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.
We aim to do continuous improvements and your feedback helps us to get better. Keep sending them.
then i am not sure. it wasn't showing the 24.0.3 version for me either until i refreshed the 'check for updates' under the 3 dots (more options? ellipses?) dropdown.
Gabrielle Gingras commented
@Alex eben Meyer
I know where to look for previous versions but like I said, the earliest version available is 23.1.1 and that version is whit the bad simplify tool...
@Gabrielle Gingras > in 'updates' (cc app) by the three dots, top right corner... select 'check for updates'
should refresh to show you latest illustrator.
Gabrielle Gingras commented
Does anyone knows how to download the last version in which the «good» simplify tool was? The oldest available for download on CC is with the «new» simplify tool.
Erratum : the number of points simplified is always partially hidden in the window.
There is a check box in the window for option : "keep my most recent settings and open this dialog directly" and its ok.
"Was lange währt wird endlich gut."
Haven't tested it yet in detail, but seems to be back to good.
HOORAY! simplify works again!
(there is also a "retain my settings..." check box, so it remember settings, and bypasses the little popup)
thank you sanjit and the illustrator team for listening and implementing.
Hello, I haven't tested it too much but it seem very good now. We finally have the values and the number of points is not hidden because of the window too small ! Completely agree with Gaby's observations.
thanks for taking care of it :)
I downloaded the new version of Illustrator and tried the new tool. It works very well now. I can work great with it.
But I have one more request: with the old tool, after opening the tool a second time, all settings from the previous use were taken over. Now you have to set everything anew every time. Furthermore, only a small bar opens first instead of the complete tool. It would be great if the new tool would be opened completely immediately. If you want to have it as a narrow toolbar, you can make it smaller. I think most users will find this variant better.
glad to hear sanjit, however, i am not yet seeing the 24.0.2 update.
...update on update, found it. @luke, in updates (cc app) select 'check for updates' by the three dots, top right corner.
Luke Brodersen commented
I don't see a 24.0.2 update.
Richard Andersen commented
The new simplify paths tool is awesome for simple shapes but as i, scan in my drawings and rework them inn illustrator there are not enough options like the old one was perfect, the new one simplifies it way too much
They still did not understand that with the old application, you could set percentage values that you mastered and apply the same values in an entire project. In addition, the simplification was superior. To finish my work, I need to re-install the old versions of Illustrator! Pleeeeaaaaaaase Bring back our old Simplify Path !!!
Sebastian Friedrich commented
The old simplify tool wasn't perfect at all, but it gave good results if selecting some points in series of a path and then use the simplify feature. The new tool creates weird edges and messes up everything even when set to 100% accuracy. Really please drop it, get the old back, start from scratch if you like, this one is unusable.
Please bring back the old simply path tool or offer a legacy option. The new one is terrible. I use the simply path tool constantly and this is seriously hindering my productivity. I now have to spend a great deal of time tweaking paths by hand after simplifying to maintain curve shapes.
And another Idea:
While showing the modified path, show the original path in red. That way we can see where we might need to change something later on.
What freaks me out, that I don't see how this tool works. Where does it change something? Where does it do nothing. etc....
What about this idea:
Make the "simplify path" tool work like the "refine edges" tool in photoshop.
Select a path or only a subset of a path start the "simplify path" tool and then you can choose areas which should by simplified "a lot", only "a bit, or just "not at all". That way you give us the perfect control over this tool. For people who just need a rough simplification, they click and done, and for people who need maximum control, they can change it.
Joel Ohmer commented
Yes, i absolutely hate the new path simplify tool. If i use the lowest possible settings it mangles my art. Please fix this.
The tool used to provide information about how many points were being removed by simplifying. It seemed odd that there was such a huge range of changes between 95% and 100% complexity but at least there was some feedback that allowed me to gauge how much the program was altering my paths. The new version of simplify is so dumbed down. Not what I expect from a professional tool.
I just had this completely mess up a workflow today. Please bring back the old Simply tool and maybe implement a "legacy" option alongside the new tool? I work with NatGeo and use Illustrator to make maps. Oftentimes when vector data is brought in from a GIS program there are way too many anchor points in the lines. This is especially true with elevation contour lines. Previously, I would use the simplify and set it to 99%, which would remove enough points to keep the computer from bogging down but also retain the shape of the contour lines. Now with the new tool even using the "minimum" setting under "simplify curve" the shape of the contour lines changes way too much and this tool is essentially unusable now. For me, and the others who have commented here, this is a major issue and a removal of functionality! I don't see any other workaround other than to install an old version of Illustrator...and that is not a good workaround.