Astute Graphics has introduced an Adobe Illustrator that includes tool designed to speed up your workflow in the vector art application

The plug-in features include an Exposure filter and live Effect that work with all embedded artwork, both vector and raster. There are advanced Swap Channels tools for adding process to spot channel swapping -- plus the copying of channel levels. The Advanced Ink Coverage tool provides individual ink usage levels (percentage and area).

It also adds Bitmap Alpha adjustment in Curves and Levels tools giving contour control of standard live Effect Drop Shadows, Outer Glows and Blurs. It can also link embedded images, allowing for easier image extraction and storage for common use across multiple documents.

Available for Mac OS X and Windows XP/Vista/7, with versions compatible with Adobe Illustrator CS2, CS3 and CS4, Phantasm CS Publisher costs £139 plus VAT.