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Illustrator and InDesign get makeover, move to the cloud

Jackie Dove | May 7, 2013
With the announcement of fresh updates to its flagship publishing applications--InDesign and Illustrator--Adobe redirects its attention to its roots in the print and graphic design arena. Today, at its own Adobe Max Creativity Conference, the company is revealing more details about the new version of its desktop nonlinear editing and motion graphics programs. Here are some of the highlights. In a departure from the intense focus on the mobile market that marked last year's CS6 release, Adobe says that at least 75 percent of all program updates to the debut release of Creative Cloud desktop apps were devoted to its traditional image editing and publishing software.


Kuler is perhaps best known as an online service that users access via a panel in Photoshop CS6. In a significant update to this utility, Adobe has turned Kuler into a cloud-based application for making color themes via the iPhone or via a browser. Capture colors from any environment and use Kuler to create and share color combinations. You can browse themes from the Kuler community, sync your themes to Adobe Illustrator CC with the Sync Colors feature, and start using them in your designs.

Working with the new iPhone app, you can choose among five presets such as Colorful and Muted. In the Kuler Web app, you can select presets that follow color theory, including Analogous, Triad, and Compound, among others.


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