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  1. Export Artboards' ExportTo directory should be saved in the Illustrator File

    Currently, Export Artboards' ExportTo directory is a per Application setting and changes for all subsequent ExportTo actions.

    It really should be a per Illustrator File setting so that exporting art boards from a file defaults to last export directory used for this file.

    To support both per file and per application behaviours:



    1. Add a checkbox next to the ExportTo: directory field: "Use last export directory for this file" with the state of this check box is saved in the Illustrator file so it does not need to be changed after the first export.

      If selected shows the file's export to…

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  2. delete artboard with content

    Be able to delete artboard with content. One or many pages.

    7 votes
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  3. Automatially push guides to a single layer

    It'd be great to have an optional feature that pushes every newly created guide to a dedicated guide layer. I think many people work with an eytra layer for guides on top of their layer stack to toggle visibility and lock, and manually collecting all guides gets tedious.

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  4. Previous Zoom

    A "Previous Zoom" or "Previous View" command which would change the zoom/magnification to the most recent zoom state. Also the option to center on selection or artboard. This will allow users to toggle between magnification of say 400% and 3200% or 5% and 1200% if they're regularly checking for details and positioning within a larger document which I do constantly in a prepress environment.

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  5. Artboard numbering by order not by creation

    For many years I wish AI sorted the artboards by their position in the document but not by their time of creation. When moving artboards around for creating an presentation (which I would like to export later by maintainig the sequence I see on the canvas) it would be so much more comfortable when the numbering of the artboard would change accordingly. For example if I prepare a presentation with miltiple artboards and dceide to move the most right artboard of the bottum row to the very upper left position I wish this artboard would be numbered as artboard #1…

    7 votes
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  6. Allow Scale adjustment when creating New Document

    Many times as a designer you have to create artwork that is a fraction of the final scale. It would be nice if you could enter the final size in inches or feet, and then hit a dropdown that would have different fractions of scale (1/8, 1/4, 1/2 etc.) and then illustrator could compute the appropriate numbers. It could also scale down the bleed area as well.

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  7. Pressing Ctrl+Shift+PgUp with single artboard doesn't work as it does with multiple artboards

    When working with multiple artboards (I use them for exporting tiffs from larger design) using Ctrl+Shift+PgUp is quite handy to quickly navigate to first, master artboard AND set zoom to 'Fit artboard to window' with one hotkey.
    But when you have only one artboard, pressing Ctrl+Shift+PgUp (expecting it to fit artboard in window) does nothing.

    I think it should work consistently.

    7 votes
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  8. Intuitive access to Custom Templates and show the correct name

    Hi - I use custom templates more than a 1,000 times a year. Every Illustrator template is easily located in the New Document window. Logically, you should be able to access Custom Templates there ... without drilling through More Settings - a nearly buried link - and then the Templates button - also seemingly an afterthought.

    Also, in the Recent Items window, my custom templates don't include the template name; they just say [Custom] and the file dimensions. This isn't helpful if you have multiple custom templates.

    I hope these features are addressed in a future update. Thanks.

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  9. Turn a layer highlight into an object selection

    It's often simpler to highlight entries in the layers panel than it is to select the objects on the artboard.

    e.g. you could just click the first and shift-click the last in order to hightlight many consecutive layers.

    It would be really efficient if those highlighted objects could then be turned into a selection on the artboard (for transforming the elements or whatnot).

    7 votes
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  10. Make Y direction POSITIVE numbers above the Y "zero" point like in the rest of world.

    Align Illustrator with the rest of the world by making the default Y direction positive numbers above the Y "zero" point - in my case zero is set to the very center of the Artboard.

    And also make this a preference item across CC apps. I still don't see how it's an advantage in InDesign and Photoshop.

    5 votes
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  11. Import artboards into InDesign from Illustrator and vice versa.

    Requestiog a function for importing artboards from InDesign to Illustrator and vice versa into Master Boards

    5 votes
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  12. Triangular grid with precise snapping

    It would be great to have triangular grid with precise snapping besides regular square grid for drawing geometric shapes, patterns and isometric illustrations.

    5 votes
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  13. Touch workspace needs a layers panel

    Why they have not included such a basic, essential feature in the touch workspace is beyond me.

    5 votes
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  14. Rotating the view angle of the workspace (not just artboards)

    Rotating the view angle of the workspace (not just artboards) would help packaging design as a flat box artwork usually has panels at 0°, 90° and 180°, instantly rotating the whole workspace to these angles would help make packaging design easier.

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  15. Set export options to default to the same folder the native is housed in

    Set default export or save as locations to start in the same folder as the native Ai file as opposed to previous locations. It can be rather cumbersome when switching to an entirely new project, then exporting that project and having the 'save as' default to the entirely other project's recent save.

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  16. Page numbers

    Please implement the ability to convert characters into current page numbers, identical to the InDesign feature. This would save extensive time and effort when creating documents in Illustrator, instead of manually doing this.

    5 votes
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  17. Default Artboard Position

    When you create a new Adobe Illustrator document the Default Position of the Artboard should not be in the center it should be in the upper left corner with a little margin top and left.

    At least give us the option to choose if we like a default center or upper left corner artboard position.

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  18. Deleting Artboard

    Can you add back the little cross/close button (we used to have in CC2017) to the artboard so that I can delete the artboards without visiting the artboard pannal?

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  19. Show current artboard when using shortcuts to switch artboards

    It would be useful if when switching artboards with Fn+Shift+Up/Down that the Artboards window reflects the currently viewed artboard. The current workaround is having to guess which artboard I'm looking at by double clicking the artboard and checking to see if the canvas switches view.

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  20. Layer freezing

    When doing very complicated artwork, sometimes Illustrator's live preview starts to become impossibly slow. Distorted dense fill patterns, lots of art brushes full of translucent shapes, complicated high-res bitmap effects… I can do some stunning things with these but I’m reluctant to use them, because I need to have fast response time in my drawing tool.

    Currently, layers can be locked, or unlocked. I would like to have a third mode: 'frozen', where the layer is locked, and a bitmap of the entire layer is cached. This bitmap is then used for rendering the preview, until such time as the…

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