Anyone tried Illustrator CS4 yet?
Thread poster: Jan Sundström

Jan Sundström  Identity Verified
Sweden
Local time: 05:10
English to Swedish
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Feb 18, 2009

Hi all,

I'm curious to hear about any improvements from a translator's point of view. How is the SVG export/import in the new version? Better fidelity, more charsets supported? Looks better when opening in TagEditor?

Let's hear it...

/J


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Balasubramaniam L.  Identity Verified
India
Local time: 09:40
Member (2006)
English to Hindi
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Yes Feb 19, 2009

I have been keenly awaiting the release of Adobe CS4 because of the widely circulating rumours that this version will be supporting Hindi in unicode format, a long-standing demand of DTP people from India and elsewhere who do DTP work in Hindi.

Up to CS3 there was no support for Hindi in any of the CS softwares like InDesign, PhotoShop, Illustrator, etc, although plugins were available for InDesign for making it work with Hindi. But this was not the real thing.

So I downloaded the trial version as soon as CS4 was announced and fooled around with the software in it of interest to me, mainly InDesign, Flash, PhotoShop and a bit of Illustrator.

I was both disappointed and elated. The reason is CS4 has covered considerable ground in supporting Hindi, but has not gone the whole hog. I will explain this in this way - CS4 has all the innards for supporting Hindi, but it has no user interfaces to access these resources. This would have made CS4 almost useless for Hindi DTP work, but for the fact that some excellent plug-ins are available which unleash these hidden resources. The most useful of these components is the Word Ready Composer. With it installed, the full power of InDesign becomes available for Hindi DTP work.

This plug-in is only for Indesign and I am not aware whether similar plug-ins are available for the other softwares of the suit.

My main interest has been InDesign and that too from the point of view of its capability to support Hindi DTP work. So I haven't explored Illustrator very much. Nor have I used any of the previous versions of Adobe CS as none of these support Hindi.

So I cannot really answer your question. I just thought I will record my experiences with InDesign's Hindi support for those who would be interested in this.

Hopefully CS5 which is already in the pipeline will have real support for Hindi.


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Hector Aires
Local time: 01:10
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English to Spanish
I did it.. Feb 19, 2009

[quote]J-a-n S-ndstr-m wrote:

Hi all,

I'm curious to hear about any improvements from a translator's point of view. How is the SVG export/import in the new version? Better fidelity, more charsets supported? Looks better when opening in TagEditor?

Let's hear it...

I used the demo version last December for some 110/120 pictures that were embedded in a welding machine manual edited in Innd. Each picture had just a few words, maybe 50 words as average. Furthermore, many of the pictures were just improvements of older ones I had done for other manuals, therefore, I did not use TagEditor.
I did not notice any useful, for me, improvement but my pair is En>>Spa so I did not have the issues Balasubramaniam (this is a long name, really...) has.
Therefore, I shall continue using my old CS which covers perfectly my needs.

All the best
Héctor


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