The new line of Adobe Creative Products just launched (CS4). Anyone get a chance to beta test any of them? I was looking through the product features of CS4 Extended, the 3D object painting seems pretty sweet. Check it out here:
I find really annoying that the pure drawing function never was really improved from a designer point of view : to make early stage silhouettes with cad-like tools like the CADtools add-on.
I mean when you use the radius tool you never know what you’ll get ! Sometimes radiuses sometimes it smoothes the construction lines.
And when doing rather geometrical work like pictogram or the like it could really be useful to have the level of logic of CAD apps.
Musn’t be a priority for them. To me lllustrator is quite a mystery : It does nothing well (as photoshop does image processing or InD text and image multipages documents) but everyone I know uses it sometimes or all the time :
-You want to make a layout obviously you should use inD or Xpress.
-You want to make an illustration : you can’t really “draw” with it. I mean like with a stylus. In recent Alias versions you can sketch a line and it becomes a nurbs line ! That’s freehand “vector” drawing !
(maybe you can do that in Illustrator now I seldom use it don’t know it as well as before)
Or you want to do a low tech drawing like a cut out for cardboard packaging. Something that needs both graphics and a little bit of blueprint around for the angles and the radiuses. Well you’ll fight with the app to get your origami right, don’t you ?! People have been using Illustrator for packaging for 20 years and it still can’t be a straighforward process !
I wonder which is the professional creative they aim for ? A non-illustrator (despite the name), non-packaging specialist, non-web-specialist, non-print specialist. Curious…