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  1. Add features to the Rearrange Artboards dialog.

    I create a lot of new artboards ( 1 for each screen I am designing). Since Illustrator always puts new artboards at the right of the current top row on the workspace (regardless of the order specified for rearranging artboards), I often have to use the Rearrange Artboards command to make more space for the next artboard. The more artboards in the file, the more often I have to rearrange artboards.

    It would be great if I could tell Illustrator to:

    1.) Add new artboards at the location indicated by following the layout pattern in the Rearrange Artboards dialog, with…

    12 votes
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  2. Create artboard to three decimal places

    It would be nice to be able to set artboards to three decimal places without it rounding up. If I make something at 3.125", it rounds up to 3.13", or 3.6785 becomes 3.68. Although I have not had any printers yell at me for my files not being correct, I still am concerned that it always wants to round up to the hundredths place, especially when I'm having to be sure that my materials are going into places where the sizes are set in to be such specific tolerances.

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  3. Make an option to disable auto-selection of artboards, when clicked inside

    AI now selects artboard whenever mouse is clicked within in (with any tool). While it's a great general behaviour, I'd like to be able to disable it.

    I have to work with overlapping artboards (which, by the way, sometimes prevent AI from correctly selecting the artboard clicked—it depends on artboards' order). When object is copied, AI remembers it's coordinates. Then, when I go to the object I need to place my copied art over and press Ctrl+F, AI pastes the object in the same coordinates. Sounds OK, but when I clicked that underlying object, AI moved the focus from initial…

    11 votes
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  4. Custom artboard presets

    It would be nice to have the option to create your own artboard presets.
    Like:
    Facebook Cover page
    John's English Notebook

    so you don't have to remember every size you ever used.

    11 votes
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  5. Preflight

    Please implement an integrated preflight function that works in the same manner as the preflight function found in InDesign.

    11 votes
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  6. Slug

    As part of my daily workflow, all my art has to have a slug, when i put all the information about the file, date, time, user, CMYK and spot colors used, company logo, etc.

    Editable and complete slug option will be appreciated, see attached an example of my manual slug, i use in conjunction with a plugin which puts date time, the user, etc automatically, but i don't like plugins, I want part of the Adobe illustrator Software.

    See attached an example

    11 votes
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  7. a way to nest objects on art board for sign makers

    Idea: Take multiple objects, such as multiple copies of a logo or elements and nesting them within the artboard and a feature to say how much space you want between each object.

    Reason: When it comes to signs or sending a print job to a plotter. Sign makers want to maximize the number of objects on a vinyl. Sure we can manually move objects or even use the distribute tool. but this takes to long and sometimes when selecting multiple objects you can not use the distribution tool to distribute both vertical and horizontal at the same time or objects…

    10 votes
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  8. Option to Have Golden Ratio & Rule of Thirds Grid (like PS)

    For a canvas, if there is an option to get a Grid for 'Rule of Thirds' or Golden Ration.

    This will make a lot easier for the designer and will be more effective in Illustrator as compared to PS (where this option is available) where vector designs are being created.

    10 votes
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  9. Remove canvas size limit

    When working in large format printing we regularly create art for walls over 220 inches wide. It is further complicated that there are also requirements for special cuts on the router to help with monitor brackets or other notches to assist with final

    installation. We must marry up the full wall art with vector cut shape prior to running file through another application that helps slice the wall art into multiple panels that include the required cut outs.

    10 votes
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  10. To arrange Artboards alphabetically by there names!!

    To have an option where I can arrange artboards by there names

    9 votes
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  11. Drag and drop artwork between documents in same place

    Photoshop allows to drag-n-drop artwork between documents in same place, when you hold Shift.
    In Illustrator, no matter what you hold, artwork would be dropped where cursor is pointed, with no respect to original X,Y coordinates.
    I desperately need this!

    Quite often I have to copy artwork, containing huge raster images, from one document to another. I need them to be placed in same place, snapped on grid, but AI just drops it. The only way to keep coordinates — is to copy/paste in front/place, which takes an EON to do with my big raster images.

    9 votes
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  12. Ability to Copy&Pastle "Color Groups" in "Recolor artwork" to another document

    In one document I have create created some Color Groups for recolor my artwork. Now I want to copy them into another document.

    It's not possible to do currently. But it's so simple to implement!

    9 votes
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  13. Transferring object name when Releasing to Layers

    When I Release to Layers, all of the objects within that layer are renamed to "Layer 1, Layer 2, Layer 3" etc. and I'd love to be able to have the new layers be named the same as when they were objects.

    9 votes
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  14. Set location of new artboard

    Bring back the ability to click to set the location of a new artboard. With 2018, I have to find wherever a new artboard appears and move it to where I want it.

    In 2017 and prior, I'd just click to make a new artboard where I wanted it.

    9 votes
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  16. Artboard numbering error

    When dublicating artboards (Alt + drag), the program randomly makes one of the artboards dublicate with the same number. When exporting the artboards, one of the duplicates is ignored and cannot be exported.

    8 votes
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  17. Add a button to save presets like Photoshop has.

    Photoshop has a button to save presets when you create a new document. I love that feature makes my job easier, I wish Illustrator had that same button instead of having to save the files as templates. So much simpler and faster with the button right there.

    8 votes
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  18. Separate marquee selecting and deselecting into different keys

    Shift + marquee selecting should not simultaneously select and deselect objects, instead the two should be separated into different keys, such as 'Shift' for only adding to the current selection and 'Alt' only subtracting from it.

    8 votes
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  19. Artboard search function

    Add a search bar to the Artboards window

    8 votes
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  20. Export an AI Artboard from multi-artboard file to a separate single artboard AI file.

    Often I create AI files with multiple artboards for creating a seamless document for presentations. Often after the presentation is made I need to break apart the file and parse out the pages to created technical fabrication details. It would help immensely if the artboards were exportable into separate single artboard AI files.

    7 votes
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