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Margaret Trauth

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    Hello Everyone!

    First up, let me apologize for not giving an update for such a long time. We will try to do a better job of providing frequent updates on our top requests going forward. This is not an excuse for lack of communication from our side, but we have been discussing this request for a long time internally. Without getting into too many technical details, let me share that there is a fair amount of complexity involved in making it work within Illustrator. The number of tools, effects, plugins, etc. makes it even more challenging. However, given the fact that it continues to be one of the top requests, the team has been exploring different approaches to implement it. I am happy to share that we have finally :) started to work on it. There would be some challenges in making everything work in the first release. I will…

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    Margaret Trauth commented  · 

    Nov 21, 2017: Yogesh Sharma responded "Rotate canvas story has been added to backlog. We will be picking it up shortly."

    Happy birthday, Rotate Canvas Story! You're three years old now!

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    Margaret Trauth commented  · 

    Oh hey it's coming up on another year since this "story" was "added to backlog"! I'd better get ready for its birthday party soon.

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    Margaret Trauth commented  · 

    Hey are y’all ever going to add this one simple transformation to the matrix you’re already applying every time you draw the preview window? It’s three and a half years since you were gonna “pick it up shortly”.

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    Margaret Trauth commented  · 

    2021 beta, 25.0.1.68.

    1. I can only apply Repeat to artwork, not to a layer. I love being able to just freely draw stuff on a layer and have whatever effects I've applied to it Just Happen. Going into an isolation group is a ton of hassle compared to just selecting a layer.
    2. Repeat does not show up in the Appearance palette. IMHO it should, it is basically plopping a new UI on top of a bunch of stuff done with the Transform tool.
    3. Since Repeat's not an Appearance item, it can't be a graphic style. Styles are VERY USEFUL and as I move into bigger, longer projects they have become core to how I approach Illustrator. Y'all keep ignoring this, the Freeform Gradients do not *exist* in my practice because they can't get saved as Styles.
    4. no window>repeat? Just a couple of controls in the Properties palette (which is always off for me)
    5. It'd be pretty nice to have an option to visually clip the repeated art to hide anything outside of a segment of the canvas based on the repetition settings, have a look at Astute's MirrorMe for an example. (Mirror repeats do this, I see.)
    6. Selecting a repeat group and trying to change the repeat type in object>repeat>options does nothing.
    7. Having on-canvas controls for these things is nice, though I can't get them to show up reliably when re-selecting an object. They only seem to come up if I am in the Selection tool (not the Direct Selection tool) and specifically select the repeat object?
    8. oh man if I make a tile repeat and then accidentally rotate the whole thing with the Free Transform tool while trying to get the on-canvas controls to show up, it expands the whole thing into a giant mess

    On a higher level: Maybe the repeat controls should be in the Free Transform tool? It was designed to unify all the transformation tools that existed at the time and there's something about these that feel like they belong with it.

    I dunno, as is I can't see it replacing Transform effects (whether applied manually or via Astute's Stylism) or Astute's MirrorMe for me.

    I feel like I could also make a case for this being something that should be folded into Window>Pattern Options? Upgrade that to do reflections, rotations, maybe even glides and whatever other cool stuff is hidden behind paying $500 for SymmetryWorks...

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    Margaret Trauth commented  · 

    fyi Mark, object>path>reverse path direction exists now and can be assigned a shortcut, but this by no means obliviates my desire for tons more shortcuttable items in general!

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    Margaret Trauth commented  · 

    God yes.

    I currently have almost EVERY SINGLE ALLOWABLE SHORTCUT mapped to something. There's about thirty keystrokes in the combination of `1234567890-=qwertyuiop[]asdfghjkl;'zxcvbnm,./ plus command, command-opt, command-shift, or command-opt-shift that are unassigned.

    If I could assign stuff to command-control-something, command-opt-control-something, command-shift-control-something, and command-opt-shift-control something, I would have SO MUCH MORE FREEDOM when adding keystrokes for new features from Adobe or plugins.

    I guess this might cause problems when sharing shortcuts to Windows, as they only have ctrl/alt/shift available for shortcuts, with the Windows key reserved for OS shortcuts? I dunno. I never use Windows. Display a warning that this shortcut is not portable to Windows when I assign something that uses the control key, change the color of half the Keyboard Shortcut dialogue to red or yellow to make this warning super obvious, I'm fine with that.

    (This comment brought to you by me going through the Keyboard Shortcuts dialogue and trying to apply *every allowable shortcut* to a plugin's menu item and writing down which ones were used or not.)

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    Margaret Trauth commented  · 

    It's about two years later and I still really want this switch, I still swear every time I make a blend and then have to either eyeball making my own spine, or undo, close one path, make the blend, and re-edit that path.

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