What is Adobe Illustrator? - Vector Graphic Creating Software

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1. What is Adobe Illustrator?

Adobe Illustrator is a vector graphic creating and editing software developed by Adobe Inc. By using Adobe Illustrator, users can create, design, edit 2D vector graphics which made it's possible to create 2D cartoon characters, logos, illustrations, drawings and etc...

Starting from high resolution bill board designers, students, comic writers and various people and various users use Illustrator to what they require to illustrate on higher scale.

2. History

Initial release of Adobe Illustrator was released to be operate on top of the Mac OS computers in 1985. With the growth of demand to use Adobe Illustrator on other operating systems, Adobe Illustrator made releases with better features into the software with the time by pushing multiple releases.

3. Versions

Adobe Illustrator was initially released focusing on the Mac OS running computers, with the time when the demand for other operating systems came up with better featured Adobe Illustrator versions got released.


Version NameVersion CodeCodenameSupported OSReleased Date
Illustrator 1.01.0PicassoClassic Mac OSJanuary 1987
Illustrator 1.11.1IncaClassic Mac OS19th March 1987
Illustrator 8888N/AClassic Mac OSMarch 1988
Illustrator 2.02.0PinnacleWinodws OSJanuary 1989
Illustrator 3
3.0
Desert Moose
Classic Mac OS
October 1990
NeXT
Other Unix OS
Illustrator 3.53.5N/AIRIX1991
Illustrator 44.0KangarooseWindows OSMay 1992
Illustrator 3.53.5N/ASolaris1993
Illustrator 55.0SaturnClassic Mac OSJune 1993
Illustrator 5.5
5.5
Janus
Classic Mac OS
June 1994
Solaris
Illustrator 5.5.15.5.1N/AIRIX1995
Illustrator 66.0PopeyeClassic Mac OSFebruary 1996
Illustrator 5.515.1PavelWindows OS1996
Illustrator 7
7.0
Simba
Mac OS
May 1997
Windows OS
Illustrator 8
8.0
Elvis
Mac OS
September 1998
Windows OS
Illustrator 9
9.0
Matisse
Mac OS
June 2000
Windows OS
Illustrator 10
10.0
Paloma
Mac OS
November 2001
Windows OS
Illustrator CS
11.0
Pangaea/ Sprinkles
Mac OS
October 2003
Windows OS
Illustrator CS2
12.0 ,12.0.1
Zodiac
Mac OS
27th April 2005
Windows OS
Illustrator CS3
13.0
Jason
Mac OS
April 2007
Windows OS
Illustrator CS4
14.0
Sonnet
Mac OS
October 2008
Windows OS
Illustrator CS5
15.0, 15.0.1, 15.0.2
Ajanta
Mac OS
May 2010
Windows OS
Illustrator CS6
16.0 , 16.0.2
Ellora
Mac OS
May 2012
Windows OS
Illustrator CC
17.0
N/A
Mac OS
17th June 2013
Windows OS
Illustrator CC
17.1
N/A
Mac OS
16th January 2014
Windows OS
Illustrator CC 2014
18.0
N/A
Mac OS
18th June 2014
Windows OS
Illustrator CC 2014
18.1
N/A
Mac OS
6th October 2014
Windows OS
Illustrator CC 2015
19.0.0
N/A
Mac OS
16th June 2015
Windows OS
Illustrator CC 2015
19.1.0
N/A
Mac OS
25th July 2015
Windows OS
Illustrator CC 2015.2
19.2.0
N/A
Mac OS
30th November 2015
Windows OS
Illustrator CC 2015.3
20.0
N/A
Mac OS
20th June 2016
Windows OS
Illustrator CC 2015.3.1
20.1
N/A
Mac OS
10th August 2016
Windows OS
Illustrator CC 2017
21.0.0
N/A
Mac OS
2nd November 2016
Windows OS
Illustrator CC 2017.0.1
21.0.1
N/A
Mac OS
9th January 2017
Windows OS
Illustrator CC 2017.0.2
21.0.2
N/A
Mac OS
15th January 2017
Windows OS
Illustrator CC 2017.1
21.1.0
N/A
Mac OS
5th April 2017
Windows OS
Illustrator CC 2018
22.0.0
N/A
Mac OS
18th October 2017
Windows OS
Illustrator CC 2018
22.1.0
N/A
Mac OS
13th March 2018
Windows OS
Illustrator CC 2019
23.0.0
N/A
Mac OS
15th October 2018
Windows OS
Illustrator CC 2019
23.1.0
N/A
Mac OS
Pending announcement
Windows OS