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Illustrator and InDesign get makeover, move to the cloud

Jackie Dove | May 7, 2013
With the announcement of fresh updates to its flagship publishing applications--InDesign and Illustrator--Adobe redirects its attention to its roots in the print and graphic design arena. Today, at its own Adobe Max Creativity Conference, the company is revealing more details about the new version of its desktop nonlinear editing and motion graphics programs. Here are some of the highlights. In a departure from the intense focus on the mobile market that marked last year's CS6 release, Adobe says that at least 75 percent of all program updates to the debut release of Creative Cloud desktop apps were devoted to its traditional image editing and publishing software.

With the announcement of fresh updates to its flagship publishing applications--InDesign and Illustrator--Adobe redirects its attention to its roots in the print and graphic design arena. Today, at its own Adobe Max Creativity Conference, the company is revealing more details about the new version of its desktop nonlinear editing and motion graphics programs. Here are some of the highlights. In a departure from the intense focus on the mobile market that marked last year's CS6 release, Adobe says that at least 75 percent of all program updates to the debut release of Creative Cloud desktop apps were devoted to its traditional image editing and publishing software.

Both InDesign and Illustrator--part of the original Creative Suite--will receive a series of upgrades, including a dark interface, support for Mac Retina displays, and signature Creative Cloud features like Sync Fonts, Sync Colors, and Sync Settings that let you sync and customize your software environment. Muse, the new visual Web program targeted to designers, builds standards-based sites using HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript without users having to hand code.

In Adobe's transition from Creative Suite to Creative Cloud, the familiar apps get an upgrade while subscribers get a slate of extra services for their $50 monthly subscription. Access to Sync services, 20GB of online storage, the Behance community hub, automatic cross-platform downloading and updates to all programs in the suite, and training are some of the benefits built into subscriptions.

Illustrator CC

Working with display text is a huge part of working with Illustrator, and Illustrator CC introduces a Touch Type tool that provides expanded control over type. With it, you can move, scale, and rotate individual characters and change fonts or copy at any time. In addition, you can now use multitouch devices as well as a mouse or stylus.

In the Character panel, type a style such as bold or italic, a font family, or any other part of a font name to see a filtered view of the fonts that match your search. A new area and point type conversion capability lets you switch between area type and point type. Text object conversion is quick, even with imported type, so you can design freely in text layouts.

The Images in Brushes feature lets you paint with a brush made from a photo because Art, Pattern, and Scatter brushes can contain raster images, letting you paint with brush strokes that you can reshape and modify. Auto corners for pattern brushes give you the desired corners with minimal steps. Create pattern brushes swiftly with auto-generated corners to match the rest of the stroke.

A multiple-file place feature lets you import multiple files into your Illustrator layout at the same time. Define the location and scale of your files--images, graphics, and text--and use new thumbnail views to see where each file will go and how big it will be.

 

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