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Adobe Illustrator CC 2015 and why not to upgrade

over 6 years ago from , Creative Director at Mookieyams

I hope that being nice does not include complaints about software, because that's what this is.

I use Adobe Illustrator for a huge amount of my workflow - inspiration boards, mockups, logo work, website, mobile design, pretty much everything. I find it extensive, fast, and reliable, and the keyboard shortcuts are a second nature to me.

The latest update Adobe has released has in my opinion an issues that makes is unusable.

1 - 'Edges' don't match actual lines Anchor Lines

2 - Curve 'Paths' don't match graphics Curve Paths

3- Moving while zoom creates artifacts Zoom Artifacts

Has anyone else had issues with any of the previous mentioned in Illustrator? I immediately downgraded back to CC 2014 (Illustrator didn't really get a single update except for the super zoom)

Hopefully something that will be fixed in future updates.

38 comments

  • Andy MerskinAndy Merskin, over 6 years ago (edited over 6 years ago )

    GPU Performance mode (in Settings) makes Illustrator super smooth, but I think it's responsible for many of these issues.

    You can toggle back to the original rendering engine by going to View > Preview on CPU.

    My main issue with GPU performance mode is this: gpu performance bug

    10 points
    • Drew BeckDrew Beck, over 6 years ago

      I've found this to be true as well. Turn off GPU preview and it works as it used to.

      2 points
    • Willem Shepherd, over 6 years ago

      Thanks Andy

      I'm going to try the upgrade again and see if this fixes the issues.

      2 points
    • Carlos HermosilloCarlos Hermosillo, over 6 years ago

      This is totally what the issue is! I couldn't quite place my finger on what was causing it but I gave the GPU option a whirl by disabling it, and sure enough, that's what the culprit was. #EarlyAdoptionIssues — but thanks for the clarity on where the issue was stemming from :)

      0 points
      • matt michelsonmatt michelson, over 6 years ago

        Same experience here. I know people use Illustrator for a wide variety of work, but precision seems to be one of its strongest suits. So I'm honestly pretty astonished at how inaccurately GPU Performance renders geometry.

        0 points
    • Willem Shepherd, over 6 years ago

      This fix works great for anyone looking for a quick fix to any graphic 'rendering' issues. It also brings back the 'stepped zoom' which in my opinion is much more usable!

      For anyone looking to disable GPU Preview so you don't have to switch on every load see the link below:

      https://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/kb/gpu-performance-preview-improvements.html

      0 points
  • Tim ArterburyTim Arterbury, over 6 years ago

    Dude, Sketch is bae.

    8 points
    • Spencer HoltawaySpencer Holtaway, over 6 years ago

      Not for print designers.

      10 points
    • Bruno BarrosBruno Barros, over 6 years ago

      You mean THIS? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdUbxk2iZrM

      2 points
      • Adam T.Adam T., over 6 years ago

        That was over a year ago and with many, many product updates since.

        1 point
        • Bruno BarrosBruno Barros, over 6 years ago

          As a user of both Sketch and Illustrator, I might say that the speed issue is still present. Once I'm on my 4th artboard, Sketch starts begging for mercy.

          3 points
          • Adam T.Adam T., over 6 years ago

            Really? Dang, I haven't had problems with speed or rendering in a few releases. There is the duplicate "versions" file that can get pretty big, but they seemed to have cleaned up memory leaks as of late, for me at least.

            1 point
    • Willem Shepherd, over 6 years ago

      I like some of the functionality of Sketch, but I feel like it is still so focused on mobile design that it forgets the print side of things.

      The primary reason to be honest though is the keyboard shortcut mapping. I work almost exclusively with a trackpad and keyboard and to have to re-learn all of these settings, I feel like they changed them just to be different, instead of changing them to have a better user experience. IMHO it would have been a really intelligent move to map everything in a similar way to Illustrator to help the transition. It's not like we use different shortcuts in our text editors, word processors etc.

      Also - I found Sketch can't handle the large duplicated assets and a high number of vector points - it starts crunching and then just gets super slow - whereas Illustrator takes much much more before it starts slowing down.

      0 points
    • n keylen keyle, over 6 years ago

      No Sketch on PC.

      1 point
    • Jimmy HookerJimmy Hooker, over 6 years ago

      Boolean Operations (union, subtraction, etc), are still really, really rough with Sketch. It is unreliable at small sizes.

      It's great for UI design, not great for icon design.

      1 point
  • John Mengel, 6 years ago (edited 6 years ago )

    Illustrator CC 2015 is the worst software release I've ever seen. Nothing but problems, bugs, hangs, and non-working features that are so touted by Adobe. GPU acceleration is dead on arrival. When it works, it looks terrible. Most of the time, it's the cause of the issues that pop up (Adobe staff are always suggesting to turn it off in the Forums when there is an issue). • GPU smooth scroll -- fast, but the art looks horrible! • All the issues outlined above. • Export to Photoshop layers just hangs. • Less control in brush stroke accuracy.

    I finally bought into CC for the first time 4 months ago. However, I've been using CS6 Illustrator ever since then because llustrator CC is so bad (thank goodness PS CC is working well, or I would have screamed for a refund). I just tried to use CC this week, but still found so many issues, I am going back to CS6 yet again. 4 months and this is still going on. Adobe has SO dropped the ball on this one it's embarrassing.

    0 points
  • Benjamin Pearson, over 6 years ago

    Wow! I've been suffering through this for months - thanks

    0 points
  • Michael Ninness, over 6 years ago

    We've posted a dot release for Illustrator CC 2015 this morning (19.0.1). You can update Illustrator from within the Creative Cloud desktop application. The dot release resolves many reported GPU Preview rendering issues, and exporting Artboards to SVG works again. Full release notes can be read here: https://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/kb/illustrator-cc-2015-crash-bug-fixes-19-0-1.html

    0 points
  • Geoff Schwartz, over 6 years ago

    Illustrator 2015: I'm having strange things happening while 'pasting in place'. Pasting a group of elements from one document to another has been solid for a long time and I use it all the time. In Illustrator 2015, pasting a group of elements causes arbitrary weirdness where some elements paste outside the group at the wrong x and y coordinates. Arrows, for instance, used in a sub-navigation will appear to paste ~300px off on both x and y axis. However, in Outline mode (toggle command-y) they are where they are supposed to be, but in Preview mode they are not. The only way to fix this for me is to turn on Paste Remembers Layers in the Layer palette. Weird AND broken.

    0 points
  • Andrei ScarlatescuAndrei Scarlatescu, over 6 years ago

    Sorry but I don't encounter any of the problems you're having. The moving while zoom issue is probably caused due to the performance of your computer?

    0 points
  • Michael Ninness, over 6 years ago

    Thank you for this post. We are starting to hear about some GPU Preview rendering issues with some specific graphics cards. If you are able, please let us know what graphics card and OS you are using. That will help us track down and solve the issues.

    0 points
    • William Geisler, over 6 years ago

      With GPU on all of my paths are aliased. ATI Radeon HD 5670 512 MB on iMac 21.5"

      Thanks,

      Bill

      0 points
    • Willem Shepherd, over 6 years ago

      Hi Michael, I'm using Yosemite 10.10.3 and my specs are as follows:

      Processor 2.8 GHz Intel Core i7

      Memory 16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3

      Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M 1024 MB

      Thanks!

      0 points
  • Dmitrij PaskevicDmitrij Paskevic, over 6 years ago

    I'm currently compiling the same list for Photoshop..

    0 points
  • Freckley FrecklesonFreckley Freckleson, over 6 years ago

    Has anyone noticed improvements with snapping? That's my biggest problem with illustrator.

    0 points
  • Nathan CooperNathan Cooper, over 6 years ago

    So far I'm really enjoying GPU acceleration and super-zoom, but I hope the next update brings adds an infinite canvas like Sketch.

    0 points
    • Michael Ninness, over 6 years ago

      How often do you bump up against the maximum canvas size in Illustrator (currently 227 in x 227 in)? Every project? Only once in a while?

      Also, same question about hitting the maximum number of art boards (currently 100)?

      0 points
      • Nathan CooperNathan Cooper, over 6 years ago (edited over 6 years ago )

        It depends on the project, but when I'm making screens to show workflows I tend to hit the edge of the canvas. This usually happens because new artboards are added horizontally and when there's no room, Illustrator displays an error. Instead of displaying an error because there's no room horizontally, Illustrator could detect the edge of the canvas and create the new artboard below. Since it doesn't you have to manually reflow the artboards when you reach an edge.

        I rarely use more than 10 artboards in a project and very rarely more than 20, so it's less about needing more screen real estate and more that Illustrator could better handle the issue above. An infinite canvas would solve that problem.

        0 points
      • Willem Shepherd, over 6 years ago

        I hit max canvas size on 20% of my projects, especially ones that involve website or app flows.

        I don't necessarily see this as an issue though, as it makes organization more important, and also having that many artboards / graphics causes speed issues to start showing up, especially when using 'effects' (i.e. drop shadow on 40 artboards will make the file huge and the speed slow) I don't usually use drop shadows or other effects that are 'generated' like this, but have noticed it on a couple projects.

        0 points
  • Drew BeckDrew Beck, over 6 years ago

    Exporting to SVG via artboard is busted as well. :(

    0 points
    • Michael Ninness, over 6 years ago

      Hi Drew — a dot release for Illustrator CC 2015 was posted this morning that fixes the Export Artboards to SVG bug.

      0 points
  • Ryan Hicks, over 6 years ago

    I've had issues with #3, but haven't encountered the others yet.

    0 points
  • Zach Grosser, over 6 years ago

    I upgraded and now I just see black canvases. I recommend upgrading only if you have a secondary machine or wait for a point release.

    0 points