Adobe Illustrator Changelog

New in version CC 18.1.0

October 6th, 2014
  • CREATIVE CLOUD LIBRARIES:
  • Got favorite colors, type styles or graphics? Now keep them close at hand - wherever and whenever you need them - using Creative Cloud Libraries. Creative Cloud Libraries help you collect your favorite components, organize them into logical libraries, access and view them, to reuse them across your documents and projects. All you have to do is drop colors, type styles, or graphics into the new Library panel (Window > Library) in Illustrator CC.
  • Across Illustrator projects. Whatever you save in a Library becomes available for use across Illustrator projects that you are working on.
  • On different computers. Libraries are synced to the Creative Cloud. Your Library becomes available on any computer that you are signed in on using your Creative Cloud ID.
  • Photoshop CC. Photoshop CC 2014 now has the Creative Cloud Libraries built in, too. Any Library you save from Illustrator automatically becomes available for use in Photoshop as well.
  • Apps. The new Brush CC, Shape CC, and Color CC apps enable you to save your designs to your Creative Cloud Libraries. This means that you can stay creative on-the-go using your mobile apps, while constantly building your design repositories.
  • TOUCH WORKSPACE:
  • The Touch workspace is designed for Windows 8 tablets, and exposes the most essential tools and controls that designers need to be creative on-the-go. Working on Illustrator with a tablet becomes a richer experience with the use of a pressure-sensitive pen and multi-touch gestures.
  • Also, use the new Stencils feature that host a collection of French curves. Use the outlines of these shapes as they are, or scale them and reposition them to create a variety of refined curves.
  • What's more - you can switch back to a traditional workspace at any point in time to leverage the full collection of Illustrator tools and features.
  • CURVATURE TOOL:
  • Create paths quickly and with visual foresight. Select the Curvature tool (Shift + ~), start with two basic points, and then watch a preview of the how the curve will look like if you were to drop another point at the current location of the cursor.
  • Don't want a curve? Instead of just dropping a point, press Option/Alt when you drop a point, to create a straight line from the previous point. If you have already created a smooth curve, double-click a point to toggle between a smooth curve and straight line.
  • Use this technique on any point, in any shape. Draw or edit - much faster than before!
  • JOIN TOOL:
  • You can now use the Join tool to easily fix paths that do not exactly intersect the way you want them to. Did the paths you draw fall short of intersecting? Or they did meet, but extended beyond the point of intersection? Select the Join tool, scrub across the points of the paths where you'd like them to intersect, and it's done! The paths join and truncate at the point of intersection - but without changing or modifying the trajectories of the original paths.
  • AREA TYPE AUTOSIZING:
  • Area Type frames now can expand and shrink to accommodate text that you fill into the type frame. You can convert to and from an autosizing or fixed size frame. When set to auto-size and grow automatically, you do not have to manage or bother about overset boxes.
  • Double-click the widget at the bottom of the Area Type frame to toggle the Area Type frame between an auto-sizing frame or a fixed-height frame. When you add, delete, or edit text, the frame resizes automatically.
  • LIVE SHAPES:
  • Rectangles and Rounded Rectangles:
  • All rectangles and rounded rectangles have modifiable corners. While each corner can have and independent radius value, all attributes are retained even when you scale or rotate the rectangle. Rectangles and rounded rectangles now remember all modifications made, be it width, height, rotation, corner treatment. This capability means you can always return to the original shape of the object.  
  • PEN TOOL PREVIEW & DRAWING ENHANCEMENTS:
  • Pen tool preview:
  • The Pen tool displays a preview of what the will be drawn on your artboard, before you click and drop the next point. This helps you visualize the next curve before you commit to the next point - this gives you much more control and saves you the time spent in drawing, reviewing, and then re-drawing paths that need to be re-done.  
  • Anchor point enhancements:
  • Fine adjustment of curves is now easier. Enhanced anchor point controls allow unequal or different-direction handles to be dragged as you draw to control the smoothness of each segment. You can even change a corner point to smooth without ruining your shape. 
  • Snapping updates (point, pixel, grid):
  • When snapping is turned on, your anchor points and handles (direction lines) align to your choice of pixel, grid, or point. However, handles snapping to the grid restricts the freedom with which you draw. In the 2014 release of Illustrator CC, whatever you choose to snap to, handles are completely unrestricted. When handles are not subject to being snapped to a grid, you have much finer control over drawing and editing workflows.
  • Close paths with better control:
  • A task such as precisely closing a path is an oft-repeated vector art workflow. In the 2014 release of Illustrator CC, you now have much better and precise control while connecting end and start points. With this enhancement you can reposition a closing point or choose to break the handles to adjust the closing curve exactly as per your requirement.
  • TYPEKIT: MISSING FONTS WORKFLOW:
  • Locally-available and Typekit-based fonts can easily be interspersed in Illustrator CC artwork. However, there may be occasions when you open an artwork file on different computer, and find a few fonts missing. In such a situation, any Text elements using unavailable fonts are highlighted in pink, and are rendered using a default font. From the 2014 release of Illustrator CC, the online Typekit desktop font library is automatically searched for the missing font. If the missing font is available online you have the option of syncing it to your current computer.
  • HELLO SCREEN:
  • The 2014 release of Illustrator CC has a new feature to help you discover, learn, use, and promote comprehensive use of features. The Hello screen is a single location that displays content relevant to your subscription and use. The screen is displayed each time you start Illustrator, or when you click Home > Welcome. The Welcome screen displays Illustrator-related tutorials, videos, interactive games, Help content, and much more. A tab-based approach helps you find interesting content, be it on new features, getting started launch-boards, or nifty tips and techniques.
  • OTHER IMPORTANT ENHANCEMENTS:
  • Pencil tool enhancements:
  • The Pencil tool has been updated with an additional Fidelity setting for finer control over the paths you draw. This additional level has been extended to the Paintbrush and Blob Brush tools as well.
  • Also, you can enable an option that converts the Pencil or Brush tools into the Smooth tool when you press the Option/Alt key.
  • Text enhancements:
  • The text engine in the 2014 release of Illustrator CC has been enhanced to make the experience of working with text and fonts in different languages more predictable. Also, new typographical notations have been added, and some existing ones have been updated.
  • Actions panel:
  • On reloading a saved Action Set, certain actions would cause errors. The cause for these errors has been fixed.
  • On restarting Illustrator, some actions would cause errors while playing. This error has been fixed.
  • SVG enhancements:
  • In the SVG Save Options dialog, the Use textPath checkbox is selected by default. This reduces generated markup, resulting in smaller SVG output files.
  • Markup for generated preview HTML has been cleaned up.

New in version CC 18.0.0 (June 19th, 2014)

  • Live shapes:
  • All rectangles and rounded rectangles have modifiable corners.
  • While each corner can have and independent radius value, all attributes are retained even when you scale or rotate the rectangle. Rectangles and rounded rectangles now remember all modifications made, be it width, height, rotation, corner treatment.
  • Pen tool preview & drawing-related enhancements:
  • Pen tool preview:
  • The Pen tool displays a preview of what the will be drawn on your artboard, before you click and drop the next point. This helps you visualize the next curve before you commit to the next point - this gives you much more control and saves you the time spent in drawing, reviewing, and then re-drawing paths that need to be re-done.
  • Anchor point enhancements:
  • Fine adjustment of curves is now easier. Enhanced anchor point controls allow unequal or different-direction handles to be dragged as you draw to control the smoothness of each segment.
  • Snapping updates (point, pixel, grid):
  • Pen tool preview
  • The Pen tool displays a preview of what the will be drawn on your artboard, before you click and drop the next point. This helps you visualize the next curve before you commit to the next point - this gives you much more control and saves you the time spent in drawing, reviewing, and then re-drawing paths that need to be re-done.
  • Anchor point enhancements
  • Fine adjustment of curves is now easier. Enhanced anchor point controls allow unequal or different-direction handles to be dragged as you draw to control the smoothness of each segment.
  • Snapping updates (point, pixel, grid):
  • When snapping is turned on, your anchor points and handles (direction lines) align to your choice of pixel, grid, or point.
  • Close paths with better control
  • A task such as precisely closing a path is an oft-repeated vector art workflow. In Illustrator CC 2014, you now have much better and precise control while connecting end and start points. With this enhancement you can reposition a closing point or choose to break the handles to adjust the closing curve exactly as per your requirement.
  • Typekit: Missing fonts workflow
  • Locally-available and Typekit-based fonts can easily be interspersed in Illustrator CC artwork.
  • Hello screen:
  • Illustrator CC 2014 also introduces a new feature to help you discover, learn, use, and promote comprehensive use of features. The Hello screen is a single location that displays content relevant to your subscription and use.
  • Important enhancements:
  • Pencil tool enhancements:
  • The Pencil tool has been updated with an additional Fidelity setting for finer control over the paths you draw. This additional level has been extended to the Paintbrush and Blob Brush tools as well.
  • Text enhancements:
  • The text engine in Illustrator CC 2014 has been enhanced to make the experience of working with text and fonts in different languages more predictable. Also, new typographical notations have been added, and some existing ones have been updated.
  • Actions panel:
  • On reloading a saved Action Set, certain actions would cause errors. The cause for these errors has been fixed.
  • On restarting Illustrator, some actions would cause errors while playing. This error has been fixed.
  • SVG enhancements:
  • In the SVG Save Options dialog, the Use textPath checkbox is selected by default. This reduces generated markup, resulting in smaller SVG output files.
  • Markup for generated preview HTML has been cleaned up.

New in version CC 17.1.0 (January 17th, 2014)

  • HIGHLIGHTS:
  • Simplifies creating perfect, editable, rounded corners with the new Live Corners controls.
  • Offers more intuitive drawing with the rebuilt Pencil Tool.
  • Ability to quickly modify existing objects and change the view of perspective drawings with Path Segment Reshape and export responsive SVG code and graphics.
  • Live Corners:
  • You can easily edit the corners of shapes and paths in your artwork. Select one or more corner anchor points and then drag the new Live Corners widget to change the shape of the corner. Choose from three corner types - round, inverted round, or chamfer.
  • Enhanced Pencil Tool:
  • The Pencil Tool has been improved to facilitate better curve-fitting, auto-closing of paths, and drawing of constrained and unconstrained straight-line segments. Enhancements have been extended to the Brush, Blob Brush, and Smooth tools.
  • Curve fitting. The Pencil and Smooth tools have a Fidelity slider that enable you to select the most suitable curve fitting. The type of curve fitting is set in the Pencil Tool Options dialog box > Fidelity slider.
  • Path closing. When you draw a path, you can choose to close the path if the endpoints are within a specific number of pixels of each other. The predefined number of pixels is set in the Pencil Tool Options dialog box > Within field.
  • Segments and Paths. The enhanced Pencil tool allows you to draw constrained or unconstrained paths. Also, you can continue, or merge paths using the new tool.
  • Smoothing Presets. When you double-click the Smooth Tool icon in the Toolbox, the Smooth Tool Options dialog appears. A preset-based Fidelity slider is available in this dialog.
  • Reshape segment workflows & touch support:
  • Workflows used to reshape path segments have been enhanced and made touch-friendly. Use the Pen tool (while drawing), or the Anchor Point or the Direct Selection tools to perform unconstrained reshaping of path segments.
  • Working with Typekit fonts:
  • Choose from thousands of fonts available from Typeki9t, from within Illustrator CC. When you enable Typekit fonts to be synced to your desktop through the Creative Cloud application, the fonts you have subscribed to on Typekit appear alongside locally installed fonts.
  • Perspective Grid:
  • The Perspective Grid tool has been enhanced to provide a more flexible and intuitive way of working with the tool. From Illustrator CC, modifying the Perspective Grid affects any attached artwork, too. For example, manipulating the horizon line or the vanishing point controls changes the perspective of the artwork, too. This enhancement is available for two- or three-point Perspective Grids only.
  • HiDPI devices:
  • Adobe Illustrator extends HiDPI support to Windows-based devices. You can now view Illustrator in enlarged mode, as per text size preferences on a high-resolution displays.
  • For displays with resolution greater than or equal to 1920*1080 & less than 2560*1440, Illustrator can be launched at 1.5 times scaled-up UI, depending on the OS text size.
  • For displays with resolution greater than or equal to 2560*1440, Illustrator can be launched at 1.5 times or 2 times scaled-up UI, depending on the OS text size.
  • Pen-pressure support on Windows 8 devices:
  • In previous versions of Illustrator one could use Wacom tablets to draw art (for example, brush strokes), based on input parameters like Pressure, Rotation, Tilt, and more.
  • This version of Illustrator CC now includes native support for Windows 8 -based input devices that support pressure feedback. For example, you can leverage this capability while working with a Windows 8 device with a newer Stylus device that provides pressure feedback, for drawings that require pressure-input.
  • Custom Tools Panels:
  • Create groups of preferred tools using the new feature to create your own specialized tools panels. Simply drag and drop tools from the existing Tool Box into a new tool panel, or remove tools from a created tool panel.
  • Import and Export Settings:
  • You can share Illustrator CC settings and preferences with a different computer, using settings packages. Create a settings package on one computer (Edit > My Settings > Export Settings), and then copy the package to a different computer and import the settings package (Edit > My Settings > Import Settings).
  • SVG-related enhancements have been implemented:
  • In the SVG Options dialog
  • A new option to enable Responsive Design is available. The Responsive checkbox removes absolute width and height information from the artwork file, so that the image resizes and scales proportionately.
  • The default for Type (Fonts) is set to SVG, by default.
  • The precision for Decimal Places (More Options > Advanced Options) is 1, by default.
  • Also, when you open an SVG in Illustrator, visual fidelity is maintained by aligning objects correctly with the pixel grid.
  • What's New dialog:
  • A What’s New dialog is displayed at first launch, after Illustrator is updated. The dialog lists the top new features that have been introduced in the updated release. The list has a description about each feature and thumbnails of associated videos. Clicking a thumbnail plays a brief, feature-related video, in the What's New dialog.
  • Fill stroke proxy enhancements:
  • To enable a more convenient workflow, the Fill proxy has been added to
  • Windows > Swatches panel
  • Custom tools panels (automatically added when you a new tools panel)
  • Also, the Swatches panel now has two buttons that enable you to toggle views. Click the buttons to toggle between a list or thumbnail view.
  • Opacity slider:
  • The Opacity drop-down has now been converted to a scrubby slider. The slider is available from two locations
  • Windows > Transparency panel (Shift + Ctrl/Cmd + F10)
  • Control Panel > Opacity slider
  • Layers panel enhancements:
  • Maintain state in the Layers panel
  • The Layers panel (F7) now keeps track of which layers have been expanded or collapsed, even when you close and reopen a document.
  • Visual feedback for Layers panel operations
  • Create or resize an Artboard from the center:
  • Two enhancements have been effected for artboard creation/resizing scenarios
  • Pressing the Alt/Opt key while creating or resizing an artboard will keep the center of the artboard fixed.
  • Pressing the Alt/Opt + Shift key while creating or resizing an artboard will keep the width and height of the artboard in its original proportion (constrained scaling) while keeping the center of the artboard fixed.
  • Canceling drag operations quickly:
  • Some workflows have been enhanced to enable you to cancel operations or actions while using certain tools. With this enhancement, pressing the Esc key cancels the action of the following tools or actions
  • Zoom
  • Ruler
  • Guide
  • Splitter Guides
  • Selection
  • Page Tiling Tools
  • New shortcut: Place command:
  • You can now initiate the Place command from a keyboard shortcut: Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + P.

New in version CC 17.0.2 (December 7th, 2013)

  • Resolved issues:
  • The zoom in/out feature does not work. while using a Magic Mouse orTrackpad with the Alt/Option keys.
  • Keyboard shortcuts stop working with Magic Mouse.
  • On placing a DWG file, the topmost artwork gets loaded on the place gun, while the rest of the artwork gets placed on the document automatically.
  • Cannot save the file from Illustrator if the preview is enabled and is being displayed in a Windows dialog box.
  • All layers of the DWG are imported into a single layer even if the Merge Layers option is turned off.
  • Copying any object from a document to a new document results in plenty of unwanted swatches and slows Illustrator responsiveness.
  • After the Export dialog is opened and then dismissed (Cancel button), when you save a file (File > Save), Illustrator displays the Save As dialog.
  • Illustrator does not launch if a previous update (17.0.1) was applied.
  • Additional stability-related fixes.

New in version CC 17.0 (June 18th, 2013)

  • A more connected Illustrator:
  • Illustrator CC is part of Creative Cloud. That means you have access to all the latest updates and future releases the moment they're available. Sharpen your skills and master new tools with a rich and growing library of training videos. And Creative Cloud is integrated with Behance, so you can share your projects and get immediate feedback from creatives around the world.
  • Touch Type tool:
  • Design with type in a powerful new way. Characters can now be manipulated like individual objects. Experiment with moving, scaling, and rotating, knowing you can change the font or edit at any time. And you can now use multitouch devices as well as a mouse or stylus.
  • Images in brushes:
  • Paint with a brush made from a photo. Art, Pattern, and Scatter brushes can contain raster images, so you can create complex organic designs quickly — with simple brush strokes. As with all Illustrator brushes, your strokes can be reshaped and modified at will.
  • Font search:
  • Find the perfect font — fast. In the Character panel, type a style such as "bold" or "italic," a font family, or any other part of a font name. You'll get a filtered view that lets you see just the fonts that match your criteria.
  • Multiple-file place:
  • Import multiple files into your Illustrator layout at the same time and with new control. Now you can define the location and scale of your files — images, graphics, and text — and use new thumbnail views to see where each file will go and how big it will be.
  • CSS extraction:
  • Hand-coding web elements such as icons and patterns can be frustrating. Now, create websites faster by letting Illustrator generate CSS code for you, even for a complete logo that includes gradients. Copy and paste the code right into your web editor.
  • Sync Colors:
  • Capture color themes out in the world with the Adobe Kuler iPhone app. Share your themes and explore thousands of others available on the Kuler website. Sync your favorite themes, and they'll be accessible immediately in Illustrator.
  • Area and point type conversion:
  • Instantly switch between area type and point type. Text object conversion is now instantaneous so you can design freely in your text layouts. And you can work just as easily with imported type, switching formats at any time.
  • Auto corners for pattern brushes:
  • Get the corners you want without extra steps. Create pattern brushes swiftly with auto-generated corners that perfectly match the rest of the stroke. No need to tediously create special corners for your sharp angles.
  • On-art Free Transform:
  • Get hands-on with the power of the Free Transform tool. Move, scale, and rotate objects directly using a touchscreen device. Or use a mouse or other pointer right on the artboard to transform objects in a more immediate and intuitive way.
  • Behance Integration:
  • Save work directly from Illustrator CC to Behance to showcase finished projects or share a work in progress. As you perfect your work and upload new versions, get immediate feedback from creatives around the world.
  • COMING SOON Sync Settings
  • Work the way you like on any of your computers — Mac or PC. Synchronize your workspace settings to Creative Cloud — including Illustrator preferences, presets, brushes, and libraries — so they go where you go.
  • Faster type performance:
  • Work faster with type, even in your most complicated, type-intensive designs. Text that wraps around objects and type that is set in multiple connected text frames now refreshes quickly when you make a change.
  • File packaging:
  • File packaging automatically gathers and saves the necessary fonts, linked graphics, and a package report into a single folder. Efficiently hand off Illustrator files to production or keep your working files organized by packaging up your project.
  • Unembedded images:
  • Easily unembed images that have been placed and embedded in an Illustrator file. You can quickly make images available for editing or extract files embedded in artwork you received from someone else. Links to the image files are created automatically.
  • Expanded Links panel options:
  • Get more complete information about any placed file in the Links panel. All of your placed elements — images, graphics, and text — appear in the Links panel, where you can track them with greater control than ever before.

New in version CS6 16.0.3 (December 11th, 2012)

  • Adds support for HiDPI Retina Displays and provides several other stability fixes.

New in version CS6 16.0.1 (August 28th, 2012)

  • The following issues have been resolved in this release:
  • Sometimes, Illustrator quits unexpectedly if you only have read-only permissions on the Preferences folder.
  • On launching Illustrator, error "Unable to set maximum number of files to be opened" is displayed.
  • Sometimes, Save for Web does not create images with the specified dimensions.
  • Copy-paste from other applications does not work as expected if you're using a third-party clipboard manager.
  • Windows 7 only: Sometimes, Illustrator quits unexpectedly, when you move the cursor inside the Navigator panel.
  • Selecting All Unused Swatches and deleting them, removes the parent/tint swatch which is not in use.
  • When using Kotoeri text input methods, you are unable to shift selection to another uncommitted text group using the left/right arrow key.
  • Saving as PDF/X-4, succeeds even if there are undefined glyphs in the document.
  • Sometimes, Contextual Alternates do not work consistently. The ligatures displayed in CS6 are different from previous versions.
  • If standard ligatures and contextual alternates are both enabled, some text may appear missing.
  • Save as PDF dialog box does not accept any settings if you've already saved the file as PDF with Compression > Compress Text and Line Art option disabled.
  • Text with drop shadow/outer glow effect has issues with editing in downsaved documents and may cause a crash.
  • Transform commands do not work as expected, if you use the Transform Patterns option and then enter the Pattern Definition Mode.

New in version CS6 16.0.0 (May 7th, 2012)

  • Adobe Mercury Performance System:
  • Work with precision, speed, and rock-solid stability on large, complex files thanks to a new performance system that powers Illustrator CS6. With native 64-bit support on Mac OS and Windows you can access all the RAM on your computer to easily open, save, and export large files and preview demanding designs. Just about everything feels faster and more responsive.
  • Pattern creation:
  • Easily create seamlessly tiled vector patterns. Experiment freely with different types of repeating patterns that can be edited at any time for maximum design flexibility.
  • New Image Trace:
  • Convert raster images to editable vectors with a completely new tracing engine. Get clean lines, accurate fitting, and reliable results without using complex controls.
  • New efficient, flexible interface:
  • Take fewer steps to accomplish daily tasks in a new, streamlined interface. Enjoy inline editing of layer names, precise color sampling, and UI brightness that's smoothly adjustable to match other Adobe tools.
  • Gradients on strokes:
  • Apply gradients to your strokes — along the length, across the width, or within the stroke itself — all with complete control over gradient placement and opacity.
  • Inline editing in panels:
  • Efficiently edit names in layers, swatches, brushes, artboards, and other panels directly in the panels themselves without using intermediate dialog boxes.
  • Gaussian Blur enhancement:
  • See that Gaussian Blur and effects such as Drop Shadows and Glows are applied significantly faster than before. To improve accuracy, preview directly on the artboard rather than in a dialog box.
  • Color panel enhancements:
  • Sample colors faster and more precisely using an expandable color spectrum in the Color panel. And now, copy and paste hex values into other applications more quickly.
  • Transform panel enhancements:
  • Quickly access the popular Scale Strokes and Effects option, thanks to its new availability in the Transform panel.
  • Type panel improvements:
  • Use arrow keys to change fonts in context for selected text. Glyphs for caps, superscripts, and more can now be accessed in one place — from the Character panel.
  • Dockable hidden tools:
  • Tear off and dock previously hidden tools, such as the Shape and Pen tools. Dock tools horizontally or vertically for a more efficient workspace.
  • Workspaces with rooms:
  • Move fluidly from workspace to workspace with support for rooms. Achieve consistency across your work areas and maintain layout changes until you actively reset them.

New in version CS5 15.0.2 (December 2nd, 2010)

  • The Adobe Illustrator 15.0.2 update addresses a number of issues related to stability, including the following:
  • PSD files lose saturation of spot colors when imported into AiCS5
  • Performance problems when guides are set to dot
  • Acrobat 10 documents with passwords fail to open
  • Improved precision with DXF import
  • Links are broken in legacy formats when image name contains Japanese characters for voiced sound marks
  • Rounded Corner Edges that curved inside flipped to curve outside
  • Non-Specific Crash when opening or closing files
  • Security Issues