Adobe yesterday released version 17.1 of Adobe Illustrator CC and it's a big deal for Surface Pro and Windows 8 tablet users.
The software no longer requires legacy Wintab drivers to be installed to recognize pen pressure. And it can also recognize multitouch gestures for panning and zooming. In my brief testing, touch response isn't as fluid as on software like Manga Studio or Clip Studio Paint. Zoom is particularly jumpy. I couldn't get it to recognize canvas rotation.
Additionally, Illustrator CC now supports Windows 7 and 8 HiDPI displays, so you can say goodbye to microscopic menu text and icons.
Curiously, Adobe also released Photoshop CC 14.2 yesterday, but it does not include either pen pressure or HiDPI support. You'll still need to install the Wacom feel IT drivers and our previously published DPI hack.
Here, directly from the Adobe site, is a list of the major changes in this release:
- Live Corners
- All-new Pencil tool
- Path Segment Reshape
- Typekit integration
- Windows 8 tablet pen pressure/Windows 7 & 8 HiDPI support
- Custom Tools panels
- Settings import/export to a folder
- Perspective drawing enhancements
- Responsive SVG export
- Touch Type tool
- Images in brushes
- Multiple-file place
- CSS extraction
- Area and point type conversion
- Auto corners for pattern brushes
- On-art Free Transform
To find out more about the other new features in the latest Adobe Illustrator CC release visit: http://www.adobe.com/products/illustrator/features.html
Thanks to reader Luis Camacho for the heads up!