Illustrator User Guide?

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Mar 29, 2021 Mar 29, 2021

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Any OLD Illustrator users here? I still think having a "User Guide" printed book is the easiest and fastest way to get help. I wish Adobe would go back to printing these books. Does anyone know of something equivelent to a user guide?

 

Adobe could slow down the updates and print user guides once a year or once every two years, it would still help. They could even sell it and I would buy it, as it used to come with the program. 

 

So far, I haven't been able to find the electronic version of any such source that is as easy to use, it used to take me seconds to find a solution. Now we have to go to a forum, post, wait and see. Or look up answers, search and search. 

 

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Community Expert , Mar 29, 2021 Mar 29, 2021

An old unfortunately, but the most recent one:

https://helpx.adobe.com/pdf/illustrator_reference.pdf

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An old unfortunately, but the most recent one:

https://helpx.adobe.com/pdf/illustrator_reference.pdf

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@Gallucci Art wrote:

I wish Adobe would go back to printing these books. Does anyone know of something equivelent to a user guide?

 

Adobe made the decision to stop publishing the PDFs that we loved. In addition to the resource from Ton, Adobe suggests that you use the online help and thinks it is equivalent:

https://helpx.adobe.com/support/illustrator.html

 

 

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Aug 18, 2022 Aug 18, 2022

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Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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Aug 18, 2022 Aug 18, 2022

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Hello @Second_Alto,

 

I hope the suggestions shared by Ton and Jan-e helped resolve the problem. You may also want to look at our online tutorials here: https://helpx.adobe.com/in/illustrator/tutorials.html.

 

Kindly update this thread if you need further assistance. We'd be happy to help.

 

Thanks,

Anubhav

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There are authors that try to compensate that gap with some instruction books.

 

Often it is a kind of funny business, because year after year weighty tomes are published for each new version of Illustrator, although a small booklet would be sufficient to explain some new features that were introduced in the most recent versions of Illustrator.

 

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There are authors that try to compensate that gap with some instruction books.

 

Often it is a kind of funny business, because year after year weighty tomes are published for each new version of Illustrator, although a small booklet would be sufficient to explain some new features that were introduced in the most recent versions of Illustrator.

 


By @Kurt Gold

 

And then all new users of Illustrator (who are the target audience for instruction books) would need to buy all the previous editions of those books in order to learn the complete application. And also they would need to go through all the editions in order to follow up which old chapter became outdated with the current version, because there is a better workflow available.

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Explorer ,
May 26, 2021 May 26, 2021

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Adobe doesn't need to update as often as they do. Many of the changes aren't even necessary. It's like the developers need to keep exta busy now throwing too many updates at us as fast as they can, complete waste of time and money.

 

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I don't think they would need to buy all of the tomes, Monika.

 

A basic and elaborate manual from time to time and some booklets beyond the basics when new features are introduced would be sufficient, as far as I can see.

 

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A basic and elaborate manual from time to time

 

By @Kurt Gold

 

That's pretty much what is happening to most instruction books apart from the "Classroom in a book". That one has to be updated with every version, since it's the offical workbook for certified Adobe training centers. Other instruction books get a full update when an edition is sold.

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I do understand and know that, Monika.

 

It is a dubious business nonetheless, in my eyes.

 

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May 25, 2021 May 25, 2021

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I myself am an OLD(School) Illustrator user and I agree that the lack of issuing any type of user guide is at best discourteous. Unfortunately, they seem quite happy to *Offload* (i.e. burden and/or inconvenience) the task to their *community*. It seems like they used to consider us customers (or even clients) who deserved professional, well-organized, easy-to-use, comprehensive instructions and guides. Hmmm,.. whatever happened to supporting those who put/keep you in business? I guess in the software business that's progress? 

 

It's even worse when you consider that we live in a time when it would be magnitudes easier than ever to produce, share and update truly useful and robust supporting content- Instead they offer tutorials that are so basic, they're practically useless.

 

just my 2¢

 

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Explorer ,
May 26, 2021 May 26, 2021

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well said! Thank you. I hope Adobe reads your response.

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May 26, 2021 May 26, 2021

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@Gallucci Art wrote:
well said! Thank you. I hope Adobe reads your response.

 

This is a user-to-user forum. You can tell Adobe here https://illustrator.uservoice.com/ where the product developers will see it.

~ Jane

 

 

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Explorer ,
May 27, 2021 May 27, 2021

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Thanks Jane– I'll give it a shot. Even if it doesn't make a difference it'll be interesting to see how they try to position their lack of action/support.

 

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