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AdminNeeraj Nandkeolyar (Product Manager, Adobe Illustrator)

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  1. 5 votes
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    2 comments  ·  Illustrator (iPad) Feature Requests  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    This is an area we are actively working on. In the current version all new documents are created without any color profile. But if you open a document from desktop Ai, the color profile associated with it is preserved.

    The workaround to assigning a color profile to documents created in desktop.
    - Create a new document.
    - Click on the Home button to close it.
    - Open the document on desktop Ai, and assign a profile.
    - Open back in Ai on the iPad.

    In future we will bring the capability to pick a profile for new documents, and also the ability to assign a different profile in the open document.

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    Some reasons why this is happening. More details below - hope this helps explain the dynamics at play.

    There are three ways of creating clipping groups in Ai:

    1. Select two overlapping paths, Object > Clipping Mask > Make.
    2. Select a path, go to Draw Inside Mode > create/paste anything.
    3. Select an image and click 'Mask' button.

    Masking path, by design, cannot contain advanced fills, strokes and effects. Inline with this rule, creating clipping groups using first method drops all fills and strokes of the masking path. There is a minor exception in the second method where 'basic' stroke and fill is retained, but effects or advanced/multiple fills get dropped.

    In all clip groups, the clipping path gets a little less priority than the clipped object. This can be seen when trying to select the contents of the clip group - the selection hits are only recognized on clipped content, even when a fill is available in the clipping path.

    Issue highlighted here mentions that a new stroke is being added over the entire layer and is being moved below the content. Any new stroke in appearance panel, is an effect. And as described in point #2, clipping paths cannot contain effects.

    Also worth mentioning here is that the new stroke added at layer level in appearance panel, and then moved below is not a right course for workaround as it pushes the stroke below all fills - notice only half the thickness of stroke is visible (the other half is getting hidden behind the fill).

    The expectation mentioned in this report is to enable strokes on clipping groups via appearance panel - for that the limitations mentioned in #2 would have to be go away. A detailed study of technical possibilities, use-case analysis and user research would have to be done on currently existing content, as well as clipping groups that would get created in future.

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    It would be be helpful if you could share a snapshot of the IDs you're referring to, from the previous version. It would help align on the expectations. Thanks!

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    There are a couple of considerations to be made here:

    1. When you save/close a PDF (with Ai editing capabilities), open it back, make some edits and press Cmd+S (Save), original PDF settings are preserved. I am assuming there are no expectations of changing this behavior.

    2. Same document, when Saved As (copy), the PDF options dialog picks up the settings embedded in the PDF as the starting point. Users can then change it. By showing user’s last used setting (as requested in this report), it would not be possible to populate PDF‘s embedded setting in the dialog.

    Please share if this is an acceptable change.

    Thanks,
    Illustrator Team

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    Thanks for your response.

    The first case is pretty clear, and no change is expected in that workflow.

    For the second one, the case I wanted to highlight can be explained with these: Create a new document, draw something and save it as a PDF (with Illustrator Editing Capabilities). Pick Compatibility as Acrobat 3 (PDF 1.3). Give the PDF a name (say A.pdf), and close the file.

    Create a new document, same steps, but this time pick Compatibility as Acrobat 8 (PDF 1.7). Save and close the file. Say B.pdf

    So in both cases different Compatibility options were used. Now, when we open A.pdf and do a Save As (PDF) - the PDF options dialog shows Acrobat 3 for compatibility - as the default starting point. And B.pdf will show Acrobat 8 for compatibility. This is because the PDF compatibility information gets embedded in the file itself.

    We can surely change the current behavior such that when A.pdf is opened and Save As (PDF) it performed, Acrobat 8 compatibility is shown in the dialog (as that was the last used option). But, this change will deprive the users to know which compatibility version (and other settings) were embedded in the PDF they opened. It is also possible that there could be certain workflows based on this info - those would be affected too.

    One more thing to consider here is that Save / SaveAs PDF with Illustrator Editing Capabilities ON is a completely different file, than those saved with Illustrator Editing Capabilities OFF. What I described above is only related to PDFs saved with Illustrator Editing Capabilities ON.

    Generating PDFs from InDesign is an export workflow, and does not have such challenges.

    Question - Would providing 'File > Export > PDF' and then making the options of that dialog persistent, make a better story, that changing what is working now.

    Look forward to your feedback. Thanks!

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    There are a couple of considerations to be made here:

    1. When you save/close a PDF (with Ai editing capabilities), open it back, make some edits and press Cmd+S (Save), original PDF settings are preserved. I am assuming there are no expectations of changing this behavior.

    2. Same document, when Saved As (copy), the PDF options dialog picks up the settings embedded in the PDF as the starting point. Users can then change it. By showing user's last used setting (as requested in this report), it would not be possible to populate PDF's embedded setting in the dialog.

    Please share if this is an acceptable change.

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    Thanks for raising this request.

    We'd like to hear your opinion on what all should be considered as a part of this feature.

    There are four different ways of transforming an artboard in editing mode:
    1. Horizontal to Vertical (and vice-versa) orientation change
    2. Picking a different preset from dropdown (e.g. Letter to A4)
    3. Cursor based scaling from the eight controls of selected artboard, and
    4. Changing numbers in the W/H fields in panels

    Which of these do you think should be considered as a part of this feature? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

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    Please share details of the Ai version you're using. And if possible a snapshot of an anchor point selection on screen. Thanks!

  7. 45 votes
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    Please share a screen recording, and if possible, a sample file on which exhibits this problem <sharewithai[at]adobe[dot][com>

    We would like to investigate this. As a rule, we've tried to discard the Reshape segment cursor, as soon as the direct selection or anchor point cursor is in the vicinity of the anchor point handle.

    Thanks!

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    That's right - it can get fairly complex and un-predictable. An appearance (effect) overlapping the basic fill / stroke can come in the way. And some appearances like dashed-lines, inside-stroke, variable-width, etc. get applied from outside of the Effects menu.

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    There is a setting in that may help in case of large glow/shadows. Preferences > Selection & Anchor Display > Object Selection by Path Only.

    Enabling this option will disable clicks on appearances (fill/strokes/effects) from selecting the object. Only paths can be used for selection.

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    Thanks for compiling this and sharing details of your workflow. It definitely helps us understand the issue better.

    As we gather, there are two parts to the issue - one, there are different decimal limits in different places, and two, this difference is leading to precision related problems when you use scale factor in your measurements. For the first part - it would have been easy to solve, if we had just one unit to deal with. Illustrator handles 8 different units simultaneously and each have their own logical scales. Units like Pica or Q/Ha, or even Inches, require a different treatment than mm/cm. An input in one unit, has to be converted with its best possible accuracy to the working unit. This is not to say that anomalies do not exist. And as you've pointed out in the examples, there are different decimal inputs limits in different places.

    What we are thinking is to build a consistent decimal limit, for each unit in all places. But it would still be possible to see different decimal limits for different units. Maybe, we even expose decimal control for different units, in the UI. Maybe.

    For using scale factor, building a consistent decimal limit for each unit, should solve the problem to an extent, but ideally there needs be a different solution for that problem and we're exploring different possible options around that.

  10. 12 votes
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    When the Blend tool (or any other tool that has options) is selected, Properties panel does show 'Tool Options' on the top right. It is a generic button to provide quick access to options of the selected tool.

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    Allow me to explain the behavior, and also seek your opinion on possible solutions.

    There are two 'working units' in Illustrator. One is at the document level, and the other is at the application level. Former may sound complex, but it is there for a purpose - to enable users work with documents of different units at the same time. e.g., one document with units as Inches, while the other could have Pixels. Control for document's units are in the Document Setup dialog, in the new Properties panel, and context menu (right-click) over visible rulers.

    What we see in the Preferences > Units is the application level unit control which applies to all open documents - using which, working units of all open documents could be changed in one go.

    There is a third aspect too, closely related to the first one - all documents save their native units. And this includes the document profiles too. What we see in the New Document dialog as Print, Web, Mobile, etc. are .ai documents and hence have a unit saved within. When we create a new document, and start with a document profile, say Print, the new document dialog populates its Unit field (and other fields too) with the default unit of that profile.

    What was happening in the last version was that a change in the Preference > Units in a no-document state was causing a change in the new document dialog, turning the profile field as 'Custom', and making it difficult to identify the starting profile. This has changed in the latest update. Now, changes in New Document dialog are preserved and un-related to the changes in Preferences > Units. So, if you change the units in new document dialog and create a new document, this setting would be preserved the next time you bring up this dialog, irrespective of changes made in Preferences > Units.

    This was a technical explanation of the two-unit behavior. According to which, the ideal place for making unit changes for new documents is the new document dialog. But it is possible that this may not be the right expectation for users. With an idea to keep the behavior technically correct, yet improve the experience of working with units, we can think of a few simple possible solutions - like graying-out the Units field in Preferences in no-document state, or adding distinct labels like Application Units and Document Units in places. A radical solution could be completely getting rid of this two-unit behavior, which we believe will not go well with users who work with documents of different units. But keeping our thoughts aside, we'll like to hear your suggestions on this. What do you think would be the right experience of working units in Illustrator. We look forward to your ideas on making units work in a predictable manner.

    (On a side note, it is possible to create your own Document Profile, which can have your preferred unit, font, swatches, symbols, etc. , and use this profile as the starting point of all your new documents.)

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