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You may have heard some of the buzz going around. The release of Illustrator CS6. And a lot of talk regarding the fact that it is now 64 bit. But what does it really mean to you as an Adobe Illustrator user? After all, at the end of the day that's what you care about right? Not the gory details or the technical answers. Just what it means to you. So let's take a look. From a user standpoint one of the most important things about a 64-bit application, and more specifically about Illustrator being a 64-bit application, is the fact that Illustrator can now utilize all the RAM that's installed in your computer. Many people don't realize that prior to CS6 even if you had more that two gigabytes of RAM installed on your computer, Illustrator could only use two gigabytes of that total RAM.
Which may have explained why you didn't seem much difference in Illustrator's performance after a RAM upgrade. Secondly, because illustrator is now 64-bit, you should notice a significant improvement in performance. You should notice that it has a snappier feel when you're creating designs with an illustrator CS6. Many users I work with and myself included have always dealt with poor performance in Illustrator when working with very large files. Especially files that contain placed images or embedded images within the illustration.
Let me tell you from real life testing that Illustrator deals with these large files much more elegantly Than in the past. Finally, filters including the new and improved Gaussian Blur filter, should render much, much faster than previous versions. Many users have experienced the dreaded progress bar when using filters to complex graphics. Now in Iillustrator CS6 you should be spending more time working, and less time waiting. I have to say that it's seems that Adobe has really put some hard work into this release of Adobe Illustrator. Many components of the application have been overhauled so that the experience of working in Illustrator is better for everyone.
I think after using Illustrator CS6 for the first time, you'll agree that significant strides have been made within Illustrator CS6.
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