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Comparison videos

Postby FFH Thü » Fri Dec 31, 2010 4:32 pm

Freehand vs Illustrator the movie.

Here is video about drawing tangent lines in Inkscape 0.46, CorelDraw! 2.0, Aldus FreeHand 4.0 and Illustrator CS2
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Re: Comparison videos

Postby FFH Mark » Fri Jan 07, 2011 3:06 pm

There is a Round #2 video here: ... re=related

Because of the controversy and debate on the best way Illustrator techniques could match FreeHand techniques as shown in the video, I redid the test in AICS4 using advice from AI experts like Monika Gause, Mordy Golding, and the Adobe AI Forum. This made the tests more fair but the speed times still couldn't beat FreeHand. I tried at least 6 times per example and chose the fastest time for each. Here is what I posted in the YouTube comments:

I did some tests using faster methods in AI CS4 to be more fair with this video:

STARS: New time 30 sec. Used Star Tool, add spikes, Offset Path & delete original star

ZOOM: Same

ROUND CORNER: New time 45 sec. Make Round Rectangle & overlay Circle, Pathfinder Minus for concave corner, Copy/Paste shape to bottom & use Pathfinder Minus again

SELECT & MOVE: New time 10 sec. Isolation Mode

TEXT ON PATH: New time 1.5 min. Split Circle, Type on upper & lower curve, adjust

Comparing my times to ones in the video show better speeds in AI CS4 but I couldn’t beat FreeHand in any test. I did try Effect>Stylize>Round Corner but it rounds ALL the inside corners. Also problems matching FHs precise angles quickly because its Object Panel functions were in one spot instead of spread around.
Conclusion: AI has many features for artists but if speed & precision are important, go FreeHand. Adobe would be smart to let it be a legitimate choice alongside Illustrator.
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Re: Comparison videos

Postby gozoman » Fri Jan 17, 2014 11:52 am

At work we ROFLOL'd watching those video's. We still hope Adobe incorporates those time saving and practical functions from FreeHand into Illustrator.
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