Adobe Illustrator CS3

The Good Live Color; streamlined interface.

The Bad Still no multipage support; grouping objects forces them all to the same layer; can't manipulate multiple Bezier handles.

The Bottom Line Though it remains an excellent vector drawing tool, there's not a lot in Adobe Illustrator CS3 to compel CS2 users to upgrade.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 8.0
  • Support 8.0
7.7 Overall

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Review

Adobe Illustrator CS3

Despite improved performance, an exceptionally cool and useful Live Color tool, and a more streamlined interface, I can't shake a feeling of disappointment in Adobe Illustrator CS3. The most recent iteration improves on its predecessor, but not in any way that seems to significantly enhance the speed or efficiency with which one works within Illustrator.

Adobe tries unsuccessfully to turn a molehill of interface changes into a mountain of productivity. Nevertheless, the additions are welcome. In many ways, the interface simply provides better visual feedback on where you are in the path-object-group-layer hierarchy. The Layers palette has better color coding for selections. As you mouse over nodes, they enlarge. Isolation mode imposes visual context as you drill down into a group; irrelevant elements successively gray out, and a trail of breadcrumbs appears at the top of the screen. The breadcrumbs provide a very handy way to jump directly to another object without wondering if you've risen too far up the hierarchy.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $599
  • Brand Adobe
  • Category creativity application
  • Compatibility Mac
  • OS Family MacOS
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