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change default preset setting art board unit from points to pixel or inch

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Nov 24, 2022 Nov 24, 2022

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Maybe it's just me, but I have never used Points as unit in the 20+ years I have been using illustrator.

I use Inches. occationally i get documents in CM and now a days I often work in Pixels. But Never Points. (save for Font size)

 

It would be nice if we could change the default unit for the print tab.

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Nov 24, 2022 Nov 24, 2022

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Edit your New document profile accordingly.

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Nov 24, 2022 Nov 24, 2022

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Hi Monika,

I tried what I think you were suggesting. 

Users/ -> /Library/Application Support/Adobe/Adobe Illustrator 27/en_US/New Document Profiles/Print.ai

I opened this file. Changed it to Inch, and saved it. moved the old Print.ai file to another folder. and placed the new Print.ai in that folder. Quit and restarted Illustrator. clicked on the Print Tab, and it was still points. I opened the Print.ai file to be sure it wasn't rewriten and it's still Inches, so I don't think that's the right file. I'm not sure this is something we can change. 

 

Anyhow, it's a feature request so that we don't need to do that EVERY time we open a New document for the rest of time. There might be people out there that use Points (im guessing outside of NA) I'd love to see a poll. (is that something we can do here make a Poll?)
Anyhow, developers are always looking for ways to minimize unnessary clicks. This seemed like one of those opportunities. A subtle change to give users the choice to save the preset defaults in each tab as "X"

 

If this is something that can already be done, I might need a little more direction, but if that is the case, perhaps Adobe could do a better job of showing users that it is possible. 

thanks.

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Nov 24, 2022 Nov 24, 2022

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THere is another folder with New document profiles inside the Application folder > Illustrator > Support Files

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Nov 24, 2022 Nov 24, 2022

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good find, but no cigar.

I'm thinking it'll be something in the Framework folder somewhere. Not something we should be touching. 

 

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Nov 24, 2022 Nov 24, 2022

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You have changed it in that document by right-clicking into the ruler, right?

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Nov 24, 2022 Nov 24, 2022

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No I did not... although that is usually how I change the units most of the time from inches to pixels or back if I am working on something that is Print and Web related. 

 

So in this case, for the first Print.ai file I duplicated the Print.ai file and then opened the Print.ai file opened the Document setup... / changed the Units to inches / Saved as Print.ai. 

for the second one It was a little differnt as the Print.ai file was protected. But more or less followed the same steps Saved the Print.ai file to the desktop and moved it to the folder to Rewrite the file.

 

Quit Illustrator both times, a couple times, selected New Document / Print Tab but the units are still Point. See screen shot attached.

As an FYI, if i open the either Print.ai file they both open with inches. 

 

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Nov 24, 2022 Nov 24, 2022

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Please change the units by right-clicking the ruler. Units are a document based setting.

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Nov 24, 2022 Nov 24, 2022

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Yes, I know how to do that, especially with documents that have Web and Print material. 

That is the fastest way to change an open / currently in use document. That's not what we are talking about. 

My feature request/suggestion isn't about how to change a document, it's how to change illustrator. 

 

Look at it this way. If the default setting wasn't Points but instead was another unit. Yards or Meters or lightyears, something abstract, would you not agree, that perhaps the default setting of Miles/Yards/meters is something  everyone has to change EVERY time they create a new document. wouldn't it be better if the default was pixel or inch or cm, or better still you can pick your default?

 

That's all im asking.

I mean honestly Pionts to measure Letter size is 612x792

better still A4 is 595.28x841.89 <---- WHAT?

 

Maybe there are infact more people who want the default to be points, but I don't know any. do you?

Either way I gaurantee there are a lot of people who'd say they don't use Points for anything other than fonts.

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Nov 24, 2022 Nov 24, 2022

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You have to change the unit in the New document profile. And it will be the default in all documents based on that New document profile. Units are document based in Illustrator. They are not application based.

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Dec 02, 2022 Dec 02, 2022

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well I tried both changing both of the new document files but neither of them stick. 

It seems to me that it is application based. 

Anyhow, I appreciated you trying to help. when I have a minute i'll try and create a feature request. 

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Dec 02, 2022 Dec 02, 2022

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You do not only need to change those New document profiles, you will also need to use them.

So if you change Print.ai and then create a new document based on "Film & Video", then your setting will not work, of course. Also it will not work when you open a raster image or a PDF.

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Dec 02, 2022 Dec 02, 2022

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Sorry monika, I think you may still missunderstand the request. 

This Dialog box. The Print Tab (not a file) defaults to Points. It should default to inch (or CM if so inclind). No one in history has requested a poster, postcard, letterhead in ###points wide by ####points tall. that's not a thing. Likewise, designers don't suggest back to the client, how many points they'd like their product to be. 

 

Points are used for Fonts. Not length x width.

 

Sure, you could say it's a little petty of me to complain that I need to change this setting every time I make a new document... but so does everyone else, and if we don't / forget we end up changing the settings within the document.

 

This dialog box to me is part of the application, not default files. I could be wrong, but either way, this is where I am suggesting they make the small fix I am asking for. 

 

I hope that makes sense now. 

 

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Dec 02, 2022 Dec 02, 2022

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Just did a quick test: create new doc from the 'Letter' preset (from the Print profile, units in mm), changed document units to feet, saved test profile to document profiles folder. As expected, the test profile appears in feet on the new document window:

DougARoberts_0-1669992712769.png

Without any other info I would guess that your Print profile has been changed to points, but you said you tried changing it to inches and it didn't work, right?

 

Do other profiles have the correct units -- Web in pixels, for instance?

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Dec 02, 2022 Dec 02, 2022

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Picas used to be the print industry standard for document size and there are 12 points in a pica. It may be that because the imperial measurement is more of a U.S. thing and Adobe is global now which makes US measurements the minority. Adobe used to have a "persistent" option which I can no longer find. Also in the art board dimensions in the control panel at the top where you used to be able to key in 11 inches (to change whatever pts.) and it would change the document and the ruler to inches, no longer works in the most recent update (it changes the size of the art board, but it converts it back to points immediately).  The easiest thing at this point (no pun intended) is to change the ruler like Monika suggested. I tried saving a new workspace with inches, but it didn't stick either. 

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It's not in the workspace, but in the document. The unit is a document based setting.

Chanfe the new document profile.

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