>> You mentioned that you worked on Illustrater. I'm curious what did you do?
>I do the user interface design for the graphics products at Adobe. I worked on
>Photoshop 4.0, PageMaker 6.5, Persuassion 4.0 and now Illustrator 7.0
>Depending on what you think of all the changes made to the programs recently,
>I'm either you're most loved person or most hated.
>Either way, I know all the programs inside and out at this point and can answer
>almost any question in regards to using them. I am not very good at answering
>problems about why something wouldn't print. That would best be left to Tech
You did the interface for Photoshop, huh? Then by all means sir, please
take a bow. You did a fablous job and made my life much easier.
I've just finished my shift as a prepress operator, most of which was
spent turning a fall picture of hospital into a spring picture of a
hospital (making grass green, adding leaves to leaveless trees, etc) The
contextual menus, palettes, keyboard shortcuts, added greatly to how easy
it was to do. Heck, it was even fun!
Photoshop 4 is a very powerful program. Your intuitive interface design
puts that power at my fingertips, allowing me to create much easier,
rather than roam trying to use my tools. You REALLY did a great a job.
Having said that may I make one quick suggestion? Could you please put the
Restore Default Palette Position under a menu with a keyboard shortcut,
rather than tucked away in the preference box? I work at a printer with
three shifts, so naturally everyone moves around palettes as they
personally see fit. I LOVE the default position , but its a pain in the
*to constantly have to go to the general preferences, click a button,
then click ok. A keyboard command would be so much faster.
I see you also did the interface for PageMaker 6.5. Well, it better than
before. I generally don't PageMaker but Adobe seems to be * into
shape slowly but surely. Heres to PageMaker 7.0.
Now, as to Illustrater 7.0. Well.... I haven't got my hands on it yet, but
I've read the feature list and I've read the quick review in Macworld and
I'm less than impressed. Not such by the interface but a VERY stingy lack
of new features. Whats the deal here? Was this just mostly an interface
overhaul to ensure that all the Adobe products now behave the same way? If
so, then thats hardly a reason to go to 7.0. Smells more like a 6.5 to me.
Yes, I know its a major advance forward for Windows users, but frankly I"m
not one of them. I'm one of the Mac users, remember us? The ones who have
continually bought Illustrater for the past five years? I was not
overwhelmed with Illustrater 6.0, heck not even particluarly pleased.
Illustrater 7.0 *seems* to be a major disappointment not only for the Mac
side but for the Program in general. Here's a couple of reasons why:
Blending. Simply put Illustrater sucks when it comes to blending. I've
been seriously playing with Freehand 7.0 for the past week, and its kicks
Illustraters butt. You blend gradients. It automatically blends for you
and you can change the number of steps in the blend without reblending.
You can change the shape of any of the original objects and Freehand will
reblend the new shape automatically! You blend more than two objects! Does
Illustrater 7.0 in any way improve on its blending abilities?
In Illustrater 7.0, will the inset path filter work correctly? The 6.0
version puts these annoying little triangles at odd corners. The
workaround? Spend 100 bucks and buy KPT Vector Tools. It has and inset
filter that works like a charm.
How will Illustrater 7 handle drag and drop with images? If you drag an
image to Illustrater 7 will it become embedded in the file or will
Illustrater link to it? How will Illustrater handle drag and drop between
PageMaker? Will type reformat? Will PM drawn graphics become Illustrater
bezier paths? Will Illustrater be able to drag and drop images from
Photoshop 4.0 at the resolution of the original image or will it import
just a 72 dpi image like 6.0? Will Illustrater be able to drag and drop
between Freehand? How about Quark 3.3? Quark 4.0?
How about style sheets? When are they coming? Graphical and textual. Will
Illustrater 7.0 support faster display of type? 6.0 crawls when you have a
full 8.5*11 page of type.
How about multipage support?
Will Illustrater 7.0 be able to open multi page PDF files all at once, or
will you still be limited to one page at a time?
Will Illustrater 7.0 support faster processing of Photoshop filters from
within Illustrater? This feature is pretty unusable right now except for
72 dpi images or small high rez stuff?
Will Illustrater 7.0 automatically update linked images? Will you be able
to change the link from within Illustrater if need be? Will the links
support OPI, allowing me to place low rez? Will Illustrater support better
previews of its files? I've noticed PageMaker 6.5 allows you build your
own previews of EPS images. This feature works great and is a major boon
for me. Will Illustrater 7 allow you the same flexibility from within?
Illustrater 7 will do Postscript 3. Fab. What kind of upgrade will I need
for my printer and/or imagesetters to take advantage of this? A new
driver? Completely new printer and/or imagestter?
Lastly, Dimensions 3.0. Please tell me you worked on the interface. The
one in 2.0 was terrible, so i'm hoping that 3.0 will be better. god knows
it can't get worse.
Will it be pratical to wrap raster images around objects in Dimensions?
Yeah, I know it'll be a feature but will be a an intensive memory hog,
making the feature pratically useless?
In summary, I'm not to e*d about Illustrater 7. I AM real e*d
about Freehand 7. Its got power to spare with features up the wazoo. Yet
the interface police should be all of this baby (hinit, hint). Adobe's
commitment to Illustrater 7 seems less than stellar. This upgrade seems so
trite that I'm seriously, at last, thinking of switching to Freehand for
my Illustration needs.
Yes, I know you can't do much about the program, but you work for Adobe so
I thought I would voice my concerns and questions?
Thanks for listening and again, great job on Photoshop 4
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