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Creative Suite (5.5) (6) (Enter version number here)

Posted on: March 26th, 2011 by alemieux

So recently Adobe announced at the end of their 1st quarter, that the next version of the Creative Suite will be rolled out in April (April 11) ref: InDesing Secrets. Of course, they are being tight-lipped about it and no one’s certain if this will be a minimal upgrade or something more substantial, since it doesn’t fall into line with their normal production cycle (ref: InDesign Secrets).

CS?

CS What?

PC magazine recently ran an article about it in January talking about:

…a new tool, dubbed Helium, that will enable designers to create content using HTML5 and CSS3

– emphasis added.

Seems odd that they would have to add a tool for HTML5 and CSS3 when Dreamweaver already does all of that. I’m sure that’s not what they are talking about though. Since HTML5 came out, there really isn’t a good toolset out there for working with the Canvas object or to create CSS3-based animations with a tool, other than just hand coding it (correct me if I’m wrong).

I’m pretty happy with CS5, but it’s still buggy and I do experience limited, yet frustrating, crashes and odd behaviors. At the most, we can hope for more bug fixes mixed in with some extra web trickery in all of the applications. I’m personally hoping for better font performance in Flash. Since Adobe prides itself on it’s own font technologies and has a good footing with them in Illustrator and InDesign, it’s so different in Flash. The inclusion of TLF (Text Layout Framework) in CS5 was supposed to be the answer to so many issues, but it falls short when it comes to actually using it with Actionscript.

I’d also love to see improvements in the 3D filter in Illustrator. There’s so much potential to really boost that part of the application to develop rich product renderings and such, but the interface is pretty limited. Live Trace, while a good tool for refined images, really needs an overhaul too.

I’m sure on the InDesign side, we’ll see more of the features that Quark has been rolling into it’s latest release, with advanced ways to publish to portable devices of various kinds.

Of course, we’ll probably have to shell out a few hundred dollars more and it will probably come in different packages, but it’s something to look forward to. What are you hoping for?

Cool Typographic Sketch Effect

Posted on: June 12th, 2009 by alemieux

This is a nice way to turn crisply vector type into a sketch drawn look. Enjoy!

30 Illustrator Video Tutorials

Posted on: June 9th, 2009 by alemieux

Great listing of 30 Illustrator video tutorials that will help you get your vector on!

Flash Catalyst

Posted on: June 2nd, 2009 by alemieux

Yet another tool has been added to the Flash Platform. This time, it’s for designers and it’s called Flash Catalyst. Download the Beta at labs.adobe.com.

What this tool does is allow designers to work in familiar tools, Photoshop and Illustrator, and then make their designs interactive – without writing any code. Sounds like Dreamweaver for Flash. I know it’s weird.

I’m just looking into it now.

Recolor Artwork

Posted on: May 18th, 2009 by alemieux 1 Comment

Great tutorial by Mordy Golding on Recoloring artwork.

Illustrator Key Object

Posted on: April 27th, 2009 by alemieux

Did you know you can align objects to a Key Object in Illustrator?

Read on.