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  1. Rotate dialog box should have value highlighted by default, or be highlighted by Tab

    When you press R then Return on the keyboard to pull up the Rotate dialog box, the value of the angle should be highlighted by default like it used to be.

    Formerly when I wanted to rotate an object at a specific angle, like 122°, I would type R - <Return> - 122 - <Return>

    Now to do the same thing I have to type R - <Return> - <Tab> - <Shift-Tab> - 122 - Return – a much more cumbersome keystroke combination.

    At the very least, the first Tab should highlight the value, NOT the Preview checkbox.

    8 votes
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  2. Selection tool: add/remove/invert

    Currently, when making complex direct selections, the Direct Selection Tool only allows addition or inversion of current selection, either by drawing a selection box or by clicking individual vertices (while holding Shift). This is kind of silly. It would be way more straightforward for the tool to allow either addtion, subtraction or inversion of selected vertices (you know, using Shift, Alt of Shift+Alt, respectively).

    8 votes
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  3. Area Calculation

    Having an area calculator would be awesome!

    8 votes
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  4. ability to change starting point for closed path

    Currently the only option is to cut and the path or redraw the path completely if the starting anchor is in the wrong place. For straight edges, such as a square or even a rectangle it's easy to work around, but when it's a curved edge it is difficult to replicate the same curve with the cut method. Could easily add this feature to stoke effect so that the starting point can be adjusted with a click on the anchor. Or have left and right arrows to move it to a different starting anchor (although that wouldn't work on things…

    8 votes
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  5. Offset Path - Interactive Tool

    Would love to have a tool for interactively creating offset paths.

    Use: Select the tool, click-drag on a path to interactively create an offset version of it

    Tool options could include: [distance], [copies], [join on/off] for open paths, [join type] etc.

    8 votes
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  6. Scaling segment scales another segment handle

    I want to scale a segment of a path, so it's handles would have more length. I select thi segment with Direct selection, then pick Scale tool, hit Enter and set uniform scale. Strangely, this scale not only handles of my segment, but one handle of the segment NEXT TO ADJACENT, one segment away. I don't need it.

    Attached screen recording shows this unselected handle anchor in pink circle. After I scale my segment, position of the handle changes, although my actions should not have affect it.

    8 votes
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  7. Better join segments tool

    There are instances (mostly when cleaning up DXF files from 3D models) were there are a lot of broken line segments. It would be great if there were options for the join command to join multiple line segments that are within a certain distance and tangent angle to each other. It would then take multiple separate line segments and join them into one clean and continuous line.

    Maybe there would also be a preview ability that would recolor\highlight the lines that would be joined and then allow you to adjust the distance and angle until you get the desired result.

    8 votes
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  8. Blend Tool > Blend Options Panel stinks, nothing personal.

    I use the Blend tool. A lot. When I start a blend, the Properties Panel helpfully tells me that I have a Blend. Thanks for that. But I still have to go to Object>Blend>Blend Options to get any options for the Blend tool. What if the Blend tool options would magically appear in the Properties panel while I'm using that tool?

    Also, the Blend Options panel will not let me make any changes to the blend other than Spacing or Orientation. How about putting the other Blend Options (Expand, Release, Reverse Spline, etc.) in the Blend Options panel so that…

    8 votes
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  9. Absolute Horizontal + Vertical Center Align object tool button...

    See attachment... very simple fix. Why is it taking so long to get this simple tool into Adobe illustrator.

    8 votes
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  10. the selection tool keeps defaulting to the direct select tool

    the selection tool keeps defaulting to the direct select tool

    7 votes
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  11. Blending live pie (ellipses) treats them as path and not like live shapes

    Make an ellipse and set pie end angle to 5 degrees (press Invert button if neede to get thin pie)
    Duplicate and offset it and change en angle to 270 (doesn't really matter).
    Blend these. AI won't blend their shape properties, but blend them as paths. What's use of live shapes then, if AI can't handle them with basic tools?

    7 votes
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  12. Bounding Box Preview Bounds

    CC 23.01 Mac High Sierra

    When a single object is selected, Preview Bounds is on, the Bounding Box does not reflect the Preview Bounds - it is the same as if Preview Bounds is off.

    When selecting multiple objects it works as it should

    7 votes
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  13. Hairline Stroke

    Be more Builder/industry user friendly!
    Please, set a preset "hairline" or 0.001 stroke size... so that CO2 laser users can focus more on creating content that dealing with this type of easy to implement features....

    7 votes
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  14. Chart too: overriding value axis

    The chart tool breaks when trying to override the axis values when the data numbers are too large. I think it's for any numbers over 1,000,000 but it might be lower (I have not explored it that much.) Checking the override tick box will set the maximum number to 2147483 (maybe that is the number it breaks at) and will skew the chart badly.

    7 votes
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  15. Dimension tool

    Dimension tool just like Adobe XD, when we press the option button from MAC, space show between two object.

    7 votes
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  16. Isolation navigator

    The feature I’m looking is an isolation-mode navigator tool that requires minimal clicking and is fast to use. You’d summon it while holding down a hot key, point the mouse at a group and then use hot keys (or the mouse wheel) to go into and out of the group structure.

    Isolation mode, as it is now, is essential but clunky. I spend an awful lot of time clicking into, around and back out of isolation mode. It’s enough to cause RSI. The group select tool is useful but doesn't replace isolation mode.

    7 votes
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  17. 2D Extrude

    I would like a 2D extrude feature. For example...


    1. Draw a box and add extra points to it.

    2. Select every other set of two points (i.e. segments) and pull them so they extrude out (instead of bend - or have the choice of bend OR extrude), perpendicular to the line they're on.

    Currently I have to duplicate and rotate and then merge... I'd rather like to be able to pull out extruded segments without having to do it manually.

    Boom! great idea, thanks for adding my name to the next release with this new tool. If you don't understand this…

    7 votes
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  18. Curvature tool doesn't work for path in Text on path

    I have drawn a curve using Curvature tool.
    I've made a text follow this curve.
    I want now to edit this curve with Curvature tool, but I just can't — AI want recognize highlights and selects points in this path with this tool anymore.

    Kinda same happens with editing path in blends with Curvature tool — I have to dance with Ctrl, clicking, isolating, and then, after some combination of woodoo, AI finally sees points and allows to move them with said tool.

    7 votes
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  19. Non-uniform scale tool by angle

    Using available AI tools I have to twist and dance to perform non-uniform scale by angle.

    Right now I have to do this:
    1. Rotate path to make in straight oriented (it's not an default ellipse, it's manually traced path)
    2. Reset bounding box
    3. Rotate path backwards
    4. Turn on bounding box (I work with it turned off)
    5. Scale using bounding box at angle

    If I use Scale tool instead, and set point to a center,
    AI will scale path uniformly ONLY.
    What a stupidity is this? I even remember custom plugin tool that allowed desired action, but…

    7 votes
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  20. Polygonal Lasso/Rubber Band effect for standard lasso

    Polygonal Lasso/Rubber Band effect for standard lasso. Should work just like PS lasso. You don't get a break now. Once you start a lasso selection it's on until you've completed your selection.

    7 votes
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