long shadow effect
the addition of the "long shadow" effect, which is popular in recent times, will greatly benefit the user.
In the meantime use one of these workarounds (plug-in or appearance panel effects) as described by Monika Gause here:
Yes I really strongly agree with this one. Last night I needed to make the block shadow. I ended up doing it with the transform effect. As we know, it creates hundreds of stair steps on the diagonal lines, so I ended up going back and fixing all of that stuff, costing me an additional 20 minutes of work.
Illustrator is the best of the best. Please add this feature and make our lives easier. My other choices are to buy Coreldraw just for this, or rent Astute Graphics "Astui" nonsense just to fix the mess that is made by Illustrator.
earth oliver commented
Yes. This needs to happen!
Wes Rand commented
You can create a flat long shadow using the Transform effect. It doesn't have that gradient effect (you could get that if you break the transform effect apart.)
This seems like it should be an easy addition. Illustrator's 3D Extrude and Rotate effect is already very, very close. All it has to do is extrude the shape without changing the angle of the source shape,