Adobe Illustrator CC 17.0

Adobe Illustrator CC 17.0 is an industry standard tool in vector drawing applications. It provides you with all the tools you need in professional design and artwork.

Now part of Adobe Creative Cloud

The new Adobe Illustrator CC uses the same interface style as the rest of the applications in the Adobe CC suite: a clean, almost minimalist window with reduced toolbars, nested windows and support for tabbed documents – which makes it easier for you to work on several projects simultaneously.

Industry standard design tools

Adobe Illustrator is the perfect tool for all kinds of design. Whether you’re a professional web designer or you just want to create a poster and some invites for a friend’s party, your creativity will be boosted with Adobe Illustrator’s impressive set of drawing tools, brushes, color processing tools and gradient effects – not to mention the wide array of filters and special effects with which you can add the final touch to your drawing.

The most notable improvements in recent releases is that it produces ever crisper graphics, especially for web and mobile devices, more fluid vector painting and the possibility to work on 100 artboards at once. One particularly useful new addition is the ability to convert layers to PDF pages using multiple artboards. With the transition to Creative Cloud, Adobe have also now added a Touch Type Tool, Image Brushes and a new more powerful Font Search function.

Steep learning curve

As with any other vector drawing tool, Adobe Illustrator feels really complex for first-time users: toolbars full of strange icons, many new functions and features to learn. However, the program includes a bunch of templates to get you started, as well as a thorough help section where you’ll find the answer to all your doubts and problems.

Adobe Illustrator is seamlessly integrated with the rest of Creative Cloud. You can easily import and export projects and content from the latest versions of Photoshop and Dreamweaver. Dreamweaver is particularly well supported this time as Illustrator now allows dynamic authoring and testing support for content management systems like WordPress, Joomla!, and Drupal.

The reference point for design

Adobe Illustrator is the reference when it comes to vector designing and drawing. It features an impressive set of tools, filters and effects and is perfectly integrated with other Adobe apps.

Recent changes

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.
New Image Trace – Convert raster images to editable vectors with a completely new tracing engine. Get clean lines, accurate fitting, and reliable results without using complex controls.
New 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 UI brightness that’s smoothly adjustable to match other Adobe tools.
Gradients on strokes – Apply gradients to your strokes.

Size: 1.3 GB

Platforms: Windows 8, 7, XP, Vista

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Adobe Dreamweaver CC 13.2 Build 6466

Adobe Dreamweaver CC 13.2 Build 6466 Design, develop, and publish for web and mobile platforms without getting buried in code. Dreamweaver provides an intuitive visual interface for website creation and editing, and offers up-to-date compatibility with web standards as well as first-class support for HTML5/CSS3 and jQuery.

Features
CSS Designer to visually edit CSS
Modernized Live View
Live Highlight
Fluid Grid Layout for creating responsive design
Edge Web Fonts Integration
Streamlined workflows with a simplified UI
Sync Settings
Modern Platform Support to author HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript
PhoneGap Build Integration

Size: 501 MB

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Adobe Photoshop CC 14.2

Adobe Photoshop CC 14.2 The industry standard for digital image processing and editing, Photoshop delivers a comprehensive package of professional retouching tools, and is packed with powerful editing features designed to inspire.

Features

Camera Shake Reduction
Perspective Warp
All-new Smart Sharpen
Real-time image asset generation powered by Adobe Generator
Linked Smart Objects
Intelligent upsampling
Adobe Camera Raw as a filter and Adobe Camera Raw 8
3D printing
Editable rounded rectangles and other shapes
Multiple shape and path selection
Mercury Graphics Engine performance boost
Content-Aware family of technologies
Improved 3D painting and effects
Photoshop Extended features included

Size: 1.4 GB

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Prezi 5.0.6

Prezi 5.0.6 is a versatile app that lets you make professional-looking presentations. It’s like a free, pared-down version of PowerPoint.

Minimal effort, maximum impact

Prezi lets you make presentations that are as casual or as professional as you want them to be. It allows you to add information to a prezi (the software calls each presentation “a prezi”), organize it in a logical way, embellish it with audio and video and then share it with the people you need to reach.

You can choose one of Prezi’s many templates to get started, or just use a blank page. If it’s your first presentation, pick a template – it makes it much easier to arrange the information you have in a logical way. Once you have the basics down, add images, video and voiceover, if you need them.

Once you’ve got a first version of your presentation, just click on the elements to edit them. When you click, you’ll see all the options available to you, but you can do pretty much anything, from changing how it looks or where it is, to deleting it completely.

Down the left of the app, you’ll see the path of your presentation. This is the order the app will zoom in to each part of yiour presentation, which makes it pretty important. If you don’t pay attention, your Prezi won’t make any sense.

A simple approach to a complex task

Prezi makes making a presentation very easy. The whole app flows very easily – even without looking at the intro or help, you can dive into a new presentation fairly competently. It is worth looking at the help and online resources to get the most out of it, but even taking Prezi in isolation, it’s very usable.

A fresh approach to presentations

Before Prezi, there was PowerPoint, and to a large extent, that was it. PowerPoint is a great piece of software, don’t get us wrong, but there was definitely room for a change. Prezi feels fresh and easy, but still produces nice-looking presentations. It’s also capable of dealing with feature-rich and complex material, and making it look good. We thoroughly recommend it.

Public, Enjoy and Pro

When you download Prezi, it automatically begins a trial of the Pro version. While this is an easy taster of the full product, it’s hard to know what will be missing when the trial finishes. In basic terms, without upgrading, you’ll have enough space to save a few prezis in the Prezi cloud, you’ll be able to edit and share prezis and all your prezis will be public. There’s more information on the Prezi website.

Recent changes

Prezi Desktop has been renamed and is now simply, Prezi!
There is now a prezi folder hidden in the background where we store all of your prezis. This means that you no longer need to manage PEZ files when working with your prezis
View all of your prezis on the new home screen
You can download prezis you have created from prezi.com and upload them automatically after editing
Import previous PEZ files
Option to sync PEZ files with your online Prezi account

Size: 421 MB

Platforms: Windows 8, 7, XP, Vista

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Sweet Home 3D 4.3

Sweet Home 3D 4.3 is a sophisticated tool for creating your own interior designs.

Sweet Home 3D allows your imagination to run wild without you having to lift a finger or costing you a cent. Apart from being a very useful interior design application, it’s also a hell of a lot of fun, allowing you to mix and match furniture with ease, take virtual walks around your creations, and indulge yourself in designs you’d probably never be able to do in real life.

Sweet Home 3D offers more than 50 different pieces of furniture, ranging from beds to lamps and desks tables, but you can import even more from the developer’s website. To create your rooms, all you need to do is drag and drop elements into the grid view and you’ll see them building up 3D in the viewing screen below. Once you’ve done this, use the virtual visit tool to get a 3D preview of what it looks like and talk a walk around.

The latest version adds a new level of realism to Sweet Home 3D. This includes a new ability to handle rounded walls, the possibility to store points of view, a new compass and even light and sun management to accurately show how your designs react under different conditions. They’ve also added a much needed auto recovery function if Sweet Home 3D crashes.

These are the basics and Sweet Home 3D is extremely easy to get to grips with. Unfortunately, the graphics on Sweet Home 3D are not great – many pieces of furniture look blocky, but its designed to give an idea of what an arrangement will look like rather than a perfect picture. You can take a photo of your finished design, which you can then send on to friends to view who won’t need Sweet Home 3D to view it. The fact that it’s based on Java shouldn’t put you off either – it works very smoothly with virtually no delays in placing furniture or creating previews.

Size: 39.5 MB

Platforms: Windows 8, 7, XP, Vista

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