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Issues With Creative Cloud Library

By Posted in - Software on November 6th, 2014 0 Comments

I was so excited to upgrade to Adobe Creative Cloud. Previously I was running CS5 so this was a big step forward for me. There are a lot of great new features that I’m loving, but seem incomplete. Namely, the Libraries feature. Libraries are a place for you to collect your graphic assets, type treatments and colours for any given project. They are then synced to the cloud and meant to be accessible from multiple apps.

Firstly, of the desktop publishing applications I’m using: Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign, Libraries are only accessible in Illustrator and Photoshop. Is it just me or does that seem like one big, major design fail? So we have to manually import our colours, type styles and assets into each InDesign file created in support of a brand. If you’re creating several InDesign brand assets for a client, this can add up to a lot of time.

But what’s further is that the Library colour swatches only appear to work about half the time. So if you have an object selected in illustrator and you click a colour in the Library to apply it to the selection, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. You cannot drag the colour from the Library to the object, and you cannot drag the colour from the Library to the colour swatch area. When this happens you literally have to copy the hex code from the swatch in your Library and paste it in the hex area of your active colour.

You also can’t undo a colour change if the colour was originally applied using the Library unless you first deselect the object. This differs from the user experience involved with colours that are not being stored in the Library. Furthermore, when creating a gradient mesh in Illustrator, you cannot undo any moves you make using colours from your Library unless you first deselect the mesh area, then re-select the area, then undo.

It’s tiny glitches like this that make a feature that would be so exciting often quite frustrating.

Anxiously awaiting bug fixes…

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