Adobe Systems Incorporated

Exclusive Updates to Illustrator Available Now for Creative Cloud Members

We’re very excited to announce the release of a new set of Adobe Illustrator features available exclusively to Creative Cloud members and customers subscribed to Illustrator. This delivers on our promise that Creative Cloud members will get early VIP access to our latest innovations, including new features in our desktop software.

The 3 new Illustrator features are focused on improving productivity. They will let you automatically package Illustrator projects and their related files for fast and accurate hand-offs, quickly unembed images that have been placed and embedded into Illustrator files, and more efficiently access information in linked files. To get these features, just open Illustrator, go to the main menu, choose Help > Updates or download Illustrator for the first time here.

To learn more, please check out the videos and information below, or visit the Illustrator or Creative Cloud product pages. If you aren’t a Creative Cloud member, or are signed up for the free Creative Cloud membership and want access to these Illustrator features, you can become a paid member here. Current Creative Suite customers can join Creative Cloud and get 40% off their first year of membership, and pay just US$29.99 per month for the first 12 months. See if you qualify.

Package files
Efficiently hand off Illustrator files to production by automatically packaging the necessary fonts, linked graphics, and a package report in a single folder. This is a feature long-requested by our customers and we’re very happy to deliver it. The functionality is very similar to that found in Adobe InDesign.

Unembed images & Links panel enhancements
Quickly “unembed” images that have been placed and embedded into an Illustrator file for quick edits or for use outside of Illustrator. Automatically link them to their extracted PSD or TIFF files. Efficiently track and access complete information on any artwork placed within an Illustrator file, directly from the Links panel.

COMMENTS

  • By oyun - 12:10 AM on August 28, 2012  

    i love adobe, thanks for this post .^_^.

  • By Kyle W - 7:40 AM on August 28, 2012  

    I’m sure these features will be useful, but I’m honestly more interested in seeing the features promised at the release of Creative Cloud being made available, namely the Creative Cloud Connection tool. We were being told it would be available “in a few weeks” up until about a month ago, when Adobe employees stopped responding to inquiries about it. I’ve been paying for the whole suite, not 95% of it, for months now and I’m disappointed that Adobe hasn’t been more forthcoming with its paying customers.

  • By Robert Macadaeg - 10:17 AM on August 28, 2012  

    I thought the day would never come!!!

  • By Arnaud - 11:09 AM on August 28, 2012  

    Well great and what about Creative Cloud connection ??

  • By erik - 12:21 AM on August 29, 2012  

    Mixed feelings. This is a nice update for subscribers (incl. myself) but it is also Adobe telling customers who actually bought the software they made a silly decision and shoud have joined the creative cloud. They are now b-level customers and have to wait until 2013 when Adobe releases CS6.5.

  • By H. R. Astorga - 4:50 AM on August 29, 2012  

    Excelent!

    Congratulations.

  • By Chad Hunter - 7:52 AM on August 29, 2012  

    sweet

  • By Jeff - 12:38 PM on August 29, 2012  

    I don’t see this package option in my menu. CS6 version 16.0.0 No updates available through Adobe Application Manager. Cloud based subscription which I got the email for heralding these new features.

  • By Jeff - 1:27 PM on August 29, 2012  

    Just showed up.

  • By Steve Laskevitch - 12:48 PM on August 30, 2012  

    What about those of us who bought a bunch of perpetual licenses when that was an organization’s only choice? We’re a training facility and are now screwed because our students will have applications that are growing out of sync with ours. Oh, and we’re an Adobe Authorized Training Center. Still screwed? Likely.

  • By CircleB - 1:05 PM on August 30, 2012  

    This is wonderful, but what about your promised Cloud Connection?
    FAIL! FAIL! FAIL!
    These little tid-bits are great, but what about keeping your other promises, why have you been ignoring everybody on the Cloud Connection thread? http://forums.adobe.com/message/4648585#4648585

    Please respond, we know you’re probably just embarrassed.

  • By Johannes Moatlhodi - 11:00 AM on August 31, 2012  

    Happy with the assistance

  • By Johannes Moatlhodi - 11:01 AM on August 31, 2012  

    Good to be able to get ADOBE FLASH

  • By Andy - 4:16 AM on September 1, 2012  

    I would be more interested to see a first true CLOUD service going, namely your DropBox clone. That would actually make life easier and you promised it months ago. Now, almost half a year later, nothing is even mentioned. What is going on?

  • By Rose - 10:03 AM on September 1, 2012  

    I have so many clients that design exclusively in Illustrator. They are just more comfortable with it. This will be a great tool.

  • By Eric - 9:16 AM on September 3, 2012  

    Doesn’t work in France ?

    • By Eric Wilde - 12:49 PM on September 4, 2012  

      I’m not quite sure what you mean by not working in France. Can you say more? I’ll reach out to your email address with a private message as well to track down the details.

  • By Barbara - 5:45 PM on September 4, 2012  

    I would greatly like to see many more widgets including – appointments, Click to Call,
    More manual menu widgets, etc. There are so few and this is one the most useful features. Yola seems to have Adobe way outdone in this area.

  • By Lamar - 3:51 PM on September 6, 2012  

    I have tried to update Ai CS6 to use this new feature and I am a creative cloud subscriber… when I go to help and update it says my Ai is updated … I still do not see the package feature in the menu… Am I missing something?

    • By Nitin Bansal - 7:38 AM on October 30, 2012  

      Hi Lamar, Looks like your AI CS6 might still not be subscription licensed. And as the Creative Cloud feature update is exclusive to subscription users, it is not showing up.
      If you already have Adobe Application Manager installed on you machine through CCM membership (Adobe ID), and then do the following:

      1.) Launch Illustrator CS6
      2.) Help-> Deactivate
      3.) Close Illustrator and relaunch. Illustrator should pick the subscription license automatically now.
      4.) Close Illustrator again and relaunch. Now check for Updates from Help menu. The feature update should be available now.

      Do let us know if that worked!

  • By Brian - 4:25 PM on September 6, 2012  

    Love the new features, especially unembed. Had to uninstall and reinstall Illustrator before it would show there was an update.

    ~~ BUG ~~

    I reported a bug where the new Package feature ignores linked images inside of opacity masks. Kind of ruins it until that’s fixed. I wonder what the turn around will be for a bug like that with the whole new Creative Cloud.

    Is there a separate place for Creative Cloud (CC) users to submit bug reports for CC specific features and updates?

    In a way we’re kind of test driving these new features before they end up in the perpetual licenses. So it would be nice to have a place to report these bugs with higher priority, separate from the other stuff, as they release these updates to us. I’d hate for this important bug report to be lost in the ether of other reports. Especially considering how many with perpetual licenses are already angry they have to wait, so I’d hate to face their wrath when they finally get the update to only find the feature broken.

  • By Mari - 2:09 PM on September 7, 2012  

    “Updates” are greyed out on my software. I’m a Creative Cloud subscriber. What can I do?

  • By Sophie - 7:29 AM on September 10, 2012  

    Am I able to use it on different computers, so if I’m away from mine and can use it on another?

    • By Deepa Subramaniam - 11:47 AM on September 10, 2012  

      With your Creative Cloud subscription, you are licensed to run the products on 2 machines. So short answer: yes :)

  • By Ian Adams - 11:46 AM on September 11, 2012  

    I ran the update through the Adobe Application Manager as listed above, it errored out during and now there are now updates available and I don’t have the features listed above. What do i do now?

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  • By mister_b - 8:31 AM on September 15, 2012  

    I bought an upgrade to CS6 (and have continually upgraded Adobe software for years) and I am also paying for Creative Cloud. Which I will stop doing in a couple weeks since I **cannot** access these Illustrator enhancements. I am not really interested in renting software. “B-level” indeed, as someone posted above.

  • By claudia mendez - 6:20 PM on September 19, 2012  

    I ran the update through the Adobe Application Manager as listed above, it errored out during and now there are now updates available and I don’t have the features listed above. What do i do now?

  • By Ron Berchin - 3:56 PM on September 21, 2012  

    I am a CC member having joined while still a registered user of CS6 master Collection. Do I have to trash the MC cs6 app and install the CC version to access these new features? The application manager shows that illustrator cs6 is installed on my computer and I ran the update from there, but no new features. Can someone please explain?

  • By dudu de aquino quinn - 3:31 PM on September 22, 2012  

    this product is beautiful

  • By dudu de aquino quinn - 3:32 PM on September 22, 2012  

    Updates “are greyed out on my software. I’am a Creative Cloud subscriber.

  • By Marc Desjardins - 12:55 PM on September 24, 2012  

    Despite having reinstalled and updated and owning both a Creative Cloud Subscription and a licensed Master Suite. The new features don’t show on either Illustrator or Dreamweaver. I am on both a recent IMac I7 and and Mac Pro all running the latest version of Mountain Lion. Any ways to make it work.

  • By Ignacio Galdames - 6:29 AM on September 25, 2012  

    when this will be in my country! i would totally paid for it, but when i try, they say this is not in my country. (chile, the last piece of earth)
    come on!

  • By Yvan - 8:38 AM on October 1, 2012  

    So you are effectively creating two products. One stand-alone which is an expensive, but basic version of the software, and one version that requires yearly membership and has more advanced feature that an initial buy-in of $999.00 and yearly upgrade licensing fees apparently covers.Again, if you want to promote the Cloud, just do so by emphasizing services that are specific to the Cloud, but not by creating two versions of a once comprehensive and great software.

  • By Marie Sheridan - 12:37 PM on October 18, 2012  

    I am having same problem as Lamar. I have the icloud membership, all updates have been made and I still dont see the packaging feature.

    • By Nitin Bansal - 7:39 AM on October 30, 2012  

      Hi Marie, Looks like your AI CS6 might still not be subscription licensed. And as the Creative Cloud feature update is exclusive to subscription users, it is not showing up.
      If you already have Adobe Application Manager installed on you machine through CCM membership (Adobe ID), and then do the following:

      1.) Launch Illustrator CS6
      2.) Help-> Deactivate
      3.) Close Illustrator and relaunch. Illustrator should pick the subscription license automatically now.
      4.) Close Illustrator again and relaunch. Now check for Updates from Help menu. The feature update should be available now.

      Do let us know if that worked!

  • By Florian Schlögl - 12:57 AM on November 13, 2012  

    I am having the same problem as Lamar & Marie, and…

    1.) Launch Illustrator CS6
    2.) Help-> Deactivate
    3.) Close Illustrator and relaunch. Illustrator should pick the subscription license automatically now.
    4.) Close Illustrator again and relaunch. Now check for Updates from Help menu. The feature update should be available now.

    ….dose not work.

  • By Kristine Dahms - 3:08 PM on January 24, 2013  

    I just upgraded from conventional CS3 to Creative Cloud CS6, on January 7,2013, long after the new “Package” feature was suppose to have been added, and it’s not showing up in my menu. I tried iChat support and got the run around. My Cloud tells me all my programs are current and no upgrades available. WTH? Very frustrating. And I agree, I would be furious if I were not using Creative Cloud and had upgraded Illustrator only to find that it’s availble only to Cloud members. Bad, move Adobe. But then, you have us all over a barrel because you’re the only game in town for designers anymore.

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