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Adobe Illustrator CS5

by Adobe
Platform : Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows XP

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  • Used by design professionals worldwide, Adobe Illustrator CS5 software provides precision and power with sophisticated drawing tools, expressive natural brushes, a host of time-savers, and integration with Adobe CS Live.
  • Take advantage of exceptional precision and power to create distinctive vector artwork. Combine highly controllable drawing tools with expressive natural brushes and dramatic effects to make unique, striking designs.
  • Speed up your workflow with innovations that encourage efficiency. Get the job done with purpose and agility using shortcuts and time-savers to take multiple ideas to multiple outputs.
  • Incorporate vector artwork into essentially any project and deliver resolution-independent graphics across media. Enjoy tighter-than-ever integration with other Adobe products and go anywhere your creativity takes you.
  • Enjoy easy type creation and professional control with more than 80 OpenType fonts, paragraph and character styles, paragraph composition, underlining and strikethroughs, transparent effects, and more.

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  • Platform:   Windows Vista / 7 / XP
  • Media: Software
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Worst version ever, and that's saying something Nov. 28 2011
By progstock - Published on
Unlike two other reviewers, I haven't been using Illustrator for 20 years. I've been using it longer -- in fact, since version 1.0. Heck, I'll go one step more: Anyone out there remember Cricket Draw, which preceded the release of Adobe Illustrator 1.0? Yeah, that's how long I've been using this program.

Now to the bad news. Since version 5.5, Adobe has managed to steadily make this app worse with each release. The buggy type on a path feature has still not been fixed -- Holy Christ, Adobe, how long is it going to take you to fix this feature? CS 5.5 features a new bug: type on paths or in type areas that is frustratingly difficult to select -- just a sinfully fatal flaw in my opinion. The only truly innovative and useful feature is the artboards palette, which basically allows pagination in Illustrator much like a standard layout app.

Graphics professionals like myself don't want inane tools like the symbol splatter brush, or whatever the hell Adobe calls it. We want a stable, bug-free and productive drawing app to get our PostScript designs rendered quickly and with our receding hairlines intact. It staggers me that inDesign can work so flawlessly at basic things like selecting type and Illustrator cannot.

Thumbs down POS.
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Best Adobe Suite ever. July 22 2010
By G. Geisler - Published on
I'm a graphics professional and have been using Adobe software for 20 years and this is by far the most amazing suite of tools that they have produced. The upgrades to Illustrator are impressive-Bristle Brush (natural media painting tools that are vector), Perspective Grid, Shape Builder, enhanced Artboards, and more. I am already using all of these features to great benefit in my workflow. I've also used the new Blender Brushes in Photoshop which are very nice and I have played with Content Aware Fill and have been stunned by how well it works. It puts a lot of power into the hands of even casual users of the application. If you have any reservations simply go to their site and download a 30 day trial version and test some of these great new features.
Very useful graphics software Dec 3 2013
By Liz E - Published on
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Easy to use and a nice alternative to Aldus/Adobe Freehand, which doesn't work on newer computers. It's a bit pricey, but worth it. The CS5 version, especially, since it doesn't require online activation (unlike CS6).

As a disclaimer, I'm not a professional graphics designer. I use the software to generate certificates and diagrams for work. Nothing fancy. On the plus side, the software is easy to learn and use. The more basic functions, at least. From what I can tell, this program can do a LOT more than what I ask of it.
I still like Illustrator Nov. 10 2013
By Dennis L Young - Published on
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This one takes some getting used to. I was familiar with the old style Adobe Illustrator. The online help is most useful.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great as always Dec 12 2012
By Sarah - Published on
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It does it's job extremely well. If you've never used illustrator before, you might need to take a few tutorials though.