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  • New Illustrator Alternative

    Like many of you I have just been waiting to see what Adobes move to the subscription model would produce from the competition. I just ran across this one today. The website looks quite impressive at least. It is obvious that it is not as feature full as Illy, but it looks pretty capable. No mention of supporting pantone.

    Anyway I am not using a mac currently, so I can't try it out myself, but I thought maybe one of you all might want to take a look. I hope Adobe's competition produces some top quality tools to break up the monopoly, a bit more.

  • #2
    Downloading now…just for giggles.
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      Let us know what you think of it.

  • #3
    I've been playing around with it for about a half hour now, and so far, it shows promise. I'd need to use it on some actual projects for a few days to find all those little gotchas or ways around what seem to be problems.

    There doesn't seem to be a bleed area, like Illustrator. I wasn't able to open .ai files (no surprise), but it wouldn't let me paste from one to the other either. I was able to open Illustrator files that were, first, saved as .eps or .pdf. Likewise importing into InDesign meant saving the file as an .eps or a .pdf. I couldn't find any equivalent of the pathfinder tools that are in Illustrator, which is pretty much a deal killer for me (maybe I didn't look hard enough).

    I couldn't find an overprint feature, like Illustrator, but there is a multiply function that likely amounts to the same thing, and best of all, it shows what the overprinted color will look like when combined with what's beneath it.

    Like I said, it shows promise. I'm definitely looking for a non-subscription replacement for Illustrator, and with a few more features, this just might be it.


    • #4
      Too bad Xara Designer Pro does not run on OSX. It has all the features you just mentioned. I still smile everytime I just copy and past from Xara into Illy and it just works. I use Xara for nearly all of my line work because I find it faster and easier. For illustration I mainly miss Illys gradient mesh tool, and Xara can't even come come close to the superior handling of fonts under Windows by all of Adobe's products.


      • #5
        Let me give a try






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