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With Illustrator CC, you always have access to new features as soon as they’re released.

Illustrator CC

Properties panel

Work faster with access to all your controls in one place. The new and intelligent Properties panel shows you only the controls you need, when you need them.

 

Puppet Warp

Transform your vector graphics while maintaining a natural look. Puppet Warp lets you quickly create or modify a graphic without having to adjust individual paths or anchor points. 
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More artboards

Now Illustrator lets you create up to 1,000 artboards on a single canvas so you can work with more content in each document. 

Stylistic sets

Apply predefined glyph alternates to an entire block of text without having to individually select and change each glyph.

Easier artboard organisation

Select multiple artboards at one time and align and organise them automatically on your canvas in just a click. Objects locked to an artboard now move with it.

SVG colour fonts

Design with fonts that include multiple colours, gradients and transparencies thanks to support for SVG OpenType fonts.

Variable fonts

Illustrator supports OpenType variable fonts, so you can modify a font’s weight, width and other attributes to create your own style — while still maintaining fidelity to the original design.

 

 

MacBook Pro Touch Bar support

Get instant access to core tools right when you need them on the contextual MacBook Pro Touch Bar.

Text management in Creative Cloud Libraries

Libraries in Illustrator now support text, so you can store and access the passages you use most — like taglines, brand marketing descriptions and other placeholder copy. Plus, share text between Illustrator and Adobe InDesign CC libraries.

And so much more

Also includes: Faster launch times and greater stability.
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Illustrator CC (2017.1)

Easier image cropping
Crop bitmap images directly within Illustrator to discard excess parts, reduce file size and improve performance. That means no need to use clipping masks or edit the image in Adobe Photoshop CC.
Faster document creation
To improve speed and performance, the Start screen for creating new documents now loads even faster than before. 
Re-designed Colour Theme panel
Create, explore, save and retrieve colour themes across applications with the new Colour Theme panel. Now you can explore popular themes and get help perfecting colour choices.
Stability enhancements
You asked, we listened. We’ve fixed top Illustrator issues and improved stability.

Illustrator CC (2017)

Pixel-perfect artwork creation
Draw paths and shapes that seamlessly align to the pixel grid. Align existing artwork with a single click or by using simple transformations. Preserve Live Shapes and rounded corners, maintain alignment when scaling and rotating objects and manually nudge segments and end points into perfect alignment.
Faster font searching
Mark individual fonts as favourites to quickly find the one you need. Filter your list to see fonts you’ve recently used, find other fonts that are similar to one you like or find fonts based on classifications like serif or handwritten.
Easier use of glyphs
Use alternate glyphs for any character by simply selecting the character and choosing from an in-context menu. View and insert your most recently used glyphs and sort glyphs for faster browsing.
Quicker start to your designs
Jump-start design projects with easy access to presets as well as free Adobe Stock templates that you can access right from the File > New menu.
Adobe Stock templates and search
Adobe Stock includes new design templates and now you can drag and drop Adobe Stock search results from your Libraries panel right into your canvas to start using straightaway. Plus, you can right-click on a stock image to do a visual search for similar images.  
New Creative Cloud Libraries capabilities
Libraries in Illustrator now support Adobe Stock templates. Plus, Send Link has been updated so you can now share read-only access to a public library. When you follow a library, it appears in your Libraries panel and updates automatically.
Creative Cloud Assets improvements
Archive and restore all your assets stored in Creative Cloud, including the ones in your Creative Cloud Libraries, assets created with your desktop products and mobile projects.
Introducing Typekit Marketplace
Now you can buy fonts from some of the industry’s biggest names and use them in your Illustrator projects. Adobe Typekit uses its font sync and web technologies to deliver your Marketplace fonts anywhere you need them.
Font and text enhancements
See a live preview by hovering over the font list with selected text, place loaded text inside a container or fill a container with placeholder text to better visualise your designs. Easily work with type objects that have a common font family but different styles and vice-versa.
Zoom to selection
View and edit faster now that you can zoom into anything you’ve selected — an active point, a segment, a path or an object.
Modern user experience
A flat UI and new icons for tools and panels offer a cleaner look and help you focus on your artwork.
And so much more
Also includes: New keyboard shortcuts, stability improvements and more.
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Illustrator CC (2015.3.1)

Adobe Stock search inside Illustrator
Access millions of high-quality Adobe Stock illustrations, vectors and photos to use in your designs right from the search field in Illustrator. Your results will appear instantly on the Adobe Stock website.

Illustrator CC (2015.3)

Better collaboration with libraries
Control assets in read-only Creative Cloud Libraries so they can be used by team members, but not changed or deleted.
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Updated Libraries panel
Find the assets you need faster with a larger Libraries panel, new filtered search of Adobe Stock and icons that make it easy to identify licensed Adobe Stock assets.
Improved Adobe Stock integration
Licence Adobe Stock assets directly in Illustrator via the Libraries and Links panels. And when browsing assets on the Adobe Stock website, open assets directly in Illustrator.
Fast export of assets and artboards
Select individual assets from one or more artboards or choose entire artboards and click once to export them to multiple sizes, resolutions and formats perfect for screen, web and icon workflows.
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Live Shapes and Transform panel updates
A consistent visual experience makes it easier to work with Live Shapes. Controls automatically hide as shapes are scaled to small sizes and polygons maintain live characteristics after non-uniform scaling. Plus, shapes and paths can be reset to their original rotation in the Transform panel.
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Adobe Portfolio to showcase work
Now when you use Portfolio to show off your Illustrator designs and artwork, you can create customised landing and contact pages to better connect with viewers.
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Adobe XD integration
Copy and paste your Illustrator CC artwork directly into Adobe Experience Design CC (Preview), the new all-in-one tool for designing and prototyping user experiences for websites and mobile apps.
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And so much more
Also includes: The ability to scroll through stroke width and text sizes in proper increments; guides that stay unlocked when hidden; the ability to turn the Pen tool into the Direct Selection tool by pressing Cmd/Ctrl when drawing; and more.
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Illustrator CC (2015.2)

New Creative Cloud Libraries capabilities
Find content faster by searching across your libraries and across Adobe Stock. Import colour swatches and colour groups, save colour themes from libraries to swatches and get support for paragraph styles, as well as deeper support for character styles.
Shaper tool
Draw shapes with loose, natural gestures that transform into perfect geometric shapes. Then combine, delete, fill and transform these shapes to create beautiful, complex designs that stay fully editable. The Shaper tool works with the traditional Illustrator workspaces as well as the Touch workspace.
New Live Shapes: Ellipses, Polygons and Lines
More of the Illustrator Shape tools are now fully live, interactive and dynamically adjustable, so you can quickly craft vector shapes without having to apply effects or use other tools.
Dynamic Symbols
Symbols can now share a master shape but be modified to have different appearances such as stroke, fill and opacity. Scale, rotate, mirror and skew them without having to break the link to the parent symbol.
Enhanced Smart Guides
Smart Guides now let you perfectly align and space objects as you draw and move them and new hinting helps you to draw perfect shapes like squares and circles without using control keys.
New SVG export option
Easily export modern SVG — ideal for web and screen design workflows. You can choose to export individual objects versus the entire artboard.
Touch workspace updates
The Touch workspace for Windows tablets adds the Shaper tool, new Live shapes, enhanced Smart Guides, an option to easily zoom when using a mouse and support for HP Sprout.
Adobe Capture CC integration
Use an iPad, iPhone or Android phone to turn any image into a production-ready asset. Extract a colour theme or create a brush, shape or vector graphic and then save the asset to your Creative Cloud Libraries to use in Illustrator.
Illustrator Draw for Android
Create free-form vector designs on your Android phone with the Adobe Illustrator Draw app and then send your work to Illustrator on your desktop to refine it further.
Enhanced Adobe Comp CC integration, plus iPhone support
Now you can use Comp CC to explore layout possibilities on your iPhone as well as your iPad. Assets in Comp can be linked so that when you edit them in Illustrator or another Creative Cloud desktop app, they’ll instantly update in Comp.
And so much more
Also includes: Better GPU performance thanks to enhanced anti-aliasing and crisper thin strokes; improved data recovery; and much more.

Illustrator CC (2015)

Linked assets for universal updates
Assets in Creative Cloud Libraries can now be linked so that when a change is made to an asset, you and your team members have the option of updating it across any Illustrator, Photoshop or InDesign projects where it’s used.
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Adobe Stock to find the perfect image
The new Adobe Stock marketplace lets you find, licence and manage royalty-free images and vectors from within Illustrator CC. Select from 40 million assets, save your selection to your Creative Cloud Libraries and then drag it into your project to use.
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10x faster zoom, pan and scroll
Thanks to an Adobe Mercury Performance System boost, you can pan, zoom and scroll more than 10 times faster and more smoothly without slow, stepped changes.
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10x greater zoom magnification
Zoom into your artwork up to 64000% (up from 6400%) so you can create and edit with greater precision.
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Auto-recovery of files
Never lose your work if Illustrator crashes and you’ve forgotten to save. Just relaunch and your file will be restored. Illustrator gives you the option of quickly diagnosing what caused the crash, such as a corrupt font, out-of-date driver or missing plug-in.
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Integration with new Adobe Comp CC
Create layouts for print, web or mobile on your iPad. Pull creative assets into Comp from your or your team’s shared Creative Cloud Libraries and then instantly send your layouts to Illustrator. All your text, images and graphics are live and fully editable.
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Use of Photoshop Sketch art in large-format designs
Scale Photoshop Sketch drawings up to four times their original size with no loss in quality.
And so much more
Also includes: New free-form merge/subtract mode for the Shapebuilder tool; Curvature tool updates for more flexible drawing; multiple enhancements to the Touch workspace; and much more.
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Illustrator CC (2014.1)

Creative Cloud Libraries

Browse and access your favourite creative assets — colours, type styles, graphics, brushes and more — in new libraries that are available in Illustrator, Photoshop and mobile apps like Sketch and Draw. Libraries sync to Creative Cloud so you always have the files you need, right when you need them.
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Touch workspace

Access the full power of Illustrator on-the-go using a new workspace optimised for your Microsoft Surface Pro 3 or any Windows 8 tablet. Get essential tools for drawing and editing with a pen and your finger in a touch environment, including French curves that you can scale, move and trace.
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Curvature tool

Draw refined curves and straight lines quickly and visually. Click once with the Curvature tool to place points and see the curve flex around them dynamically or double-click to create corner points for straight lines. Edit using the same tool — no need to hassle with anchor points and handles.
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Join tool

Easily join paths that cross, overlap or have open ends — and simultaneously trim unwanted segments — without affecting the original path trajectories.
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Area-type auto-sising

Say goodbye to overset text boxes. Now, area type frames resize automatically as you add, delete or edit text.

Integration with the Illustrator family of mobile apps

Seamlessly bring in artwork from Sketch, Line and Draw and enhance it using the full range of Illustrator tools for a complete mobile-to-desktop design workflow.
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Colour and shape inspiration anywhere

Create customised brushes, graphics and colours using the Brush CC, Shape CC and Color CC mobile apps and then easily bring them into Illustrator via Creative Cloud Libraries to incorporate them into your designs.
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Illustrator CC (2014)

Live Shapes: Rectangles and Rounded Rectangles

Rectangles now have quickly modifiable corners, including independent radius control. Corner attributes are retained if you scale and rotate your rectangle. Now Illustrator remembers your work — width, height, rotation, corner treatment — so you can return to your original shape.
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Pen tool preview

See the path you’re drawing before you drop your next point. A rubberband-like line from your last anchor point to the tip of the pen appears as you draw. Visualise where the next curve will go as you plot your next point — and spend less time cleaning up paths.
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Anchor point enhancements

Fine adjustment of curves is now easier. New anchor point controls allow unequal or different-direction handles to be dragged as you draw to control the smoothness of each segment. You can even change a corner point to smooth without ruining your shape.
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Snap to pixel, point and grid updates

When snapping is turned on, your anchor points align perfectly to your choice of pixel, grid or point. But your anchor handles should not. They’re now disengaged from snapping so you can preserve the precision of your curves and achieve fine control while editing.
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Better path control

Close your paths with precision and predictability. As you complete a drawing, you now have more control connecting the end and start points. Reposition your closing point or choose to break the direction lines to adjust the closing curve exactly as you wish.
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Windows GPU acceleration

New GPU acceleration for Windows lets you work faster on Windows 7 or 8 computers. This feature requires an Adobe-certified NVIDIA graphics card with at least 1 GB of VRAM.
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Illustrator CC (17.1)

Live Corners

Edit and re-edit the corners of shapes and paths with on-art controls or by entering values in the Control panel or new Corners dialogue box. You can round, invert or chamfer one or multiple corners at the same time.
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Rebuilt Pencil tool

Draw curves more accurately with options to extend and close paths and draw straight lines. Use presets to create smooth paths with fewer points or more precise renditions of actual strokes. This new technology extends to the Brush, Blob Brush and Smooth tools.
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Path segment reshaping

Drag path segments into the shape you desire. New path reshaping technology, available in the Anchor Point and Direct Selection tools and accessible from the Pen tool, provides a more direct and intuitive way to edit path segments.
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Adobe Typekit integration

Browse fonts from Typekit in the Type or Font Family menus, whether filtering directly in-menu or launching the Typekit website. Select from a growing library of desktop fonts from Typekit, sync them to your computer and then use them straightaway in your projects.
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Windows 8 support for touch and pen pressure

Work with a pressure-sensitive pen on the latest Windows 8 tablet computers, along with enhanced direct touch support. Enjoy HiDPI display support for computers running Windows 7 and 8.

Customised Tools panels

Create specialised toolsets by dragging and dropping just the tools you need — like drawing, editing or selection tools — into a customised panel. The full Tools panel can then be hidden, allowing for a clean, efficient workspace.
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Settings import and export

Share your Illustrator settings across multiple computers. Simply export them to a folder where they can then be imported by other users. While Sync Settings lets you standardise settings on your own computers, now you can also share them across your organisation.
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Perspective drawing enhancements

Modify perspective grid attributes, such as vanishing points and the horizon line and your artwork dynamically updates to match the new perspective.

Responsive SVG export

Export scalable, responsive SVG files that can adapt to different screen sizes and resolutions and roundtrip-edit SVG files that maintain precise pixel alignment.
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And so much more

This update also offers many other improvements, including the ability to resize artboards from the centre, Fill/Stroke controls in the Swatches panel, sliders that control opacity, layers that remember open/closed county and quick-cancelling drag operations.
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Illustrator CC (17)

Touch Type tool

Design with type by manipulating characters like individual objects. Move, scale and rotate text and still change the font or edit at any time. You can use multitouch devices as well as a mouse or stylus.
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Images in brushes

Paint with a brush made from a photo. Art, Pattern and Scatter brushes can contain raster images, so you can create complex organic designs quickly — with simple brushstrokes. As with all Illustrator brushes, your strokes can be reshaped and modified at will.
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Font search

Quickly find the perfect font, fast. In the Character panel, type a style such as “bold” or “italic,” a font family or any other part of a font name. You’ll get a filtered view that lets you see just the fonts that match your criteria.
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Multiple file place

Import multiple files into your Illustrator layout at the same time and with control. Use thumbnail views to define the location and size of your files, which can be images, graphics or text.

CSS extraction

Take visual designs to the web faster by letting Illustrator generate CSS code for you. Copy/paste or export code for text, objects, even entire layouts with images, directly into your HTML editor or for handoff to a web developer.
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Colour syncing

Capture colour themes out in the world with the Adobe Kuler iPhone app. Share your themes and explore thousands of others available on the Kuler website. Sync your favourite themes and they’ll be accessible immediately in Illustrator.

Sync Settings

Synchronise your settings, including preferences, presets, libraries and workspaces, to Creative Cloud and have the same working settings and environment on multiple computers, Mac or PC.
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Auto corners for pattern brushes

Create pattern brushes quickly with a choice of auto-generated corners that perfectly match the rest of the pattern.
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On-art Free Transform tool

Move, scale and rotate objects directly using a touch screen device. Or use a mouse or other pointer right on the artboard to transform objects in a more immediate and intuitive way.
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Exchange panel

Discover plug-ins, extensions, templates and other content that you can purchase or download for free from the new Adobe Exchange panel in Illustrator.

File packaging

With a single command, you can gather all your files, including linked graphics and fonts, into a single folder for organisation or to hand off.

Unembedded images

Replace embedded images with links to their extracted PSD or TIFF files by selecting the image and choosing Unembed from the Links panel menu or clicking Unembed in the Control panel.

Expanded Links panel option

View and track additional information about placed artwork directly in the Links panel.

And so much more

This update offers many other enhancements, including the ability to export unused SVG graphic styles, an option to avoid white overprint, support for Indic languages and more.
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