I played with Artisan 5 this weekend and I will say that I’m impressed. The new interface is cleaner, faster and more intuitive. I did have to hunt down a few of my favorite features from version 4, but all in all this is a great update.
Following are some of the changes that I enjoyed:
* The work-space is bigger. The tabs on the right have moved to the top of the right window giving more room for viewing the layout.
* Pop ups are gone. Instead, when you initiate a feature (like cutting) the right hand window will have settings. It took me a little bit to get used to it but I do love that there’s no pop up covering my layout.
* When viewing your two page layout, it’s now easy to switch between the left and right side without needing to save all the time.
* There are new on-screen alignment guides so when you move an object like a photo frame it’s ease to see how it lines up with other objects.
* When using Fill Selected Shape, you can now use a specific part of the paper instead of the default of the upper left corner.
* It’s easy to use the mouse wheel to zoom in and out on your pages.
BUT – a couple of things to know before you purchase or upgrade:
- The minimum requirements are different than Artisan 4. Most importantly, you can only install on a 64-bit machine. If you are using a 32-bit machine, stay with Artisan 4.
- You will NOT be able to use an Artisan 5 project in file in Artisan 4. In other words, projects in Artisan 5 are not backwards compatible with Artisan 4.
I’m planning some quick process videos so you can see the features that I’m using in my layouts.
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