Astute Graphics has updated its Phantasm CS plug-in range is available immediately, including upgrade options for existing customers. Designed to complement the existing range which remains available for Illustrator CS through to CS3, Astute says that the new versions integrate equally well into the new look and feel of Illustrator CS4 as well as catering for all new Illustrator features.

Changes to Illustrator CS4 which affect all Phantasm CS plugins include improved Live Effect handling via the improved Appearance panel — multiple selections of same Effects can now be controlled in one step. Illustrator’s enhanced gradients, which can be defined with levels of transparency at any stage, are handled correctly.

Phantasm CS Studio caters for multi-artboards with both the Output Preview toolsets and the full separations system.

Astute says that the Illustrator CS to CS3 versions of the Phantasm CS range do not function with Illustrator CS4; upgrades are essential due to the many internal changes that have taken place. The cost of upgrades depends on which version is being upgraded.