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Adobe releases Illustrator CS6 update with three new features to Creative Cloud subscribers

Adobe has released an update for Illustrator CS6 for subscribers to the company's Creative Cloud software-and-services bundle only. This adds the Package function discussed a couple of weeks ago, plus a few other new tools too.

The Package function allow artists and designers to package file assets for a project in a similar way to the long-established Package feature in InDesign.

Packaging brings together linked images and fonts - though not some East Asian fonts in this first update - and creates a report listing exactly what's included.

The update also allows users to quickly unembed images that have been embedded into an Illustrator file. The Links panel has been improved with more information readily available about linked files.

Read our expert reviews and step-by-step guides to Adobe Creative Suite 6 (CS6)

To learn more, watch the video featuring Rufus Deuchler, Adobe's worldwide design evangelist below.This launch follow last week's release of a new beta version of Adobe Edge, which has been renamed Edge Animate. Adobe's new motion and interaction design tool lets creative pros build Flash-style animated Web content using HTML, JavaScript, and CSS. The 1.0 release will be in September.

Adobe Muse, the subscription-based visual Web design program that works with Adobe's Business Catalyst hosting service, has been updated to offer new support for contact forms.

In September, on a date yet to be announced, Adobe will also release an update to its Dreamweaver CS6 web design tool, and its long-awaited Digital Publishing Suite single edition, which will facilitate the creation of iOS apps directly from InDesign CS6, to be sold in the Apple App Store. While most of the Adobe Touch applications are now available for iOS, two holdouts will be completely reconfigured.

Kuler, a color coordination and theme creation utility that had previously been accessed from Photoshop, and Debut, a presentation and collaboration app already available for Android, are undergoing significant changes. Kuler, designed for graphic artists, lets users create and share themes via their tablet and the cloud.

When Adobe is finished with the new Kuler, it will not be an iPad app, "but something more interesting," says Adobe's senior marketing manager Scott Morris said. Debut, an interactive communication and demonstration app for designers, will look a lot different than it does as an Android app.

There's no further details yet on what those upgrades will consist of or when those app updates will be released.

Worldwide tour

Finally, Adobe is kicking off a Create the Web tour, a series of live events focusing on HTML5 that will touch down in four cities around the globe, starting next month. The London event is on October 2 at the Vue Cinema in Leicester Square. Other dates include San Francisco, Tokyo and Sydney.

Adobe Creative Cloud, regularly £39 plus VAT per month for individuals, has been available since launch at a discounted price of just under £23 per month (for a year's subscription) to owners of previous Creative Suite packages. But the deadline for signing up for a year's subscription to Creative Cloud for that discounted price will end on August 31


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