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Illustrator CC (2014.1)

Creative Cloud Libraries

Browse and access your favorite creative assets — colors, 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 optimized 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-sizing

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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Capture inspiration anywhere

Create custom brushes, graphics, and colors 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. Visualize 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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Close paths with better 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 1GB 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 dialog 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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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 use them right away 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.

Custom Tools panels

Create specialized toolsets by dragging and dropping just the tools you need — like drawing, editing, or selection tools — into a custom 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 standardize settings on your own computers, now you can also share them across your organization.
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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 includes many other improvements, including the ability to resize artboards from the center, Fill/Stroke controls in the Swatches panel, sliders that control opacity, layers that remember open/closed state, and quick-canceling 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 brush strokes. 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 hand off to a web developer.
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Sync colors

Capture color 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 favorite themes, and they'll be accessible immediately in Illustrator.

Sync settings

Synchronize 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 touchscreen 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 organization 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 includes many other enhancements, including the ability to export unused SVG graphic styles, an option to avoid white overprint, support for Indic languages, the ability to search colors and swatches, and more.
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