Adobe will unveil GoLive 5.0 and Illustrator 9.0 at Internet World in Las Vegas today.
Set to ship in the second quarter, the new version of GoLive Web authoring software has new database and e-commerce features such as Dynamic Link for ASP (Active Server Pages) - an extension that connects to ODBC (Open Database Connectivity)-compliant databases.
GoLive can now prevent existing source code from being overwritten or modified - if GoLive encounters any foreign or non-standard code, it leaves it alone. A new interactive Editor for Streaming Media within GoLive 5.0 lets designers drag-&-drop any QuickTime object or Flash file and place it in a QuickTime timeline without having to calculate co-ordinate settings.
Support for emerging standards and technologies has been added - Cascading Style Sheets, Accessibility 1.0, WebObjects 4.5 and 5.0 and Scalable Vector Graphics – as well as support for Flash, QuickTime streaming and Real Networks G2.
GoLive 5.0 is priced at £199 - upgrades for registered users of Adobe GoLive version 4.0 are £59.
Illustrator 9.0, Adobe's vector graphics software, has been improved in three main areas - Web enablement, unlimited transparency support, and productivity enhancement. It also has close integration with Adobe's other products.
It now supports Flash format (SWF) and SVG files, giving smaller file sizes and faster download times. When exporting in Flash format, there is a choice of exporting to a single SWF file, to export layers to separate frames within an SWF file, or to export layers to separate SWF files. Vector-based illustrations can be output in standard Web raster formats (GIF, JPG, PNG) using a new Save to Web window that has a LiveView panel to compare a thumbnail of the original graphic with three optimized versions.
Illustrator also features an unlimited transparency control, which can now be applied to Web or print graphics, and transparency settings can also be applied to words, characters or paragraphs in a text block. PSD files can be placed into Illustrator and turned into Illustrator objects or layers without losing each layer's transparency and masks.
Support for exporting editable text in PSD format means that text can be designed in Illustrator and exported to Photoshop where it appears on a Photoshop text layer.
Other features include improved colour consistency when moving files between Illustrator to Photoshop, and the ability to show thumbnails for each layer, as well as for every object or group.