Why is the right-click menu on Illustrator so weak? Other Adobe products seem to have a plethora of menu items when you right click on a selected object... I can't count the number of times I've right clicked in Illustrator to copy something only to rediscover that not even "cut" "copy" or "paste" are available. Why is this?
Because right-click to bring up a menu is:
Even when there are right-click menus available in similar places in CS products (such as the layers in Photoshop and InDesign), the menus are not the same. Not even close, really. This inconsistency with right-click menus matches the inconsistency with just about every other UI/UX aspect across the CS. And that is inexcusable. When working across multiple applications, these inconsistencies create a persistent cognitive load on the user, due to the need to keep in mind which application they are in and how to perform the same functions in this application as the other applications. It is greatly complicated when one spends days or weeks working mostly in one application, then days or weeks working mostly in another application, and then switching back to the original one. It is like learning it all over again.
This prevents apps in the CS from every becoming natural and second-nature, where tasks are performed without concious thought on how to use the UI to accomplish them. If a person was only ever in one application, this is not an issue. But it is sold and marketed as a suite, and even has "suite" in the name. But the UI, UX, and workflows reflect the reality: it is a collection of individual applications that just happen to be sold as a package.
Thank you Digcim! Exactly. I'm left handed so all the cut, copy paste command keys are on the same side of the keyboard as my mouse-hand is. To be most effective, rather than take my hand off the mouse, I use the right-click to get to most of my basic keyboard commands, especially those three.
With the exception of Illustrator, every single application I use offers these commands in the right click. So, because Adobe is too lazy (or whatever other completely unacceptable reason they have to not standardize their right click menu across even their most popular CS products) I find myself right-clicking in Illustrator to do things that I should be able to do. So I waste extra time and say to myself over-and-over, pretty much at least once, every day of the week: "After how many F_cking years of existence, and being by far the most popular vector-based illustration app out there, why does ADOBE NOT GET A DEVELOPER TO SPEND A FEW HOURS AND BRING THE RIGHT CLICK IN ILLUSTRATOR UP TO SPEED!?!?!"
I can right-click in Excel to copy whatever I've selected, for the love of God!
Why is the right-click menu on Illustrator so weak?
great question, without a good answer from us users...I think it'll be awesome if we could fully customize and/or create our own menus, context menus and toolbars...but that's too much to ask for.
Yes. Carlos, that definitely is too much to ask for. It's not like we're talking about the leading design suite software that has been around for decades with millions-upon-millions of users paying top dollar year-after-year -- which releases a new "ugrade" practically every 6 months that we all have to buy if we want to stay on top of their latest efforts or anything. Oh... wait...