Small enhancement for the new Global Edit Tool
I’m playing with this new feature on Illustrator 23, “Global Edit” and I find it absolutely fantastic.
But, there is a small drawback when you are editing an object: once your are in “Global Edit Mode”, when you change to White Arrow (Direct Selection Tool) to modify some individual component of your original object, lot of times you need to firstly UNSELECT ALL just to be able to select some individual point/s to edit (in order to see that edition being cloned along all similar objects interactively).
And here comes the problem: once you unselect all with the White Arrow in your original object, then your “Global Edition Session” finish, and no matter you select a single point in your original object to be moved, those changes no more are translated to the similar objects.
The first workaround for this is to NEVER “unselect all” in your original object, using the White Arrow, and maintain at least a single selected point. Then you can combine SHIFT+White Arrow to select/unselect what you need, in order to be modified and to see all those changes reflected in the similar object. But this method can be unnecesarely convoluted…
Another workaround is to use “Isolate Selected Object” just after pressing “Start Global Edit”, in order to manipulate those individual points/curves in your original object using the White Arrow. The problem with this second workaround is that being in “Isolated Mode”, then our changes are not interactive or “real time”. We need to exit from that Isolated Mode in order to see all our changes being propagated to similar objects…
What I would like to see is that once we press “Start Global Edit”, we could change to White Arrow, and we could unselect all, and then we could start to edit all those points, curves and tangents in our original object. This would we much more elegant and direct IMHO.