What program is best for Vector?
Posted 18 March 2018 - 09:23 PM
I worked with both Corel Draw and Illustrator years/tears ago.
At the time, Coral was a great PC program but due to PC limitations, the files were less portable.
System limitations meant that files might not open the same from machine to machine.
Fonts issues were a problem.
This was more of a Microsoft system problem.
PDFs eventually solved most portability problems.
Opentype fonts solved systen font transportability.
In the end, the Apple system was more stable and Illustrator gained dominance over Freehand to become king of the Vector programs.
For a while, Graphic Arts was the only business market segment dominated by Apple.
Smooth portability is an absolute must when conducting creative projects across timezones on deadline.
To this day, the large design studios that service the international advertising agencies use Illustrator.
Everybody is on the same page.
To that end, Adobe's subscription service business model has been very successful.
I still use their last non-subscription (purchase outright) program CS6.
I did purchase some Astute Graphics plug-ins.
Over the years, I have known many excellent designers who still use old versions of their favorite drawing program.
They know the shortcut commands. The features suite their needs. it does not over tax their aging computers.
If you a one man operation, it does not matter what you use, only what you produce.
All this being said, the market has spoken. If you want to get a job running someone else's computer in their design studio, the industry standard is Illustrator.
Posted 14 September 2018 - 05:45 PM
Illustrator, Corel Draw or Inkscape are best for vector graphics. Progams like Photoshop are best for image and photo manipulation and you can use vector graphics in it but it is not as good as the others because it doesn't specialise in vector graphics
Posted 14 September 2018 - 06:16 PM
Please remember when using programs other than AI to make a legacy eps and or svg vector file. Even when using a new version of AI make a legacy file. Many clients and myself included do not use the new AI . I never had the need to upgrade to the new illustrator programs so I continue to use cs4. MAny clients buy the older versions at a discount. when using the older versions many of the files from newest AI versions do not open or open "blank" so saving a file as legacy is ALWAYS helpful
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Posted 22 April 2019 - 05:15 PM
Here is a list of free alternatives to Adobe Illustrator & Adobe Photoshop.
Software: Adobe Photoshop Express (http://www.photoshop.com/tools)
Platform: MAC and Windows/Browser
Notes: Similar to Adobe Photoshop, with less tools
Software: Inkscape (https://inkscape.org/en)
Platform: MAC and Windows
Notes: Similar to Adobe Illustrator
Software: GIMP (http://www.gimp.org)
Platform: MAC and Windows
Notes: Similar to Adobe Photoshop, with an easy design interface
Software: PIXLR (https://pixlr.com)
Notes: Similar to Adobe Photoshop, easy to use
This list was on the back of a clients graphics standards manual
Posted 28 May 2019 - 04:03 AM
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