Please revise the new tool to simplify paths once again
Hello, the new tool to simplify the paths will be great for many people. But I draw my lines deliberately blurred. With the old tool I always set the value to 98% or 99%. But even if I set everything to maximum in the new tool, the paths will be really smooth. But I don't want it to be that smooth. Please rework the settings again. The paths should look blurred, but have as few anchor points as possible. With the old tool it always worked great. Many thanks
We have taken the feedback provided and have released with improvements as a new update (24.0.2) to Illustrator. Please update to the new version and let us know your feedback on the current version that has been released.
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Too bad for the old tool. I think it is useless now to ask for the return of the old tool from the time. Adobe has firmly decided to stop listening to its users and to make improvements on marginal elements regarding our productions. Fortunately, the competition is coming in force (Affinity, etc).
I agree. The new simplify tool stinks.
Thank you for improving the tool but as many other customers, we want the old tool back. even the new one improves we still have issue when we need to reduce the point done in GIS. the new tool is not efficient than the old one. Please give it back soon for our specific work.
Still wishing you would bring back the old Simplify tool. I have to keep an old version of Illustrator on my machine, just for that task. That's not a good solution. Improvements have been made since the "new" tool was first released, but it still doesn't work as well as the old tool. In fact, it just crashed Illustrator on me. :(
Zachry Horn commented
Please enable a way to use the legacy version of the tool, the updated version is unfortunately now useless for me as a designer.
I've tried it many ways and I can't see the use of that tool...
I can't stress enough how bad this new tool is, it is so far from what it use to be in the CS5-CS6 version. Even when choosing the least simplify option it moves details of an outline that is not efficient. Doing dielines for stickers from existing images use to be a piece of cake, now I have to do it all manually... unhappy customer...
Philipp Jordan commented
Ok, I have tried the revised version of the simplify tool. I am quite happy, however ...
It would be awesome to have "force" options:
1. force round corners
Like you have an option to only use straight lines. Why not have one to have round corners only.
2. I might come up with some more....
Keith Bernauer commented
Attached example of how poorly this tool works. Look at the leftover remnants after simplification. The rest of the path was simplified heavily. Doesn't make sense. You should never take control out of the hands of the designers.
Joel Ohmer commented
i still find this tool woefully lacking
Make paths simple again
I had to have Adobe install it remotely. I tried the 23.1 version and it was bad. I just started a chat. Best of luck
@Anonymous, where did you find the 22 version, on CC online we can only go back to 23 and that one is with the bad simplify tool.
I have a hard copy of CS6, however, I didn't have to go back that far. I just had Adobe install CC2018 and it has the functional Object...Path...Simplify tool. It will be a pain in the a$$ but at least I have that tool. I now have two version of CC 24.x (aka 2020) and 2018 (I assume CC 22.x).
Henrik Johansson commented
The new tool has broken our cartographic workflow in the same way that Anonymous explains below. Please revise.
@Anonymous, please tell ,e how you get back to CS6, I have seen the option on the later version available to install. I too want to go back to the old simplify tool as I do stickers from pictures, I need a good simplify tool for my dies. This one is useless, even that one they said they fixed. How hard is it to just put the tool like it was before!?
Wow, this new path simplify is not usable. I'm a cartographer and all my vector data comes from GIS. GIS does not support bezier curves and the simple fix was to simplify the path in Illustrator at 99% and bezier curves were added and my vectors were not altered too much. I can't work with this new ****, please offer a legacy option or write a script that I can plug in. I updated from CS6 to CC so I didn't have to explain to my clients to send me a legacy AI file b/c I have CS6. Now I'm about to upgrade again from CC to CS6 so I can have my path simplify that I have been using for the past 15 years. This new junk should be its own tool somewhere else in AI that I would never use. Feel free to e-mail me when this has been resolved and I may come back to CC.
Even you have improved a bit the tool, the old version is still better than the one you have provided in the 24.0.X version.
As few users, I have to reduce to 98- 99% my lines but with the new release, it is still complicate to complete perfectly the taks.
please bring back the old tool that was much useful for most of us.
I am presently working with it and it is not back to the previous version, although it is a bit better it is far from being as efficient and precise as the old tool.
alex eben meyer commented
ooooh! apologies. i misunderstood.
BUT THEY FIXED THE NEW SIMPLIFY TOOL! ie...when you check the extra settings (elipses, on right side of simplify tool) they reinstated the earlier settings.
It shows older then 24 but I need older then 23 to have the old simplify tool.