Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 78 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    CS3
  • Total Downloads:
    3,368,046
  • Date Added:
    June 21, 2007
  • File Size:
    Not available
  • Downloads Last Week:
    772
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/Vista

Editors' Review

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True to its name, Adobe Illustrator began life as a standard-bearer for vector-based illustration and design, but fell behind the times because it lacked the Web output of competitors. Eager to shed Illustrator's stodgy image as a print-only application, Adobe has since taught this old dog many new tricks.

One instantly noticeable change is the panel-based interface, a change from the familiar palettes of old. The panels can be minimized to simple icon docks. Clicking on an icon opens up the palette it refers to, while hitting the arrow at the top opens all the palettes. No more worries about palettes blocking your workspace.

Colors get a lot of attention in CS3. They can now be grouped as you want them, and you can have CS3 suggest similar or related colors to you. The new Live Color function lets you easily change existing colors in your image. The app also includes integration with Adobe Flash, minimizing the hoop-jumping required for creating symbols in Illustrator and seamlessly importing them into Flash. Both programs now share the same hot key for defining symbols, and Illustrator now has Flash's graphics engine, further simplifying the crossover and importing process.

Other new features include a vector erasing tool, an improved cropping mechanism, tweaks in Live Trace, overhauled New Document Profiles, and more, but Illustrator is not for everyone. As is typical for Adobe products, the price, system requirements, and learning curve can be daunting. That said, this program offers features and functionality that can't be matched, and is a must-have for anyone who is serious about professional-quality digital illustration.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.7

    out of 31 votes

    • 5 star 10
    • 4 star 12
    • 3 star 2
    • 2 star 3
    • 1 star 4
  • All Versions

    3.9

    out of 78 votes

    • 5 star 33
    • 4 star 26
    • 3 star 5
    • 2 star 4
    • 1 star 10
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5 stars

"brillant easy"

August 13, 2011  |  By seldayilmazer

 |  Version: Adobe Illustrator CS5

Pros

brillant easy

Cons

brillant easy

Summary

brillant easy

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1 stars

"cluttered, slow, inelegant"

November 08, 2010  |  By v.aerghir

 |  Version: Adobe Illustrator CS5

Pros

nothing at all

Cons

Cluttered menus, slow operation, inelegant, un-Mac-like GUI ? obstructs creativity w. flawed & obtrusive work surroundings. Many good features, all quite well-hidden. A dated piece of software, it might well go the PageMaker way for similar reasons.

Summary

On the Mac there is unfortunately no real alternative to it anymore. There used to be one, Adobe iced it some years ago: FreeHand; they also failed to even really scavenge it.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version CS3
Version CS3 adds new Web, drawing, and interactive tools.
General
Publisher Adobe Systems
Publisher web site http://www.adobe.com/
Release Date June 21, 2007
Date Added June 21, 2007
Version CS3
Category
Category Graphic Design Software
Subcategory Illustration Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows XP, Windows Vista
Additional Requirements Windows XP/Vista
Download Information
File Size Not Available
File Name click-3698865-11336517
Popularity
Total Downloads 3,368,046
Downloads Last Week 772
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $599

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