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Adobe Posts Illustrator CS Tryout

Time-limited version available for Mac OS X and Windows By Dave Nagel
Late yesterday, Adobe posted a tryout version of Illustrator CS, a time-limited version of the company's vector illustration program. It's available now 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

Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the editor and producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Apple DVD Studio Pro, Mac OS, Adobe InDesign, Corel Painter, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at [email protected].

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