When I apply a transform (such as a Shear) to an element, say a Rectangle, and save it as SVG, the rectangle is converted to a polygon where the vertices are tranformed by the shear. Due to our SVG workflow, we'd like to preserve the Rect in the SVG where the Rect has the trasform="matrix..." attribute containing the affine shear transform.
Note that the save as SVG operation even gives an error message before saving: "transforms are expanded" (but then it goes ahead and saves anyway.)
Is there any way not to "expand" the transform when saving the SVG?
No. It's AI's old paradigm that favors retaining appearance over editability... .You would have to use otehr programs that possibly retain those transforms.
Thanks for the response. I'll need to implement a workaround. (Bummer.)