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    The most recent version finally has the Object > Distribute menu added.

    Now both Align and Distribute commands can be accessed via menu and have assigned keyboards shortcuts to them.


    The order of the commands though seemingly matches the one the panel has: horizontal first for Align and vertical first for Distribute. If you find this odd and want to change it — vote here: https://illustrator.uservoice.com/forums/333657-illustrator-desktop-feature-requests/suggestions/45855823-sync-the-order-of-align-and-distribute-menu-comman


    Also, Align To and Distribute Spacing commands are still missing in top menus, so please keep voting here to make them added too.

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    Bobby Henderson commented  · 

    One thing I'd really like to see is an option to change how key objects are assigned for object alignment in Illustrator. Currently the user has to select both objects and then click the desired key object again to make it lock in place. Illustrator's default object alignment behavior has all the selected objects moving to a new, unpredictable place when aligned. That is a result I almost never need. I'm almost always having to use extra clicks to keep one object locked in place.

    Some other rival applications default to the first or last object selected automatically locking in place for alignment and distribution purposes. Flexi makes the first selected object the key object. CorelDRAW does so with the last selected object. The fewer clicks required combined with the R-L-C-T-B-E keys (add shift for distribution) can allow a user to really fly through certain kinds of drawing tasks.

    I've tried on multiple occasions to create a work-able "recipe" of custom keyboard shortcuts in Illustrator to mimic the align hot keys in CorelDRAW, but can't really come up with any more than a partial set. Too many other keys can be over-written. Some combos just don't end up working properly either.

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    The Dimension Tool is now live with 28.1.0.141 version of Illustrator.


    This is just a beginning of it and the team is going to improve it further.

    The intention is not to replace the existing specialized plugins completely, but to give a robust and integrated way for the majority of users to create dimensions.


    Please make new requests and upvote existing ones, report bugs if you find them — all these are monitored and really help to shape the experience. Happy dimensioning!

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    Bobby Henderson commented  · 

    Is there a way the dimension numerals can be vertically center aligned and knock thru the line? Currently the numerals can only be positioned above or below the line (or left/right of it for vertical dimensions).

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    Bobby Henderson commented  · 

    I'm having the same issue on my Alienware X17 notebook: Core i7-11800H, NVidia RTX-3070 8GB GPU, 64GB of RAM, 120Hz UHD 17" display, Windows 10 Pro OS. When I first bought the notebook late last summer and first installed Illustrator on it I had animated zoom working in both outline and preview mode. It was nice. The animated zoom function in outline view quit with a subsequent update to Illustrator. I think it was an update just prior to 26.1 that botched normal GPU Preview functions. Now if I open an Illustrator document I'll have animated zoom in full color Preview mode as long as I don't use outline view. If I look at the artwork in outline view then animated zoom in full color Preview mode gets disabled. "GPU Preview" in the menu is grayed out.

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    Bobby Henderson commented  · 

    I would like it if certain typographical features weren't so scattered in the user interface, or if certain OTF functions could appear in the character palette in a context sensitive manner. One example is numerals. If I want to change default tabular lining figures in a string of numerals to proportional lining I have to open the OTF palette and then click a fly-out menu just for that setting. Context sensitive buttons in the character palette or even drop down options underneath the numbers themselves on the art board would be faster.

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    Bobby Henderson commented  · 

    I, too, would like to see options to align text objects to other objects via cap height or x-height. At the very least Adobe Illustrator should allow text objects to be aligned to other objects via the baseline. At least one rival vector drawing application does this; in addition it offers first baseline and last baseline alignment to other objects for multi-line strings or blocks of text.

    Turning on snapping functions and using Smart Guides is a sort of okay work-around. But it requires the user to manually move the objects. Clicking a button or keyboard shortcut to execute the command would be far faster and more precise.

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    I am glad to remind all who voted for this feature that it is now possible to set a font size as x-height or cap height with Show Font Height Options toggle enabled in Character panel menu.


    Some issues still remain, yes, like, wrong size calculation if a font has rounded stems that end below baseline (https://illustrator.uservoice.com/forums/601447-illustrator-desktop-bugs/suggestions/44639661-font-height-options-misbehave-with-rounded-fonts), or inability to focus the dropdown with Tab (https://illustrator.uservoice.com/forums/601447-illustrator-desktop-bugs/suggestions/41836618-font-height-options-tab-order), or calculating font height by measuring glyphs instead of reading the actual value within the font (https://illustrator.uservoice.com/forums/601447-illustrator-desktop-bugs/suggestions/41615035-cap-height-setting-not-using-font-cap-height), but overall this is done, works, and super cool, don’t you think?

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    Bobby Henderson commented  · 

    For the most part the font height options feature is pretty well implemented. Illustrator's developers have had to split the difference between using the physical size of characters and a font file's built in dimensions.

    A conventional sans serif face like Gotham will have its physical features line up precisely with the horizontal guide lines for baseline, cap height and x-height. Then there are other typefaces whose capitals don't reach the cap height line. Some serif text faces do this and it is a common feature with many script faces. If Illustrator only based its cap height setting on the distance between baseline and cap height line the letters in some typefaces would end up being under-sized. I guess I'm not surprised there would be an issue with rounded letter forms.

    There is another type-related feature I desperately want added: aligning the baseline of text objects with other objects, be it a geometrical shape or another type object. Right now I have to manually move the objects in order to have the text baseline "snapped" to something else. It would be far more simple (and much faster) to be able to select a text object, a target object and then click an alignment button (or keyboard shortcut) to auto-align via baseline. It's worth mentioning some rival applications do allow baseline alignment, even with multi-line strings or blocks of text (with first baseline or last baseline alignment).

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