Celebrating 14 years of plugins, 1 year of subscription!

31 minute read

At Astute Graphics, we knew that when we made the huge leap to subscription software in September 2019, we'd have to prove ourselves all over again. We've worked hard to prove ourselves.

Now we're nearing the first customer annual renewal, it's interesting to review what's been achieved in that time by our unbeatable team...

New tools, creative potential and time saved

Block Shadows, advanced AG Offsets, visual find and replace, shortcuts, artwork selection magic and sooo much more. You just need to scroll down, and down, and down this post (and the continuously updated technical updates page) for confirmation of how much work has been put into bringing excitement to the creative process!

Here to support you

Experienced and new colleagues joined our team over the past year to not only ensure personal and human help, but also vastly improve and maintain the significant support documentation. Plus, earlier in 2020, Astute Graphics invited all users to join our new AG Slack community, which we're really happy to see over 500 people already take up the offer.

Teaching an old dog new tricks

Adobe Illustrator is around 30 years old, so it's understandable muscle memory and old habits play their part with many of its users. Having now passed 800 tutorial videos on our YouTube channel and embraced new bite-sized learning videos on our Instagram channel, plus restarted our webinar series, there has never been more and varied ways to learn new creative powers!

Delivered with care

Just before we moved to the Annual Service Plan subscription model in 2019, we unveiled our then-new Astute Manager. Version 1 really moved the game on for deploying plugins. Not content, we've just spent the last year hugely investing in a much clearer, comprehensive and interactive update in version 2, available now!

We plan to continue to invest heavily in this advanced platform to bring even more benefits to Adobe Illustrator users and beyond. Watch this space!

Teamwork

When the subscription service was initially released, it catered for individual users very nicely. Then earlier in 2020, Astute Graphics developed and released team license management, since used by great brands the world over.

Over to you

We can genuinely feel proud of all we achieved in the year, half of which was under the much more challenging global environment. We have been—and will continue to be—relentless in pushing what's possible for creatives.

Ultimately, it's our customers who will let us know how successful all this work has proven for their business, team and their own clients. We really look forward to that response and welcome users back to their second year of the service!

p.s. - who doesn't love a list?

The technical updates, many of which were driven directly by customer request, to our plugins is continuously published, but is now spread over 11 web pages. Therefore, it's awesome to see it in one list...

Large round of minor updates up to 17 August 2020

AstuteBuddy v1.1.2 

  • Support for ColliderScribe’s SuperMarquee tool new keypress. 

Autosaviour v2.3.1 

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

ColliderScribe v3.2.1 

  • 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 v1.2.1 

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

DynamicSketch v3.1.1 

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

FindReplace v1.1.1 

  • 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 v1.1.0 

  • 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).
    Watch the YouTube video describing the InkFlow improvements in v1.1.0 
  • 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 v3.0.1 

  • 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 v5.1.1 

  • 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 v2.1.1 

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

Stylism v2.5.0 

  • New feature: The stroke and fill colors of multiple AG Offsets can now be specified using a gradient to pick them from.
    Watch the YouTube video describing the Stylism improvements in v2.5.0 
  • 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 v2.1.1 

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

VectorFirstAid v3.2.0 

  • New feature: A new checkup operation has been added: “Remove Unnecessary Handles”.
    Watch the YouTube video describing the VectorFirstAid improvements in v3.2.0 
  • 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 v4.2.1 

  • 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. 

Release of InkFlow - 03 Aug 2020

InkFlow v1.0.0 

  • New plugin: Lettering + drawing tool for Adobe Illustrator
    Learn more... 

Minor updates - 08 Jul 2020

MirrorMe v3.0.0 

Stylism v2.4.1 

  • New feature: AG Offset can now offset to both sides of the path simultaneously. 
  • Improvement: When using the AG Offset tool to edit an existing AG Offset, you can now click and drag on the offset paths themselves. 
  • Improvement: When using the AG Block Shadow tool to edit an existing AG Block Shadow, you can now click and drag on the shadows themselves. 
  • Bug fix: Filled, no-stroke paths are now AG Offset correctly when both the fill and stroke are set to "Force". 
  • Bug fix: Filled and stroked paths are now AG Offset correctly when the fill is set to "Force". 
  • Bug fix: The tool preview of a potential AG Offset on a text object is now adjusted if the text object is changed. 

AstuteBuddy v1.1.1 

  • Added support for Stylism/AG Offset Tool "both sides" keypress. 

Illustrator v24.2 updates - 22 Jun 2020

AstuteBuddy v1.1.0 

  • Updated for Illustrator v24.2 compatibility 

Autosaviour v2.3.0 

  • Updated for Illustrator v24.2 compatibility. 
  • Backup options are disabled if the document is saved to the cloud. 

ColliderScribe v3.2.0 

  • Updated for Illustrator v24.2 compatibility. 
  • Now support large canvas mode and the four new measurement units. 
  • New feature: The Rotate To Collision tool now works on point text objects. 

DirectPrefs v1.2.0 

  • Updated for Illustrator v24.2 compatibility. 
  • Now support large canvas mode and the four new measurement units. 

DynamicSketch v3.1.0 

  • Updated for Illustrator v24.2 compatibility. 
  • Now support large canvas mode and the four new measurement units. 
  • Improvement: Clicking on the panel banner now selects the Dynamic Sketch tool. 
  • Bug fix: Trimming certain paths no longer result in erroneous loops. 
  • Bug fix: The starting width of an open sketch path is no longer erroneously made wider or narrower if the path's ending width is different. 

FindReplace v1.1.0 

  • Updated for Illustrator v24.2 compatibility. 
  • Now support large canvas mode and the four new measurement units. 

InkQuest v2.1.0 

  • Updated for Illustrator v24.2 compatibility. 
  • Now support large canvas mode and the four new measurement units. 

InkScribe v2.1.0 

  • Updated for Illustrator v24.2 compatibility. 
  • Now support large canvas mode and the four new measurement units. 

MirrorMe v2.1.0 

  • Updated for Illustrator v24.2 compatibility. 
  • Now support large canvas mode and the four new measurement units. 

Phantasm v5.1.0 

  • Updated for Illustrator v24.2 compatibility. 
  • Now support large canvas mode and the four new measurement units. 

Rasterino v2.1.0 

  • Updated for Illustrator v24.2 compatibility. 
  • Now support large canvas mode and the four new measurement units. 

Stipplism v2.1.0 

  • Updated for Illustrator v24.2 compatibility. 
  • Now support large canvas mode and the four new measurement units. 

Stylism v2.4.0 

  • Updated for Illustrator v24.2 compatibility. 
  • Now support large canvas mode and the four new measurement units. 

SubScribe v3.1.0 

  • Updated for Illustrator v24.2 compatibility. 
  • Now support large canvas mode and the four new measurement units. 

Texturino v2.1.0 

  • Updated for Illustrator v24.2 compatibility. 
  • Now support large canvas mode and the four new measurement units. 
  • Improvement: Clicking on the panel banners now selects the corresponding tool. 

VectorFirstAid v3.1.0 

  • Updated for Illustrator v24.2 compatibility. 
  • Now support large canvas mode and the four new measurement units. 
  • Bug fix: Fixed problem after certain external changes to paths with Dynamic Corners which could cause VectorFirstAid to immediately blank its "Check Selection for Issues" list. 

VectorScribe v4.2.0 

  • Updated for Illustrator v24.2 compatibility. 
  • Now support large canvas mode and the four new measurement units. 

WidthScribe v3.1.0 

  • Updated for Illustrator v24.2 compatibility. 
  • Now support large canvas mode and the four new measurement units. 
  • Improvement: Clicking on the panel banners now selects the corresponding tool. 
  • Bug fix: When the Width Stamp panel shows mixed color state, selecting a new color now properly displays it. 

Minor updates - 12 May 2020

Stylism v2.3.0 

  • New feature: AG Offsets can now treat groups (including live text) as if they were compound shapes. When altering stroke or fill colors, the starting color is taken from the topmost object.
    Watch video overview of this new feature on YouTube 
  • New feature: AG Block Shadows can now be specified with a level of transparency and blending mode.
    Watch video overview of this new feature on YouTube 
  • New feature: AG Block Shadows can now adopt the fill of the object for its color, allowing shadows to have patterns and gradients.
    Watch video overview of this new feature on YouTube 
  • New feature: AG Block Shadows can now be set to have a fixed vanishing point.
    Watch video overview of this new feature on YouTube 
  • New feature: AG Block Shadows, when applied to a specific fill, can replace the fill rather than adding to it as normal.
    Watch video overview of this new feature on YouTube 
  • Improvement: You can now force a stroke or a fill on an AG Offset, regardless of whether the base path has one. 
  • Improvement: The AG Offset and AG Block Shadow tools now work on Symbol art. 
  • Improvement: The AG Offset and AG Block Shadow tools now work on effects that have been applied to a layer, and no longer instead apply another object- or group-level effect to the art under the cursor. 
  • Improvement: AG Block Shadows may now be applied to Placed art objects. 
  • Improvement: The Apply buttons on the AG Offset and AG Block Shadow panels are now disabled when no art is selected. 
  • Improvement: You may now detach an AG Block Shadow immediately after creating it (by pressing the "X" key if using the tool; or adding "Shift" when clicking the Apply button on the panel). 
  • Improvement: You may now change the annotation color of the AG Offset and AG Block Shadow tools with the "C" key. 
  • Improvement: Option/Alt-clicking on a color chip in the AG Offset panel now sets that color to black. 
  • Improvement: The Stylism preferences dialog now has a live info text area. 
  • Improvement: Clicking on the panel banner (topmost magenta stripe) in the Stylism panel now selects the Stylism tool. 
  • Bug fix: AG Offset distances are now correct when "Distance is Total" is turned off, Randomization is on, and there are multiple offsets. 
  • Bug fix: The AG Offset preview is now correct when "Distance is Total" is turned off and there are multiple offsets. 
  • Bug fix: Detaching multiple AG Block Shadows applied to strokes or fills now results in the shadows being stacked correctly. 

VectorScribe v4.1.0 

  • Improvement: Clicking the top banner of the panels now selects the associated tool. 
  • Improvement: The following PathScribe buttons are now actionable: "Retract/Swap Handles", "Retract Handles on Selected Segments", "Convert to Smooth/Corner Point", "Split Path", "Remove Point". 
  • Improvement: Dragging a ghost handle now honors the "Convert Smooth Points to Corner Points When Dragging Path Segments" preference. 
  • Bug fix: The "Add Points to Segments" command, when actioned, now correctly plays back when a single point is added per segment. 
  • Bug fix: Fixed potential crash when trying to apply corners to Dynamic Shapes which do not accept them. 

InkScribe v2.0.4 

  • Improvement: Clicking on the panel banner now selects the InkScribe tool. 
  • Improvement: Reselecting the InkScribe tool (i.e. choosing it via the tool panel or keyboard shortcut when it is already selected) will end the current active path. 

Autosaviour v1.0.5 

  • Add new keypresses for Stylism's AG Offset and AG Block Shadow tools. 

Minor updates - 21 Apr 2020

Phantasm v5.0.4 

Stylism v2.2.1 

  • Bug fix: Fixed potential crash when AG Block Shadow dragged to exactly zero length. 

Texturino download file size reduction - 15 Apr 2020

Texturino v2.0.7 

Release of AG Block Shadow Tool - 06 Apr 2020

Stylism v2.2.0 

AstuteBuddy v1.0.4 

  • Include support for Stylism's AG Block Shadow tool. 

DynamicSketch v3.0.6 

  • Bug fix: trimming sections of open paths with out-facing handles no longer inadvertently creates loops when auto-joining. 

FindReplace v1.0.5 

  • Added support for Stylism's AG Block Shadow live effect. 
  • Bug fix: Clicking the panel color chip containing a spot color which does not exist in the current document no longer causes a crash. 
  • Bug fix: Fixed rare crash involving performing a Path search, closing the FindArt panel and the current document, and then opening a new document with a different color model than the previous. 

Stipplism v2.0.3 

  • Bug fix: When the Preview checkbox is ticked, the dot count will no longer show erroneous values in certain circumstances. 

SubScribe v3.0.5 

  • Bug fix: The Lock Unlock tool no longer inappropriately locks a subpath of a compound path. 

Texturino v2.0.6 

  • Bug fix: Adding a texture to a stroke that has an Outline Stroke live effect applied to it now works correctly. 

Minor updates - 10 Mar 2020

Stylism v2.1.2 

  • AG Offset new feature: There is now a menu item (and D keypress) for resetting the parameters of an AG Offset to their default values. 
  • Improvement: The two types of custom colors (global process colors and spot colors) are now visually differentiated on the AG Offset panel, and tints of these colors are now properly represented. 
  • Improvement: When altering a stroke or fill color on an AG Offset and either the original color or the target color is white, intermediate colors are now correctly produced as tints of the custom color. 
  • Bug fix: When applying an AG Offset with a custom color to an object in a document where the custom color does not yet exist, Stylism no longer crashes. 
  • Bug fix: When altering a stroke or fill color on an AG Offset and either the original color or the target color is a global process color, intermediate process colors are now correctly produced. 
  • Bug fix: Editing an existing offset with the AG Offset tool no longer removes additional AG Offset copies or changes the location of the existing offset. 
  • Bug fix: Applying an AG Offset to the stroke or fill (or putting the live effect above all strokes and fills) of a compound path now produces the correct results. 

AstuteBuddy v1.0.3 

  • Update keypresses for Stylism's AG Offset tool. 

FindReplace v1.0.4 

  • Improvement: The two types of custom colors (global process colors and spot colors) are now visually differentiated on the panel. 
  • Improvement: When specifying or using the eyedropper to pick up a custom color used at a specific tint, the "Tint" checkbox will now automatically be enabled. 

Release of AG Offset Tool - 05 Mar 2020

Stylism v2.1.1 

AstuteBuddy v1.0.2 

  • Include support for Stylism's AG Offset tool. 

FindReplace v1.0.3 

  • Support added for Stylism's AG Offset Live Effect. 
  • Bug fix: Saved searches specifying live effect attributes are now correctly recalled. 

VectorScribe v4.0.9 

  • Improvement: When hovering with the Dynamic Corners tool to add or recognize a corner, selected paths are now considered before unselected ones. 

Minor updates - 19 Feb 2020

SubScribe v3.0.4 

FindReplace v1.0.2 

  • New feature: You may now randomly affect only a portion of the matching art when using the Select, Add to Selection, Remove from Selection, and Delete buttons (hold down Option/Alt when clicking).
    Watch video overview of this new feature on YouTube 
  • Improvement: There is now a preference for whether selection changes using the FindReplace panel are undoable operations or not. 

VectorFirstAid v3.0.4 

  • New feature: Using the VectorFirstAid preferences dialog, you can now specify subsets of fonts to use when Unoutlining Text, making the operation faster and avoiding possible problems when two fonts contain a glyph with the same transformable geometry.
    Watch video overview of this new feature on YouTube 
  • Improvement: When Removing Text Transforms, you can now reset or normalize the horizontal scaling of the text. 

VectorScribe v4.0.8 

  • Improvement: When two anchor points are selected, and their distance is being displayed at the top of the PathScribe panel, you can now Option/Alt-click on the information line to copy that distance value to the clipboard.
    Watch video overview of this new feature on YouTube 
  • Bug fix: The U key shortcut to temporarily disable Smart Guides when using the Extend Path tool now works correctly. 

Release of Super Marquee Tool - 08 Jan 2020

ColliderScribe v3.1.0 

Texturino v2.0.5 

  • Bug fix: Pressure is now correctly detected with an XP-Pen stylus device. 

Minor updates - 17 Dec 2019

Phantasm v5.0.3 

Texturino v2.0.4 

  • New feature: The Texture Manager now includes the ability to manage categories (renaming, deleting).
    Watch video overview of this new feature on YouTube 
  • Improvement: New categories can be added in the Texture Manager even if a texture is not selected. 

VectorScribe v4.0.7 

  • New feature: The Dynamic Shapes panel now includes the menu item Duplicate Shape and Reverse Slice, which, when chosen with a sliced shape selected, makes a copy of the shape and reverses the slice in one step. 
  • New shortcuts: Option/Alt-clicking on the Dynamic Shapes start slice angle panel icon, reverses a slice. Shift+Option/Alt-clicking on the same icon duplicates the shape and reverses the slice.
    Watch video overview of this new feature on YouTube 
  • Improvement: When dragging a Dynamic Shape slice by its handle, the cursor now snaps to the slices of other shapes. 
  • New feature: When dragging a handle with the PathScribe tool, the L key may now be pressed to constrain the length of the handle to its original value.
    Watch video overview of this new feature on YouTube 
  • New feature: The PathScribe panel now includes the actionable menu item Close Path (Smooth Curve), which closes an open path by making the curve between the endpoints smooth (similar to the SubScribe plugin's Connect tool). 
  • Improvement: The PathScribe panel's Add Points at Tangencies / Move Points to Tangencies and related menu items are now actionable. 
  • Bug fix: PathScribe's ghost handle annotations are now slightly thicker, to match InkScribe's. 
  • Bug fix: When dragging a Dynamic Shapes slice with the Option/Alt key held down, and slice linking was previously set in the panel, the cursor annotation now correctly states that the slices will be unlinked. 

VectorFirstAid v3.0.3 

  • Bug fix: Objects with no stroke and a Freeform Gradient fill are no longer erroneously considered to be "unpainted". 

AstuteBuddy v1.0.1 

  • Include support for VectorScribe v4.0.7 

Release of AstuteBuddy - 28 Nov 2019

AstuteBuddy v1.0.0 

  • New plugin: Learn how to instantly access a large number of shortcuts present in Astute Graphics tools!
    Learn more... 

ColliderScribe v3.0.4 

  • Compatible with AstuteBuddy. 
  • Improvement: When using the Snap to Collisions Tool, pressing the D key will toggle snapping only to the dragged path (i.e., the path under the cursor). 

DynamicSketch v3.0.5 

  • Compatible with AstuteBuddy. 

FindReplace v1.0.1 

  • Bug fix: The panel is now correctly updated after being expanded. 
  • Bug fix: Certain symbols partially on the current artboard are now correctly found when searching there. 

InkScribe v2.0.3 

  • Compatible with AstuteBuddy. 

MirrorMe v2.0.3 

  • Compatible with AstuteBuddy. 

Stylism v2.0.3 

  • Compatible with AstuteBuddy. 

SubScribe v3.0.3 

  • Compatible with AstuteBuddy. 
  • Improvement: Better annotations when using Perpendicular Line or Tangent Line Tools with "Ignore First Path" function. 
  • Bug fix: The Orient Transform Tool's Flip Orientation function now works as expected. 
  • Bug fix: The Quick Orient Tool now correctly aborts the operation when the Esc key is pressed. 

Texturino v2.0.3 

  • Compatible with AstuteBuddy. 

VectorScribe v4.0.6 

  • Compatible with AstuteBuddy. 

WidthScribe v3.0.3 

  • Compatible with AstuteBuddy. 

Minor updates - 13 Nov 2019

DynamicSketch v3.0.4 

  • New preference: Match VSW at Ends ensures that drawn closed paths with variable stroke widths do not show a discontinuity in width at the join point.
    Watch video overview of this new feature on YouTube 
  • Improvement: The preferences dialog now has a live info system for each control. 

VectorScribe v4.0.5 

  • Improvement: Transform Again is now supported for Dynamic Shapes after moving, scaling, or rotating a shape. 
  • Improvement: When editing a Dynamic Shape, the D key may be pressed to enable duplication (formerly only available with Option/Alt when dragging a shape). 
  • Improvement: The Esc key may be now be pressed when dragging with the Reposition Point Tool to cancel the operation. 
  • Improvement: Clearer annotation when Command/Ctrl-rotating a standard Dynamic Shape. 

New Plugin FindReplace - 01 Nov 2019

FindReplace v1.0.0 

  • Search across fifteen art types in four location types
    View the plugin page 
  • Narrow results by specifying multiple, independent parameters that must all match 
  • Save and recall frequently-used searches 
  • Maintain search history across Illustrator restarts 
  • Perform different operations on matched art (highlight, select, delete, hide, replace) 
  • Replace matched art using flexible placement and transformation options 
  • Achieve naturalistic results by specifying random selection of replacement art 

Illustrator 2020 and Astute Manager updates - 30 Oct 2019

Autosaviour v2.2.3 

  • Illustrator 2020 and Astute Manager compatibility updates. 

ColliderScribe v3.0.3 

  • Illustrator 2020 and Astute Manager compatibility updates. 
  • Bug fix: Fixed missing Space Fill panel icon (macOS only). 

DirectPrefs v1.1.2 

  • Illustrator 2020 and Astute Manager compatibility updates. 

DynamicSketch v3.0.3 

  • Illustrator 2020 and Astute Manager compatibility updates. 

InkQuest v2.0.2 

  • Illustrator 2020 and Astute Manager compatibility updates. 

InkScribe v2.0.2 

  • Illustrator 2020 and Astute Manager compatibility updates. 

MirrorMe v2.0.2 

  • Illustrator 2020 and Astute Manager compatibility updates. 

Phantasm v5.0.2 

  • Illustrator 2020 and Astute Manager compatibility updates. 

Rasterino v2.0.2 

  • Illustrator 2020 and Astute Manager compatibility updates. 

Stipplism v2.0.2 

  • Illustrator 2020 and Astute Manager compatibility updates. 

Stylism v2.0.2 

  • Illustrator 2020 and Astute Manager compatibility updates. 

SubScribe v3.0.2 

  • Illustrator 2020 and Astute Manager compatibility updates. 

Texturino v2.0.2 

  • Illustrator 2020 and Astute Manager compatibility updates. 

VectorFirstAid v3.0.2 

  • Illustrator 2020 and Astute Manager compatibility updates. 

VectorScribe v4.0.4 

  • Illustrator 2020 and Astute Manager compatibility updates. 

WidthScribe v3.0.2 

  • Illustrator 2020 and Astute Manager compatibility updates. 

CC2019 and future compatibility updates - 25 Oct 2019

Autosaviour v2.2.2 

  • Illustrator CC2019+ compatibility update. 

ColliderScribe v3.0.2 

  • Illustrator CC2019+ compatibility update. 
  • Bug fix: Fixed crash when adding points at collisions using Rotate At Collision Tool with spacing enabled and object being duplicated (Windows only). 

DirectPrefs v1.1.1 

  • Illustrator CC2019+ compatibility update. 

DynamicSketch v3.0.2 

  • Illustrator CC2019+ compatibility update. 

InkQuest v2.0.1 

  • Illustrator CC2019+ compatibility update. 

InkScribe v2.0.1 

  • Illustrator CC2019+ compatibility update. 

MirrorMe v2.0.1 

  • Illustrator CC2019+ compatibility update. 

Phantasm v5.0.1 

  • Illustrator CC2019+ compatibility update. 

Rasterino v2.0.1 

  • Illustrator CC2019+ compatibility update. 

Stipplism v2.0.1 

  • Illustrator CC2019+ compatibility update. 

Stylism v2.0.1 

  • Illustrator CC2019+ compatibility update. 

SubScribe v3.0.1 

  • Illustrator CC2019+ compatibility update. 

Texturino v2.0.1 

  • Illustrator CC2019+ compatibility update. 

VectorFirstAid v3.0.1 

  • Illustrator CC2019+ compatibility update. 

VectorScribe v4.0.3 

  • Illustrator CC2019+ compatibility update. 

WidthScribe v3.0.1 

  • Illustrator CC2019+ compatibility update. 
  • Bug fix: When copying and pasting a WidthStamp object which uses custom contours, the copy's contours are now correctly positioned. 

Minor updates - 03 Oct 2019

DynamicSketch v3.0.1 

  • Improvement: Retain Existing VSW preference added. When New Paths Have Basic Appearance is disabled (see Appearance panel > flyout menu), the DynamicSketch panel input type is set to None, and the default new path style has a variable width stroke, that stroke profile is now maintained when sketching a new path and can be previewed while drawing it. The resulting path will no longer be dynamic.
    Watch video overview of changes on YouTube 

VectorScribe v4.0.2 

DirectPrefs v1.1.0 

  • Bug fix: The panel is no longer shown each time Illustrator is launched or a new document is opened. 

Minor updates - 25 Sep 2019

ColliderScribe v3.0.1 

  • New feature: Space Fill now includes a Vary Opacity function, with minimum and maximum amounts. 
  • New feature: Space Fill’s Vary Rotation function can now be controlled with a variation amount parameter. 
  • Improvement: The Add Points at Collisions function (pressing the A key with the mouse held down) is now controlled with a preference. 
  • Improvement: The preferences dialog now has a live info system for each control.
    Watch video overview of changes on YouTube 

VectorScribe v4.0.1 

  • New feature: When two anchor points are selected, the PathScribe panel now shows the distance between them at the top of the panel. Additionally, if they are not coincident (of the same position), a small button appears which allows their positions to be averaged, making them coincident.
    Watch video overview of changes on YouTube 

Initial Annual Service Plan release - 14 Sep 2019

Autosaviour v2.2.1 

  • Includes all features previously found in "Autosaviour Pro". 
  • Made freely available for all users of the Astute Manager even for users in the trial or expired trial period. 

ColliderScribe v3.3.0 

  • Updated for inclusion in the Annual Service Plan with installation and activation exclusively using the Astute Manager. 

DirectPrefs v1.0.9 

  • Made freely available for all users of the Astute Manager even for users in the trial or expired trial period. 
  • Removal of pop-up advert windows. 

DynamicSketch v3.0.0 

  • Updated for inclusion in the Annual Service Plan. 
  • Installation and activation exclusively using the Astute Manager. 

InkQuest v2.0.0 

  • Updated for inclusion in the Annual Service Plan. 
  • Installation and activation exclusively using the Astute Manager. 

InkScribe v2.0.0 

  • Updated for inclusion in the Annual Service Plan. 
  • Installation and activation exclusively using the Astute Manager. 

MirrorMe v2.0.0 

  • Updated for inclusion in the Annual Service Plan. 
  • Installation and activation exclusively using the Astute Manager. 

Phantasm v5.0.0 

  • Updated for inclusion in the Annual Service Plan. 
  • Installation and activation exclusively using the Astute Manager. 

Rasterino v2.0.0 

  • Updated for inclusion in the Annual Service Plan. 
  • Installation and activation exclusively using the Astute Manager. 

Stipplism v2.0.0 

  • Updated for inclusion in the Annual Service Plan. 
  • Installation and activation exclusively using the Astute Manager. 

Stylism v2.0.0 

  • Updated for inclusion in the Annual Service Plan. 
  • Installation and activation exclusively using the Astute Manager. 

SubScribe v3.0.0 

  • Updated for inclusion in the Annual Service Plan. 
  • Installation and activation exclusively using the Astute Manager. 

Texturino v2.0.0 

  • Updated for inclusion in the Annual Service Plan. 
  • Installation and activation exclusively using the Astute Manager. 
  • Additional texture packs now available from the Account Downloads page.
    Downloads page.... 

VectorFirstAid v3.0.0 

  • Updated for inclusion in the Annual Service Plan. 
  • Installation and activation exclusively using the Astute Manager. 

VectorScribe v4.0.0 

  • Updated for inclusion in the Annual Service Plan. 
  • Installation and activation exclusively using the Astute Manager. 

WidthScribe v3.0.0 

  • Updated for inclusion in the Annual Service Plan. 
  • Installation and activation exclusively using the Astute Manager. 

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