Adobe Illustrator is a drawing software program created by Adobe Systems that uses vectors. It was first created in 1986, and was designed to work with the Macintosh computer. When Adobe first released Illustrator, they were uncertain of the success of the program. The company did not have a large percentage of the market, and the only software tool that was capable of challenging Adobe Illustrator was LaserWriter, a tool that was produced by Apple. Adobe Illustrator is a powerful tool that has a low learning curve. Despite this, it is famous for its level of precision. Many people have found Adobe Illustrator to be a useful alternative to complex design tools such as AutoCad. In addition to this, Adobe Illustrator places an emphasis on painting, something that was missing from AutoCad when it was first introduced.
The primary tool that is used in Illustrator is the Bezier curve. A curve can be created, and circles or arcs can be created from it. Illustrator also supported PostScript files as well. The support for PostScript allowed developers to create programs that were specifically designed to create Illustrator files. When Adobe Illustrator 1.1 was introduced, it featured a video that showed John Warnock teaching the use of the program. The only feature that Illustrator lacked for a long period of time was blend or gradient fills. In fact, this feature would not commonly be seen until the release of Adobe Illustrator 5. As a company, Adobe was known for taking risks with the release of Illustrator, especially when it came to the interface.
While Illustrator was initially released for the Macintosh, it was designed for other platforms by the beginning of the 1990s. Some of the platforms that Adobe Illustrator supported are Sun Solaris, SGI IRIX, and MS Windows. However, the software did not perform well on many of these platforms, and support for them was dropped. The ideal drawing program for the Windows OS was CorelDraw. A number of substantial changes were made to the 6th version of Illustrator that was introduced in 1996. Many of these changes dealt with the path editings. TrueType was supported during this time, and this led to competition between it and the older PostScript.
It was the 6th version of Photoshop that led to the introduction of plug-ins that could be used with the software. Plug-ins were powerful because the allowed Illustrator to do more than what it was originally designed for. The decision of Adobe to add plug-ins was popular among many designers, who found they could do more. While the earlier versions of Illustrator were poor on Windows, the versions that were released near the end of the 1990s were quite impressive. As the Internet became more popular, Illustrator evolved in a way that allowed it to be useful for tasks such as Web publishing. Like Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator is now being sold under the CS brand. It has been successfully sold on the Windows OS in recent years. It has remained one of the most popular digital drawing programs.