With the demise of my beloved Fireworks, I am giving Illustrator CC a try. Right off the bat it is unusable due to the microscopic font sizes in the UI, panels in particular. Is there any way to make the UI more readable?
I am so frustrated with Adobe's complete disregard for designer accessibility in their CS and CC programs. There is no good reason that the font size of the commands and labels can't be even modestly adjustable. Even with maximizing the contrast by using the dark theme, working with an excellent monitor, and bringing the panels out of the corners and into the workspace, working with these products is unnecessaryily tiring as I have to sit unnaturally close to the screen just to see what is there (and that is with glasses). I am just learning Illustrator, but the problem exists in Photoshop as well. Disappointing.
If the products used native widgets and controls, O/S and screen resolution would be a non-issue. As is, the product is unusable because I apparently deviate from your "standard" settings, whatever they are.
Monitor 1 is a Dell S2340M set to 1920x1080. Monitor 2 is a Samsung S20B350, set to 1600 x 900. Both of these are the "recommended" settings for their respective monitors.
I am running Windows 8. Using the control panel, I've adjusted all items to a medium setting of 125% as a normal practice. In trying to resolve my issues with Illustrator, I experimented with increasing the Text Size for various items (title bars, menus, icons, etc) from the default of 9 to higher settings. The effects showed in places like Office, but did not have any impact in Illustrator. I am guessing that my text is being displayed at 8. Here is a screen capture which will give you an idea of the relative size of the menu and icons to the overall screen
I searched for your monitor model and saw that it is 23 inches. I used this link to find out the physical size you are viewing your screen image.
in comparison, on my monitor Illustrator is worse. This is my screen.
To see the physical size I'm viewing it on my monitor, place this image in Illustrator and set its size to 23.53 inches wide by 13.24 inches high. Then display the rules and zoom until one inch on the ruler in Illustrator equals one inch on a real life ruler. Then you will see how small and cr*** the Illustrator UI is. It is pain in the a**
I have no doubt that the Illustrator UI design team use monitors from the last century with a fixed resolution of 72 ppi.