Smart guides “construction guides” feature intermittent in Illustrator CS5

My sad story

In the much maligned post-CS3 smart guides, there are some known problems. This Adobe forums thread is a good example. That was all very helpful but my problem is a little different.

I primarily use the Construction Guides feature and I often enter some odd ball numbers that I’ve derived from one geometry or another (like the example here). A very basic example is if I want to use 30° angles, like so:

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Notice that I turn those pesky Alignment Guides off — it’s a matter of preference. In the new system (post-CS3), I have to hold command to make my Construction Guides show up. Dumb UX, but I’m a big boy, I can handle it.

My trouble is, the angles don’t always show up. In fact, when this happens I’m often completely unable to revive them without a restart of Illy. On the other hand, the alignment counterparts are always happy to turn on … even though I don’t want them.

There are other times when I do get Construction Guides but only for 45° angles, regardless of what I change them to. They act more like their alignment counterparts but without the spastic guessing lighting up my screen.

In both cases, a restart of Illustrator usually corrects things. But this happens a lot. And those silly Alignment Guides are always happy to pop to life.

Getting to the point

Can anyone confirm that this is a bug, or my system is messed up, or I’m just not qualified to use this fancy new software? I do so love jumping back to CS3 when I need truly Smart Guides.

I’m on Illustrator CS5 v15.1.0 running in Mac OS X 10.7.3.


A very sad answer…

Display is intermittent in CS6 and CC as well. Even the 90° smart guides can fail to appear at times. Some sort of video or redraw bug….. which seem to be fairly common in AI lately.

Adobe did something to smart guides in CS4. They won’t say what, but ever since CS4 smart guides have been much less “smart” than they used to be. I think it may have something to do with the multiple artboards in CS4+ and the artboard guides which were introduced in CS4.

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