The idea of "some" pantone colors not being available anymore and all previously created files coming up with black fields where there was artwork before is, I'm not going to mince words, It's outrageous and Adobe should be ashamed of themselves. But what really galls me is that A. we should have already received a list of all the colors in question. B. we should be informed that there will be an option to automatically convert them to CMYK or RGB. And C. they should already be offering an equivalency palette. (Really they should just pay the licensing fee).
So all that is bad enough but now that i've updated to 27, the latest, there is a big blue note in the middle of my screen reminding me of this change that is half cut off because i'm using a different screen res and so i can't get rid of this note as if they think warning us enough will make it not so bad when it starts happening.
The crashes 3 times a week, bugs, delays, long lags just to change a tool, bad UI decisions that make it harder to work, and the way-to-often updates that usually cause more problems than they fix, is already bad enough. As someone who has used every version of illustrator since 88, I feel let down, ignored and frankly betrayed by adobe.
At least get rid of that square enclosing box (see fig 2) with the eight white anchor points that appears around every object or group now making it impossible to grab and move objects without rotating or stretching them. Horrible design flaw.
Yeah, the Pantone deal is a horrible story.
Everybody feels betrayed, and us users especially.
Pantone won’t come back anytime sooner, they push their own extension, Pantone Connect (it takes fees!).
If you want a substitute palette — there are some available on the web, but I won’t provide a link here, you’d have to search for it your self.
The blue notification — oh, this is not OK. Please tell more about the display you are using, UI scaling options, etc., provide a full-sized screenshot.
From my practice, Ai handles old swatches in files better than Ps, and no conversion-to-lack happens, even with the latest 27.0.1 — for me they all just get converted to spot colors with appropriate values. Again — please tell more.
Crashes — yes, the more functions it gets, the more bulkier the thing gets. But the overall stability still feels junky! So do please always send those crash reports, report bugs, just to let them know! There is little I can personally offer to you, but I really hope for the trust to come back and work on it.
The easiest part is that square enclosing frame with 8 markers. Just turn it off — View > Hide Bounding Box (or hit Cmd+Shift+B). I almost never use it myself, exactly because of this 'sure you want to scale or rotate!' imposition! You should not have waited for 30 years with this!