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  1. Artboards with the same number

    In the artboards menu, two have the same number, and so one cannot access or export one of those two artboards (see the attached photo, with two artboards labeled "9")

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    OK, the team needs some help with clear defined steps to reproduce this infuriating bug. The fact it happens is clear enough, and consequences are disastrous. However, it always happens when not expected, and so far nobody can tell the way to force it to happen. It's been three years! Please – if anyone knows the exact steps – give them here in the comments.

  2. Deleting Successive Artboards

    If you have a list of artboards and try and delete several of them in a row, deleting one will deselect the list. This is not a major issue in most cases, but it is a nuisance when having to quickly delete 40 or more artboards; it doubles the number of commands that need to be inputted before reaching the same result.

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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.
    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
    Adobe. Make It an Experience.

  3. Export artboards "range" error

    macOS Catalina
    Version 10.15.7

    Adobe Illustrator 25.2.1

    When choosing File > Export, if you check "Use Artboards" and type in an artboard number in "Range", I've noticed that if you hit the "enter" key nothing happens, and then if you click "export" it will export all artboards, ignoring the range.

    If you instead follow the above steps, but instead of hitting "enter" you click "export", it'll export just your artboard(s) specified in the range.

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  4. Can't Delete Empty Artboards

    I can no longer "delete empty artboards." The feature is there and not grayed out, but when I try to use it, it simply does nothing. My empty artboards remain. This is very inconvenient as I sometimes need to alter documents with several artboards and I have found it to be extremely helpful in the past.

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  5. Paste on All Artboards Not Working

    I have a design on a single artboard. I want to paste it to other artboards to prepare my color separations for screen printing. When I cut the design and select Paste on All Artboards, it pastes the design the correct amount of times...but NOT on the artboards. It pastes them out in the gray area. I have tried different artboard arrangements, and having different artboards active at the time of paste, but the designs still end up not on the artboards.

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    It is not clear to me if artboards are of same size or different sizes. When we paste an art we take into account artwork’s relative position from the artwork where it was coped from. I have attached a gif to demonstrate my point. if you look at the second circle it is placed outside of other artboards due to relative position in its original artboard.
    Please contact support if it is not the case – https://helpx.adobe.com/support.html

  6. Pixel number inconsistency

    Windows 10? (most recent and just updated yesterday)
    Illustrator 22.1 (64bit)

    When I told Illustrator to create an artboard of 350x350 pixels, I thought it could actually do so. That was the template image size that our web designer propogated across our entire website.

    Then I exported 11 images from Illustrator to .png format to re-build one of our webpages. They came out as 1459x1459. Now I will resize them in Microsoft Paint. They'll pixelate and probably look like trash. All because Illustrator can't understand "350 pixels x 350 pixels" on the Create New prompt window.

    Flaming dumpster fire. I…

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  7. Select all artboards

    With the Artboard tool selected, choosing Select > All selects not only the artboards, but all of the artwork—even artwork outside of the artboards.

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  8. Illustrator skips artboards #43 & 46

    When adding additional artboards to a document, artboard #43 becomes #44 (you'll end up with two #44), and Illustrator skips #46 (go from #45 to #47).

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  9. Artboards renamed when saving to CS4 or below

    When saving an Illustrator CC2020 file down to version CS4 (which we have to do for client reasons), when it's reopened it has renamed the Artboards. So, in my example, the file has two artboards called "Artboard 1" and "Artboard 2" (we need to keep them named that way too for html coding reasons). If the document is saved as CC2020 or down to CS5, the artboards retain those names and all is well. If, however, we save down to CS4 or lower, when the file is reopened (I'm using CC2020) the Artboards are called "Artboard 43" and "Artboard…

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    The core issue is that CS4 file format does not have support to remember the artboard names, we introduced the artboard and naming functionality in CS5. So, nothing can be done to resolve this issue. 

  10. artboards disappear

    Mac OSX 10.13.6 Illustrator 24.0 Creative Cloud
    Opened a file
    strokes with arrowheads to be strokes and artboards that were present when the file was closed to still be there.
    Strokes were dropped to shapes and grouped and the artboards were gone.

    I've seen this before and I can't figure out why it's happening. I have a file that I just worked in a few days ago and now when I open it, all the strokes I had with arrowheads are broken down into a shape for the line and a shape for each arrowhead and then the whole thing…

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  11. Can't delete artboards

    Can't delete artboards in latest beta with latest macOS beta when using the backspace key and the artboard selection tool.

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  12. Artboards

    My default document I use to begin projects has two artboards. If I add a third artboard, it will be named "Artboard 2" and I have to go into the settings and rename it "Artboard 3" in order to print properly.

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  13. cannot duplicate or move artboards

    Cannot duplicate or move artboards with artwork in Illustrator 2020. Artboard will merely move with the artwork contained when hitting opt+click. Can only duplicate artboards without artwork.

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  14. Edit Artboards/Convert a box to artboards Illustrator 18

    Why cant Illustrator 18 snap to a box when converting to artboards? Also if you create a box copy it into your library.... then bring it back into illustrator and try to create artboards from it, you get a weird error stating its got a clipping mask or a rotation?

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  15. Mutiple profiles & Artboards

    Illustrator Version: CC 2019 (23.0.3)
    Mac: Mojave (10.14.2) 5k 27" 32gb Ram

    Firstly there are 3 Film & Video profile dropdowns (1. Film & Video, 2. Film and Video, 3. Video and Film). Not sure why.

    No matter what general preset I use or artboard size preset I choose I get 2 artboards.

    1 artboard is the correct size and the other is basically the complete canvas area.

    I am constantly having to delete the 2nd artboard.

    Can I stop this from happening?

    Thanks in advance.

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  16. Rearrange artboard does not work with large artboards...

    Having an issue with the Rearrange All Artboards feature when using very large art boards. See attached screenshot. Two artboards, one 6x16ft and one 3x9ft. Rearrange All Artboards using columns only seem to give an error of: "Rearrangement would take some artboards out of canvas bounds." even though the artboard could be arranged manually with the same settings.

    Unrelated: Can you PLEASE allow uploading of videos again (specifically webm). It really helps when trying to communicate bugs and feature requests).

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  17. The artboard names and numbers dissapeared in 25.4.1

    I can still see the grey box in the top left corner of the artboards, but the names and numbers are gone. It started when I updated Illustrator to 25.3.1. I thought the issue would be solved in this new update but it is still there

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  18. Disappearing artboards in Illustrator 24.0.3

    I created a bunch of artboards and put logotypes (word logos) in them, exported each artboard as separate SVGs, closed the file. When I opened the file the next time, only my first artboard still remained but all my artboards I created after that were gone. This is disruptive because I need to keep the placement of all of the graphics in those artboards consistent as they are going to appear on the same baseline in our product. This is not the first time this has happened to me! I can't attach an image as the content cannot be public…

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  19. Rearrange All Artboards ignores locked layers

    When I use the command Rearrange All Artboards from the Artboards panel object on locked layers are not moved with the artboard.

    To test make a document with two artboards and two layers. Draw anything on Layer 1 for each artboard them copy it exactly to Layer 2, or just duplicate Layer 1. Hide or lock a layer then use Rearrange All Artboards to rearrange the dartboards. The objects on the locked or hidden layers do not move with the artboard.

    The two screenshots show before and after using Rearrange All Artboards with one layer locked.

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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.
    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
    Adobe. Make It an Experience.

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