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The ability to convert outline text into live text will be available through the 'Retype' feature we recently shipped. The released version can identify fonts for now. Soon it will allow you to edit it as well. More details: https://helpx.adobe.com/in/illustrator/using/retype.html
An error occurred while saving the commentClint Porter commented
In some ways I understand why it is that once you've outlined it, you can't really unring that bell. But at the very least, I think it would be helpful if Illustrator could default to saving a copy of the type object and toggling it off, like we all probably do by hand every time.
What would be really great is if Adobe could just give the user access to directly modify the type control points of the glyphs without converting it at all. Under the hood, Illustrator would be replacing the original glyphs with new shapes, but from the user's perspective the shapes would still be treated like the type they came from (continuing to allow kerning/tracking/leading). Obviously some type features might get disabled and/or reset the glyphs to their original state (like toggling Small Caps or something), but this could be a waaaay more useful default behavior than the current implementation.
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