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Adobe Illustrator CS6 Mac [Old Version]

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Platform : Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
8 customer reviews

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  • CS6 was released in May 2012 and will not receive any further feature or compatibility updates
  • The next generation of CS6 is now Creative Cloud (CC), and all new feature developments will be released only via Creative Cloud
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Platform: Mac Disc

Product Description

Adobe is reinventing their desktop apps to make your creative process seamless, intuitive, and more connected than ever. The newest release of Illustrator CC is available only in Adobe Creative Cloud. Get access to more connected tools and services with hundreds of all new features in Adobe Creative Cloud.

From the Manufacturer

Adobe Illustrator CS6 software is the industry’s premier vector-drawing environment for creating graphics that scale across media. Capture your vision with shapes, color, effects, and typography. Experiment freely with perspective, image tracing, gradients, brushes, and strokes—all driven by the Mercury Performance System so you can make fast work of your most complex designs.

Adobe Illustrator CS6
Take fewer steps to accomplish tasks in a new, streamlined interface. Enjoy inline editing of layer names, precise color sampling, and UI brightness that's adjustable to match other Adobe tools.

Illustrator CS6 Highlights

  • Work fast and with rock-solid stability—Handle the most complex artwork with speed and stability. The new Mercury Performance System includes native 64-bit support for Mac OS and Windows to power tasks that were often impossible previously, such as opening, saving, and exporting large files and previewing elaborate designs.
  • Efficiently drive daily tasks and favorite features—Work more efficiently and intuitively with a modern user interface. Familiar tasks are now streamlined, from inline editing of layer names to precise color sampling from the Color panel. User interface brightness is smoothly adjustable to match other Adobe applications or your personal preference.
  • Design intuitively and with precise control—Express your vision fully and more easily with refined creative features. Designing and editing seamless patterns, once difficult, is now direct and intuitive. A new image-tracing engine delivers clean, accurate vectors with easy-to-use controls. You can even apply gradients to strokes.
Illustrator Comparison Chart
Pattern creation x
Image Trace x
Gradients on strokes x
Mercury Performance System x
Efficient, customizable interface x
Inline editing in panels x
Enhanced Gaussian Blur x
Dockable hidden tools x
Adjustable user interface brightness x
Multipage output x
Clean, sharp graphics for web and mobile x x
Variable-width strokes x x
Adobe Illustrator CS6
Sample colors faster and more precisely using an expandable color spectrum in the Color panel.
Adobe Illustrator CS6
Use perspective grids to draw shapes and scenes in accurate 1-, 2-, or 3-point linear perspective, creating the look of realistic depth and distance.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is Illustrator CS6 and who is it for?

A: Adobe Illustrator CS6 is the industry-standard vector graphics software, used worldwide by designers of all types who want to create digital graphics, illustrations, and typography for all kinds of media: print, web, interactive, video, and mobile.

Q: What are vector graphics and why are they important?

A: Vector graphics are one of the two most commonly used graphic formats in design, the other being bitmap (or raster) graphics. Vector graphics, like those created with Illustrator CS6, are resolution independent, which means they can be resized infinitely with no loss of quality. For example, the same logo design created with Illustrator can be used on a business card or an outdoor billboard, always maintaining the accuracy and detail of the original design.

Q:Does Illustrator CS6 still support 32-bit operating systems?

A: Illustrator CS6 supports both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows operating systems, but only supports 64-bit operating systems for Mac OS. The lack of 32-bit support does not affect the majority of Mac computers that use Intel processors. The only Mac users affected by the lack of 32-bit support are those using Intel based Mac computers with Intel Core Duo (single-core) processors.

Top New CS6 Features

Mercury Performance System—Work with precision, speed, and rock-solid stability on large, complex files due to native 64-bit support on Mac OS and Windows with RAM and overall performance optimization.

Adobe Illustrator CS6
Work with precision, speed, and rock-solid stability on large, complex files due to native 64-bit support on Mac OS and Windows.

Pattern creation—Easily create seamlessly tiled vector patterns. Experiment freely with different types of repeating patterns that can be edited at any time for maximum design flexibility.

Image Trace—Convert raster images to editable vectors with a completely new tracing engine. Get clean lines, accurate fitting, and reliable color results without using complex controls.

Adobe Illustrator CS6
Convert raster images to editable vectors with a powerful tracing engine.

Efficient, flexible interface—Take fewer steps to accomplish daily tasks in a new, streamlined interface. Enjoy inline editing of layer names, precise color sampling, and user interface brightness that's smoothly adjustable to match other Adobe tools.

Gradients on strokes—Apply gradients to your strokes—along the length, across the width, or within the stroke itself—all with complete control over gradient placement and opacity.

Inline editing in panels—Efficiently edit names in layers, swatches, brushes, artboards, and other panels directly in the panels themselves without using intermediate dialog boxes.

Gaussian Blur enhancement—See that Gaussian Blur and effects such as Drop Shadows and Glows are applied significantly faster than before. To improve accuracy, preview directly on the artboard rather than in a dialog box.

Color panel enhancements—Sample colors faster and more precisely using an expandable color spectrum in the Color panel. And now, copy and paste hex values into other applications more quickly.

Transform panel enhancements—Quickly access the popular Scale Strokes and Effects option, thanks to its new availability in the Transform panel.

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Product Details

Platform: Mac Disc
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  • ASIN: B007R0RKKE
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.4 x 7.8 inches ; 4.2 ounces
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Release Date: May 7, 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,464 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Justin on November 13, 2012
Platform for Display: Mac Disc
Adobe continues their quest to force you to buy another "updated" version of their product. Is it worth it? No. Not even close. I've been using Adobe Illustrator/InDesign/Photoshop for 8 years, and this is easily the most frustrating, buggy, and clunky version of Illustrator yet.

It seems like with each version of the Creative Suite (especially 4, 5, and 6) Adobe just adds on gimmicky functions rather that trying to fix quirks or bugs, or make file-incompatibility issues that basically continue to force you to buy the upgrades. This version seems less different than any of the others, they just make it look the most different by having the default interface darker (which I immediately changed back to light). Looks aside, I've found that any of the new features are either unnecessary or more annoying than helpful. Oh, you can have gradients on the stroke now? Whoop-de-do. Adobe hasn't really added anything noteworthy since adding some of the Photoshop Effects into Illustrator, and that was in pervious versions. And while I was initially excited that Illustrator adopted Freehand's multiple page idea in CS 4 or 5, they still haven't polished the idea well enough to make them worth using. Artboards are still too stupid to figure out what is on/off each artboard, rendering them useless half the time. Adobe doesn't fix or expand upon the few good ideas they introduce, they just add more stuff you'll never use.

Let's get to the bugs: This program is almost maddening to use (the only program that fairs worse in this version of CS is Bridge - which is barely usable). No matter how I set the cache or memory settings, after awhile of using the program, the zoom tool starts to lag. This leads it to take so long to do the command that it will actually forget the hot-key used to make it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Samus Baisden on January 27, 2014
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This is one of the few ways you can still get an item from the creative suite prior to Creative Cloud. I prefer owning my software, (as much as you can really own software) as opposed to renting or leasing it. Adobe has finally made changes that are useful, as opposed to CS4, where Adobe was apparently thinking: "Hey, let's take all the menus and toolbars, move them around in random order, take out the features our core users love, and put in a bunch of features that they'll never use, and will bog down their system." CS6 still isn't perfect, but it's a world more functional though. You just have to take the time to explore the features and changes to fully take advantage of them. I use this software for 10+ hours a day, almost every day, and I couldn't get along without it. I'm sure I'll move on to the CC versions of Adobe's software, but for now I'll cling to this "legacy" version. I mean, it's almost 2 years old, so it's ANCIENT, right? Also, it looks amazing on a MacBook Pro with Retina display!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Miles Jr. on December 23, 2013
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I tried various Mac App Store programs and various trials. There is nothing else that combines all illustration features into one program, and does so reliably. But I understand that this is the result of years of development, along with recent conversion of Illustrator to 64 bit.

Unfortunately, the App Store alternatives do not all handle .SVG files consistently, or even open .SVG that they created to even look like the same image! Illustrator opens .SVG files to match how they were previously saved. Also custom vector brushes actually work, although it takes several steps to create them, and with some limitations, versus the single step procedure in some alternative programs, but that sometimes do not work. Illustrator actually incorporates a high resolution bitmap to vector conversion routine. The AppStore alternatives for this were actually quite good, although Illustrator's goes to greater detail. Any of the alternatives were good, but again, Illustrator has this feature built in, versus having to get yet another AppStore app to do this. Illustrator has some 3D rendering abilities as well, more intuitive than stand alone 3D rendering programs, though I can not comment if the depth of this capability would be suitable to someone who does 3D work for a living. Finally, Illustrator has strong vector based natural media tools, making it probably the best vector companion to bitmap Corel Painter.
On the surface, Illustrator works very intuitively, though some of the features I just mentioned were not at the top level menu and button commands, so I could not on my own figure out how to do them. However, online search revealed copious demonstration videos and guides, many from Adobe's own website, explaining how to use each of the features I just described.
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By Solar_Ize on July 20, 2014
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No need to expand too much here, Adobe Illustrator is a live-saver, best tool for today's graphic designers. Must have it (and learn it!)
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