Apr 4 2005
As part of a barrage of announcements detailing the full Creative Suite, Adobe presents Illustrator CS2. Illustrator CS2 adds features such as Live Trace and Live Paint, an enhanced user interface and expanded support for a variety of file formats, including Scalable Vector Graphics Tiny (SVG-t) for output to mobile platforms.
With Live Trace, users can easily and accurately convert scans of hand-drawn sketches and digital photos into fully editable and scaleable Illustrator artwork. Live Paint enables users to color artwork based on how it appears on screen rather than how it was constructed.
The new Control palette and Custom Workspaces help users discover new and existing tools and optimize their workspace and workflow. The Control palette, a context-sensitive interface that provides users convenient access to 80 percent of commonly used palettes from a single location, allows faster selection of menus and features and frees screen real estate for artwork. Custom Workspaces enable artists to select and arrange palettes to support a particular workflow or project save it as a named workspace and access it from the Window menu or share it with other designers.
Illustrator CS2 offers expanded support for a wide variety of file formats, including industry-standard PDF/X for print workflows, Macromedia Flash (SWF) for Web animations, and SVG, including SVG-t for applications such as animated picture messaging, mobile e-commerce, and mobile entertainment.
Adobe Illustrator CS2 provides tight integration with Adobe Photoshop CS2 software through expanded support for Photoshop layer compositions and direct access to Filters and Effects. This added integration gives designers greater creative flexibility and control in workflows that span Adobe Creative Suite 2. Illustrator CS2 includes Adobe Bridge which functions as a hub across the entire second edition of the Adobe Creative Suite.
Adobe Illustrator CS2 for Mac OS X version 10.2.8 through 10.3.8 will begin shipping in May to customers in the United States and Canada, and will be available through Adobe Authorized Resellers and the Adobe Store. International versions are expected to begin shipping in late May and early June. Estimated street price for the full version will be USD$499 and upgrade pricing starts at USD$169.