Creative Suite 5 (CS5) and Code Line

Adobe announced Creative Suite 5 (CS5) last month and it's beginning to hit the streets. I've been using Adobe Illustrator since version 3. I've seen some exciting updates (drawing in preview mode in 5.0—yay!) and some pretty uneventful ones (I don't recall CS2 and CS3 being that different from a user's standpoint). But I think CS5 is a fantastic update and I'm really excited about it.

I won't get into all of the new things Creative Suite 5 has to offer. There are plenty of sites that do a great job of explaining that. I will say that Photoshop's
Content-Aware Fills and Illustrator's Variable-Width Strokes (Adobe calls them Beautiful Strokes) are both pretty huge upgrades.

Since CS5 is now shipping, I wanted to let everyone know what's going on with our products that work with Adobe's Creative Suite.

Art Files 1.4.1
  • Status: CS5 not supported, scanning can be unstable
  • Update: 2.0 will be a paid upgrade (est. $24.95/ea.)
  • Timeline: Mid to Late May 2010

SneakPeek Pro 1.3.1
  • Status: Does not support InDesign CS5 documents
  • Update: 1.4 will be a free update to all users, Will add support for multiple-page previews
  • Timeline: Mid May 2010

SneakPeek Photo 1.0.2
  • Status: CS5 Compatible

We're working very hard to beat those timelines to make CS5 support available as soon as possible. I'd be very interested in hearing when everyone expects to update to Creative Suite 5. Please leave your comments below.

Thanks very much for your support of our products!

- Matheau Dakoske

P.S. If you're interested in seeing some of Illustrator CS5s new features, check out
friday with Mordy's Illustrator CS5 Overview. This and his other videos aren't short (about 30 to 40 min. each), but they're so incredibly informative, I highly recommend checking them out.

SneakPeek Pro: Better InDesign Previews

We've gotten some emails asking about better previews from InDesign when using SneakPeek Pro. It turns out there is a simple way to get better previews, and here's how…

Go to InDesign's Preferences
(InDesign > Preferences > File Handling… ⌘K)

You can select between Small, Medium (Default), Large and Extra Large. We've found that going from a Medium preview for our sample 8-1/2" x 11" to Large only added about 59KB and from Large to Extra Large another 427KB. Your results may vary, but you may want to start off by storing the Large preview depending on your needs.

Here are a few samples to show what we found:

256 Pixel Preview
Medium (Default)
512 Pixel Preview

1,024 Pixel Preview
Extra Large

On a standard US Letter document, Medium previews began to Greek text below 24 point. On both the Large and Extra Large previews, text was still legible at 12 point. Further testing showed the Large preview would Greek text at 10 point and the Extra Large preview didn't start 'til 4 point text. That said, the Large preview should suffice for most.

That's all there is to it. This, of course, won't affect your previously saved documents. But moving forward, this should give you a better experience working with InDesign.

Oh… Just one more thing. In case you've forgotten what Quick Look looks like without SneakPeek Pro, here it is: