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  1. OpenType ligature features ccmp and rlig do not work with variable font

    OpenType ligature features ccmp and rlig are active by default. But they do not work with variable font (liga and dlig will work).

    16 votes
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  2. Allow to set font-size by setting x-height and cap height

    I very often create designs where I should have certain x-height.
    Now I have to achieve this using long workaround (I do it very quick now, but now quick enough, and its not actionable):
    1. Create copy of typed text with Ctrl+C, Ctrl+F
    2. Outlining copy
    3. Finding symbol with flat top an bottom (x or X or similar)
    4. Choose Direct selection tool
    5. Shift+click chosen letter
    6. Deleting unwanted symbols from copy
    7. Scale outline of chosen letter 1000%
    8. Going outline mode (enlarged letter will probably take whole screen)
    9. Shift+click at live text behind letter
    10.…

    16 votes
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  3. Add ability to apply gradient to text without using new fill

    AI allows to make live text colored with gradient only by applying new fill to a text. This knowledge often comes occasionally, when users finally got into Appearance. AI just doesn't says it't wrong, shows no hint, does nothing when people try to apply gradient as they do for everything else.

    Meantime, each symbol within text can have their own fill.
    And when you apply gradient with a drag to an ungrouped set of path objects, AI applies gradient to all of them, placing each gradient into right position.

    Thus I just don't understand, why AI still doesn't allow to…

    15 votes
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  4. Add an option for trimming side bearings

    Valerii Mamedov pointed out the problem with side bearings, when each new line of text is shifted from the edge:
    https://i.imgur.com/mwHx6pG.png

    This forces us to manually kern first glyph, which takes time, changes upon new font and still lacks precision.

    Besides other appliances Illustrator is used for typographic design, and if user could set trimming of side bearings as a paragraph option, this could greatly help with font visual alignments.

    The problem is amply described here:
    https://blogs.windows.com/buildingapps/2013/11/11/xaml-text-improvements-in-windows-8-1/#ppyvqg1uKdWqE0Dv.97
    https://indesignsecrets.com/removing-space-along-left-edge.php

    14 votes
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  5. fonts

    can you please change fonts tool bars old ways? now if I start typing in Futura Bk BT (for example) and what to change or rest of text be Futura Lt BT. when I go to character seating it's back to the top of my fonts list it's not staying in futura section any more. so now I need to go all down again. Please change like use to be. makes extra work!

    14 votes
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  6. Customizable "MOJIKUMI (Typesetting)" as same as InDesign.

    In the case of Japanese, arranging characters beautifully is directly related to the readability of the text, so typesetting is regarded as important.
    Japanese typesetting is delicate and very difficult.
    I would like an equivalent type engine for InDesign.
    A common UI with InDesign is desirable.

    (Translated to Japanese)
    文字組設定をInDesign並みにカスタムできるようにしてほしい。
    日本語の場合、美しく文字を並べることが、テキストの読みやすさに直結するので、文字組みは重要視されます。
    日本語の文字組みは繊細でとても難しいです。
    InDesign並の組版エンジンがあればと思います。
共通UIが望ましい。

    13 votes
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  7. Non-breaking space (NBSP) should work

    AI ignores NBSP when it's places as symbol. 'No break' option is an option but ridiculously hard to be applied quickly. Anyway NBSP should work

    13 votes
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  8. Nested Styles

    Provide for nested Character and Paragraph Styles in Illustrator. This is a staple in InDesign and would be very helpful in Illustrator. We have standardized on Illustrator for many templates in our workflow. In general, Illustrator is more appropriate, but text editing is a weak spot. This would help.

    13 votes
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  9. Add the ability to change the default font from Myriad to an alternate default in the preferences>type menu

    Why do we have to go through the complicated hassle of making custom document profiles to change the default font to something other than Myriad?

    13 votes
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  10. Add search field for Find Font dialogue

    I often work with old files containing old versions of fonts, which are not installed on my PC. We now use newer versions.
    Names are almost identical, but AI neither propose new one, so I have to locate replacement manually.
    I have to scroll this tiny list and search it by eye.
    Keyboard typing only scroll to first typed letter.
    Please add Search field there.

    13 votes
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  11. CID/GID (Character ID/Glyph ID) are displayed in Glyphs panel.

    In the case of Japanese, there are many variations of Chinese character, so it is useful to know CID/GID.
    Because it does not make a mistake when designing character. Also, I want CID/GID when using many old characters.

    A common UI with InDesign is desirable.

    (Translated to Japanese)
    字形パネルにグリフのCID/GIDを表示して欲しい。
    日本語の場合、漢字のバリエーションが多いので、IDがわかると便利です。
    作字の時などに間違いないようにしたり、また、旧字を多数使用のする時に CID/GID を表示してほしいです。
InDesign と UI を揃えて欲しいです。

    12 votes
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  12. Make option to generate compound paths instead of groups when text is outlined

    Create simple black-on-white string of text.
    Outline it.
    AI will make a group of compound paths.

    I would like to have a non-default option that would make AI generate one big compound path instead of group of paths.
    If text has more then one character color within it — only then this option would produce a group, with a colored compounds within.

    Right now I have to use an Action (ungroup, release compound path, make compound path) and manually run it for every string/area of text before proceeding to next step of my workflow.
    I will make a script to…

    12 votes
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  13. Adobe Spark "Capitalize & Fit" feature possible in Illustrator?

    In Adobe Spark, when creating a Post, there's a nice feature which allows you to create a dynamic text box which capitalises, scales, and fits the words to a text box, as you click and drag the handles of the text box. In Adobe Spark the feature is called "Capitalize & Fit". It would be nice to have something similar in Illustrator.

    11 votes
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  14. Preserve Styles when Copy/Pasting Text from Illustrator to InDesign

    Would love for the ability to copy formatted text directly from within Illustrator and paste into InDesign without it removing the formatting/styles.

    11 votes
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  15. Make Smart guides optionally work with live text

    Sometimes it is needed to snap to contour of live text.
    Right now it requires to make a copy of text, outline it, snap to desired point/segment, delete copy.

    What if user could tick an option that allows to snap to live glyphs? or use 'Ctrl' modifier to toggle this mode on the fly? It would allow us to skip copying-outlining-snapping-deleting and boost the speed.

    11 votes
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  16. Make cursor instantly visible after jumping with Ctrl+arrows

    While navigating text with Ctrl+arrows, especially in short word clusters, something like these:
    mon-sun: 10:00–19:00
    break: 13:00–14:00
    it's quite hard to understand where cursor has landed after last jump, because cycle of blinking seem to stay the same or even elongate!
    There's a second after jump until cursor is finally drawn.
    Could you please add or fix it in such a way that cursor is immediately visible after Ctrl+arrow jump?

    11 votes
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  17. Ability to switch how letters overlap

    By default, when letters overlap, each following glyph is displayed above the previous one.

    When using text effects or OpenType-SVG fonts, this can lead to disappointing results, like shadows on the wrong direction.

    Would love to be able to toggle the order in which all glyphs of a specific text selection are rendered: above or below the previous one.

    Could even use the extra space in the Character palette to include the feature button ;)

    10 votes
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  18. Snap textframe size to content (like double-click in InDesign)

    A function appreciated by all in InDesign.. doubleclick the side of the boundingbox of a textframe and it snaps/scales immediately to the content.

    I'm not talking about Type -> Area Type Options -> Auto-size

    10 votes
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  19. Free transform tool doesn't work with Area Type path

    If yo select ONLY path Area Type sits in, you will be able to scale it or rotate but not transform, neither with Free Transform tool or bounding box.

    9 votes
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  20. Make Ctrl+arrows jump to hyphen too

    While editing text in Russian, I have quite many complex words separated by hyphen.
    Pressing Ctrl+arrow ignores these and jumps to start and end of word.
    Please add ability to respect hyphens while moving cursor with Ctrl+arrows.

    P. S. If you combine this with reported bug fix about Ctrl+Home and Ctrl+End, it would be AWESOME

    9 votes
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