Illustrator gets Major Revision
9 to ship the quarter
Systems Inc. has brought its Illustrator design software to version 9.
The upgrade, which is expected to ship this quarter, is
geared more toward the Web than previous versions, with support for vector
output in Flash and Scalable Vector Graphics formats. Graphics can be
exported in their entirety to a single Flash file, with each layer included
as a separate frame, or they can be exported so that each layer is saved
as a separate Flash file. Other features include:
- A pixel preview, which allows
users to specify pixels as a global measurement unit.
- Instant drop shadows and
- Opacity and layer masks,
which allow users to use shapes to hide or reveal objects (pictured).
- Transparency settings for
- Overprint preview.
- Non-destructive effects
for objects, type and bitmapped images.
- A Styles palette for creating
appearances that can be applied to multiple objects.
- Enhanced layer controls,
including nesting ad the ability to reorganize layers by dragging them
in the Layers palette.
- Native support for PDF.
- Expanded file support, including
any version of Illustrator, EPS, PDF, Photoshop 2.5 and later, CorelDraw
5.0 and later, Amiga IFF, BMP, CGM, DWG, DXF, EMF/WMF, GIF, JPEG, PNG,
Kodak Photo CD, PICT, PCX, PXR, TGA and TIFF. Illustrator can export
to the following formats: Illustrator, EPS, PDF, Flash (SWF), SVG, GIF,
JPEG, PNG, Photoshop (including layers), Amiga IFF, BMP, CGM (version
1), EMF/WMF, DWG, DXF, PICT, PCX, PXR, TGA and TIFF. It can also open
and place Microsoft Word (Office 97 and later) documents and export
text in TXT format.
The new Illustrator is expected
to ship this quarter for $399. Shortly after the launch, a new version
of Adobe's Web Collection will also be available. It will include GoLive
5.0 (which also launched today), Illustrator
9, LiveMotion 1.0 and Photoshop 5.5. It will retail for $999. For more
information, visit http://www.adobe.com.
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