Adobe Illustrator began life as a standard-bearer for vector-based illustration and design, but fell behind the times because it lacked the Web output of competitors such as Macromedia Freehand. Eager to shed Illustrator's stodgy image as a print-only application, Adobe has taught this old dog many new tricks. Beginning with version 9, Illustrator has embraced the Web while continually adding new drawing tools and productivity features.
Illustrator 10.0 is geared toward achieving that ever-important balance between image size and quality. You can edit SVG (scalable vector graphics), slice and map your images, and make use of symbols for repeating graphics. This new version also delivers better layout tools, including snap-to grids, Smart Guides, and the Align palette.
Adobe Illustrator software gives you new creative freedom that lets you realize your ideas quickly and powerfully. Instantly convert bitmaps to vector artwork and paint more intuitively. Save time with intelligent palettes and optimized workspaces. Plus, tight integration with other software allows you to produce extraordinary graphics for print, video, the web, and mobile devices.