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  1. Panel dedicated to anchor points and handles

    It would be nice to have a panel dedicated to anchor points and handles (such FontLab or Glyphs), to have greater control of points and handles. By selecting several handles at the same time or, for example, to have greater precision on everything.

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  2. Selection tool

    You can improve Illustrator by making the selection tool workable. As long as I use the rules in the document the selection starts to run very bad.
    What an useful software.

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  3. Option for object size to take priority over corner radius

    When resizing an object, corner radius should be automatically reduced to accommodate the new size rather than blocking the change until you manually reduce the corner radius
    (toggle in the options?)

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  4. Paint mode like in Adobe Animate / Flash for Illustrator


    1. I used to work with Adobe Flash (now Animate) for years and loved how the vector tools work there. I would like to have exactly this "drawing mode" in Illustrator! I know there is already something quite close to it, but it still doesn't have the same features and you have to remove overlapping areas and so on
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    2. I think having the "quick n dirty" design tools like the flash/animate brush AND the sophisticated tools already available in illustrator in the same product, that would boost productivity!

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  5. Image Trace Bug?

    Every single image I trace and expand causes this effect. Is there a way to get rid of it?

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  6. "Use preview bounds" option in stroke panel

    Please show the "use preview bounds" option not only in the presets, but also in the stroke panel (e.g. with a checkmark) to make it easier to switch it on / off. That would make icon design much faster.

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  7. Editable Brushes - Be able to change the art of the brush not just the settings.

    When you make a brush using selected art currently you can only edit parameters about that brush. You cannot make edits to the art that is at the core of the brush. It would be great if you could edit that art. Like how you can edit the objects that make up a symbol.

    Right now the only solution is to just make a new brush if you need to change the art.

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  8. concentric texture tool

    it would be very useful to have concentric textures and not just from a point to a point.
    Another request for textures would be to be able to define in some situations the starting point of the plot, the point of arrival and maybe even the point of intersection.

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  9. Align text based on actual width (not including spaces)

    Align text based on actual width (not including spaces)

    Being able to alight editable text to the actual width of the text even it i has extra spaces would be helpful.

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  10. Bring back the rounded rectangle, the option under Effect makes a terrible rectangle.

    Please bring back the rounded rectangle option, when I make a rounded rectangle under Effect it looks terrible, I can't control the corners of the rectangle as much either and it doesn't rotate well.

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  11. Smart Guides and the Rotate Tool : Incremental Rotation Angles

    When rotating an object with the rotate tool and holding shift, objects snap to 45° increments.

    I am suggesting that increments of rotation be customizable, allowing such increments as 1°, 5°, 10° 15° 30° and 45°.

    Trying to get integer values of rotation, with the current method of dragging to rotate an object, is nigh impossible. This would allow for easier creation of polar arrays and the accurate rotation of objects in general.

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  12. Enhanced Shape Builder Tool

    Something that would be enormously helpful and prevent a lot of unnecessary backtracking would be expanding on the capabilities of the shape builder tool in three key ways, though if any are possible, the first one would be most helpful.


    1. Allow the use of the shapebuilder tool on objects contained in a mask.


    2. Allow the shape builder tool to operate on an object outside of a mask using objects inside a mask


    3. Allow for selective use of shape builder tool on specific objects in a group without ungrouping.


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  13. Toggle Lasso tool

    When using the direct select tool, use a key modifier to toggle the lasso tool rather than always having to completely switch tools to get the lasso tool.

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  14. Transform small object with "Bounding box" anchors horizontally or vertically only

    When you have small (thin) object selected.. you have bounding box with only corner anchors, and its impossible to change its size (horizontal or vertical) with hand.. look at attached image "smaller object selected" there are illustrator and indesign side by side..
    in Indesign its works perfectly - even on small object its possible to change height without changing width..
    In illustrator you need to zoom in many times to see those middle anchor boxes.
    PLEASE make all those 9 bounding box anchors visible all the time, not depending from object size.

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  15. Introduce real crosshatch option so we can create vector crosshatching fills

    Introduce a crosshatch option palette so we can create vector crosshatching fills. Do not put it in your terrible pattern fill mess that you have created.

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  16. Enhance Miter limits on type inner strokes

    There are a few mentions of "miter" you might get interested in.

    One that I regularly had to deal with was Miter Limit for typefaces (as applied in appearance panel).

    Could there be a way to have a miter limit applied only to the outside paths of the letter and not to the counterparts ? (like the holes in e, a, o…)

    The second page of this thread shows nice ways to play with that too:
    https://community.adobe.com/t5/illustrator/ai-2020-stroke-path-won-t-do-anything/m-p/10802353#M158393

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  17. Split into grid tool demands upgrade.

    When multiple shapes are selected and use the split into grid tool, instead of split each individual shapes it creats a big box to contain all the shapes and split the big box instead. Who would want that? If I select multiple shape obviously I want to split them individually. If I want to split a big box I'll take a second to create a big box first instead of ruining my delicate little shapes.

    Also, it'd be appreciated if it can split more than just squares. Look at your mesh tool, you obviously know how to split different shapes,…

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  18. Adding object style with all attribute like inDesign and allow to edit that style

    if there are possibility to have graphic style editable with all object attributes like object style in inDesign

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  19. Make the eyedropper appear with the brush tool selected by holding down the alt key

    With the brush tool selected, make the eyedropper appear by holding down the alt key. This would allow colours within the document to be sampled just like in photoshop, without having to keep selecting from the swatches.

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  20. Move selected anchors by coordinates

    In InDesign when you select some specific anchor points on a path with the direct selection tool, and want to move them x- or y-wise, you can enter the value and hit return to make the selected points move accordingly. Or you can move them by dragging them.
    Here is what it looks like:
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/gk9qk6eqvdvn41p/indesignpointsmoved.mov?dl=0

    If ypu try to do the same in Illustrator, it works as long as you drag the anchor points by hand, but if yo try to do it by entering x- or y-values the whole object moves, not only the anchor points selected. …

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