Adobe up­dates Creative Cloud apps

New fea­tures based on user feed­back, ex­plains Ro­man Loy­ola

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Adobe has an­nounced up­dates to four of its Creative Cloud ap­pli­ca­tions: Il­lus­tra­tor CC, InDe­sign CC, Ex­pe­ri­ence De­sign CC (also known as Adobe XD), and Project

Felix. The changes, based on user feed­back, will be wel­come news to Creative Cloud sub­scribers.

At the time of writ­ing, the InDe­sign CC and Il­lus­tra­tor CC up­dates were ex­pected soon, while Project Felix and Adobe XD were al­ready avail­able.

Il­lus­tra­tor CC 2017

Adobe’s app for cre­at­ing vec­tor graph­ics re­cently cel­e­brated its 30th an­niver­sary, and it’s fi­nally get­ting a fea­ture that’s been asked for by users for quite some times: the abil­ity to crop an im­age di­rectly in Il­lus­tra­tor. Ac­cord­ing to Adobe, you’ll no longer have to launch an­other app to per­form a crop. In Il­lus­tra­tor CC 2017, a crop op­tion ap­pears when you place an im­age, and you’ll be able to ad­just the crop di­men­sions ap­pro­pri­ately. The parts of an im­age that have been cropped out are dis­carded, which helps you con­trol the file size of the over­all im­age.

Also new is a Color Theme panel that you can use to bet­ter man­age colour themes across CC ap­pli­ca­tions. For ex­am­ple, you can use Adobe Cap­ture to cre­ate colour themes for pho­tos, and then use those themes in Il­lus­tra­tor CC 2017.

InDe­sign CC 2017

Users of the page-lay­out and de­sign app who launch the 2017 ver­sion will no­tice a re­vamped user in­ter­face. The soft­ware now sports a flat UI, with the tools and pan­els high­lighted with new icons that are eas­ier to spot. Adobe of­fers four UI themes: dark, medium-dark, medium-light, and light.

A re­designed New Doc­u­ments panel puts the fo­cus on Adobe Stock tem­plates. It’s also eas­ier to ac­cess pre­vi­ously- or fre­quently-used tem­plates.

Ex­pe­ri­ence De­sign CC

Adobe XD is the com­pany’s soft­ware for de­sign­ing and pro­to­typ­ing web­sites and mo­bile apps. Cur­rently

in beta, XD is avail­able for Win­dows and Mac, though the Mac ver­sion has a few fea­tures not in the Win­dows ver­sion. The com­pany says it’s go­ing to be fo­cus­ing on bring­ing the two ver­sions into fea­ture align­ment.

Feed­back is im­por­tant when col­lab­o­rat­ing on a de­sign, and the new ver­sion of XD has bet­ter fea­tures for re­solv­ing com­ment threads. They’re now lo­cated in a sep­a­rate view, out of the way of your pro­to­type, and re­solved and un­re­solved com­ments can be tog­gled on and off.

The Win­dows 10 ver­sion of XD gets a bunch of new fea­tures, in­clud­ing a Zoom tool, copy and paste sup­port from Pho­to­shop and Il­lus­tra­tor, align to pixel grid, and as­pect ra­tio lock.

Project Felix

Project Felix is Adobe’s tool for cre­at­ing pho­to­re­al­is­tic 2D and 3D im­ages, but its UI is more like a graphic de­sign tool than your typ­i­cal 3D mod­el­ling app. Like XD, Project Felix is in pub­lic beta, but a paid Creative Cloud ac­count is re­quired. The com­plete list of the new fea­tures is avail­able on the Project Felix blog (tinyurl. com/mt5u­j5y), but here are a few high­lights:

■ A progress bar now dis­plays dur­ing ren­der­ing

■ Drag and drop im­port from the desk­top or open ex­plorer win­dow

■ Sup­port for cre­at­ing a du­pli­cate by press­ing Com­mand-D

■ Im­prove­ments to the guided tour

■ Af­ter ren­ders, auto-save is now op­tional and Save As func­tion­al­ity is now avail­able

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