Adobe Illustrator CS

The Good New type of engine; 3D capabilities; files now compatible with Photoshop; improved PDF handling.

The Bad Some performance drag; expensive technical support.

The Bottom Line Adobe keeps Illustrator CS the top dog in the field of professional drawing tools.

Editors' Rating
  • Setup 8.0
  • Features 9.0
  • Support 7.0
8.0 Overall

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Review

Adobe Illustrator CS

Jan 2004
Editors' note: Shortly after this review appeared, Adobe changed its technical support policy, and we have made the appropriate changes to our review. For details, please see our corrections page.

With this revision, Illustrator joins Photoshop, GoLive, and InDesign (but not Acrobat) in Adobe's new naming scheme: Creative Suite. Despite the supposed new moniker, our splash screen still carries the version 11.0.0 appellation. Illustrator CS runs on Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 or later or Macintosh OS X and, unlike Photoshop CS, does not require product activation.

The easy-to-use interface remains unchanged, which is good; it should be very familiar to both Illustrator and Photoshop users. The floating, tabbed palettes still dock to each other and to the sides of the window. With 25 possible palette windows and 7 subpalettes just for type options, it's questionable whether Adobe can fit any more into this interface.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $499
  • Brand Adobe
  • Category creativity application
  • Compatibility PC
  • OS Family Windows
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