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Adobe Posts Illustrator CS TryoutTime-limited version available for Mac OS X and Windows
Illustrator CS offers several major enhancements over its predecessor, including a 3D extrusion feature. This allows users to extrude 2D objects into 3D space and manipulate their X, Y and Z rotation; apply lighting; map artwork onto individual surfaces; and perform a number of other operations. Extruded objects remain live and editable.
It also offers new typography features, including wide support for OpenType (with context-sensitive features for alternate glyphs, ligatures, etc.); paragraph and character styles; the ability to define and edit multiple rows and columns of text; Optical Kerning and Optical Margin Alignment options for enhanced layouts; customized tab leaders, including dashes, dots and artwork; and the adoption of the Adobe Every-Line Composer for optimizing word spacing and hyphenation. Other new features in Illustrator CS include:
- Scribble effect for create fills that look hand-drawn;
- Ability to save files as templates;
- Various interface enhancements;
- Improved PDF support, including printer's marks and bleeds, new compression options and export presets;
- A new text engine shared with Photoshop CS so that the two applications can import each other's files while the text (and layers) remain editable;
- Support for XMP;
- Expanded print capabilities;
- And overall performance improvements.
The new tryout version of Illustrator CS is available now for Mac OS X and Windows. For more information, visit http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/new.jsp.
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