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Real World Print Production with Adobe Creative Suite Applications by Claudia McCue

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Why Versions Matter

For many years, a new version of Illustrator just meant the addition of new drawing toys. The file architecture and text composition engine remained fairly static, so there was little danger of adversely affecting a file by bouncing it between users with different versions of the program. Saving to an earlier Illustrator format for someone using an earlier version of the application didn’t threaten the integrity of a logo.

However, there can be disappointing results when you attempt to go too far back in time with content produced by using features such as transparency, envelope distortion, 3D effects, or multiple artboards. Illustrator does a valiant job of digesting newer content so that older versions can handle it, but ...

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