Hello, until a few days ago I was using Serif Draw Plus, so I'm very new to illustrator.
In Serif Draw I could draw a box or a circle (or any shape) then click on 'replicate'. It would ask me how many rows and columns I wanted of the shape and the distance between each row and column of the shape.
Is there are function like this in Illustrator?
I know how to do a basic replicate of a shape, but I still have to then spend time aligning all the objects manually.
Look at Object>Transform or Effect>Transform which will give you a panel with similar options. The first will give multiple objects, the second will give replicas which can be expanded into hard objects.