Hi, I am a long time (AI 3.0) user of Illustrator, and a huge fan of its core toolkit.
My work depends on the precision AI allows.
A lot of this functionality is gathered to the option key: drawing shapes of a specific size, transformations of a specied angle or size, etc.
I was excited to finally have an iPad version of AI, and have been trying to use it. But over and over again, I cannot find this core functionality. How do I draw shapes of a specified size or rotate by a specific angle at a specific anchor point, etc?
I believe that kind of on-artboard functionality doesn't yet exist on the iPad. For the time being, the manipulations have to be made from the Porperties panel.
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I should add, with the selection tool active, you can click-drag on any of the corner bounding box handles and resize. Or click-drag the "stemmed" handle to rotate. Both actions display smart guide-like numerical data about size and rotation. Not as precise as we're accustomed to, I know.