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The rate at which Adobe has been coming up with enhancements is a good reason to subscribe to the Creative Cloud.

The Adobe Report, April 2017: Illustrator, InDesign, and Adobe Stock

You could call it “The Fast and the Furious.” Adobe has been hard at work this year with updates coming out almost monthly. This is a good thing for the consumers of Adobe products because they get these new features as soon as they are ready, but it makes it hard to keep up with what has changed. Hence, The Adobe Report!

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This report finds us celebrating 30 years of Adobe Illustrator. Not only did Illustrator usher in the new era of digital design and publishing, it helped change the way we look at using computers for design and creation. Throughout the years as Illustrator has grown, it has improved and increased the ways creatives can use it and become more efficient in their own work. The April release continues this trend.

This release contains an improved method of cropping images. You can now crop bitmap images in Illustrator directly. That way you can eliminate unwanted parts of the image, to improve performance while decreasing file size. Adobe has also improved performance of the process of creating new documents, so you can get down to work faster.
Overall stability has also been improved.

InDesign has also been enhanced, with a much-improved and simpler user interface allowing creatives to focus on their work with streamlined icons, simplified buttons, and other improvements de-cluttering the interface and making it easier to use. InDesign now also offers a choice of four different workspace themes: dark, medium-dark, medium-light, and light.

In November of 2016, Adobe Stock added templates for Photoshop and Illustrator. Now it has templates for InDesign as well, which can become starting points for your projects. Now creating things like a resume, a book cover, or a digital magazine is easier than ever. All you have to do is create a new file from one of the templates.

All of these new items continue to make their corresponding products better and better. The rate at which Adobe has been coming up with these enhancements is a good reason to subscribe to the Creative Cloud. The products just keep improving.

About T. Michael Testi

Photographer, writer, software engineer, educator, and maker of fine images.

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