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  1. Metadata on ASE

    For me and many designers, color is an asset with information associated with it that I need to follow this asset as it moves from different design programs. With metadata attached to file, I would be able to utilize the features in InDesign and other programs to auto populate this information into text fields. Additionally if this metadata ASE file was a library shared between many users and the any of the tagged information on a color was changed, this update would shoot out to any documents using this color. It would reduce:
    -errors by relying on one source of…

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  2. Save as dialog selects file name including extension

    macOS 11.5.1 / Adobe Illustrator 25.3.1

    [on macOS] when saving files only the filename is selecetd, not the extension. It used to be fine with Adobe apps until some versions back suddenly the whole file name including extension is selected in the Save as dialog.

    Adding some text used to be easy. With a tap on the right arrow key the cursor moved between de file name and the extension. When I do this now the cursor is placed after the extension so I have to use the mouse or left arrow key to move the cursor 3-4 positions back.…

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  3. Do not change the order of characters in the Glyphs panel

    Problem Description:
    If I've highlighted a character, and choose a different variation of that character in the Glyphs panel, the newly chosen variation moves to the left of the glyphs, changing the order of all the glyphs. This is really annoying. If, instead of the order of the glyphs changing, the blue highlight just moved on to the selected glyph, that would be far less confusing.

    Steps to Reproduce:
    1. Select a character in some text
    2. Open the Glyphs panel to see the variations of that character
    3. Select a different variation

    Actual Result:
    The ordering of the variations…

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  4. Cloud-based Review like InDesign - Brilliant!

    The latest version of InDesign has one of the best features (new?) that I have come across in a very long time. I'm actually excited about it!

    It is the share for review feature. This is a huge game-changer for in terms of controlling proofing and review.

    I use Illustrator to create large format text panels, and this exact process would be amazing to have as well.

    I am not aware of anything in Illustrator that allows this same type of collaboration. Perhaps it is there but I do not know of it?

    With the move to more online PDF…

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  5. please, add the feature to make custom self so that we can add the most used commands in the self. Just like Autodesk Maya and 3ds max.

    The custom toolbar feature is very limited in illustrator. We cannot add our own desired command .Every command is hidden some where in the menu bar. Which slows down the production process and i personally hate it very much. As a artist we have to learn many software packages. We simply cannot keep remembering every keyboard shortcuts while switching between different software packages.it confuses us very much.

    Autodesk Maya and 3ds max has a great features which allows to add any commands from the menu bar that the artist like to use by creating a new custom self . And…

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  6. Add a setting for "Solid" in the leading field of the type panel

    Illustrator defaults to "Auto" in regards to leading - about 120% of the point size of the type. When using display faces, I often find I set type a lot tighter - usually around the same leading as the point size. It would be really helpful if there were a setting for that in the type panel, so that as I change the point size of the type (say from 24 pts to 72 pts) the leading would also change automatically from 24 pts to 72 pts - just as it would from one size to another when the leading…

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  7. Disappearing Blinking Cursor | User Interface

    This was previously listed as COMPLETED for "Dialog box text selection missing blinking cursor", but the fact is that this issue is STILL occurring.

    Can you all please fix this blinking cursor issue? This has been happening for a while now and it still hasn't been fixed. Some people have suggested that resetting the preferences fixes this issue, but resetting the preferences does NOT fix the issue.

    It seems to occur when you change the "User Interface" color to either the lightest grey or the 2nd to lightest grey (see attached file).

    When you change your User Interface to one…

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  8. On fixing the hierarchy of layers

    On fixing the hierarchy of layers.

    In data with a large number of layers, such as a map, the vertical relationship and stacking order of objects is very important. We are very careful not to make mistakes, but there are times when our hands slip and we end up moving them.
    At the moment we can lock objects, but we can always manipulate the vertical relationship of objects.
    If there is a lot of demand for the ability to lock the vertical relationship other than mine, I would like to see improvements.

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  9. Set application default Type and Paragraph menu options

    I have Middle East/English installed b/c occasionally I need to do a ME translation and it is pointless to have to uninstall/reinstall each time. I would like the ability to set the application default for the following so that when you set up a new document, it defaults to the things you wanted. You can currently do this with tools, but not with the actual menus.

    Type Menu:
    Font
    Lanugage
    Digits

    Paragraph Menu:
    Alignment
    Paragraph Direction
    Composer type (e.g. Adobe Single Line composer)
    Type direction

    You can do this in InDesign but not in Illustrator. Not sure why, but…

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  10. Asset Export Incorrectly Clipping

    If you create a filled rounded rectangle with a 1 pt border, add it to the Asset Export panel and export, the end result is noticeably clipped. Even though the shape may be aligned to be pixel perfect and the stroke aligned so that it should be inside, the output shows the frame is now non uniform in terms of stroke width.

    If you didn't use stroke, you probably won't notice the inaccuracy.

    See the attached image and the edges are clearly truncated.

    Says there are some fundamental alignment issues that need to be addressed.

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  11. Missing languages from character panel for automation

    I need to automate the language parameter from the Character panel on Illustrator. It is already available for most languages but it looks like the recent languages that have been added in Illustrator are not available for automation. We need to set this up to have the correct hyphenation in the text frames. For example, if we activate the hyphenation for illustrator files that contains Thai strings, it won’t hyphenate the strings correctly until we set the language.

    The list available for automation can be found from the Illustrator scripting library on macOS (it contains everything we can use for…

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  12. Finished art / dtp related issue

    New Bug
    in the latest version of AI , overprinting type objects all of a sudden have the correct colour i asigned & the correct overprint or knockout behaviour in the attribute field, however, if you generate seps or activate seperation preview it shows that type boxes remember their previous colour & setting - however they are showing the newly assigned setting but the behaviour does not match

    i believe it originates if type boxes are grouped to other type boxes or objects, if i have a group of various elements, it should allow me without ungrouping & entering each…

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  13. Ability to set line width based on the angle of the line

    I'd like to be able to set the line width based on the angle of the line, so if the line width is 10 pt on horizontal lines, and you set it so it's 90% of that on vertical lines, it automatically sets it to 95% on 45 degree lines etc.

    In the example image you'd just have to draw a circle, set it to a 10 pt line and then set the thickest point (vertical) to 400% of the thinnest part (the horizontal).

    The controls for this would be simple, all you need to be able to do is…

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  14. Make Smart Guides work consistently with Symbols

    Precise work with Symbols is difficult/impossible because it's treated differently by Smart Guides than normal artwork.

    • Anchor/Path Labels are not displayed on Symbol-ized artwork
    • It's not possible to grab Symbol-ized artwork by a path segment (only anchors) making precise alignment impossible
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  15. Refreshing new idea for Snap to Pixel

    Please implement a feature called, "Never ever (literally EVER) allow Snap to Pixel to be turned on." I think it's a setting that would prove useful for people like me that spend ages working on a document only to then wonder why absolutely NOTHING is properly aligned.

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  16. Angled Guidelines

    I'm working on a typography piece right now and my guidelines look like this (see attached.) The black lines are straight strokes. I think it would be really neat to have an option for angled guidelines, so I don't have to mix vertical/horizontal guides with strokes.

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  17. Image Trace

    Please add the ability to use Image Trace so we can convert raster graphics to vector. Also, it would be great if we could choose which object other objects are aligned to. Lastly, please add more keyboard/trackpad support that is similar to the desktop version to make using the app with a keyboard and mouse feel more traditional.

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  18. Chart enhancement request

    Most of the time I work on creating charts, sometimes which will be recurring charts. So my request is if we can embed spreadsheet just like in Indesign for tables, it would save time and also if we have option to add values on top of column chart and at the same time controlling alignment would be much helpful.

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  19. Change the basis of the the zero angle

    I've always found the decision to have zero degrees along the horizontal odd and out of whack with many other applications and approaches. Being able to assign it vertical (north), would be much more useful and predictable, so as not needing to assign negative or positive values, or other weird differentials to actually get the correct angle.

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  20. Highlight/Select values within box on panels on single click

    I am unsure if this is OS specific or not, but it would be a welcome quality-of-life change. I use an Apple laptop and a Windows desktop.

    Within Photoshop on Mac, if you click within the 'Character Size' box inside the Properties panel the entirety of the characters are highlighted to then be replaced. Unknown to me, this behavior is actually not consistent throughout every other Adobe program on Mac OS (as it should be).

    It seems that on Windows, the behavior is set to only highlight on a double-click as well. This isn't the end of the world but…

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