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August 14, 2012 /The Latest /

Sneak Peek: “Package Files” in Illustrator CS 6 Exclusively for Creative Cloud Members

One of the most oft-requested features by Illustrator users is soon to make it into Illustrator CS 6. We are lovingly calling it “Package Files” since it’s an easy way to automatically collect everything necessary to work with your Illustrator document into a single folder. In that folder, you’ll find everything your document depends on: linked files, embedded fonts, static images, etc. By having Illustrator create this packaged folder, you can archive the folder, store it in a code repository or share with members of your team – especially handy since we are working on some new sharing capabilities that will ship for Creative Cloud soon.

Here is a quick video of the Package Files feature within Adobe Illustrator CS 6, showing how this new feature will make your design process even simpler. We’ll be making it available exclusively to Adobe Creative Cloud members soon. Remember, by subscribing to Creative Cloud, you get these types of nimble product enhancements often and easily.

Our promotional offer of $29.99 per month for your first year on Adobe Creative Cloud, if you currently own CS3 or later suites or products, ends soon so be sure to signup.

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  • By Jerome - 12:14 PM on August 14, 2012  

    I have no idea about this but still excited =)

  • By Dan Poynor - 1:41 PM on August 14, 2012  

    Very much needed. Thanks for the update and link to the video.

  • By David Dilling - 2:08 PM on August 14, 2012  

    Wow, neat. FlightCheck from Markzware (where I work) also does that, but for all version of Adobe Creative Suite and not only for Illustrator, but for InDesign, Photoshop and other DTP application files as well.

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  • By Adam - 1:05 PM on September 28, 2012  

    It’s pretty unfair that this is just for Cloud members. What about the other people that are also paying year after year?

  • By Rich Milham - 11:13 AM on October 17, 2012  

    It’s a great feature Packaging. I have the latest update to ai (16.0.1) and it is not available under the file menu. Can anyone help? I see nothing on troubleshooting.

  • By Steve - 3:03 PM on October 25, 2012  


    Our Schoolboard just spent thousand (ss) of dollards to by cs6 premium for our class and they tell us that this is only available to Creative cloud Members…

  • By Chris Murphy - 11:52 AM on November 5, 2012  

    Finally get a direly needed feature and then with hold it from people who have the purchased version. This is a really crappy move.

  • By Jason Ryder - 12:50 PM on November 5, 2012  

    I have the same issue as Rich. It tells me its up to date and the package option does not show up in the file menu. Suggestions?

  • By Dan Hurd - 6:46 AM on November 9, 2012  

    We keep paying for updates to the same software – I see nothing new in Creative Suite 6 other than dark gray menus and now the Package feature is Only available to Cloud? I just paid $1,000 for darker menus and the ability to open other upgraders files. Thanks for nothing.

  • By Katelyn - 6:25 PM on November 13, 2012  

    Will this be available for non-Creative Cloud CS6 owners??


    • By Harrie - 2:03 AM on November 26, 2012  

      No This functionality is only for Creative Cloud members.
      Kind Regards,

  • By Claus Hyldal - 6:38 AM on November 22, 2012  

    For Cloud Members ONLY!?!

    Hey… luckily for all us old fashioned customers… we won’t get our Illustrator file menu bloated with this new feature. Who needs to keep track of assets anyway? 😉

    • By Harrie - 4:15 AM on November 27, 2012  

      Well the feature has been added on User-requests. So we can try to continue to request the feature it might get broden outside the cloud users as well.

  • By Garry Clayton - 4:43 PM on November 30, 2012  

    This is disgusting. To only do this for cloud members is an absolute joke. Not only do Adobe rip off customers with half yearly upgrades, you now blackmail users into paying a subscription service to use a feature that SHOULD be available to all customers who pay for the product.

    Someone should report you to trading standards for this, it’s blackmail.

    The people who don’t want to be cloud members are being treated like second class citizens all because the Adobe fat cat corporate idiots get rich. It’s no wonder that you are losing a lot of profit to other companies now and commercial printers and designers are jumping ship to other affordable products that do the same as your products and then some.

    Thank god for Serif, Corel, Xara, Autodesk etc.


  • By Elena Welch - 9:23 PM on December 3, 2012  

    When is this going to be ready? I am a Creative Cloud member and keep upgrading and still dont see the packaging feature. 12/03/12, Help!

    • By Deepa Subramaniam - 8:33 AM on December 4, 2012  

      This is available now. Download Illustrator from Creative Cloud and run the in-product updater (Help > Updates). This update is available to paid Creative Cloud members.

  • By Craig Weiland - 12:16 PM on December 4, 2012  

    What this does is teach me never to use Illustrator for a project I could do with InDesign.

    Some of us have no need to get on “Creative Cloud”, some of us don’t have a choice whether we are or not. It would appear my CD-based version of Adobe Creative Suite (the one that cost $1,900) is actually a crippled, trial demo for the internet-based version. I would have thought paying almost two thousand dollars should get you the full version.

  • By Gay Swaine - 1:23 PM on December 13, 2012  

    With “Package” being a helpful, standard application in InDesign, it seems a bit cheesy to block access to Illustrator’s version unless you are a Cloud subscriber. Not a good feeling!

  • By Mike - 12:51 PM on December 14, 2012  

    I agree with the others. Creative Cloud is a great idea for monthly and yearly use of the product, but fore everyone who bought the software, important tools like PACKAGING should be included in updates. GIVE ME MY PACKAGE FILES COMMAND. this is ridiculous.

  • By Mike - 6:37 AM on December 15, 2012  

    A number of people on this blog have asked the same question (Rich, Jason), but no one has answered it yet. I’m going to ask it again…..
    My Illustrator V16.0.3 has no Package menu item in the File menu; and when I check for updates, I am completely up-to-date. I am on the Creative Cloud. What gives?
    Does anyone have a clue?

  • By Catherine - 11:36 AM on January 10, 2013  

    I agree that the Package function should be made available to all C6 users. There are so many types of design that illustrator is better for than InDesign or Photoshop. The one downfall is the lack of ease to “collect” associated files.

    Creative Cloud is great but I would be paying a monthly fee for something I would barely use. That is a steep fee for the ability to “Package” files.

  • By Mary - 10:32 PM on January 16, 2013  

    This makes me so bloody ANGRY! withhold functionality for a select few? did the Adobe accountants say that these Creative Cloud subscribers are more profitable in the long run and therefore you’re denying your bread and butter customers who’ve bought god-forbid, actual copies of CS Suite a feature you well know should be standard to only your special customers? Here I am with CS6 embedding bloody images into Illustrator knowing full well that’s a stupid thing to do and Ai is probably going to crash and burn. Well I have no choice because I have to use Illustrator for this job and I have no other way. ANGRYYYYY!!!

  • By Richard W. - 6:23 AM on January 25, 2013  

    This feature should be available to all CS6 users, not just Cloud members. What, purchasing $1900 per premium suite isn’t worthy enough for a packaging feature in illustrator? C’mon.

  • By nicole - 3:51 PM on January 28, 2013  

    I’m absolutely stunned that this is for cloud members only. wow.

  • By Ludde - 6:50 AM on January 31, 2013  


    Our company purchased cs6 suite as soon as it released. Is this the reward for paying rediculous money?


  • By Laura - 1:03 PM on February 1, 2013  

    I cannot find this feature either. I am a cloud subscriber with the program up to date. Still no Package feature. What is the deal? God knows I can’t call because last time I called Adobe I spent 2 hours talking to some guy with such a thick Indian accent I couldn’t understand a thing he said. Your customer service is a JOKE!!!!

  • By Jackie - 2:04 PM on February 5, 2013  

    Wow, I also truly can’t believe this! I completely agree with Craig! If I can’t package my designs from AI, why would I use Illustrator for anything other than creating vectors? Thank god I used an old student number to get the student price. Had I paid $2000, I’d be screaming bloody murder! Creative Cloud? Gimme a break! From what I can tell, it’s nothing but a cash grab by a company that already makes HUGE profits!

  • By billy - 12:29 PM on February 27, 2013  

    Dear J
    I am really confused here. I have Adobe Illustrator CS6 16.0.4 and there is no “PACKAGE” menu item under my file menu? What am I doing wrong. I would love to be able to do this as in in-design… please advise.

  • By katie - 11:03 AM on March 15, 2013  

    I agree this should be a feature available to everyone not just Cloud users. GRrrrr.

  • By Dan - 5:39 AM on March 21, 2013  

    Hi, My trial version of illustrator creative cloud does not have the package file option that should be next to scripts on the drop down file menu?…
    Any help on this would be Awesome 😉

  • By Rob - 3:39 PM on March 26, 2013  

    Our company pay for the iCloud subscription, but I would hate to be an owner of a brand new copy of CS6 and find our some features are only for the iCloud.

    I reckon because of the delay in adding this feature for iCloud users, this will now be rolled out across all version of CS6.5 (The usual .5 update with an added cost).

    For those people needing to package files for illustrator I use Art Files: which does a pretty good job and is well worth the cost.

  • By Marie Sheridan - 12:35 PM on April 8, 2013  

    I am a creative cloud member and I just did an update to 16.0.4, and there still is no packaging menu showing up! Same problem as others are having.

    I found a plugin callled Scoop from for $25 that will do it, but it is ridiculous to have to pay for something that we are supposed to get for our creative cloud membership!

    Any help from Adobe?

  • By David - 2:46 AM on April 9, 2013  

    I really cannot grasp the fact that you can package InDesign and not Illustrator files? ABSURD! and not happy. Is this really an innovative idea to sell Cloud?? Bloody unfair and not very helpful Adobe!!

  • By Elizabeth - 3:54 PM on April 19, 2013  

    I’m going to agree with below comments. Packaging is a feature that is intelligent and a necessary part of the program to make it a good product. It should already have been there in the first place, as the technology was clearly already available in InDesign.

    While this is not devastating, I don’t think that will be good for their business because it makes regular customers feel second rate and ripped off. I understand that Adobe is trying to provide and incentive to be in the cloud program but, unfortunately, this only makes me feel like I bought into a scheme, and supported major and impersonal corporation, not a creative company with integrity.

  • By Joni - 8:03 PM on April 25, 2013  

    Seriously?? We are made to pay exuberant amounts of money for Adobe products and now, you have to pay for have Package? Excuse me? I am a very small business owner and cannot afford yet another payment to keep myself afloat let alone pay extra for what used to come with this exceptional program!!!? Why do big companies just do their worst to their loyal customers?


  • By Fred - 10:33 AM on May 1, 2013  

    FUCK YOU Adobe

    Why ask 2400$ retail price for Create Suite CS6 Master and not relase this update to software owners.


    We have been waiting for this for YEARS !!!

  • By Jimmy - 11:28 AM on June 10, 2013  

    I don´t think Adobe would care If we pay $2000 or $500. They just want more. I’m not paying that extra money. I prefer paying a little more to ARTFILES $49.95 than giving any more money to Adobe. For my perspective I’ve been too loyal to this company.

  • By Christa - 2:27 PM on June 19, 2013  

    I believe there’s a script inside each version that does this. It’s called “Collect for Output” – saw a video on YouTube about it.