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  1. The recolor artwork window needs to be variable size.

    The color list form is too small. Make window resizable.
    recolor2 like it need. recolor1 like it looks now.

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  2. Release to Layers retains Group/Object names, creates top level layers

    Currently, when one uses the "Release to Layers" command, all naming on the groups is removed and the resulting layers are renamed rather unhelpfully as Layer 2, Layer 3, etc. In addition, these new "Layers" are kept as sub-layers of the orignal layer which, when working with complex artwork, can be quite confusing. The current functionality completely invalidates good organizational practices and actually punishes any attempt at naming conventions when needing to prepare artwork for other applications (such as After Effects).

    Ideally, when "Release Layers to Sequence" is performed, the naming already in place on the selected groups or objects…

    10 votes
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  3. Make live hint for the eyedroppper tool

    Right now clicking with eydropper results in blind result: until it's clicked, there is no way to predict what will be picked exactly. Why not to show properties to be picked in floating thing next to the cursor? PS does it great in separate panel, why AI can't steal that?

    10 votes
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  4. Add option to Always update links

    Sometimes I make a lot of changes within linked images. AI always asks if I am to update links, and I'd like to have this dialogue temporarily switched off (but enable it later)

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  5. Option to snap gradient slider to integer values

    I don't need precision of two decimal places for gradient. I need integers. Now I have to use scripting to round values afterwards and it's not OK. Why Tabs has snapping to values and Gradients don't? Bring it!

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  6. The home button should NOT be where "File" is on every other program ever.

    Illustrator 23.0 has the home button where everyone goes to click File. This is muscle memory and I have clicked that worthless home button 6 times this morning alone. None of the other programs have made this change and it is very frustrating. Please allow the user to move or remove the Home Button.

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  7. hotkey for align

    Allow hotkeys for the align tools.

    10 votes
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  8. Notes Feature

    Create a notes panel to write notes for yourself, the next person working on your file, the print house, etc.

    The notes would pop up first thing when you open a file, and can be printed, amended, deleted etc... they could be print instructions, or time logs, or anything deemed of value to associate with the document.

    These notes would travel with the document.

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  9. Collapse unfolded actions

    When actions is played, they got unfolded.
    If you have a lot of actions (not in button mode), you'll have to collapse them by hand, each one.

    So I propose this:
    1. Make 'Collapse all' command in palette menu
    2. Make option 'Don't unfold actions when played'

    And why there is no context menu for Actions Palette?

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  10. Ctrl+Scroll to zoom instead of Alt+scroll in Windows

    Can you please add an option or something to change the zoom shortcut from ALT+Scroll to CTRL+Scroll?
    Because in Windows the ALT button activates the app menu which is pretty stupid! Or at least disable the activation of the app menu with the ALT button.

    For example I zoom in using ALT+Scroll and now I want to select the Type tool using T on the keyboard and I get the Type drop down menu from the top (see attached screenshot).
    And as you can see this can become very frustrating especially when spending hours in Illustrator!

    Btw please don't suggest…

    10 votes
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  11. accept both full stop and comma as decimal separator

    Illustrator is very picky when it comes to entering decimal fractions in input fields. E.g. when using Dutch as keyboard language, the . is not allowed, and ignored, so we have to use the comma, which does not reside on the num keypad.
    Please make Ai accepting both the . and the ' as a decimal separator.

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  12. Last used script

    Please, add a command inside File > Scripts (above the line) to execute last accessed script. A have tons of these and not all of them are bound to shortcuts and smarty palettes. Sometimes I have to apply same script several times and have to dig in all 4-5 folders inside to get right one.

    And, please, make it shortcut-able.

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  13. Let the "." on the numeric keypad work as a decimal separator for all countries.

    In Dutch, we user the comma as a decimal separator. (0,5 is how we write a half)
    Lots of use use the International English keyboard, and the English versions of Adobe CC. But for some reason Illustrator refuses to recognize the "." on the numeric keypad as a separator. When I type "7,2" Illustrator show this correctly in the input fields, but when hitting enter, it makes "72", just skipping the comma.
    Please make a Preference to set the "." or "," on the numpad always to act as a decimal separator.

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  14. Touch Workspace Eraser

    Drawing in the touch workspace is not usable without an eraser. A Simple undo is not enough. Try to undo something you drew 5 minutes ago without undoing the stuff you like and you'll see what I mean.

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  15. Add ability to select object by visual

    Sometimes selection tools fail (seemingly) to pick up object.
    For example, if you have an object with fat stroke, clicking to outside part of that stroke will select nothing (or object underneath stroke) — you have to select in/inside edge to do it.
    Second example — type object, with an empty descender zone, behind baseline; you click below letters to select an object behind, but pick type object instead.
    Third example — object with a subtle but wide drop shadow effect applied to it. Shadow is almost invisible (low opacity and light color), but when you click in it, AI…

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  16. Grid or Guides Calculator

    Have a make grid or guides feature with a grid calculator that was artboard dependant.


    • as in I could have different grids on different artboards

    • proportional grids

    • vertical grids and guides as well as horizontal

    The amount of time I take having to set up grids, by drawing boxes and dragging in guides, to do my layout is enormous.

    It is such a fundamental part of graphic design, I feel like it should really be embedded in illustrator. I have noticed that the new Photoshop has it. Also indesign has it. But really i need it more in illustrator.

    (…

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  17. Dedicted buttons for: Undo - Delete - Redo.

    Dedicted buttons for Undo /Delete /Redo. either at the top or on a floating toolbar. I'm sick of having to go to the keyboard or:
    Edit > Undo
    Edit > Clear
    Edit > Redo
    Sure I could use keyboard shortcuts- but I don't want to.
    Virtually every other program has these buttons.
    it cannot be hard to add them, even if only in that new properties panel.
    You have to assume its bloody mindedness on Adobes part, continuing not have this basic feature and thinking everyone gets a thrill out of Command Z

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  18. Quick Apply in Illustrator (and all major Adobe apps)

    There’s a neat and extremely useful feature in InDesign called Quick Apply (and I wonder why is it only there). It’s a quick and convenient way to find, select and perform any desired action whose name I know but am unable to find (within myriad of menus and submenus of panel options). Please add the same feature to all major apps.

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  19. Selecting only items fully enclosed in selection marquee

    Right now when I draw a marquee selection around the item I want to select, everything the box touches gets selected. How about having a choice of selecting items only items that are fully enclosed in marquee selection ignoring
    those items or layers that are around your selection but not fully enclosed in the selection. . for example I have a ungrouped logo on top of several other larger layers. I only want to select the layers that make up the logo so I draw a marquee around the logo and it only selects the layers inside the marque anything…

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  20. Implement quick filter by object name in Illustrator Layers panel

    On large documents designers very often give names to objects in document structure for improve navigation in structure. But now there are no way to quickly find object by name in document, except custom scripts.

    For solve this problem please implement quick filter input field in Layers panel interface, for quickly search objects by part of his name (like filter in Fonts list).

    Even if designer don't add names, via this filter we will can quick find all curves, all rectangles, all circles, all curves, all guides, etc, so it will be very useful.

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