I just discovered that the following (taken from the CS6 help file) no longer seems to work. A 85 minute call to Adobe left me no further ahead. It's the entering a width value and then clicking on "height" to copy the width value into the height field. Same behaviour for the rectangle tool.
Do one of the following:
Is it just me?
Just to be clear, are you having trouble when you try to click once using the Rectangle or Ellipse tool and enter in the values?
Just to the right of the width and height fields there is a small icon of a chain-link. Does it appear broken (left image) or connected (right image)?
Also, it would be helpful to know if you are attempting to create a perfect circle/square or if you trying to create a shape with different width and height values?
Perfect circle. The chain toggle contrains proportion (you can only edit one value, the other then changes automatically) but doesn't force a circle or square.
Can you, with the chain toggle off, enter a value inthe width field and then copy it into the height field by clicking on the word "height"?
In my experience using the dialog box above, I would input my first value (width) and then copy it and paste it in the height field. There's not a one-click solution for that.
Alternatively, I sometimes just drag out an ellipse while holding shift down to give me a perfect circle but I don't worry about the size. When I create the circle, I just find my way to the transform options in the top menu – make sure to enable constrain proportions – and then type in my width value. It will automatically change the height value to the same number when you click enter.
(entering in the first value)
(then I hit enter, and the Height changes accordingly)
Uhmm, no. There has always been a one click solution, just like the help file says. Try it in CS5, click once with the tool, enter your width value, click on the word height, ill copies the width value into the height field, hit enter and you are done.
Note: To create a circle, hold down the Shift key while dragging, or if you are specifying dimensions, once you’ve entered a Width value you can click on the word Height to copy that value into the Height box."
My apologies, you are right about the functionality being absent from Illustrator CS6. I've sent out an email to begin steps towards revising this document to reflect fully the latest version of Illustrator.
It seems this was a really useful piece of your workflow and I would suggest starting an Idea thread for it. Scroll towards the top of this forum post and find the link for Browse and find the link to Ideas. From there you can start a new idea explaining how you'd like to see this feature back in CS6!
I really appreciate you finding this discontinuity in the help document!
Well I would, but when I try to create an idea it asks for a location first. Sadly, none of the locations available make any sense for an an Illustrator idea, they are all about various other Adobe applications or services.