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  1. 390 votes

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    Paul Roper commented  · 

    "We’re exploring turning ‘Hyphenation’ OFF in [Normal Paragraph Style] of all Document Profiles."
    No, @Neeraj, you're clearly not. That was just a lie.

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    Paul Roper commented  · 

    Just to do a simple comparison of the various departments in Adobe:
    4 months ago (21 Dec 2021), I put in a feature request to the Media Encoder team:
    "When changing the encoding settings for multiple outputs, AME always asks for me to confirm that I want to do this. The pop up really needs a "never ask me again" option, so I'm never asked again. I nearly always adjust he output settings of multiple items, and do not want to be asked for confirmation."
    On 20 April 2022, they implemented exactly that (in the Beta release):

    "Hi Paul,
    We have made the change you suggested. You can try it out in the beta version of v23.4 (there's no problem with having both the beta and shipping versions of our products installed at the same time) or you can wait until next month when it will be included in the next release.
    Thanks very much for the suggestion!"

    Wonderful! Four months - not record-breakingly quick, but it wasn't a particularly important request. So why is it taking the Illustrator team YEARS AND YEARS AND YEARS AND YEARS to even look at doing this ridiculously minor tweak?? Is it because they're all busy adding stupid, pointless features that NOBODY will ever use instead while leaving the core of the app to wither and die? Please, Illustrator Team, enlighten us why you have such a deep hatred of your customers?! I know that working on Illustrator must be very much "drawing the short straw" at Adobe, but surely SOMEONE there gives a toss about this awful app, and could please make it marginally less hideous to use?!

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    Paul Roper commented  · 

    I'm not sure if those "How important is this to you" options are relatively new, but have we all clicked on the "Critical" button under this suggestion?

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    Paul Roper commented  · 

    Should we start another "How can we improve Illustrator (desktop)?" suggestion:
    "Sack the Adobe Illustrator team and get the After Effects team to maintain/update/improve Illustrator during their lunch break because they'd get 100x more stuff done."
    I'd vote for it.

    Or we just sit here patiently, waiting for hyphenation to be turned off, like we have done for the past 35 years...

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  2. 597 votes

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    Need More Info  ·  Yogesh Sharma responded

    A couple of questions on this:

    1. Would it be okay to have a separate spec creation service much like the upcoming Adobe XD service? On this service, anyone with a link, can select any objects, and view its dimensions (W/H), colors, fonts etc. Or should it be inside Illustrator.

    2. Are you only going to create horizontal, and vertical dimensions? Or would you also like to have angular dimensions as well?

    Please share more details about your workflow.

    Thanks,
    Yogesh

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  3. 98 votes

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    Hi Everyone,

    All the effect checkboxes have now been set to ON by default, and are sticky (meaning that if you disable preview, on next launch of Illustrator preview will remain disabled). This functionality now is available in our latest release build – 24.1.1 for Win and 24.1 for Mac which is available worldwide now.

    What’s new in 24.1: https://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/using/whats-new.html

    You can update to the latest release using Creative Cloud desktop App: https://helpx.adobe.com/in/creative-cloud/help/creative-cloud-updates.html

    Thank you for all the feedback.

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    Paul Roper commented  · 

    Interesting indeed @Tom Auger.
    I'm currently sitting at my Mac which I don't normally use for work, so don't have Illustrator on it. I just installed the latest release (not pre-release/beta) version, loaded it up, drew a shape, selected it, did a Filter > Gaussian Blur, and the Preview checkbox was ON (that was the first time I'd loaded Illustrator), so it looks like it does default to on...at least on my system!

    Interestingly, I noticed this behaviour:
    Select a shape
    Apply a gaussian blur filter
    Adjust the amount of blur
    Preview is ON, so you can see the blur
    Turn Preview OFF
    Shape remains blurred
    Adjust the amount
    Shape remains blurred at the previous amount
    ...the logical behaviour would be that if the checkbox is clicked OFF, the shape should pop back to completely un-blurred.

    P.S. I am also old, and have been using Illustrator off and on since about 1991ish!

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    Paul Roper commented  · 

    @Tom Auger: You said:
    "7. Observe the checkbox: checked. This has been the behaviour since time immemorial." NOPE! This is exactly what was fixed. Until the latest update, you'd need to click the Preview checkbox EVERY SINGLE TIME you applied some kind of effect/transform. EVERY TIME. The fact that it is now 'sticky' is exactly why everyone wants to be out on the streets having a massive party - except Coronavirus keeps us locked indoors.

    If you have an old version of Illustrator, load it up, go through those steps and notice how the checkbox ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS defaults to off, no matter what you did previously. Always. It was never sticky. It's taken ~31 years for them to fix this bug.

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    Paul Roper commented  · 

    As you can no doubt see from the comments, it really is stuff like this that makes us users happy. Not the new "features" that we'll probably never use (I'm looking at you, perspective grid), but the mundane, day-to-day stuff that we use hundreds of times a day. Thank you for (eventually) listening to and acting upon our feedback!

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    Paul Roper commented  · 

    THANK YOU! The biggest, best update to Illustrator in its ENTIRE history! At last!

    Right - maybe you can move on to fixing the 32 year old Free Transform disaster now...?

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    Paul Roper commented  · 

    As Boris said, it's been 6 years...we all know Illustrator is a sad old dinosaur in the Adobe world, so maybe 6 years is about the appropriate time for whoever has the unfortunate job of working on this god-awful ****-in-the-toilet of Adobe software to get out of their La-Z-Boy and click a few buttons with their arthritic fingers and have "previews ON". We unfortunate Illustrator users all know the only reason we use Illustrator is because our clients use it. Given the choice, we'd have jumped ship years ago. So yes, we sympathise with whoever has drawn the short straw at Adobe and is lumbered with propping up Illustrator - we feel your pain, we really do - like you, we all secretly wish it would die, but please make its final few years as pain-free as possible and make those preview default to ON. Please.

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    Paul Roper commented  · 

    I requested this a while ago - I find it really annoying having to turn Preview on EVERY time I use any effect. Their answer was along the lines of "a very tiny proportion of Illustrator users create very complex artwork on pathetically underpowered computers, and Previewing an effect can really slow it down, so that's why we always have it turned off by default". Which, as you know, is a ridiculous reply, because:
    1. Why is Illustrator so slow? Oh, because it's running the same clunky, 31-year old code from version 1, and they're too lazy to fix it.
    2. Anyone creating a complex illustration on an underpowered machine would expect previews to be slow, and they are a tiny fraction of users.
    3. And just....FFS Adobe, get your act together!

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    Hi Everyone,

    We have improved the working experience of Free Distort tool. Now the bounding box will not reset! This functionality now is available in our latest release build – 24.1.1 for Win and 24.1 for Mac which is available worldwide now.

    What’s new in 24.1: https://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/using/whats-new.html

    You can update to the latest release using Creative Cloud desktop App: https://helpx.adobe.com/in/creative-cloud/help/creative-cloud-updates.html

    Thank you for all the feedback

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    Paul Roper commented  · 

    Anonymous commented: "3 years..."
    If you're referring to how long it took to fix this, you've missed a 2 off. It's been over 32 years...Illustrator turns 33 tomorrow (19th March).

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    Paul Roper commented  · 

    THANK YOU! 😊
    If I was Adobe, I'd make this feature the headline of every event you hold for the next year.

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    Paul Roper commented  · 

    I have posted a discussion in the Illustrator pre-release forum: https://forums.adobeprerelease.com/illustratorpr/discussion/1991/free-transform-discussion-on-how-to-improve-it#latest
    ...suggesting it works exactly like the Transform tool in Photoshop when you ctrl-drag a corner point.

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    Paul Roper commented  · 

    Ha ha ha....I've been harassing Adobe for this basic fix to a fundamental bug for many, many years, and their complete silence on the issue is weird. Sadly, I think we can all assume that it will never, ever happen.

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    Paul Roper commented  · 

    @JamesProvost Yes I totally agree. If the AI team are incapable of programming such a simple thing as a free distort, and they are not liked enough in the offices of Adobe to ask the AE or PS team to do it for them, they should totally license Stylism. Not that they will ever do that...they'll just add even more pointless bloaty junk to the app and ignore the thousands of users crying out for bug fixes.

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    Paul Roper commented  · 

    It totally IS a bug. Just because it hasn't been fixed for probably well over a decade doesn't make it OK.

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    Paul Roper commented  · 

    I assume this is because Illustrator was originally written for the one-button-mouse Macintosh, and I'd imagine the core code has not been updated since then. It certainly feels like a 31-year-old app.

    It is infuriating to have to do everything in the layers palette via the stupid top-right menu, and ridiculous that right-clicking a layer does absolutely nothing. Same with other palettes such as Links and Styles.

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    We have the fix available in the latest release. Please update Illustrator using Adobe Creative Cloud application to the latest build for version Illustrator CC 23.0.
    Please refer to our knowledge base FAQhttps://illustrator.uservoice.com/knowledgebase/articles/1844590 if you face difficulty in update.
    Or get in touch with us at any of the other support channels – https://helpx.adobe.com/support.html

    Warm Regards,
    Ashutosh Chaturvedi | Sr. Quality Engineering Manager – Illustrator
    Adobe. Make It an Experience.

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