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  1. Live Corners should be more live

    It's too easy to "break" a live corner in Illustrator.

    Compare how resilient a live corner is in Sketch versus in Illustrator. In Sketch, the original anchor point is available for manipulation no matter the corner rounding value.

    In Illustrator, translating a rounded corner in any way is highly likely to expand it to a raw bezier curve.

    Thus in Illustrator, if you want to edit your path at all, the best practice is actually to reduce all corner rounds to zero before making any edits. Then edit the path, and then restore the rounding values. To accomplish this, I…

    29 votes
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  2. Align Stroke to one side of path

    The feature which allows you to align stroke to inside or outside of a path for closed shapes is fantastic and gives a great deal of dynamic help. Currently, the only way to align a stroked path and another shape is inaccurately with only visual cues or expand the stroked path and lose editability.

    I don't know if it has been suggested but a feature which allowed you to preserve a non destructive workflow and interact with shapes more easily is very much within reach. Simply create an equivalent for the align stroke to inside or outside of path for…

    29 votes
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  3. Relative paths for linked assets

    An option to use relative paths for linked assets. Because links use absolute paths, simply moving the folder your artwork is in will break the links unless the links are in the same folder. For example:

    c:\artwork\project-1234\layout.ai
    c:\artwork\project-1234\assets\logo.jpg
    c:\artwork\standard-title-block.ai

    If logo.jpg and standard-title-block.ai are both linked to inside of layout.ai, renaming the project folder will break the links. Moving the project folder will break the links.

    Instead of storing the link paths absolutely, store them relatively. This way at least renaming the folder will preserve both links and moving the folder will only break links that point to file outside…

    29 votes
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  4. AI 2020 slow

    I am working on a 2017 iMac pro with an 18 core Intel Xeon W processor, 128 GB of 2666 MHz DDR4 memory and a Radeon Pro Vega 64 GPU (16 GB memory). I just (November 5, 2019) updated to AI 2020 and everything is significantly slower than the last version of AI 2019 (yes, GPU enhancement settings are on). I purchased AI CS because it had the GPU enhancement and it was 64-bit allowing me to work with the rather large vector images produced during my data analysis from spacecraft. However, this slow down is like going back to…

    28 votes
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  5. 28 votes
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  6. Split paths by currently applied dash settings

    Hi - I was directed here via adobe and illustrator support teams on twitter.

    I'm submitting a suggestion for a function or feature for adobe illustrator in which the user may subdivide a dashed path into individual smaller paths, by the measurement and placement of said dash style. I have seen many different suggestions and workarounds for this over the past few years but none actually execute this specific action. (Setting to .0001 stroke, expanding, then deleting excess points isn't ideal!)

    In my current role, and in our office, we design and create physical package design comps. we frequently use…

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  7. Layer Comps

    Layer Comps like Photoshop but for Illustrator. If you do this, it should fix the problem of showing all the layers when I toggle the solo on and off. I love the solo but it would be nice if the solo remembered what layers were already off when I toggled the solo on. If this was try then when I toggle the solo off, the off layers should stay off.

    28 votes
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  8. Object Layer Options

    Using linked ai documents in an Illustrator file is a great way to reduce the file load on the system, and also to work collaboratively. It would be nice to be able to toggle layers in placed psd and ai files in the same way that InDesign does (accessed via import options on place, or by right-click context menu).

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  9. Adobe illustrator for iPad Pro

    Would love for adobe to came up with a version of illustrator for iPad pro in witch I can fully edit .ai files created with adobe illustrator on my mac.

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  10. Artboard-specific Layers

    When working with multiple artboards, it would be very helpful to have artboard-specific layers displayed on the Layers panel as opposed to one long blob of all layers from all artboards.

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  11. 27 votes
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  12. gradients as swatches in CC libraries

    Ability to save gradients as swatches in the CC libraries, instead of having to save as graphic and it opens in a separate file

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  13. Export for Screens - Prefix artboard number

    In Export for Screens dialog, include the ability to export the Artboard number in Prefix (or Suffix). A checkbox or variable string would do (eg $A). Currently we have to manually add the Artboard number into the Artboard name.

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  14. 27 votes
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  15. Sync and update workspaces in Creative Cloud so I don't have to create new ones when I'm switching between a laptop and desktop

    Sync and update workspaces in Creative Cloud so I don't have to create new workspaces when I'm switching between a laptop and desktop.

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  16. Layers in Touch Interface

    The touch interface should have layers.

    27 votes
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  17. Have a search bar at the top that searches all menu items.

    Ok, the Adobe menus have a LOT of menu items and features. You guys should create a search bar that searches all the menu items and features to make it easier to find things.

    Microsoft has this feature in it's Office Suite and it is SUPER useful.

    For example have a bar that asks the user "What are you looking for" They can type anything, for example "Alignment" and it would bring up the alignment menu. Or "pathfinder" will bring up a button for the pathfinder menu.

    Think about it guys, would save EVERYONE who isn't a pro SO much…

    27 votes
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  18. Stop truncating filenames in Recent files

    AI truncates names of my files in Open Recent Files menu.
    Why?!
    Some of my files differ only in that truncated parts. I have to guess and remember.
    Please, give me an option to set limit myself (in Prefs file or Dialogue) or remove limit completely.

    26 votes
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  19. More robust Link Panel display and relinking functionality

    It would be nice if Illustrator's link panel was more link Indesign's in that it collapsed instances of the same linked file into an accordion. The user can then update multiple instances of a file to the same new link or link them individually to separate new links.

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  20. Hide contents outside of a mask from the selection tool

    Contents outside of a mask boundaries are still visible from the selection tool, so i's often tricky to select other objects behind. It would be great to have an option to just see the boundary of the mask with the selection tool.

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