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Wednesday April 16, 1997


Adobe Announces Adobe Illustrator 7.0

Adobe Systems announced version 7.0 of Adobe Illustrator software-for Windows 95, Windows NT 4.0, Macintosh, and Power Macintosh systems. With this cross-platform release, Adobe Illustrator delivers complete feature parity and a virtually identical user interface across platform versions to provide users with a seamless workflow environment. Version 7.0 also emphasises strong integration with other Adobe products and offers productivity and flexibility enhancements, including improved image handling, RGB colour support, and easy embedding of URLs in artwork for Web publishing. Adobe Illustrator 7.0 is expected to ship in May 1997 at an average streetprice of £295 + VAT, upgrades from any previous version of Adobe Illustrator will be £85 + VAT.

"Business professionals and graphic designers looking to develop high-impact graphics rely on Adobe Illustrator day in and day out to get the job done," said Bryan Lamkin, vice president of product marketing, graphics products division. "With the focus on a strong cross-platform release and solid integration with the recently released Photoshop and PageMaker, Adobe Illustrator 7.0 delivers on Adobe's commitment to provide the preeminent professional publishing solution for both Windows and Macintosh customers."

Adobe Systems Announces Adobe Illustrator Version 7.0 for Windows and Macintosh Seamless Integration Integration among applications is important to graphics users, so Adobe Illustrator 7.0 helps customers work more quickly and productively across Adobe applications by supporting the same menu structure, palettes, and keyboard shortcuts as Adobe Photoshop 4.0 and Adobe PageMaker 6.5 software. Customers will appreciate the short learning curve and instant familiarity with the Adobe graphics product family as they move smoothly from one program to another, keeping their focus on the design and not the process. Adobe Illustrator also incorporates the acclaimed tabbed palettes first introduced in Photoshop 3.0, which allow users to customise their workspace; version 7.0 even includes a notable improvement on these palettes with its ability to dock palettes together, so they act as a single unit and help to create a customised work environment.

"We work constantly with Illustrator, Photoshop, and PageMaker," said Hilary Lambert, managing director of London-based consultancy, Design Lab. "The shared UI means that we can learn the updated versions more quickly, and we can train new designers to use them more rapidly. It really enhances our daily work experience as well, because we can easily move between Adobe programs while staying focused on the creative features."

The new version features a number of other improvements, such as single-key shortcuts for every tool,tool tips that inform the user of the name and shortcut for that tool, and context-sensitive menus that put commands within easy reach. Users who specialise in creating graphics for the World Wide Web or for film and video will appreciate the full RGB-colour support that is now built into the product. With this RGB support, users can easily work within the colour gamut of the monitor and popular Web browsers for superior colour fidelity.

The Windows and Macintosh versions of Adobe Illustrator are fully compatible, so users can work together without regard for the hardware platform they are using. Adobe Illustrator 7.0 helps customers working with international files by including built-in support for viewing and printing non-Roman characters, such as Japanese, without having to switch to a Japanese operating system or version of Adobe Illustrator.

Productivity Enhancements

Adobe Illustrator 7.0 offers graphics software users significant productivity improvements. Users will appreciate the improved image handling, which lets them efficiently incorporate large raster images as design elements without any loss of display speed. The new version also features image linking capabilities to keep file sizes small, the ability to embed URLs in artwork to create client-side or server-side image maps for the Web, and colour management support for better on-screen and printed colour results. To assist users in designing graphics for the Web, Adobe Illustrator includes a colour library containing 216 Web-safe colours. Adobe Illustrator 7.0 also takes advantage of new Adobe PostScript 3 capabilities, delivering smooth shading of gradients for richer transitions between colours and faster printing.

Flexibility Enhancements

Adobe Illustrator software has always focused on giving users options, so they can work the way they want. The new version reinforces this commitment with a new path-editing feature called the reshape tool, which helps users smoothly make global adjustments to paths without having to adjust individual anchor points. The built-in, international type support provides additional benefits for users of Roman systems by enabling them to create vertical text and vertical text on a path; they can now develop precise, vertical type layouts without the need to create separate text blocks for each character. Other flexible type controls include the ability to create custom versions of Multiple Master fonts in real-time as users adjust different design attributes built into the font. Version 7.0 continues to offer the exceptional compatibility and extensibility support that have long been a hallmark of the program, and now includes full support for every raster format that Photoshop supports.

New Features for Version 4.1 Customers

A full 32-bit program, Adobe Illustrator 7.0 meets all of the requirements for Windows 95 and Windows NT logo compliance. In addition, the complete feature parity across Windows and Macintosh versions of the program means significant new functionality for Windows users. Now they can enjoy such preeminent features as multicolour gradient fills; Character and Paragraph palettes for applying text attributes; a Layers palette for creating layers and managing objects in complex illustrations; pathfinder filters for creating objects and effects that would otherwise be time-consuming or impossible to create; multiple levels of undo; instant conversion of artwork to raster images; built-in colour separations. And, for the first time, Adobe Illustrator for Windows will accept all Photoshop-compatible plug-in filters to instantly create unique effects and build upon the creative functionality in Adobe Illustrator.

Added Value

Adobe Illustrator 7.0 ships with 300 Type 1 fonts, the latest Adobe Acrobat Reader software, and more than 1,000 pieces of professional-quality clip art, stock photographs, templates, and patterns, an on-line tutorial, and more. The retail version also includes the Adobe Type On Call CD-ROM. Microsoft Window 95 and Windows NT 4.0 Minimum System Requirements: Intel486 processor, Windows 95 or Windows NT 4.0 operating system, VGA display card, CD-ROM drive, 16 MB of RAM installed, and 25 MB of free hard-disk space for installation.

Pricing and Availability

Adobe Illustrator 7.0 is expected to be available in May 1997 at an average street price of £299 + VAT. Registered users of any version of Adobe Illustrator can upgrade to version 7.0 for £85 + VAT. Additionally, for the first 120 days after shipping, registered users of Adobe Photoshop for Windows and Adobe PageMaker for Windows can purchase Adobe Illustrator 7.0 for Windows for only £135 + VAT from Adobe Direct on 0131 458 6842 or Adobe Authorised Resellers. Customers who purchase Adobe Illustrator after 14th April 1997 will be eligible to receive a free upgrade within 90 days of version 7.0 becoming available. Further information available from Adobe Systems on 0181 606 4001.



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