What do you like best?
It is an industry standard for graphic designers. Thus:
- There are tons of learning materials all around, in any language you need.
- There is a plethora of plug-ins, almost tailormadefor things that you did not even know you needed.
- On contrary to many Illustrator users, I would say It is not easy to use. But once you learn it, any other vector drawing software would be a piece of cake. Because every competitor copares and builds itself upon things they like or don't like about Illustrator.
- I learned using Corel Draw before I learned Adobe Illustrator. I think Illustrator was easier to learn.
- Before I learned 3D modeling and rendering, I was taught to use Illustrator for product design rendering using gradient and mesh tools. It was life-saving and quite fun for my university years.
- I use it as a part of my product design and vector sketching trio of Rhinoceros 3D - Illustrator - Photoshop. It saves a lot of time while doing quick ideation and 2D rendering work. This trio communicates well through AI format.
What do you dislike?
- Shape selection might be nightmare occasionally. Often I would pick the hole object while trying to pick a tiny dot or bezier handle or some other shape that is close to what I do not intend to select.
- Not on every project; but sometimes, I just cannot handle working with bezier curves. As a product designer, I find NURBS splines as a great curve building method missing in Illustrator.
- Similarly, freeform transfer can be much more controlled and smooth if it was something similar to Cag Edit from Rhinoceros.
- Maybe because my workstation is a little old now, Illustrator CC works much slower and prone to freeze.
Recommendations to others considering the product
As I said, it is an industry standard. You will find a wide range of resources for Illustrator; learning materials, free or paid assets. What you create can be read by many other software, and other people can easily export their work into AI for you, because almost every design software has an AI export function.
With CC plans, you might try it without investing too heavily; so if you do not find it as useful as you imagined, you can just quit it.
What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?
I use it for graphic design work, quickly sketching 2D ideas and as an intermediate software to transfer and prepare vector drawings for laser marking or printing.