Illustrator CS5

On first inspection, Illustrator CS5's interface is much the same as in CS4 and features the same spring-loaded palettes that can be viewed either as icons or in their expanded form. Although there are of course slight differences in the overall look, there is nothing here that will hinder your usual workflow.

It is the smaller additions - those not billed as the 'big-sells' by Adobe - that will ultimately be of real benefit to a workflow. The Shape Builder tool is one of these. Anyone who uses Illustrator regularly will know how fundamental the Pathfinder tool is; well, the Shape Builder tool offers an intuitive alternative for shape building, enabling the user to add or subtract two objects by selecting them both and drawing a line between them.

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