Centric Software Inc has introduced a new addition to its Centric 8 product lifecycle management (PLM) and sourcing suite to help improve the product development process and reduce time to market.

The Centric Connector for Adobe Creative Suite integrates design sketches and files – at all stages of development – with every other piece of product design, supplier and manufacturing information.

The add-on connects product design files from any Adobe Creative Suite application – including the Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop files that most consumer goods and fashion companies typically use – with the Centric 8 PLM suite.

It is intended to promote early collaboration between designers and brand managers, merchandisers and other non-designers and speed up the creative and sample phase of garment development.

Instead of sending individual design files back and forth for review and changes, designers can use Adobe Creative Suite products to browse Centric 8, upload and download design revisions.