Why would anyone use the "Touch Type Tool?"

A screenshot of the new "Touch Type Tool" in action. I made the letter T bigger and changed it's horizontal scale.

A screenshot of the new "Touch Type Tool" in action. I made the letter T bigger and changed it's horizontal scale.

I was playing around in Adobe Illustrator CC and came across a giant button labeled "Touch Type Tool" at the top of the character palette.

Using this tool you can easily select a character from a line of text and change it's size, horizontal and vertical scale and location in relation to the rest of the text. And you can make different changes to every single letter. I suppose the benefit is that you can still edit the text, but I'm having a very hard time figuring out when you should use it. Maybe someone needs to make fancy drop caps that are stretched and skewed. I'm guessing this is one of those features that looks good in a demo, but will be poorly used by inexperienced designers everywhere.

It's also very poorly named. To me, "touch typing" is what I was taught in keyboarding class in high school. At least you can hide the giant button with the "Show Touch Type Tool" option in the flyout menu. 

In general, I really like Creative Cloud and there are some genuinely useful new features. I'll try to pull together a more detailed post with some of my favorite new features. But don't expect to see "Touch Type Tool" on that list.