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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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    I would have more respect for Adobe in this and other long-awaited features if they came out and said that unfortunately the underlying architecture of illustrator is so old and creaky that some features are impossible to add without completely rewriting the codebase, which would risk breaking many trusted features and third-party plugins and potentially take years to implement.

    My suspicion is that Adobe’s intention is to grow the iOS apps to a point where they can be ported to desktop and completely replace the aging desktop apps.

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    Yes, it looks like Adobe have gone part way to addressing our needs but have made it worse in the process. The latest version (24.2.1) sets the path to the source file’s location regardless of whether a different path was set previously. I encountered this yesterday, rushing to output edits to assets and expecting them to overwrite the earlier output but finding instead that I had to re-set the export path.

    Three groups of people need to be accommodated: those (like me) who want the path to be saved in the file so that each file remembers its own specific export location; those (like Lucas Bianchetti, below) who want every export to be directed to one specific location; and perhaps also a few people who always want their output to be in the same location as the source file.

    The last of these is probably the smallest constituency, yet this is the solution given us in the latest version.

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    Philip King commented  · 

    Thanks Varun, that’s very good news. These are nuisances I encounter daily.

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    What I want is confidence that when I open a file and export assets, the export location will the the same folder as the last time I exported from that file, regardless of how many other exports I’ve done in the meantime from other files to other locations.

    Additional:

    - the export dialog should display the full path without having to tab into the field
    - the export format settings should be saved with the file, not as a global setting
    - the optional prefix should be specific to the file and saved with it
    - the list of assets should show filenames in full when the window is expanded

    There are feature request on all these going back to 2018 at least.

    In fact it turns out I posted about the problem with filename length back in 2017
    https://illustrator.uservoice.com/forums/333657-illustrator-feature-requests/suggestions/32695579-asset-export-panel-list-view-clips-filenames-to-ap

    It would also be good to get some attention on the long-standing request regarding export presets:
    https://illustrator.uservoice.com/forums/333657-illustrator-feature-requests/suggestions/32015539-custom-presets-for-asset-export

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    Yes, I'd want to retain the prefix field but with the additional option to prefix with the filename.

    But really it would be more useful to overhaul it entirely and have a single field which accepted tokens for the various elements to be included in the output filename. This would also allow for underscores, dashes, spaces or some other preferred delimiter.

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    Philip King commented  · 

    Fullscreen works properly with XD, so someone at Adobe knows how to code it.

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    @Anonymous I know what you mean and I already do it that way, but it's not the same thing.

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    It's the same with Photoshop and InDesign, and I find it a real nuisance.

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    Philip King commented  · 

    Could it be scripted somehow? (I'm not familiar with scripting in Illustrator.) Saving presets would be best, like with print settings.

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    This export feature seems unchanged in v23, certainly there's no sign of a way to save export options with the file or to an external file (please correct me if I'm wrong).

    This is a regular painful issue. I get around it by taking screenshots the export panel so I know what options to re-enter next time I come back to that job. Which is pretty lame.

    It's great to see new features being added, but it's the less glamorous issues like this which have an impact on everyday workflow. And it's doubly galling that Export for Screens was a shiny new feature which now seems to be abandoned, and that makes it harder to commit to relying on other new features.

    I would urge anyone who upvoted this thread to do so on these other threads:

    https://illustrator.uservoice.com/forums/333657-illustrator-feature-requests/suggestions/33297205-file-specific-export-for-screen-settings-mainly

    https://illustrator.uservoice.com/forums/333657-illustrator-feature-requests/suggestions/32678836-make-asset-export-settings-per-project-not-global

    https://illustrator.uservoice.com/forums/333657-illustrator-feature-requests/suggestions/33223750-export-for-screens-no-ability-to-save-settings

    https://illustrator.uservoice.com/forums/333657-illustrator-feature-requests/suggestions/31422937--export-for-screens-control-dimensions-and-resolu

    https://illustrator.uservoice.com/forums/333657-illustrator-feature-requests/suggestions/32015539-custom-presets-for-asset-export

    There are other issues with this feature, such as only the first 24 characters of object and file names being visible, and the export path being global rather than saved with the file. I'd be happy to spend a day with Adobe to thrash through these problems and give whatever help I can to get this feature up to scratch, because it's a royal pain in the butt the way it is now.

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    Philip King commented  · 

    I'm hitting this again today, and it's a real nuisance! I have to keep written notes of the export settings for each job and reset them each time.

    Being able to save and import custom settings would be a major help. It would also help to have the settings saved within each file.

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    This would be very useful! Working on multiple projects it is a nuisance that the export formats are a global setting. For example, one project needs transparent .png at one output size, but another project needs opaque .png at a different output size. If the preference was saved with the file it would help, and it would also help to have custom sets as suggested.

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    Philip King commented  · 

    Still not fixed in v23. Would it be so hard?

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    I'd love this to be fixed.

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    Okay, so I've not been able to make a consistently reproducible case yet. I'll test again after work.

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    Philip King commented  · 

    This is one of a number of similar requests here for improvements to export settings. I hope that this being a relatively new feature means it will get some attention from the engineers. Your second point would be partly addressed by having the export settings be saved with the file rather than being global.

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