After Photoshop, Illustrator is the most widely-used application within the Creative Suite, utilized for the creation of artwork before layout for print in InDesign, or animation in After Effects or Flash. The new version includes innovative colour scheme creation tools, new drawing tools and better integration with Flash for Web animation design.

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As well as the large performance boost on Intel Macs, expect to see Illustrator CS3 working faster on multi-processor and multi-core computers, and with complex artwork. 
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<b>Colour like no other</b>
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Last year, Adobe launched the <a href=Kuler online colour tool on its Labs Web site, which allowed users to create colour schemes based on artistic conventions such as complementary, analogous and monochromatic colours. This tool was one part of what Adobe calls Live Color, a larger set of functions that is fully introduced in Illustrator CS3 as the Color Guide palette, a Kuler palette to connect to the online tool, and as a module in its own right.

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<div class=floatedimage><img src=Flash in Creative Suite 3. As well as sharing similar interfaces, any shape in Illustrator can be saved as a symbol and copy/pasted into Flash. When you bring an .ai file into Flash, an Import window is opening, giving you a huge amount of control over how individual elements are used. You can choose which layers to bring in, whether they become individual movie clips, what they’ll be called and whether any text is editable.