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I am glad to remind all who voted for this feature that it is now possible to set a font size as x-height or cap height with Show Font Height Options toggle enabled in Character panel menu.
Some issues still remain, yes, like, wrong size calculation if a font has rounded stems that end below baseline (https://illustrator.uservoice.com/forums/601447-illustrator-desktop-bugs/suggestions/44639661-font-height-options-misbehave-with-rounded-fonts), or inability to focus the dropdown with Tab (https://illustrator.uservoice.com/forums/601447-illustrator-desktop-bugs/suggestions/41836618-font-height-options-tab-order), or calculating font height by measuring glyphs instead of reading the actual value within the font (https://illustrator.uservoice.com/forums/601447-illustrator-desktop-bugs/suggestions/41615035-cap-height-setting-not-using-font-cap-height), but overall this is done, works, and super cool, don’t you think?
An error occurred while saving the commentBrad Butler commented
I agree with some here that illustrator lacks some very crucial features, If I want 20mm letters (cap ht) I should be able to type 20mm into the field, as with Flexisign, But by far the most important feature missing is the ability to smooth a curve, in Flexi you choose 2 points anywhere on a curve, no matter how many nodes are in between the two points and hit return and the entire curve is smoothed to a perfect mathematical shape with bezier handles for precision adjustment. I struggle to draw in AI and will always resort back to Flexi to achieve perfection It's 10x better for vector drawing,,,Even though Flexi is a now the shadow of the program it once was, now that it is PC only (no mac available)