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I would like to be able to look at all the actions I've performed with a tool and undo those actions in one step, instead of clicking Ctrl-z seventy times or one hundred-twenty-three times. Also, as an artist, I would like to be able to jump to the middle or three quarters of the way through a set of "pen tool, pen tool, pen tool" uses to find the point in time I'm looking for. It is unreasonable to suggest that I have to use a keyboard shortcut x number of times to get there (especially when the point I'm looking for is greater than, say, ten, twenty or fifty steps). There have been many people who have argued against a history panel in Illustrator because it wouldn't work the same way as a history panel in Photoshop. Most of us who want this feature are very savvy users who know that Photoshop (raster) and Illustrator (vector) are very different ways of doing digital art and that a history of actions in illustrator would not work the same way. It would be nice to know if I need to undo 74 times or 75 times to get to the point when I changed tools, for example. We know that each undo step would have the same text for as long as we've been using that tool (pen tool, pen tool, pen tool, pen tool, pen tool, pen tool, pen tool...) and really that is half the point. A visual representation would be easier to work with than the ctrl+z 'workflow'. Also, saving a copy every single time we change tools is not really the best way to work- it's costly in terms of disk space and in terms of time and it's also not the point at all. Saving a copy or a 'version' of our art every ten minutes is a work around, not a best practice. We don't understand why Illustrator doesn't already have this functionality. Although we recognize that making changes to software involves effort and time and money, we also feel that since ctrl+z can undo our changes successfully in order, that this is an easy feature to implement. A quick win to bring Illustrator into conformance with other competitive art programs like Adobe Animate, Photoshop, et al. Please do not mention or even think about the non-linear undo's you can do in Photoshop. We are not asking for that (most of us are not). Just make visual what's already available through the use of Ctrl+Z.W supported this idea ·
And if you think we should simply click Ctrl+z until we get there, I challenge you to click Ctrl+z seventy times and honestly tell me that it's easier than the history panel in Adobe Animate.