MacUser / October 1997
Adobe Illustrator Now Easier to Use
by Shellry Cryan
Drawing application challenges Macromedia FreeHand 7's edge with an easier-to-use interface and some Web-friendly capabilities -- but adds only a small number of new features.
Competition for top-dog status in the drawing-package arena is brutal -- especially between Macromedia's FreeHand 7 (, March '97) and Adobe Illustrator. FreeHand 7 crept ahead in its latest incarnation, but the folks at Adobe aren't ignoring the challenge.
With its latest upgrade to Illustrator, Adobe has adopted an interesting strategy: Instead of unveiling a plethora of new drawing tools and features -- as did Macromedia with FreeHand 7 -- Adobe has focused on making it easier to use Illustrator's already rich array of existing features and on facilitating the distribution of finished artwork.
|MacUser looks at Illustrator 7.0
The standouts among the few new drawing features include a tool for reshaping paths and the ability to make adjustments to multiple-master fonts on the fly.
Next: An Adobe Family Resemblance
Adobe Illustrator 7.0, $595; upgrade before September 1, 1997, $99; upgrade thereafter, $129 (list). Company: Adobe Systems, San Jose, CA; 800-649-3875 or 408-536-6000.
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