I wasn't sure if the designers in here (SteveG, Pete, Ivan, Alec) had it already, or were considering it... but Adobe InDesign CS is an absolute JOY to use. Substantially faster than 2.0 and being able to "hide" the palettes by clicking on the tabs is a God-send. There are many "little" things that you will appreciate.<br><br>The only drawback is that you cannot save as a 2.0 file version, so you'll have to use PDF for any printers that don't have 3.0 yet.<br><br>Illustrator 11 is MUCH improved. Again, speed is noticeably better than the previous version (it's actually useable on this version!) and the new features are quite nice (especially the 3D capabilities - they basically put Adobe Dimensions right in the app as a plug-in).<br><br>Photoshop is the least changed app for designers (though digital photographers will like the changes), but still quite nice.<br><br>VersionCue is more trouble than it's worth, at least for me. But I can see where it would be useful in a large collaborative environment.<br><br> What?<br>Visit Me!
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Yes - overall, very nice experience here too ...<br><br>Photoshop:<br><br>• They finally got rid of that stupid adding "copy" to a filename when saving in certain formats - not a crushing problem, but extremely annoying ...<br><br>• The ability to open and manipulate Raw files is amazing ...<br><br>• Nested layer sets are a godsend - I'm finally able to organize my layers like a I really want to =)<br><br>• Text-on-paths rocks!<br><br>• The new filters palette that lets you preview and apply multiple filters in one go is great!<br><br>Illustrator:<br><br>• The new type engine is wonderful - but backward compatibility in that regard is not ... I see the need to keep using 10 until we know everybody that requires editable files is up-to-date ...<br><br>• 3-D effect is nice, but not as fully-featured as Dimensions and is a far cry from Vector Effects (insert a thousand curses on Corel here) ... the effect's beveling function is virtually worthless, which is a shame ...<br><br>• Opens Acrobat documents almost flawlessly - 10 had some problems on that score - and this fact alone will probably allow us to migrate the entire department more quickly ...<br><br>• I'm still getting used to having to export (as opposed to "save as") to a previous version file ... a little wonky, but I'll get used to it ;-)<br><br>• That damnable "Do you want to save the contents of the clipboard" message on quit is still there - I *really* wish they'd allow that to be diabled =P<br><br>• So far, doesn't crash reliably like 10 does ... a good thing!<br><br>InDesign:<br><br>• Much improved layout ...<br><br>• Found out the hard way that files are not backward-compatible ... guess that'll teach me not to read the documentation ;-) Rather surprising, given Adobe's other products are at least partially so ...<br><br>And of course, all are zippy little devils - much faster across the board!<br><br>=)<br><br>***matt<br><br>Turn up the signal, wipe out the noise ...
Gonna wait a bit. I already have Acrobat 6 Pro, I use AI very little, and GoLive — fuggetaboutit. So I may upgrade Pshop separately first, the ID when my primeary vendors make the move. As is is, they've agreed somewhat reluctantly to accept the next project in ID, so they may not have upgraded yet. Baby steps.<br><br>But thanks for the outline.<br><br>
Got PS and Illustrator- like you said before, the speed difference is very noticeable (especially in Illus.), and they both place very nicely together...<br><br>WIll report back more as I play more!<br><br>
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