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Smart guides don't work properly

It has been too long for this not to be working right yet. Smart guides aren't smart enough. When smart guides snap to something it has to be exact, not .05 pixels off. Close enough is not good enough. Also, when I drag over an object it needs to snap to that object, not some random shape clear across the pasteboard. If I have to zoom in 2600% to manually align something (which I often do) smart guides and snapping have failed. Is there some ridiculous setting I have to change to get this to work the way it's supposed to?

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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

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Ashutosh Chaturvedi | Sr. Quality Engineering Manager – Illustrator
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  • anon commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    April 2019, Can confirm so called "smart guides" are still useless and simply not working most of the time

  • Jimmy commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I would change "COMPLETED", as a I feel Smart Guides are still clunky. Smart Guides haven't been the same since around CS2. Having to hold Command for improved accuracy was always an odd addition too.

  • Dave commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The fix did not happen in 23.0....it still does not work correctly no matter what you try.

  • Jason commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I wish Illustrator was a 2D version of Blender. They have their snapping nailed down. Also, every time I work in Blender and migrate back to Illustrator, I want to edit my vertices the same way I was in Blender. Just a thought for Illustrator developers to have a look at that.

  • Lance commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I'm not certain what was supposedly fixed in CC 2019, but nothing seems to have changed according to my testing. Perhaps the folks at adobe were testing very simple files rather than something with many layers and thousands of individual objects all over the artboard and/or drawing area? I still see 'smart' guides 'snapping' to things clear across the screen from the intended object.

  • Stéphanie Noverraz commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The problem has come back, I think. I need to zoom in a lot to snap to the right point.
    I don't want to delete my preferences again, it takes too long to set them back.

  • DC Jon commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I'm also constantly having issues with imprecise snapping to points and guides. Sometimes, I can't even get them to snap to a guide, point, or line that I'm hovering directly over. I also have the issue of the smart guides trying to snap to objects no where near what I'm working on while hovering over the object I'm trying to snap to. These guides used to work great a few releases ago.

  • Stéphanie Noverraz commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I've talked to an Adobe Support representative and he seems to have solved my issue by resetting my Illustrator preferences.

  • Valerii Mamedov commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Let me add a small comment to smart guides. The smart guides doesn't snap to point text. From the words "at all".

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I completely agree with the above comment as well. Smart guides were working for me up until I installed Illustrator 2018. I had to reinstall the previous version because I couldn't find a solution. I had thought to reset the preference file but just gave up out of frustration. The "unsmart" guides were causing a complete work stoppage for me and were starting to cost me money because it prevented me from getting projects completely in a timely manner. This needs to be fixed. It's too bad that Adobe swallowed up FreeHand, I loved that program.

  • Heinrich commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Agree 100% with the above comment. Guide snapping in general is pretty pathetic. It doesn't snap at all... trying to get a guide in the center of an object is just about impossible. Adobe should focus on getting the small things right!

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