is one part of Adobe announced today by Adobe, and has been testing a Beta release. Here are our initial thoughts
Illustrator CS4 sees a blend of new and exciting tools, with an interface enhancement aimed at highlighting some of the application's more under-used tools.
Headline features include multiple artboards - something the Illustrator community has long been calling for - and a new Blob brush tool.
The Blob brush is designed to produce clean, filled vector shapes while you sketch, merging paths automatically, resulting in a far more direct drawing and painting experience.
Further workflow enhancements include Smart Guides and Isolation Modes, the latter of which allows detailed editing of a specific vector region without disturbing other paths.
New support for transparency in gradients is a welcome update for Illustrator CS4, as is tighter integration with Adobe's RIA environments, Flash CS4 and Adobe AIR and Flex.
A full, in-depth review and analysis of Illustrator CS4 and the rest of Creative Suite 4 will be in November's Computer Arts magazine, issue 155 - on sale October 23.
What's new in Illustrator CS4
- Multiple artboards
- Transparency in gradients
- Gradients exposed
- Blob brush tool
- RIA and Flash CS4 support
- Enhanced GUI
- Separation preview feature
- Panel-based editing
- Smoother, more polished workflow
- More direct editing experience