Last week, Astute Graphics released Phantasm v4 which has been snapped up by many enthusiastic customers old and new! But you don't just have to want color control and vector Halftone artwork requirements to benefit from our latest Unified Installer (v1.2.6). Every one of our plug-ins has benefited from new functionality, improvements and/or bug fixes.

There has been a major focus on introducing some great new features and improvements to our popular VectorScribe v3 and VectorFirstAid plug-ins. These updates are free to existing VectorScribe v3 and VectorFirstAid customers!

Here, we detail what you gain from running the latest installer.

How to download

If you have an Astute Graphics accounts login and continue to the Downloads section.

If you haven't an account, or have yet to start your full 14 day trial period, visit our Free Trial page to start your journey of creative discovery!

If you have previously downloaded and installed Phantasm v4, and opted to upgrade all plug-ins thourgh the new installer, no further action is required to access these updates.

How to install

Please refer to our FAQ page.

Common changes to all plug-ins

  • New menu links to keyboard shortcuts and written tutorials for improved access to a wide range of learning material.
  • Improvement: Caters for wider range of Windows HiDPI screen resolutions, such as those used by default with the Wacom Cintiq Companion.

Autosaviour v2.1.0

  • Bug fix: The panel icon is now immediately updated when the UI brightness is changed.

ColliderScribe v2.1.9

  • Bug fix: The panel icon is now immediately updated when the UI brightness is changed.
  • Bug fix: The tools now correctly snap to anchor points even if a second path passes directly through them.

DirectPrefs v1.0.6

  • Bug fix: The panel icon is now immediately updated when the UI brightness is changed.

DynamicSketch v2.1.2

  • Bug fix: The panel icon is now immediately updated when the UI brightness is changed.

InkQuest v1.2.5

InkScribe v1.7.5

  • Improvement: InkScribe now supports the larger anchor and handle sizes available in CC2018.1
  • Bug fix: The panel icon is now immediately updated when the UI brightness is changed.
  • Bug fix: When using OS text scaling, buttons in the preferences dialog can be dragged by clicking directly on them [Windows only].
  • Bug fix: Buttons dragged in the preferences dialog can no longer disappear when dragged exactly to the bottom edge of the grid.

MirrorMe v1.3.3

  • Bug fix: The panel icon is now immediately updated when the UI brightness is changed.

Phantasm v4.0.0

See product release page. In detail:

  • New feature: Panel to control effects.
  • New feature: New effect "Prepress Correct" which incorporates the important parameters from the Advanced Options and can be globally applied to all layers.
  • Improvement: The Halftone effect has a greatly-improved algorithm and ability to crop dots to the bounds of the original item.
  • Improvement: The Halftone effect dot type menu now lists Symbols directly.
  • Improvement: Many of the Halftone effect parameters can now be entered with fractional values rather than integers, such as the dpi.
  • Improvement: Moving Halftone effect separations up or down in the stacking order (through the Separations dialog) is now more user-friendly.
  • Improvement: A warning is now shown for the Halftone effect if the dot settings would create an very high number of dots.
  • Improvement: The Advanced Options menu for each effect is now more easily discoverable.
  • Improvement: The Save and Manage Options dialogs have been modernized, and now support real-time file name error handling.
  • Improvement: Many user interface elements have been updated (for example, graphs now support dark backgrounds, and most icons now have Retina resolutions).
  • Bug fix: Sliders now update their numeric value readouts as they are dragged [Windows only].
  • Bug fix: Text items are now correctly selected through the 'Select > Phantasm Effects' menu item.
  • Bug fix: Dragging a graph endpoint off the graph no longer shows incorrect values in the related numeric value controls.

Rasterino v1.2.5

Stipplism v1.0.8

Stylism v1.2.3

  • Bug fix: The panel icon is now immediately updated when the UI brightness is changed.

SubScribe v1.3.3

Texturino v1.2.6

  • Bug fix: The panel icon is now immediately updated when the UI brightness is changed.

VectorFirstAid v1.2.0

  • New feature: "Modify Point Types" can check/fix anchor point types based on their handle positions.
  • New feature: Checkups can now be automatically rerun after fixing all issues until there are no remaining issues.
  • New feature: Highlighted issues which may be invalid (because of a prior fix to a separate issue) are now noted as such.
  • Improvement: Combineable text is now recognized even if its stacking order is reversed from the normal order.
  • Improvement: Joined paths are now closed if the first and last points are coincident.
  • Improvement: The panel UI now honors Illustrators UI preference settings in regards to OS text scaling [Windows only].
  • Bug fix: "Remove Zero Opacities" is now properly recorded in the Actions panel when recorded.
  • Bug fix: The panel icon is now immediately updated when the UI brightness is changed.

VectorScribe v3.1.5

  • Improvement: The tools now support the larger anchor and handle sizes available in CC2018.1
  • Improvement: The panel UIs now honor Illustrators UI preference settings in regards to OS text scaling [Windows only].
  • Improvement: The Dynamic Corner tool no longer considers guides when hovering to show potential corners.
  • Bug fix: The PathScribe panel no longer shows incorrect numeric values when multiple points are marquee-selected [Mac only].
  • Bug fix: The PathScribe panel buttons are now correctly updated when the selection changes from no selection to the selection of a path only (no anchor points).
  • Bug fix: The PathScribe panel now shows the correct selection if the selection was made while it was hidden and it was subsequently shown through means other than the Window menu.
  • Bug fix: The PathScribe tool no longer potentially shows the wrong number of selected points when multiple paths are marquee selected.
  • Bug fix: The Dynamic Corners tool is now able to round the corners of certain two-point, lens-shaped closed paths.
  • Bug fix: Files saved with zero-width or zero-height Dynamic Rectangles will now re-open without an error message and possible corruption.
  • Bug fix: The Extend Path tool path preview is no longer potentially wrong when showing Bezier path extensions at very high magnifications.
  • Bug fix: Panel icons are now immediately updated when the UI brightness is changed.

WidthScribe v2.1.3

  • Bug fix: The panel icons are now immediately updated when the UI brightness is changed.
  • Bug fix: The Width Stamp panel no longer has truncated UI items in the bottom section when used with OS text scaling of 150% [Windows only].

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