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Rotate dialogue box is now painfully inefficient (CC2019)

Rotate and Scale functions used to work the same, where you could press R+Enter or S+Enter to bring up their respective dialogue boxes, type in a number, and hit Enter. Very fast, very efficient. Now when you call up the Rotate dialogue box, the focus is on this manual angle widget instead of the numeric field. And should you try to use Tab to change the focus to that field you have to hit it 5x.

This used to be extremely efficient, which was great since it's not uncommon to use this feature hundreds of times in a day. It meant that, regardless of where your cursor was, you could quickly and precisely make these changes - with either a known angle or your closest guess and then close in using arrow keys or Shift+arrow keys.

Now performing this same common task means I have three far less efficient options:
1) Always have my Transform palette open and poke a value in there each time (that means having to always click on a specific part of the UI for the second most common transform function).
2)Double-click the Rotate tool in the toolbar, then double-click the numeric field, then use the keyboard to enter/adjust my values (hunting down two specific things to click on in sequence before I can enter my angle value. Hooray!)
3)Hit R+Enter (keyboard), then double-click in the numeric field (mouse), then enter/adjust my angle value (keyboard). There's no way that can possibly sound efficient.

Been using Illustrator for over 20 years. Still love it. Use it almost every day. I'm really hoping this was just an oversight in this latest version. If there is a more efficient way to make these changes in CC2019, I'm all ears. If not, this change stinks.

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We have the fix available in the latest release. Please update Illustrator using Adobe Creative Cloud application to the latest build for version Illustrator CC 23.0.2
Please refer to our knowledge base FAQhttps://illustrator.uservoice.com/knowledgebase/articles/1844590 if you face difficulty in update.
Or get in touch with us at any of the other support channels – https://helpx.adobe.com/support.html

Warm Regards,
Ashutosh Chaturvedi | Sr. Quality Engineering Manager – Illustrator
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  • David Planthold commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    OP here. Thank you very much for fixing this UX issue. The Rotate dialogue box works great now. I appreciate your attention to this matter.

    - David Planthold

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I've just done the update and for me this problem isn't fixed yet. Could you advise me how to solve it?

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Thank you.

    This should never had happened and should have been fixed immediately.

    Thanks for fixing it now.

  • Mark Wood commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    So it this what subscription services are going to be like now?
    Send software update, ***** up basic functions, get complaints, ignore, work on other programs leaving people with faulty software.... If this was a retail version this **** would have HAD to be fixed by now.

    Adobe, you are getting paid monthly to keep these programs in working order. If this issue is not resolved by the end of the month then you should cut the cost of your subscriptions until it is fixed.

    Look at the date this was first raised Oct 20, 2018. that's 3 Months.
    Started fixing it Jan 14, 2019 That's 10 days. how about updating people as to WHEN this issue might be resolved.... People have waited long enough

  • Rombout Versluijs commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Somehow the tablet has a larger reach or hotspot that a mouse or touchpad. When i use my wacom tablet the rotation and move gizmo fires much faster than the trackpad. Its almost 3 times the distance when the gizmo hits. WOnder if anything has to do with the size of wacom. Im using an intuos 4 small.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Just got notification there was an Illustrator CC update today, so I did it expecting the ROTATE issue to be finally fixed.

    AND IT ISN"T!!! It still has focus on the graphic not input box!

    What is going on Adobe? Please fix this ASAP.

  • Mike commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I usually hit r, enter, the degrees I want to rotate and enter. A temporary work-around until they fix this is hitting r, enter, tab, Shift+tab to get to the dialog box then the degrees, enter.

    Of course the additional steps will be in my muscle memory when they fix which will trip me up again...

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please correct as soon as possible. The purpose of shortcut keys for commonly used transforms is for efficiency. When I want to manually rotate, I can grab the corner of the object, so the focus of the dialogue box on manual rotation is not only redundant, but useless for experienced users.

  • Michael Porter commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I agree, it is terribly frustrating that I now have to manually think about and act on something, I previously did on instinct.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This needs to be corrected ASAP, really slows down production art workflow, not everyone is using Illustartor exclusively for design and illustration.

  • Phil commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    THIS IS HORRIBLE! WHY HAS IT NOT BEEN FIXED YET?? Mind boggling that this most basic function could be so carelessly screwed up.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Yes, before, opening rotate, the field would automatically be highlighted and you just enter the number. Now I have to click the area. Painfully annoying and slows me down.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I would like a refund d on the extra 4000 buttons I push per day because of this horrible update.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    UGH! How many more annoyed and irritated customers do you have to hear from before you address these issues! Such hubris, Adobe. Any coder will tell you that these are relatively quick fixes, yet 6 months later, you are still dragging your feet!!! How about reimbursing all of us who are monthly subscribers to CC?

  • Mike commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Is this issue going to get addressed? Between this and Photoshops change in constrained proportions this last update was designed to just make me crazy

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Raghuveer, you say, "We have forwarded this to the engineering team." Are you JUST NOW FORWARDING THIS ISSUE TO YOUR ENGINEERING TEAM, after a build-up of months of requests to fix? Did you have to wait for a magical number of complaints before you stepped forward? Now here's your customer's question: Just because you 'forwarded to your engineering team,' will they actually be affective in addressing it IMMEDIATELY? We all know we can lead the proverbial horse to water but making it drink is quite another scenario. Perhaps a bit of micro-managing and following up on that 'engineering team' to truly make sure they are on this and not watching Netflix on their computers. So horribly unprofessional!

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Adding my vote so that this doesn't get stale. Hurry up with this fix, it's obviously driving enough of us crazy. Quick story, Lego produced a police station set and sold 30,000 sets with one brick missing. They received 600 complaints. That's 2% of customers affected actually took the time to complain. So if my math is correct, at that same rate (2%) the 85 votes on here mean that there are probably around 4300 people suffering with this problem and quickly loosing that warm and fuzzy feeling they once had for Adobe.

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