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Adobe offers first 'sneak peek' video for Illustrator CS6

updated 09:45 pm EDT, Wed March 28, 2012

Video shows off new pattern-creation mode

Adobe has been focusing their attention on Photoshop CS6 in most of the advance publicity so far, resulting in a reported half a million downloads since the public beta become available. The company has, however, posted a single video to Adobe TV and YouTube featuring one element of the new Adobe Illustrator vector-drawing tool, which like Photoshop will be gaining an optional "dark" interface. The video shows off a new, simplified pattern-creation mode.

The video (seen below) features Illustrator Product Manager Brenda Sutherland demonstrating the new mode on a MacBook Pro. In the video, she shows not only an easy ability to edit and create patterns based on objects, but the ability of creations using the saved pattern swatch to be instantly updated when the saved swatch is re-edited.

Copies can be dimmed to differentiate them from the original while working, and the full suite of editing and transformation tools is available to the original while in pattern-creation mode. As changes are made, the pattern preview is updated on-the-fly. Copies and objects that extend outside of the tile boundaries are wrapped automatically. Double-clicking on the pattern takes the user back to an editing mode where further changes to the pattern can be made.

Illustrator is celebrating its 25th anniversary on the Mac this year, having originally shipped in January of 1987. The program was primarily supported for the Mac until 1997 (with a few mostly-unsuccessful attempts to bring the program to Windows) and the release of version 7, which allowed both Mac and Windows designers to standardize on file formats, features and commands. Adobe has recently promised that upgrade pricing will be available for owners of previous CS suites going back to CS3.

by MacNN Staff



  1. derbbre

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Only took 'em four years

    I remember this feature in FreeHand. Adobe takes four years to integrate an acquisition and expects us to be excited enough to pay hundreds in upgrade fees? Please, someone save Adobe.

  1. sergiobevi

    Joined: Dec 1969



    How annoying can her voice be???

  1. Salty

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I have a lot hate relationship with Adobe. They consistently come out with a few little features every year that seem to make the next version of CS worth it, but they charge so much for the suite that it's priced out of the range of everyone but people who use it for a living or enormous companies who often are buying at a discount. They've basically killed off the market for drawing programs for anyone who wants to learn how to draw with a computer, and their consumer offerings are terrible.

    While Apple for example supports people who want to learn how to do basic video editing all the way up to complex professional projects, Adobe has bought or killed off every one of their competitors, while stalling something that should be much bigger than it is.

    Nearly every writer I know knows how to type, nearly every musician I know has at least played with audio recording software and is learning how to do it better. Most people you meet who have a talent for drawing only use Adobe's products if they're professionals or nerds who pirated them.

  1. designr

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Freehand is still better....

    Having used both professionally since the 1980s, I think that Freehand has always been the better design and production tool. In fact, every version of Freehand since the mid-1990s is still a better design tool than the current version of Illustrator.

    The only reason Illustrator surpassed Freehand in market share was that Adobe early on gave free copies of Illustrator away to art schools.

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