OT: Illustrator capabilities (was Re: [OS X TeX] OT: log from Acrobat 7.0)

William Adams will.adams at frycomm.com
Tue Jul 25 11:45:46 EDT 2006

On Jul 25, 2006, at 10:46 AM, Alain Schremmer wrote:

> Since we are already definitely OT, I feel safe (?) to ask for a  
> couple of examples of what Illustrator can do that other drawing  
> programs cannot—and that non-professional illustrators might want  
> to use? (When I went from Canvas to Intaglio, it was such a relief … )

Very good OpenType support --- in some instances better than InDesign  
(did a cover design using Waters Titling and then discovered I had to  
write up extensive instructions on how to get the same text effects  
in ID using the glyph palette manually as AI got w/ a button click).

Native-pdf transparency features

Support for the nifty Warmreader marked object plug-in (though Altsys  
Virtuoso in NeXTstep supports the TeX eq -> eps Service for similar  
functionality or one can use psfrag &c. on other platforms if using  

I think that's pretty much it. Certainly Creaturehouse Expression did  
brushes better, and FreeHand has basic bezier drawing handled more  

More glaring are things one has to get plug-ins for which other  
programs ``just do'', such as a sensible pattern to how aligning  
objects work, multi-page support or dimensioning tools.


William Adams
senior graphic designer
Fry Communications

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