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Adobe Streamline ® ™

4.0
New Feature Highlights

The most powerful Adobe Streamline 4.0 for Windows® 95, Windows NT® 4.0, Macintosh, and Power Macintosh introduces
way to convert exciting enhancements that give graphic producers and designers more precise control in converting raster
images into line art images to resolution-independent line art. In particular, version 4.0 offers users new conversion and editing
controls for enhanced precision and creative control during the conversion and cleanup process. Perhaps the
most important new feature in Streamline 4.0 is the ability to convert different areas of an image using the
best conversion settings for that area. Streamline then combines the multiple conversions into a single file
that users can edit, resize, color, and place in a variety of other programs.

In addition, version 4.0 provides more complete control over the color conversion process. Streamline can
now convert an unlimited number of colors as it transforms a raster image into line art—the user determines
how many colors by specifying the level of color complexity for Streamline. Users can also specify custom
colors for Streamline to use during a conversion, and they can direct Streamline to generate custom color
tints automatically.

Any image conversion involves a certain amount of user cleanup afterwards. The real question is whether
users have complete control over the cleanup process. With Streamline, the answer is an unequivocal yes—
version 4.0 delivers new features and tools that make it an easy task for users to add, delete, and modify
points and smooth the shape of paths. Users can work faster and clean up artwork better than ever before.

Many Streamline customers use this handy program in conjunction with other Adobe products, such as
Adobe Illustrator®—so version 4.0 emphasizes tighter integration with these Adobe products. This integra-
tion allows users to learn features more quickly and to move more easily among Adobe programs, so they
experience greater productivity and a smoother workflow.
Streamline 4.0 offers graphics professionals the fastest way to convert images to line art with the finest results.
With its easy-to-use interface and exceptional results, Streamline 4.0 is certain to remain the preferred
method over manual tracing for graphic producers and designers to transform raster images into line art.

The next sections of this document describe the key new features in version 4.0. The final sections outline
what’s included in the Streamline package, system requirements, pricing, and availability.

Unparalleled Control in Converting Images


Manually tracing images can be tedious and time consuming, which is why many Adobe customers prefer to
use Streamline to convert raster images to editable line art. However, manual tracing does offer one compel-
ling attribute—complete control over the end result. Now Streamline 4.0 is challenging that role by offering
users unprecedented control over an automated conversion process. Users get the high-quality line art they
want in a fraction of the time that manual tracing often requires. Furthermore, version 4.0 delivers new color
features that greatly enhance users’ creative control during the conversion process.

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Multiple conversions of images—With Streamline 4.0, users can select and convert different regions of the
same image using the best conversion setting for that region. Streamline then combines these multiple
conversions into a final vector file, which users can edit. Streamline supports this enhancement by allowing
users to switch back and forth between raster image mode (where the original image appears and can be
edited) and vector image mode (where the converted artwork appears and can be edited) in the main
Streamline window. This enhancement will greatly improve the quality of the final artwork and decrease
the work involved in cleaning up final artwork.

Interactive Thinning option—The Conversion Setup dialog box now includes an option that gives users
greater control over Centerline conversions—the Interactive Thinning option. When users select a
Centerline conversion, Streamline strips away layers of pixels to find the center of each line. Stripping away
too many layers produces shortened lines, while stripping away too few layers makes the conversion inaccu-
rate. Selecting the new Interactive Thinning option allows users to review thinning as it’s being done and
make corrections as necessary. Users achieve closer control over the final results.

Improved path matching—Streamline 4.0 includes modifications that greatly improve how adjacent paths
match in both centerline and outline mode. In centerline mode, users choose Separate Shapes, and then
Streamline traces any lines shared by two shapes twice to produce two distinct objects. Version 4.0 makes
sure that the two paths it creates match each other precisely along their common border. In outline mode,
Streamline ensures that adjacent paths match exactly for cleaner artwork.

Unlimited colors—When users convert raster images to line art, they may want the line art to reproduce the
rich variety of color that the images provide. Version 4.0 allows users to convert an unlimited number of
colors during the image conversion process. Users specify the degree of color complexity that Streamline
will recreate as it converts the image.

User-specified custom colors—With version 4.0, users can specify the custom colors (also called spot colors)
that should be used to convert an image to line art. For example, users can select a set of PANTONE®* spot
colors to use in the artwork. Streamline then determines what parts of the image are best represented by
different custom colors.

Tint generation—Streamline 4.0 can generate tints of custom colors during a conversion, so it can simulate
duotones, tritones, quadtones, and so on. Streamline can even colorize a black-and-white image using this
technique. With this capability, users instantly gain stunning color effects.

Flexible Editing After Conversion


Streamline 4.0 now includes several new features and four versatile new tools for adjusting converted line
art. These tools will help users get the highest-quality final line art from their converted files.

Smooth Direction Points command—In general, Streamline uses corner points to reproduce paths because
of their superior accuracy in tracing paths. However, using smooth anchor points may be only slightly less
accurate while better representing the artwork as a whole. If a user selects this command, Streamline looks
through the file for points that can easily be converted to smooth anchor points. Users can choose three
levels of tolerance—Minimum, Medium, and Maximum—to direct how Streamline selects corner points to
convert.

Convert To command—The Convert To command converts selected paths into standard shapes—a circle,
oval, square, or rectangle. Streamline always converts the selected path to a size that matches the original
path as closely as possible.

Adjust curve and adjust line tools—With the adjust curve tool, users can adjust a path to make a simple
curve, convert a straight line to a curve, and drag points or segments in any direction. The adjust line tool
allows users to adjust points, convert paths to straight lines, and drag points or segments in any direction.

* Pantone, Inc.’s check-standard trademark for color reproduction and color-reproduction materials.
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Add point and delete point tools—These tools add points to and delete points from any path with ease.
Streamline 4.0 creates Bézier paths that reproduce the original art as closely as possible with more or
fewer points.

Smooth Integration with Other Adobe Products


Streamline 4.0 works smoothly with Adobe’s flagship print- and Web-publishing products—Adobe
PageMill™, Adobe Photoshop®, Adobe PageMaker®, and Adobe Illustrator —making it simple to integrate
it into any production process.

Adobe standard keyboard shortcuts—Streamline 4.0 provides the standard Adobe keyboard shortcuts that
have appeared in recent versions of Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and PageMaker. These shortcuts make it
easier for users to learn the program and to move among Adobe programs—plus, the familiar working
environment help users work more productively.

Drag and drop of objects—Streamline 4.0 lets you drag and drop objects into any program that supports
drag-and-drop operations. For example, users can drag converted line art into Adobe Illustrator, PageMaker,
and Photoshop, as well as into third-party programs. Users can even drag and drop line art into PageMill,
which converts it to GIF format for display on the World Wide Web.

Complete feature parity across platforms—Streamline 4.0 offers a common code base and virtually identical
user interface across its Windows 95, Windows NT 4.0, Macintosh, and Power Macintosh versions, so users
can exchange files and work smoothly in multi-platform environments. Graphic producers and designers
are free to work with their software and hardware of choice.

New file import support—Streamline 4.0 for the Macintosh imports files saved in TIFF, Photoshop, and
Macintosh PICT format. Streamline 4.0 for Windows imports files saved in TIFF (.TIF), Photoshop (.PSD),
Paint (.PNT), and PC PaintBrush (.PCX) format.

New file export support—Streamline 4.0 for the Macintosh exports files in native Adobe Illustrator, EPS,
Document Interchange Format (DXF), and PICT format. Streamline 4.0 for Windows exports work as
native Adobe Illustrator (.AI), EPS (.EPS), Document Interchange Format (.DXF), and Microsoft Windows
Enhanced Metafile (.EMF) files.

Software Package Contents


The Streamline 4.0 software package includes a CD-ROM containing Adobe Streamline software for Win-
dows 95 and Windows NT 4.0 or for Apple Macintosh and Power Macintosh systems, as well as sample
files. The software package also contains the Adobe Streamline User Guide, which includes an illustrated,
hands-on tutorial.

System Configurations
Windows 95/Windows NT 4.0
System requirements
• Intel486 processor
• Microsoft® Windows 95 or Windows NT 4.0 operating system
• 16 MB of RAM installed
• 20 MB of free hard-disk space for installation
• CD-ROM drive (3.5" disk set sold separately)

Recommendations
• Pentium® or greater processor
• 32 MB or more of RAM installed
• High-resolution (24-bit or greater), Super VGA display card
• An application, such as Adobe Illustrator or PageMaker, that supports printing of EPS files
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Macintosh/Power Macintosh
System requirements
• 68030 or greater processor
• Apple System Software version 7.5 or later
• 4 MB of RAM available to Adobe Streamline (8 MB of RAM installed)
• 20 MB of free hard-disk space for installation
• CD-ROM drive (3.5" disk set sold separately)

Recommendations
• PowerPC® processor
• 12 MB of RAM available to Adobe Streamline (32 MB of RAM installed)
• High-resolution, 24-bit screen display
• An application, such as Adobe Illustrator or Adobe PageMaker, that supports printing of EPS files

Availability and Pricing


In the United States and Canada, Adobe Streamline 4.0 for Windows 95, Windows NT, Macintosh, and
Power Macintosh is expected to ship in the second quarter of 1997. The suggested retail price for Streamline
4.0 is $199 (U.S.) for both Macintosh and Windows versions. Registered Streamline users can upgrade to
version 4.0 for only $69 (U.S.). Customers in the United States and Canada who purchase Streamline ver-
sion 3.0 after April 14, 1997 are eligible for a free upgrade to version 4.0.

French, German, and Japanese versions of Streamline 4.0 are expected to ship within 30 days of the initial
release. Information on other language versions, as well as all pricing, upgrade, and support policies for
other countries, will be announced later.

For more information, customers can call Adobe at 800-649-3875.

Contact Information
Product Marketing
David Burkett, Adobe Dimensions Product Manager
Phone: 408-536-3217 (for reviewers only, not for publication)
E-mail: dburkett@adobe.com

Public Relations
Thérèse Bruno, Public Relations Specialist
Phone: 206-470-7568
Fax: 206-470-7125
E-mail: thebruno@adobe.com

Technical Support
Windows technical support: 206-628-2744
Macintosh technical support: 206-628-2743
E-mail: techdocs@adobe.com
BBS: 206-623-6984
FaxYI: 206-628-5737

Customer Service and Product Sales Information


Phone: 800-649-3875
Information about Adobe CustomerFirst support: 800-685-3652

Technical Support and Customer Service on the World Wide Web


http://www.adobe.com/supportservice/custsupport/

International Technical Support and Customer Service on the World Wide Web
http://www.adobe.com/supportservice/intlsupport.html
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