Illustrator has been updated for better functionality, enabling layers to be seen and adjusted online and on smartphone just as in Photoshop, as well as with commenting from users. "Illustrator has been seen as hard to use for many years, but we're making it easier and approachable to users," Stoddart said. The new version of Illustrator allows users to make bitmaps on a path, so they can take an image and convert it into a pattern brush.
Up until now designers would have to create corners in patterns, but Illustrator now automatically creates corners as the brush folds along the line. Another small yet requested addition is the inclusion of rounded rectangles, and the resulting shape can also be copied as CSS into a web site. Products such as Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator are now also 64 bit, meaning that more than 3gb of RAM can be used for the program for improved performance.
Options and pricing
The Creative Cloud comes in several flavours aimed at individuals, teams (which includes more storage, expert support, virtual workgroups, centralised admin and billing), and enterprises. Packages such as CS6 Design Standard comes with Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Bridge, Acrobat, and Media Encoder, and other packages comes with a different mix of products aimed at different types of users.
With this edition of the Creative Cloud, the number of products available to users comes to 40, and Adobe has updated the product icons with a periodic table design to separate this generation of applications from the last. As before, all applications from the Creative Cloud are installed and run on the desktop, so the products are not SaaS based and users are not required to be connected to the Internet to use them. "Upgrades are included, but upgrade what you want, when you want, as it's a voluntary process," Stoddart said.
The user also retain ownership of their creative work and files, with synching to the Creative Cloud being optional and controlled by the user, and files can be shared with colleagues or clients who are not members. The Creative Cloud uses Amazon Web Services for its backend, with the datacentre based in Singapore and files not synching outside the APAC region.
Creative Cloud access will retail for $49.99, the team version for $69.99 and point products for $19.00. If upgrading from CS6, the Creative Cloud is $19.99 and point products for $9.99. Adobe will continue to offer a free 30 day trial for users to get started.
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