been performed on a document during the current session, so one can quickly switch between any previous state and current state after testing a number of changes by clicking any item in the displayed Undo stack.
See this Adobe Forums thread for details:
Spent a half hour looking for the history panel and ending up here. This is not as useful as a history panel would have been a half hour ago.
No history panel, no buying license for a painful "ctrl+z spiral of violence". Adobe, you decide.
Come on guys, seriously, it's not that hard
Daniel Kither commented
I can't believe Adobe haven't introduced this yet - not only to Illustrator, but to InDesign as well.
This is where Affinity is light years ahead, I'm afraid.
I can't believe that Illustrator doesn't have a history panel already! It's so useful in photoshop as a quick gut-check to see whether or not I like what I'm doing or if I should just go back to a previous state.
Christopher Clinton commented
The Illustrator team has been the best out of the Adobe development teams the past few years at improving the software. Kudos!
Here is another very important feature that is long overdue...plus, check out the demand for it :D
BTW...that forum thread links to a general support page of no help. Someone did start another request here:
Cricket...seriously Adobe, how can you not even deign to give your users a response here????? Absolute arrogance.
Upper Stage Media commented
Cant get a history window in AI but heres 10 web apps to make a 2d character animation based on your 720p webcam.
Why are we still asking for this!!!!?????
I haven't needed it in the months that I've been using Illustrator until today. I got "lost" in my undos, and I couldn't tell which commands were doing what. I'm using a very large area and have multiple artboards, so I had no idea which areas were being affected or not. This would have been instrumental in my situation.
Is the making of the history panel in the works? I would find it very helpful. I often use it in Photoshop and just started using illustrator and was immediately searching for this feature.
Hey Adobe, how about you have the courtesy to acknowledge this request? How many votes do you need? How many painfully obvious reasons for having this function? I understand a few of the concerns, but there are certainly ways to work around it. All I simply want is a list of my actions in sequence so I can know how far back to undo?!?!? LISTEN TO YOUR USERS. What is wrong with you?
It would also be interesting for each object to have a history of the actions performed on it. Sometimes we don't remember something we did and it worked very well and we would like to do it again on another object.
I have been an Adobe user for so long. I have taught it, it has been a source of income, and considering the alternatives, I cannot live without it.
I remember my joy at the groundbreaking introduction of the history panel in Photoshop. It has been useful in more ways than I could have imagined.
I don't understand why there isn't one in Illustrator? Is it just too hard to develop? Would it take too much memory? Would users hate it? There really isn't a reason...
Please get together a couple Illustrator developers and put them on the history panel team. Do you already have a team that is failing? Then transfer them to Acrobat DC and get some new blood in there.
I have been following this Undo History forum since it's inception. As an Adobe shareholder and daily user of Illustrator and Photoshop, I am frustrated by Adobe's inaction in acknowledging everyone's more than valid reasons for this workflow breakthrough. Why has Adobe been silent on this particular request which would distinguish it further from the competition? The courtesy of an official reply is overdue.
I've posted this nearly two years ago. On the whole I'm becoming disenchanted with Adobe specifically and software companies in general, who would much rather hear from shareholders than their customers. In some instances these shareholders don't even use the product the company makes, while those that pay the price for their product are largely ignored.
In this thread, which I keep getting messages for I've seen individuals that rely on the History tool in Photoshop, and one that uses it to make the software more accessible to their unique needs. At what point are you people actually going to listen to your users. If it weren't for the fact that you, Adobe, have pretty much bought out every competing software manufacturer, we'd be able to jump ship to another product that fulfills our needs. Seems a little like a potential antitrust case to me, but then I'm not a lawyer.
Do we need to figuratively blow-up this thread to get you to understand how important this workflow feature is to graphic artists? Or are you going to continue to ignore this for other extraneous features that don't even match the workflow of your other products. They call it a software ecosystem for a reason. Rules in that ecosystem work throughout, with exception to Adobe Products.
This would be a very welcomed feature. Please add.
Md Jobair commented
I'm a handicapped person with the ability of using my right hand only. So, I don't have the access on keyboards that much. I use screen keyboards or other tools for typing also to gain full controls on various application and software. I also managed to make the Photoshop my own. I figured out and arranged the interface of Photoshop to make it better for my usability where the History Panel was the essential tool for me. And when it comes to Illustrator, I got disappointed as it doesn't includes the History Panel. It's difficult going to edit then undoing as pressing Ctrl+Z is not for me. History Panel would come in handy for me here. Wish I could see this tool in an update soon...
Ray Peterson commented
The main thing I want is to be able to skip through the Illustrator history timeline easily without repeated button presses, and to capture 'snapshots' with thumbnail previews that can be jumped between easily.
You can even replicate the functionality with the roundabout method of doing a few edits, copying the whole layer, then undoing back to a previous state, then pasting to a new layer. Then you can then switch between these 'snapshots' by turning on and off the visibility on the two layers. A more formal snapshot system would really help out though, being able to switch between them with one click and knowing that all my formerly saved snapshots won't get erased and can be jumped back to no matter how many edits I add to the history stack.
This is extremely useful when drawing artwork and trying to get a good feel for which of two different attempts at drawing the same feature/body part looks better.
Illustrator History panel is absolutely necessary.
For multi layered projects, heavily detailed work, we need to review steps that were taken to get there and how to get back to a specific look, or specific element.
We work in iterations. A design is never perfect the first time, and often we need to go back quickly with out guessing about a step.