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  1. Eyedropper Tool should pick colors from OpenType-SVG fonts

    When picking a color from either color vector and bitmap OpenType-SVG fonts, the picked color is currently the default underlying text color (often black), not what is actually displayed on screen.

    4 votes
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  2. Recent updates have made working with type more difficult

    Using type in illustrator used to be a breeze. Now it seems you need near pixel-perfect accuracy to highlight or to select the type box. Often now you will just end up creating a new type box when trying to highlight type already present. Honestly, it worked great before whatever update changed this and now it's somewhat irritating to use. It's not a major issue really, but sometimes the old 'if it isn't broken, don't fix it' advice should be heeded.

    4 votes
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  3. Hotkey to exit Type mode

    PLEASE MAKE A "HOTKEY" or keyboard command to EXIT "TYPE MODE."

    ONCE ONE IS IN TYPE MODE, A COMMON ERROR IS TO ACCIDENTALLY TYPE:

    VVVVVVVVVVVVV

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAA

    MMMMMMMMMM

    etc.

    The answer could be as simple as "Simultaneous Spacebar + hotkey letter."

    4 votes
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  4. Align doesn't work with texts properly.

    The align tools are doing an awful job when it comes to aligning text in Illustrator.

    4 votes
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  5. Typeface recognition and OCR.

    OCR would be great from images. Typeface recognition would be even better, but I would like to see that implemented better than what's currently implemented in Photoshop, which is not very good at identifying fonts other than fairly standard ones. Sensei might be a good fit for this. Please take a look at WhatTheFont.com and make the recognition at least as good as that.

    4 votes
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  6. Paste from Powerpoint

    I used to paste graphics/text from Powerpoint into Illustrator with no issues. Now with CC, only text in Times will paste without corruption into symbols. Is there a way around converting the font before copying?

    4 votes
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  7. Search for Paragraph Return, ^p

    Find and Replace text has a shortcut popup for a Forced Line Break, ^n, but not the more common simple Paragraph return, ^p.

    A Paragraph return is the normal Return button on all keyboards. A forced line break is Shift/Enter.

    Find/Replace understands ^n notation for a forced line break, but does not understand ^p notation for a paragraph return.

    4 votes
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  8. Placeholder text relative to your document

    When you choose the type tool and click, the placeholder text defaults to 12pt. This means that the text is tiny if you have a large artboard (see attached). It would be cool if the placeholder text was sized relative to your artboard instead, so that it's easy to see and work with.

    4 votes
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  9. Typography Swapping Window (just like “Recolor Artwork”

    I use Edit>Edit Colors>Recolor Artwork so very often that I have replaced the “Rulers” keyboard shortcut with “Recolor Artwork.”

    “Character Styles” and “Paragraph Styles” are invaluable tools, but I REALLY would love to have a dialogue box identical to that of “Recolor Artwork,” except for swapping & changing type, character & paragraph rules/styles. If necessary, I can create a mockup of the UI that I have in my head for this, but I’m not planning to, unless it is necessary.

    4 votes
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  10. Please give us the option to remove all the Asian and Arabic fonts from the font menu

    Please give us the option to remove all the Asian and Arabic fonts from the font menu - Most of us using western alphabets never use them! Why should they clutter our font menu?

    4 votes
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  11. The ability to turn off or filter out unneeded system fonts

    It would be great if there was a way we could turn system fonts off so they don't show up in the list.
    Why is this valuable? Because currently I have 63 Noto *** fonts listed in my fonts -- there are others in that list too (Apple Braille) that we cannot remove from our system font library. Every time we do a visual search for a font to use, we have to go through these all of these useless fonts too.

    This would be a great option for all of your programs -- not just Illustrator. Same issue in…

    3 votes
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  12. Fix the Find Font option with a search box, been waiting since Illustrator '88

    simply add a search field within Find Font (like InDesign etc.)

    3 votes
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  13. Improve Parageaph and character styles of illustrstor more like what we see in indesign

    Improve Parageaph and character styles of illustrstor more like what we see in indesign. for example GREP will be so cool to include in paragraph styles of illustrator.

    3 votes
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  14. find replace selected

    When using Find and Replace - search on the selected items - or make it an option to search only the selected items.

    3 votes
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  15. Fit frame to content for text

    Be able to re-size text frame to fit content as per indesign. Constantly having to re-size text frames to fit the content.

    3 votes
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  16. 3 votes
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  17. Inline graphics

    It is important when you want to create bullets with Glyphs you can simply insert the type tool next ot the sentence and make it part of the sentence (like in Design)

    3 votes
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  18. Character Height

    In the signage world Character Height is critical as much of the time this is regulated by Federal or Local guidelines. Though, for some reason, Adobe Illustrator does not allow one to simply choose the font size and have it be the specified character height rather each font is a different size. I also use Auto CAD for design purposes and that program does not have the issue with character height.

    Adobe is a lot nicer program for doing proof overlays on photos than CAD though if my text is incorrect size than it doesn't matter. I have seen forums…

    3 votes
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  19. Numeric scaling of text box should not scale text inside!

    I'm working on keyboard layouts right now, which demand alot of precision - the reason some might argue why I use Illustrator in the first place...

    I draw a lot of text boxes so I can use them to mark down the whole space of the key cap. It's just more handy than just a text field where you have to manually align the text to the key cap. >>> Image for reference (text-box-field).

    See the other two images (scale-textbox-...):
    The one I scaled by hand, having the expected result: text doesn't change, only size of box changes, automatically aligns…

    3 votes
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  20. Let us Favourite fonts during font search

    Right now you can favourite fonts, but only during browsing fonts normally. If you search for fonts there is no favourite column in the results.

    3 votes
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