Nope. Adobe changed it because I guess a lot of inexperienced users were confused when working within the (inappropriately named) “Suite”’ that the coordinates didn’t agree between programs. I find that a sound complaint. There is no preference except to continue to use an older version.
There was discussion in an older port about this and people could not reach consensus that a preference would have been a good idea. I don”t buy it. Illustrator files store all coordinates in points. Changing your preference to work in millimetres or picas doesn’t confuse things, nor does changing the ruler origin. Adding a preference to let people choose the polarity of the rulers should not be that hard and, if well implemented, should not cause problems when opening files on other computers or when frequently switching the polarity of a ruler.
Ah, but the magic words in that last sentence are, “well implemented,” when explains why that is not how Adobe made the change. Illustrator features are rarely well-implemented. They are usually added piecemeal without though to intuitiveness or smooth integration with the program. That’s why we now have four distinct tools (Pathfinder panel, Pathfinder effects, Live Paint, and Shape Builder) all to accomplish the same task, each in very different ways and each completely unconnected to the others.
The saddest part of this story is that I don’t think Adobe would have made such a dramatic change to the way the program works if they didn’t expect the program to be around for a long time. I keep praying that Adobe will take Illustrator to the glue factory (and not for the two-day tour) and replace it with a lean, modern, efficient drawing program free of all the old legacy code and terrible work-arounds that have become institutionalized within the program. That worked for InDesign when they knew PageMaker was a lost cause. It can work for Illustrator when they realize it has been a lost cause for about a decade.
There is still hope, at least for the bold:
1) Find and open the AIPrefs (Win speak) or Adobe Illustrator Prefs (Mac speak) file; it is a hidden file in the hidden folder Adobe Illustrator CS5 Settings
2): Find and change the following two bits of code:
/isRulerOriginTopLeft 1 >>> /isRulerOriginTopLeft 0 (change 1 to 0)
/isRulerIn4thQuad 1 >>> /isRulerIn4thQuad 0 (change 1 to 0)
At least on the Mac this is no hidden file.
I can't speak for Windows, but I don't think, it's hidden there. If it were, you might try these methods:
Use the device kindly lent by Scott, or open More advanced options and tick Search hidden files and folders, or enjoy being on a Mac.
Thank you for that information, Monika. Has it been that way in all versions?
I am showing all hidden files, but I can't locate the Adobe Illustrator CS5 Settings folder you mention to change the vertical movement in CS5. Can you help? I only see the com.adobe.Illustrator.15.0.0.plist file in the Preferences folder. I can double-click on it and it opens another window, but that's not what you're referring to, is it?
Type "Where are the illustrator preferences" in the Google search box and get this:
Thanks---I found it and made the changes. But when I closed out, it's prompting me to save it as a new file (won't save over existing). Do I just save it as a normal Illustrator file? EPS? Or....? The exisiting file has a PREFS icon on it.
I think I figured it out.
I copied my Adobe Illustrator Prefs file and put the copy on the desktop and renamed in Adobe Illustrator Prefs (test) to be safe.
Then I opened Adobe Illustrator Prefs (test) from the Desktop with Text Edit (default opening in Illustrator didn't make sense to me). I found and replaced both of the pieces of code for the ruler, and saved as a text file. I renamed that file Adobe Illustrator Prefs and moved it back into the en_US folder that contained the original file. It asked me to replace the original file with this text file (because they are now the same name) and I accepted.
Open Illustrator, then quit Illustrator. Your Adobe Illustrator Prefs file should automatically change from a text file to the original format with the PREFS icon with the new changes.
To test, I reopened that file and saw that may changes were indeed saved.
Hope this helps you out!
Thanks Mike. Yes, it did work! The ruler is zeroed out at the top left corners. BUT---I thought the original post I replied to was about the Vertical move command in CS5; how you have to go negative to go up etc. I thought this fix was suppose to correct that at the same time. It didn't. It only moved the ruler 0 to the top. My move command is still at negative to go up. Do you know if there is a fix for the move?
After making the change, my objects move up when I type in a positive number, and down when I type in a negative number.
... and yes, make sure you've made the changes with Illustrator closed. That way, after you've changed the code, Illustrator will open with the new preferences and will close to save those preferences.