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    136 comments  ·  Illustrator (Desktop) Bugs » User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

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    Hi Everyone,

    We have fixed this bug in our latest release – v 24.2.1 which is available worldwide now. Thanks for your patience on this.

    Please note that after upgrading you might still see that Align To sets itself to Align to Key Object. If you see this, please manually set the Align To to the required setting, and this reported bug will not happen again. You’ll need to this one time only.

    The reason Align To might get set to Key Object after update is because Ai remembers your last Align To on subsequent launches as well. So, if your last Align To was Key Object before quitting/upgrading, after first multi-selection, it will set itself to Key Object. After you manually change it one-time, it will work fine.

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

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    Ted Alspach commented  · 

    It worked without manual switching. I aligned to an object, then deselected, dragged the marquee around multiple objects, and it stayed on Align to Selection, which is what I expected.

    Thanks again!

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    Ted Alspach commented  · 

    Egor, the update seems to have done the trick. It remains to be seen if this is an issue with regular workflows, but right now it's definitely working correctly for staged versions of aligning items.

    Thank you very much for the response, and for being on top of this issue!!

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    Ted Alspach commented  · 

    In the last (few?) release(s), the Align function remembers that I've used Align to Key Object, and then uses that setting instead of Align to Selection or Align to Artboard the next time I select multiple objects. It never worked that way in past releases. This fundamentally changes workflows.

    Teri Pettit, the Illustrator engineer who implemented Align to Key object back in Illustrator 8 (or 9?) added the functionality to click again on one object to set the Key Object, and to automatically switch temporarily to Align to Key Object. The next time a selection was made, it snapped back to Align to Selection or Artboard (whatever had been chosen previously). That was an elegant solution that's worked for the last 20 years. Changing it has made alignment workflows incredibly frustrating.

    Having the Align functionality remember Align to Key Object doesn't make any sense in another way, since it now makes the topmost object the key object (not that I want this to be automatic, but it's more likely I'll want to align something with the bottommost object, not the topmost object).

    Unless you get lucky and your topmost object is what you wanted the key object to be, it requires a click on the key object anyway, so it's not saving time. What it is doing is wasting a ton of time because then I have to look for the tiny little Key Object icon, and if I see it or that one of the objects is strongly highlighted, then I have to click on the alignment toolbar to change it back to Selection or Artboard, and then align.

    Another irritation that occurs with this new "feature" is that when I select multiple items, the topmost object is strongly highlighted, which prevents me from seeing the anchor points of the topmost path.

    I can see that there might be a few workflows where this feature is useful, saving you a click on a key object, but the vast majority of time it is the opposite. If this was a feature request, it should be a preference "sticky key object alignment" that can be disabled for most users.

    Thank you for your consideration on this issue.

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    Hi Everyone,

    Thanks for the feedback. Want to give an update that we have removed the dialog, and the new experience is available in our latest release build – 24.1.1 for Win and 24.1 for Mac which is available worldwide now, in case you want to give it a try. Now, there will be no blocking message, we will show a “soft message” which will auto-dismiss .

    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!

    Ankit Goyal
    Illustrator Team

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