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Artlandia Releases SymmetryWorks 2.0

Illustrator plugin adds new pattern features By Dave Nagel
Artlandia has released SymmetryWorks 2.0, a plugin for Adobe Illustrator. SymmetryWorks is targeted toward textile designers and others who need to produce repeating seamless patterns. It's available now for Mac OS 9, Mac OS X and Windows.

SymmetryWorks 2.0 automatically construcs patterns based on motifs defined by the user. Unlike the previous version, the new release now produces live replicas of the motif, including the ability to rotate, reflect and scale arbitrarily. It also includes a new "layouts" feature, which allows the user to create arbitrarily complex patterns with a single click. The layout feature remembers the vial parameters of the pattern, including repeat size, rotation, position, scale and orientation of replicas. It also offers productivity enhancements, including export to Web browsers and CAD programs and the ability to convert patterns into regular Illustrator objects.


SymmetryWorks 2.0 is available now for Mac OS 9, Mac OS X and Windows. It requires Adobe Illustrator 8 through 10. Upgrades from the previous version run $50, while the full release costs $164.95. For more information, visit http://www.artlandia.com.


Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at dnagel@digitalmedianet.com.

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