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    I am happy to share that we have fixed this bug in our latest release – 25.4.1 which is available worldwide now.

    Going forward, our goal is to fix as many top User-Voice bugs as possible and as frequently as possible. Given the nature of the fixes, some of the bugs will take a longer time to fix, but we are on it.

    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. Keep it coming!

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    Lance commented  · 

    Jan,

    If you want to edit the appearance of live-type objects, you will find that the "Characters" in the appearance panel can be double-clicked to enter it and see the appearance attributes of the live type's characters. You can edit all of them, or individual characters from here.

    See my screenshots:
    #1 is some test text filled with red and stroked in cyan, next to it you see the appearance pane
    #2 is the same text, and appearance pane as it appears after double-clicking "Characters" to edit their appearance. I have changed one character to a green stroke.
    #3 I have exited editing the characters appearance and added an orange fill and white stroke to the live text object itself. See how the orange stroke covers the red fill of the characters themselves, but the white stroke was left small enough to still see the character's individual cyan and green strokes.

    I'm going to vote for your idea and suggest that this feature does not make itself apparent from looking at the user interface. Perhaps some sort of "Edit Appearance" button next to the "Characters" would be helpful in the event you need/want to edit characters appearances individually?

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    Lance commented  · 

    If all you need is the font's vectors, you can place the PDF into an open illustrator file and then use Object > flatten transparency to outline the fonts.

    Voting though, because you and another user had a very similar idea and I believe this would still be useful.

    That said, Illustrator is not and was never intended to be a PDF viewer/editor. Opening PDF's in illustrator should always be a last resort.

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    Lance commented  · 

    This is what an opacity mask is for.

    Select your placed image and in the transparency pallet make a mask.
    Double-click the black square to enter the opacity mask and then paint/draw/etc over your image with varying shades of gray to either hide or reveal parts of the image.

    See screenshot attached.

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    Lance commented  · 

    I agree that Illustrator's variable data / data merge functionality leaves a lot to be desired but I'm fairly certain it can do what you want. Attached is an image of a CSV I set up (not actual data, was changed from customer sensitive data to placeholders) that I used when testing Illustrator's data merge functions.

    I was able to make it work, but it wasn't easily editable after importing the CSV's data - there was/is no live link to the CSV. Any changes to the spreadsheet required re-importing and fiddling around with the data again.

    A much better option is to use InDesign's data merge. It *does* use a live-link to the CSV spreadsheet, so changes take effect immediately and an updated art / production file can be exported very quickly.

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    Lance commented  · 

    On second thought, a better way is to use Acrobat.
    Do you have Acrobat DC? The preflight functionality can be used to convert fonts to outlines via a fixup.

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    Lance commented  · 

    You could use Object > flatten transparency:

    1. in an open illustrator document, drag/drop (place) customer's PDF
    2. select the placed PDF if it is not auto-selected
    3. Object > flatten transparency
    4. select "Convert Text to Outlines" option from the dropdown list (I may have saved this preset myself.. don't recall)

    This is a workaround and may not be suitable for complex documents with a lot of transparency/overprint interactions.

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