Adobe Ships Illustrator 9
version adds enhanced Web functionality
Illustrator 9 adds Web functionality and enhanced
has started shipping version 9.0 of Illustrator, a vector illustration
tool. The new version adds enhanced Web functionality, as well as additional
features for its traditional marketprint publishers.
According to Adobe, Illustrator 9 is now geared toward Web content creation
and optimization and adds transparency capabilities unmatched in any other
vector illustration program. It's also been retooled to integrate better
with Adobe's other products, like GoLive, LiveMotion, After Effects and
Photoshop. New features include:
- Output Flash and
SVG formats. Both Web vector formats maintain high-quality artwork and
fonts, while producing smaller file sizes and faster download times
than bitmap formats.
- A new pixel preview
feature lets you specify pixels as a global measurement unit for sizing,
editing, and laying out your artwork. You can also preview your vector
objects as they will appear when rasterized in a Web browser.
- The Stylize commands
under the Effect menu let you apply appearances such as drop shadows
and glows directly to type and graphic objects while retaining full
vector editability of the objects.
- The new Release
to Layers command lets you instantly distribute all of the objects on
a layer onto separate, individual layers.
- The new Transparency
palette lets you apply transparency to any graphic object, bitmap image
or type character in your artwork so that underlying objects are partially
or fully revealed. You can vary the transparency settings for every
character, word or paragraph in a text block. You can also apply transparency
to an entire layer.
- Two new masking
featuresOpacity masks and Layer Clipping maskslet you selectively
hide and reveal areas of your artwork through custom shapes.
- The Feather command
under the Stylize menu softens the transition between foreground and
- Preview of overprint
settings to proof trapping and spot-color effects.
- Ability to to apply
nondestructive visual effects to graphic objects, bitmap images and
- The new Styles
palette lets you create and save a set of appearance attributes.
9 requires any PowerPC processor, OS 8.5 or above, 64 MB RAM and 105 MB
free hard disk space. It's available now for $399. Current Adobe Illustrator
users can upgrade for $149. Registered users of Photoshop, InDesign, PageMaker
and competitive software products can purchase Illustrator 9 for $249.
The Adobe Collections, including the Adobe Web Collection, Adobe Publishing
Collection, Adobe Dynamic Media Collection and Adobe Design Collection,
are being updated to include Illustrator 9. The Adobe Design Collection,
which includes Illustrator, Acrobat, Photoshop and InDesign, sells for
$1,599. The Dynamic Media collection, which includes Premiere, After Effects,
Photoshop and Illustrator, sells for $1,499. The Publishing Collection,
which includes PageMaker Plus, Photoshop, Acrobat and Illustrator, sells
for $999. And the Web Collection, which includes GoLive, Photoshop and
Illustrator, sells for $999 as well. For more information, visit http://www.adobe.com.
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