A bucketful of updates

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Astute Graphics continues to develop our software like never before! Not only have we just announced an imminent major update to the Astute Manager, but we have started on the continuous development phase of our latest Illustrator plugin, InkFlow. Now in v1.1.0, we have introduced user-requested features demonstrated in this video:

Here are just four of the new features in InkFlow v1.1.0:

  • Option to allow the stroke color to be the preview color.
  • Preference to automatically expand strokes when drawn.
  • Preference to keep path selected.
  • Preference to allow the pen presets to be automatically updated when settings are changed.

Many of these updates have come from user requests during the run-up to launch and subsequent use in our Slack AG Community. Want to help shape your future creative tools? Sign up for free here: bit.ly/ag-slack

The InkFlow continuous major development cycle follows the successful approach adopted for Stylism earlier this year which resulted in the popular AG Offset and AG Block Shadow tools. With so much pent-up technology at our disposal, it’s gonna be a very interesting time for sketchers, drawers and writing creatives in Illustrator!

Beyond InkFlow, we’re always listening out to our users which has resulted in the vast majority of the other 18 Illustrator plugins being updated. We don’t underestimate how important it is to remove those niggly bugs when reported (they are always our top priority), but we’ve found time to return to Stylism’s AG Offset tool with another major feature boost demonstrated here:

Finally, let’s not overlook the workflow tools, especially VectorFirstAid which is now upgraded to v3.2.0 and benefits with even more “quick fix” options:

How to access your updates

All customers on our subscription Annual Service Plan can turn to the Astute Manager to quickly updated to the latest and greatest. Read how to discover and installing Annual Service Plan plugin updates…

What’s been updated

You can always check what’s new via our Technical Updates page.

Today’s release has included:

AstuteBuddy 1.1.2

  • Support for ColliderScribe’s SuperMarquee tool new keypress

Autosaviour 2.3.1

  • Improvement: New preference “Don't Autosave/Remind If Document Has Never Been Saved”

ColliderScribe 3.2.1

  • Improvement: The SuperMarquee tool can now show, on the fly, the number of objects which will be selected when the mouse button is released ("D" to toggle on/off).

DirectPrefs 1.2.1

  • Improvement: Holding down the Shift key when clicking an angle button adds 180 degrees to the requested value.
  • Improvement: Holding down the Shift key when clicking an increment button multiplies the value by 10.

DynamicSketch 3.1.1

  • Bug fix: Fixed trim problems involving curved bezier path segments with an endpoint lying exactly on the straight segment of another path.

FindReplace 1.1.1

  • Improvement: Fill/Stroke, geometry, and replacement art previews now display at Retina resolution.
  • Improvement: New preference “Use Clipping Path For Art Bounds”.
  • Improvement: When picking up art for geometry or replacement, a message is now shown on the panel.
  • Bug fix: Panel text is no longer cut off at non-100% UI scaling.

InkFlow 1.1.0

  • New feature: Option to allow the stroke color to be the preview color (when solid color, otherwise defaulting to black when stroke is gradient or pattern).
  • New feature: Preference to automatically expand strokes when drawn.
  • New feature: Preference to keep path selected.
  • New feature: Preference to allow the pen presets to be automatically updated when settings are changed.
  • Improvement: Shift-click pen preset to reset user changes.
  • Improvement: When the stroke color is set to none, the tool uses the fill color as stroke color. If no fill or stroke color is defined, it automatically applies a black stroke color.
  • Improvement: Lighter UI toolbar icon contrast increased for clarity.
  • Bug fix: The variable roundness checkbox works for all presets.
  • Bug fix: Typos corrected in Windows tooltip text.
  • Bug fix: Windows icons in lighter UI mode now all display correctly.

MirrorMe 3.0.1

  • Improvement: Clicking on the panel banner now selects the MirrorMe tool.
  • Bug fix: The screen is now correctly updated when mousing down to create symmetry axes (but not dragging) and changing the axes count.

Phantasm 5.1.1

  • Bug fix: Phantasm effects now work on art with a Gaussian Blur live effect in Illustrator 24.x.
  • Bug fix: The X/Y offset fields in the Halftone effect now correctly increment when the unit of measure is not points.
  • Bug fix: The degree sign in the Halftone effect separations dialog is now drawn correctly.

Stipplism 2.1.1

  • Improvement: The Stipple and Symbol Stipple live effects now respond to the native “Edit Colors” commands.

Stylism 2.5.0

  • New feature: The stroke and fill colors of multiple AG Offsets can now be specified using a gradient to pick them from.
  • Improvement: When multiple AG Offsets include transparency, it is now possible to specify that the offsets have the “KO Group” effect.
  • Improvement: The Stylism User-Define Favorite previews now display at Retina resolution.
  • Improvement: When an AG Block Shadow is applied to an art object which is being clipping by a clipping path, the shadow now updates automatically if the object is moved relative to the clipping path or the clipping path is moved or edited.

Texturino 2.1.1

  • Bug fix: On Mac, Textures now correctly appear in alphabetical order from the start.

VectorFirstAid 3.2.0

  • New feature: A new checkup operation has been added: “Remove Unnecessary Handles”.
  • New feature: A new menu item “Completely Ungroup…” can be used to iteratively ungroup multiply-nested groups in one step (with options involving clip groups).
  • Improvement: The “Remove Unnecessary Groups” operation now also removes groups inside of compound paths (these can cause issues with scripting and certain prepress workflows).
  • Bug fix: The “Show Align Close Points” tolerance is now correctly shown in the checkup operation progress bar.

VectorScribe 4.2.1

  • Bug fix: Dynamic Shapes with transformation points not at their center are now correctly rotated when Shift is also held down to constrain the rotation amount.

 

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