Adobe has released updates to two of its Creative Cloud applications – Illustrator & InDesign. The changes, based on user feedback, will be welcome news to Creative Cloud subscribers.
Adobe’s app for creating vector graphics recently celebrated its 30th anniversary and has added a much sought after feature – The ability to crop an image directly in Illustrator. Users no longer need to create clipping masks to hide image content or switch over to Photoshop to crop images. Adobe says the new feature will reduce the size of Illustrator files resulting in increased tool performance. A new 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.
As for InDesign, Adobe is debuting a new user interface that’s meant to be easier to navigate. 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 with the aim of creating a distraction-free workspace. There are also four UI themes: dark, medium-dark, medium-light and light.
InDesign CC is also gaining design-ready quick-start templates that can be obtained from Adobe Stock when creating a new document.
Adobe Illustrator and InDesign can be purchased with the Creative Cloud Suite or as stand alone applications.