Centric Software has released the latest version of its Adobe Connect innovation, which integrates the Adobe Illustrator graphics tool within its Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) platform.  

Adobe Connect links to Centric 8 PLM and Centric SMB PLM and enables designers and product developers to sketch, create colours and build out other details for design briefs and product specifications within Adobe Illustrator, the industry-standard vector graphics app for sketching, illustration, logo, icon and typography design. 

In the latest version 6 of Adobe Connect, designers can initiate styles and materials from within the Illustrator environment by working from templates or creating new items, speeding up and streamlining the process of beginning a new design.

The latest release also includes a number of automations such as accelerating the development of carryovers, localisation to meet translation needs, re-sizing images, colourway development and time-saving improvements such as type ahead functionality.

Designers and product developers access product related information shared by other teams in Centric PLM such as details about colours, fabrics, trims and other materials but work completely from within the Illustrator interface. Creative and technical teams can collaborate using the two platforms, using whichever user experience they prefer, empowering designers, merchandisers, product developers, sourcing and retail teams to work harmoniously.

"Adobe Connect minimises non-value-added work for designers so that they can focus on the creative and technical aspects of products," explains Ron Watson, VP product at Centric Software. "Designers upload files to Centric PLM to share across carryovers or similar products, eliminating the need to manage a separate file for each individual style.

"They don't need to go into Centric PLM when they start working on a new concept. They can begin immediately in Illustrator while their work is seamlessly updated in PLM, enabling closer collaboration with other teams."

Chris Groves, president and CEO of Centric Software, adds: "The latest release of Adobe Connect builds a seamless bridge between Adobe Illustrator and Centric PLM that empowers designers without disrupting creative flow and ultimately shortens the product development lifecycle."