Smart Guides when hovering over object and holding Cmd / Ctrl
In Photoshop, when you hover over an object and hold Cmd / Ctrl, there is a distance display. Please add this in Illustrator.
Maureen T'o commented
Honestly, if we had this I would be 60% happier using Ai! Ai is quite powerful but for some reason lacks in the most basic simple shortcuts and UI elements that every other graphic design tool has - even Xd has caught up. I have such issues with the Layers panel (everything so tiny and unless you click on empty spaces, you don't know you can hide layers) with renaming and grouping (why do I have to hold Shift to select items, but need to click the blue dots to TRULY select the items on the artboard??? Why not be able to select layers by just holding Shift like every other graphic design tool does???). I use Ai because I have no choice other than to subscribe to Creative Cloud for the other stuff rather than pay for Sketch but end up paying more considering the CC subscription plus Sketch updates. The Ai UI really needs an update!
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This is one of the biggest reasons why Sketch is becoming more and more a replacement for Illustrator! It's been more then 2 Years now since this was requested. :((
Lazy Bear commented
what a disgrace! in the 21st century, there are no simple things in illustrator!
Omar Guillermo commented
Affinity Designer has it. Sketch has it. ****, even Photoshop has it. Why is this taking so long Adobe?
I often use this feature in the sketch app and miss it a lot when working with Illustrator. Would be cool if you made it possible.
Thomas Hale commented
This has become a feature ingrained in my muscle memory from using Adobe XD. I like that when I am trying to sanity check and see that I am indeed pixel perfect, I can hit "Alt" and see the amount of space between shapes/items.
John Marstall commented
It feels like Illustrator is the only design app on my machine that doesn't have this feature. I'm more used to doing it with the Option key, but I'll take any of these.
Miles Stevens commented
Yeah I never understood why Photoshop—a raster-based application known for digital painting and photo manipulation—got this feature before Illustrator. I have all kinds of thoughts on people using Ps for UI/logo/icon work suited for a vector-based application (like, you know, Illustrator) and Adobe erroneously enabling the somewhat misguided use of their apps by bloating the **** out of Ps with features, but I'll spare you.
Exact! The current measure tool is not that precise nor practical, because involves unnecessary interaction (non snapping dragging) .
I think that the display of measures should emulate the one from Figma, with a simple alt+rollover:
I'm so used to it, that not having it in Illustrator has become increasingly frustrating
This would be practical for everybody, specially UI designers.
You can do this on an individual basis with the measure tool (bundled under the eye-dropper tool) - unless you're asking for something different?
behnam sobhkhiz commented
I think it would be cool if illustrator would provide a way to measure the distance between objects (shapes, lines, type, etc.).