Don't know if this is in CS4, or planned for 5. I'd like to use the rotate tool to duplicate an object around an assigned path, not just around a circle. And you should be able to control how the objects being duplicated snap towards the center axis.
Yes, I am familiar with those, and actually I do a lot of stuff with blending and splines. But using that to replicate what I have in mind is messy and inelegant, but could be accomplished if there was a dialog box for the Rotate Tool that allowed you to select a spline/path to snap to when duplicating an object.
Let's say I wanted to make a clock face with tick marks for each second. Normally I would do this with the rotate tool and duplicate at 60 degrees. But what if I wanted a different shape, like a rectangle, or an octagon, or even something else? Duplicating around a path, any path, as opposed to just a circle, would be be great. Not jsut for clocks, but for anything that you might want to rotate and duplicate.
So far, everything you've described can be done with existing features. I don't know why you would want this associated with the Rotate Tool. Not only is it redundant; "rotating" to duplicate around a non-eliptical path is not very intuitive.
The only things I would favor in this regard are a couple of long-needed (and long requested) enhancements to existing features:
PathBlends should be given the option to uniformly distribute (avoiding the add anchorPoints workaround).
Groups should be distributable along a path.
The faceting problem of Scatter Brushes should be fixed (again avoiding the add anchorPoints workaround).
These commonplace capabilities have long been available in other drawing programs.
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