Evolution of object selection

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Dear enthusiastic Illustrator developers!

 

There is a very handy functionality in many vector handling software that I've used (Rhinoceros 3D, Impact CAD packaging designer, Autocad, for starters). Said functionality is a selection window, that, when drawn in first direction (let's say right) selects all objects that even slightly intersect the selection window, and, when drawn the second direction, selects only the objects that are completely inside the window.

 

In other words (these I copypasted from AutoCAD LT manual):

 

"1. Drag from left to right to select all objects that are entirely enclosed in the selection rectangle or lasso (window selection)

2. Drag from right to left to select all objects that are crossed by the selection rectangle or lasso (crossing selection)."

 

Also, a hotkey modifier for just deselecting objects by cursor clickedy-clackedy, instead of shift modifier select/deselect, but maybe we'll leave that for the next century.

 

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Adobe Community Professional , Sep 15, 2020 Sep 15, 2020
There is a recent plugin that I haven't tried that adds a selection tool for this: https://www.cool-selection.com/ Also I believe ColliderScribe by Astute offers something similar: https://astutegraphics.com/plugins/colliderscribe For Illustrator developers, you might have better luck voting and commenting on the issue on the uservoice site: https://illustrator.uservoice.com/forums/333657-illustrator-feature-requests/suggestions/37474672-selecting-only-items-fully-enclosed-in-selection-m

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There is a recent plugin that I haven't tried that adds a selection tool for this:

 

https://www.cool-selection.com/

 

Also I believe ColliderScribe by Astute offers something similar:

 

https://astutegraphics.com/plugins/colliderscribe

 

For Illustrator developers, you might have better luck voting and commenting on the issue on the uservoice site:

 

https://illustrator.uservoice.com/forums/333657-illustrator-feature-requests/suggestions/37474672-se...

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If you want the Illustrator developers to notice your suggestion, please post it here:

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