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Improved Productivity

One of the greatest productivity improvements in Illustrator 9 was mentioned earlier in the chapter. The transparency capability enables you to save tremendous amounts of time, whether transparency was simulated in Illustrator or images were exported to Photoshop. But that's just the tip of the iceberg here. Illustrator now offers changes that will save time (transparency support, Save for Web, keyboard shortcuts) and changes that will open new doors (nesting layers, Pixel Preview).

User-Selected Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts for virtually all tools and most menu commands are now programmable in Illustrator. A comprehensive list of tools and commands is available, each of which can be set to a unique keyboard combination. Rather than write an Action and assign one of the few function keys, you can assign a keystroke to just about any menu command. The dialog box in which you can do so is shown in Figure 1.7. (See Chapter 16, “Customizing Illustrator,” for details on working with this capability.)


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