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Adobe Ships Illustrator 10

Latest version supports Mac OS X By Dave Nagel
Adobe has shipped Illustrator 10, the latest update of its vector-illustration suite. The new version, in addition to gaining several new features, now runs natively on Mac OS X systems. It becomes Abode's first professional creative application for Mac OS X. What's more, Adobe promised that the rest of its major titles would be released for OS X within the next six months.

In a prepared statement, Adobe President and CEO Bruce Chizen said, "Mac OS X is the future for Adobe and our customers. With its enhanced stability and new features, we can deliver the best applications ever. Adobe Illustrator 10 is the first of our flagship products being released on Mac OS X, with the rest of our major titles to follow during the coming six months."

Aside from OS X support, Illustrator 10 offers a number of new features. These include:

  • Symbols to create repeating graphics
  • Vector and raster-based slicing
  • Slice-by-slice optimization
  • Enhanced Macromedia Flash (SWF) support
  • SVG import and enhanced export
  • Editable SVG effects
  • Selective type antialiasing
  • Liquify tools, enveloping, and warping
  • Symbolism tools to manipulate symbols interactively
  • Four new drawing tools for lines, arcs, grids, and polar grids
  • Enhanced compound-shape controls
  • Flare tool for reflections and lens flare effects
  • Data-driven graphics to generate multiple versions of a design
  • Enhanced performance and more compact files
  • Scripting support
  • Magic wand tool to select a range of objects with similar attributes
  • Asset management functionality
  • Metadata support Take advantage of tight integration
  • Compound-path compatibility
  • Rollover and animation information preserved in linked Photoshop files
  • Direct editing of native Illustrator files in Adobe InDesign
  • Illustrator network publishing tools supported in Adobe GoLive
  • Layers preserved in Adobe After Effects.

Adobe Illustrator 10 is available now for $399. Upgrades run $149. For more information, visit

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