Any Illustrator CS4 details?
Posted 12 September 2008 - 01:07 PM
Has Adobe fixed any of the bugs that have been brought-up (like the "Mississippi" problem?). I have not found a lot of details and was wondering if anyone on the board has worked with it yet.
co-cartographic creator of boringmaps.com
Posted 12 September 2008 - 04:28 PM
Posted 13 September 2008 - 06:14 AM
Just to point out the essential packages that we use: Illustrator, & Photoshop are not available in Beta. The only products that you can get from Adobe Labs are Dreamweaver, Soundbooth, & Fireworks.
Last weekend I visited a friend of mine that did have CS4 beta. I didn't see anything that would make our jobs easier. Just cosmetic stuff and more integration between other applications. No 64bit available as beta. I think that Manifold 9.0 is going to be big one when it comes to cartography.
Yea I can't wait myself for Manifold 9 because I lost my key codes, ($50 is better then $75), in that thunderstorm that wiped my entire system & forced me to get repairs.
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Posted 13 September 2008 - 05:46 PM
Posted 14 September 2008 - 09:04 AM
So when is Manifold coming out?
Manifold 9.0 comes out sometime in fourth quarter and Illustrator CS4 beta was released to 6300 beta testers.
Posted 14 September 2008 - 01:52 PM
Posted 14 September 2008 - 03:30 PM
Posted 17 September 2008 - 09:15 AM
The official "announcement" of CS4 is scheduled for Tuesday, September 23rd, at which time more details will be put out. You can sign up to view the web broadcast of the announcement at Adobe's Site.
I've actually been in the beta for several months and I'd say there are least two new features that will be very relevant to cartography. Well, one is something that's been asked for by a lot of people for a long time (not just cartographers), and the other is an improvement on a certain aspect of the text engine that will probably make some labelers much happier.
I'd say more, but I'm not actually sure if I'm still under NDA for this thing. It seems silly to not be able to say anything -- especially since I believe it's gone gold -- but better safe than sorry
Lead Software Architect
Avenza Systems Inc.
Posted 18 September 2008 - 03:23 AM
Posted 23 September 2008 - 08:18 AM
Posted 23 September 2008 - 08:32 AM
Posted 24 September 2008 - 09:52 AM
Well here's a big enhancement: multiple artboards. It's about time that you could create more than one page in an Illy file. I'm excited about the possibility of having my main map and insets within the same document. But I am not excited about how big and crash-able the document will become.
That's the one I was thinking of when I said 'something people have been asking for forever'. The text engine was tweaked too so that text around sharp corners should be much more intelligent. I know that was done specifically for the cartographers because it came on the beta forums a couple of times.
The other things I can tick off the top of my head: tabbed UI (makes more sense on Windows than Mac from what I understand, but some Mac users may like it), ability to edit directly in the appearance tab, improved smart guides, better bleed stuff (over my head, but there was great interest in this).
One interesting change that's causing us headaches at Avenza is the removal of the Filter menu. Despite that, it feels like a good move to clean up the UI, since most 'filters' should either have been folded into Effects or something on the Object menu -- which is what they've basically done. There is still a place for 3rd-party plug-ins to show up, but I believe it's now located on Object > Third Party > Filters, or something like that. I don't have a build with any filters installed right now, so I can't say.
They tidied up a lot of things like clipping masks & gradients. Lots of other stuff, but oddly enough, I'm not a very good Illustartor user, so I can't speak to most of it. I just remember reading this stuff in the download notes. The main things that interested me were the UI changes & the multiple artboards -- since those required changes in MAPublisher, and thus created new & exciting headaches/opportunities
Lead Software Architect
Avenza Systems Inc.
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