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Adobe Illustrator 7

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illustrator_7.sit (35.70 MB)
MD5: 8f21f4c3f3cbdd3b8bec790d3bdfc833
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
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Adobe_Illustrator_701.sit (24.47 MB)
MD5: de3c498d6d330c671dbab609a37994a9
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
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MD5: 349270da149ac97e549cb39122bac608
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
This app works with: SheepShaver, Basilisk II,

Adobe Illustrator Now Easier to Use 

Drawing application challenges Macromedia FreeHand 7's edge with an easier-to-use interface and some Web-friendly capabilities -- but adds only a small number of new features.

Competition for top-dog status in the drawing-package arena is brutal -- especially between Macromedia's FreeHand 7 (4.5 mice, March '97) and Adobe Illustrator. FreeHand 7 crept ahead in its latest incarnation, but the folks at Adobe aren't ignoring the challenge...

Illustrator 6.0 was hamstrung by overstuffed palettes, disorganized menus, and a bloated toolbox. Version 7.0's new, more intelligently designed structure is different enough to cause veterans a short adjustment period, but it's well worth the minimal effort required. If you regularly use Adobe Photoshop or Adobe PageMaker, you'll have an easy time with the transition, as Illustrator's new look borrows heavily from these corporate siblings, complete with tabbed palettes and a look-alike toolbox and main menu. Because of the interface similarity, a very minimal mental shift is required to switch among Illustrator, Photoshop, and PageMaker.

The Bottom Line

Although the enhancements in Illustrator 7.0 may not seem glamorous, they'll help you work more efficiently and they easily justify the upgrade fee. But are they enough to put Illustrator above rival Macromedia FreeHand? Without a doubt, Illustrator is better integrated with Photoshop and PageMaker and has superior path-pattern, eyedropper, and rasterizing features. But it still lacks some important features that FreeHand offers, such as multiple-object blends, multiple-page support, envelope distortions, extensive find-and-replace- graphics capabilities, and fine control over text on a path. The competition remains white-hot.

Excerpt: MacUser review, October 1997 (Wayback Machine)

Architecture: 68k PPC