12 Facts About Adobe Illustrator


Adobe Illustrator is a vector graphics editor and design program developed and marketed by Adobe Inc Originally designed for the Apple Macintosh, development of Adobe Illustrator began in 1985.

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Adobe Illustrator was reviewed as the best vector graphics editing program in 2021 by PC Magazine.

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Byte in 1989 listed Illustrator 88 as among the "Distinction" winners of the Byte Awards, stating that with it Adobe had "pulled ahead" of previously industry-dominant competitor Aldus FreeHand.

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Adobe Illustrator began to support TrueType, effectively ending the "font wars" between PostScript Type 1 and TrueType.

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Famously, Aldus made a matrix comparing its own FreeHand to Adobe Illustrator and Draw in which Draw's one "win" was that it came with three different clip art views of the human pancreas.

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Adobe Illustrator now owned Freehand along with the entire Macromedia product line and in 2007, Adobe Illustrator announced that it would discontinue development and updates to the Freehand program.

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Adobe Illustrator CS3 included interface updates to the Control Bar, the ability to align individual points, multiple Crop Areas, the Color Guide panel and the Live Color feature among others.

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In 2011 the Adobe Illustrator team developed a vector drawing app for iPad and iPhone, called Adobe Ideas.

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The app had many of the features of Adobe Illustrator, yet it was a free download.

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Adobe Illustrator added many more features and several bug fixes such as a new user interface, layer panels, RGB codes, and color ramp to increase performance.

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In CS3, Adobe Illustrator changed the suite branding , to simple colored blocks with two-letter abbreviations, resembling a periodic table of elements.

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Adobe Illustrator Draw is a free-form vector drawing app for Android and iOS users.

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