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  1. Option to turn Overprint Preview on as the default preview in Preferences

    I'm doing a lot of package design for flexo printing, always struggling with overprint preview accidentally turned off. This is also a massive issue in conventional offset printing, especially with white accidentally set to overprint (e.g. when changing colors of many objects from black to white at once, or similar situations). This option would be a huge relief.

    14 votes
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  2. Why cant a save as a pdf with the option so scale down?

    Why cant a save as a pdf with the option so scale down?
    if you are working on a shop design and you have the art-board at full size (5666) or whatever it is. I cant save it as a .PDF because its out of range and I cant see a option to scale it down. and we cant print as a PDF anymore...... why are you making proofing so hard?

    6 votes
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  3. Add a UPC barcode Generator

    Add an integrated barcode generator that can produce a wide range of commercial barcodes (UPC, Code 128, ISBN, etc.).

    4 votes
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  4. Best feature proper text completed circle rounded as micromedia freehand MX

    Text completed circle rounded as micro media freehand MX

    Type toolbar insert fonts small, medium, large, huge

    3 votes
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  5. 2 votes
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  6. Print option to select which artboard(s) to rotate

    I have an illustrator file open with 2 artboards in it. I am trying to print them both on 1 page (double sided). I can do that, however, I am having problems with one side of the page being upside down. Is there a way to fix this; other than manually flipping one of the artboards 180 degrees prior to printing?

    My thought would be to have a feature in Illustrator (& other Adobe programs) in the print dialog box under the orientation section. Utilizing the auto-rotate checkbox, if you uncheck it you could have an option to select which…

    2 votes
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  7. Better Colour Separations

    Illustrator does not print all Photoshop DCS (.eps) colour separations since CS6. It always returns a blank plate.
    As a Screen printer, it would be nice to have seamless colour separations for my RIP.

    2 votes
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  8. Remember printer settings with Print Presets

    I have two sets of print settings-- ones that are program specific (Ex: created in Illustrator from the Print Presets window), and ones that are printer specific (Created in the Printer/Setup window within the Print dialog in Illustrator, InDesign, etc).

    In InDesign, if I create a print preset and then, via the Printer window, select an in-printer preset, InDesign remembers this choice and from then on printing with that InDesign preset will ALSO use that in-printer preset. In illustrator, that's not the case: Illustrator retains no memory of in-printer presets when creating in-program profiles, so I have to manually select…

    2 votes
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  9. better handling for Print to Laser Machines

    sending a job "print" to laser machine Illustrator is quite slow and doesn't handle vector and bitmap below 333 dpi.....

    I had to switch to corel draw to be able to "print" vectors @ 0.001 and bitmaps at 250 dpi.... in illustrator it reads vector with at 250 dpi as bitmaps! (dpi should not matter for vectors)

    2 votes
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  10. Finished art / dtp related issue

    New Bug
    in the latest version of AI , overprinting type objects all of a sudden have the correct colour i asigned & the correct overprint or knockout behaviour in the attribute field, however, if you generate seps or activate seperation preview it shows that type boxes remember their previous colour & setting - however they are showing the newly assigned setting but the behaviour does not match

    i believe it originates if type boxes are grouped to other type boxes or objects, if i have a group of various elements, it should allow me without ungrouping & entering each…

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  11. It would be great to have a densitometer

    Similar to Indesign, to read the tints with the numbers in the separations palette. Currently when building we need to pop it into Indesign to take a reading, especially if there is transparency.

    2 votes
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  12. please bring back pdf print on the mac.

    please bring back pdf print on the mac. I work on big scaled jobs and pdf save dose not save the full artboard

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  13. Overprint is not maintained after making PDF - separation files are not correct

    When using spot colors to overprint, the PDF files show knockouts in Acrobat. For example, when overprinting a 10% black square over a Pantone square, the result is a knockout, even though the attributes are set to overprint.

    When correcting for this I tried the Transparency feature to make a 10% gray, but the result is an overprint with a screen for each plate where the overprint should occur. (see attached image) The only correct plates were produced by printing a postscript file and using distiller to create the plates. This did not happen is previous versions.

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  14. Complete Pantone Swatch Library

    Include the complete Pantone color library in color books instead of having to buy it separately from Pantone.

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  15. Fix Black Overprints

    Fix the appearance of black overprint so that other colors are visible under solid black when overprint preview is on (unless I'm missing something, this used to work in older versions).

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  16. 1 vote
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  17. Adding overprint toggles in the Separations Preview window

    Currently, the overprint toggles are only in the "Attributes" panel but the overprint preview toggle is in the Separations Preview panel. Including overprint toggles in the Separations Preview panel allows the user to see the overprints in the file and toggle off/on any visible overprints prior to exporting/printing. This would save on workspace real estate by choosing to exclude the Attributes panel solely for overprint toggles.

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  19. Saving/Exporting PDF as separate pages

    When saving PDFs, can we have same menu and options as when saving Ai files:
    - separate art-boards into individual files (using range) (InDesign has it)
    - INCLUDE the art-board names with each page
    - please, please, please. We've been using Ai as print files for years, because PDF is lacking this

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  20. Improve print quality for non-postscript printers on macOS

    When using Illustrator on macOS Computers, the quality (resolution) of documents is lower when printed on non-postscript printers than when printing the same document using Acrobat (this seems not to be the case for Windows).
    The attached file shows the difference between the exact same file printed on the same printer using the same settings. The upper part was printed using Acrobat, the lower part was directly printed with Illustrator.

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