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  1. Option to export to clipping mask boundaries

    When exporting assets to raster formats, it would be a huge time saver if we had an option to use the boundaries of clipping masks as the edge of the exported artwork. I created three triangles and used a circle as a clipping mask in the attached image. You can see that the exported file has a lot of padding around the artwork because the outer edges of the triangles are used as the boundaries of the file.

    If there was an additional option to use the clipping mask boundary as the edge of the exported raster file, it would…

    351 votes
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  2. "Save in the Background " instead of Waiting the Progress bar

    This is the one feature that every Illustrator user would love to see in the next Version, Saving in the Background instead of Waiting the progress bar to Finish. a Huge time saving Feature.

    208 votes
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  3. Import all pages at once from PDF file (that doesn't have illustrator embeded)

    I'm working at prepress for 20 years.. and verrrry often i need to open PDF files to correct some mistakes on many pages.. (like add bleed, or move all elements away from edges...

    it would be cool if illustrator would allow to open all pages at once for multipage PDF files..

    Ok, i know that i can edit page by page... or i can open one page, than save as with different name AI file, than open all other pages and copy content to that first saved AI document... but thats not cool for 8 page brochure..

    thank you

    153 votes
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    19 comments  ·  File Save, Import and Export  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We have the fix available in the latest release. Please update Illustrator using Adobe Creative Cloud application to the latest build for version Illustrator CC 22.1.
    Please refer to our knowledge base FAQhttps://illustrator.uservoice.com/knowledgebase/articles/1844590 if you face difficulty in update.
    Or get in touch with us at any of the other support channels – https://helpx.adobe.com/support.html

    Warm Regards,
    Ashutosh Chaturvedi | Sr. Quality Engineering Manager – Illustrator
    Adobe. Make It an Experience.

  4. Fully support the SVG standard

    Illustrator can not read every SVG file. Some it doesn't read at all, some are imported only halfway or just completely messed up. There are issues with <use>, especially when used in herarchies. e.g. this file: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Europaflagge#/media/File:Flag_of_Europe.svg There are issues with groups and masks and there are issues when units are missing e.g. from stroke widths. Also: SVG can have several attributes which Illustrator will delete when opening. Fully supporting the standard will enable people to have a workflow based on SVG files.

    68 votes
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    Started  ·  Dirk Schulze responded

    Just a general status update. We are currently and will continuously improve SVG import support in Adobe Illustrator. We are currently working on solving the issues mentioned in this report. Please feel free to open new bug reports here on uservoice if you are experiencing additional/untracked issues.

  5. Wrong png size if artboard coordinates in float

    AI 21.1.0 macOS.

    In attached AI file there are 1 artboard if you just export it for Screens you will get an image size 105px × 104px, however in AI it's sized as 104x104px.
    Check that X coordinate of artboard is 172.34 px, so it's float. Just change it to 172px and re-publish and image will be 104x104.

    So, coordinates of artboard should affect into output png image.

    ALso, should be related too:
    https://illustrator.uservoice.com/forums/601447-illustrator-bugs/suggestions/20530969-export-for-screens-adds-extra-pixels-at-to-exports

    54 votes
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    Hi,

    If you will export artboards in any fractional scale or by specifying height and width you will get correct output.

    The best way to not get an extra pixel is keep your artboard coordinates in integers. You can achieve that by changing the reference point of artboard to top left and typing in the nearest integer or do Make Pixel Perfect(Object > Make Pixel Perfect). If size of your artboard is increased please manage that accordingly and export.

    Thanks & Regards
    Nitish Agarwal
    Illustrator Team

  6. Set default PDF export preset

    When saving as PDF the preset is always set to Illustrator standard and you have to manually use the drop down menu to choose the standard you need.

    Most designers use always the same standard. I work for example in preprint and have to select X1a. It sucks to have to select this for every dingle file dozens of times a day.

    Other designers struggle there as well and send us constantly PDFs that are not X1a because of this. They forget about the selection.

    To ease up regular work flows it would be very handy to save this setting…

    53 votes
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  7. Custom Export for Screens Format sets (besides iOS and Android)

    Instead of just iOS and Android Formats in the "Export for Screens" dialog box, let the use create a custom "Formats" set.

    51 votes
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  8. Links 'Reveal in Finder' function as InDesign

    Add an extra Links panel function under or above 'Reveal in Bridge' called maybe 'Reveal in Finder', as already exists in InDesign.

    48 votes
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  9. PDF Export

    Illustrator is long overdue for PDF export. Without PDF export saving a PDF from Illustrator is an arduous, multi-step process that must be repeated every time. There is also a dangerous trap in the process that can make the user’s file uneditable. Compare this to InDesign, which has PDF export and all changes are sticky.

    Illustrator
    1. File > Save a copy,
    2. Change format to PDF,
    3. Remove “ copy” from filename,
    4. Change directory,
    5. Click Save,
    6. Enter PDF options,
    7. Click Save.

    InDesign
    1. File > Export,
    2. Click Export.

    Because all options in InDesign are…

    44 votes
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  10. Export for Screens, CMYK to RGB

    When working in a CMYK Illustrator file, the Export for Screens function currently creates CMYK jpgs. Since it is for screens, it should convert to RGB. Or at least there should be an option to convert the color mode for the exported files.

    In a package design project, the files are primarily for printing, but digital mockups are a secondary purpose. So it is necessary for the CMYK color mode to be converted to RGB. Export for Screens seems like it should inherently create RGB files.

    39 votes
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  11. "Export for Screens" Control Dimensions and Resolution with Additional Profiles

    Have presets for other files just like "Adobe PDF Presets" so you can make definitions for a variety of file types.

    Alternatively build out the "File > Export > Export for Screens > Format Settings" to include things like resolution, image quality, etc. JPG 100 to JPG 20 should be in these settings and not in the "Export for Screens" dialog.

    This would address some of the issues with "Export for Screens" defined in the following thread: https://forums.adobe.com/thread/2383113

    P.S.
    The IOS and Android presets are a good idea, but I would expand this so people can set up their own…

    32 votes
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  12. Custom presets for Asset Export

    When adding in your own custom sizes and suffixes into the Asset Export panel it would be nice to be able to save these out as a preset for later use.

    For my job I have to export the same image into 20-30 different sizes with individual names (suffixes) that don't change. That's why I thought it would be good if you could set up all the file sizes and names once then save it out as preset for later use or to even share with a colleague.

    It would speed up the workflow for many people if this was…

    25 votes
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  13. GET RID OF THE REVERT HOTKEY!

    The hot key for Revert is WAY too similar to the hot key for Save As in Photoshop and I lost an entire day fo work saving after finishing a project. The fact that that can happen accidentally, even with the approval button is INFURIATING!

    23 votes
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  14. Export For Screens Location Same For All Files

    The export for screens dialog always exports to the last location regardless of the file you have open. If you have multiple documents to export this makes it very hard to use. Effectively you must pick the file location each time you export.

    It would be much better if the location was set per file. Then you could set it once and export easily.

    19 votes
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  15. Unembed multiple images all at once

    Be able to select multiple linked images in links palette and unembed them simultaneously.

    19 votes
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  16. Export for screens – no ability to save settings

    Export for screens – absolutely brilliant. I set up all my iOS ions sizes (of which there are 14!) using bespoke widths and suffixes and exported the numerous PNGs. The next day, from a different computer, I open the same file and go to Export for screens only to find the bespoke settings do not exist. This is absolutely bonkers in a world where most designers use two computers, why would you design such a great feature where the settings are tied to the device and not the file? I'm sure Adobe has a logical answer to this question, but…

    18 votes
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  17. File Specific "Export For Screen" Settings (mainly location)

    As a designer with multiple files,
    I want the ability to set the export for screens folder per file,
    So that I don't have to constantly relocate the location of the output for each file I open up. It would be helpful to get **** done.

    - When exporting a file the location identified for the first time is saved for subsequent times I access to export.

    16 votes
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  18. Open an indesign file in Illustrator

    Need to be able to open an Indesign file directly in AI. No reason to go to pdf and totally destroy the artwork. files are uneditable converting from Id to PDF to AI.

    16 votes
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  19. Export to PDF

    Export to PDF – instead of Save As A Copy i.e.. just like InDesign. The current way of doing this is too long-winded. Too many clicks! Thanks.

    16 votes
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  20. "Edit original with" option needed or ability to set a default program for Illustrator only

    Clicking on "Edit original" for jpgs etc. within Illustrator opens the image in the OS default program for that file type (ie. Preview on Mac). I don't wish to change the system wide default as it isn't practical to open PS to view every jpg, but there is no option to "Edit original with…" as there is in InDesign within Illustrator. There is no work around within the program at all.
    IN short: ADD AN EDIT ORIGINAL WITH MENU OPTION or allow us to set a program only default!!

    15 votes
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