Technical Updates

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Release of Super Marquee Tool - January 8th, 2020
Minor updates - December 17th, 2019
  • Phantasm v5.0.3
  • Texturino v2.0.4
  • 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 - November 28th, 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 - November 13th, 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 - November 1st, 2019
  • FindReplace v1.0.0
    • Search across fifteen art types in four location types
    • 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
    • View the plugin page
Illustrator 2020 and Astute Manager updates - October 30th, 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 - October 25th, 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 - October 3rd, 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 - September 25th, 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 - September 14th, 2019