Centric Software and Adobe deepen PLM-to-Illustrator integration

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Building on its commitment to continuous innovation, Centric Software has released version 3.0 of its market-driven product lifecycle management (PLM) Connector for Adobe Illustrator CC, the industry-standard vector graphics app for sketching, illustration, logo, icon and typography design.

Centric Software is an established PLM solution for fashion, retail, footwear, outdoor, luxury and consumer goods companies. Centric's updated Adobe Illustrator Connector allows brands, retailers and manufacturers to centralise all information pertinent to the product development cycle such as creative, technical and production related details. This information can be accessed directly through Illustrator.

A great user experience has long been a priority for Centric; usability is a deciding factor in the adoption of Centric Software by some of fashion and retail's biggest names. Designers often lack the time to get accustomed to new software environments and do not accept tools that will weigh down their imagination.

"Our goal is to make designers feel at home by bringing the essential elements of PLM, such as a BOM Builder for creating or modifying Bills of Material, into the familiar Adobe Illustrator workspace; the same workspace as flat and technical sketches, fabrics and colors," says Ron Watson, VP Product Development, Centric Software. "When designing Centric's Adobe Connector, we looked at many details including the time to install (a few minutes) and the number of clicks needed for common tasks (only two in many cases)."

Centric's integration with Adobe Illustrator CC allows designers to sketch new designs within the familiar app interface and access the same textile, fabric and colour information that is also used by the rest of the product development team as well as suppliers. From Centric's Adobe Illustrator Connector, designers can share final sketches, line sheets and other designs directly in Centric PLM for better collaboration with brand managers and merchandisers. Centralised information create one actionable version of the truth and results in a faster time to market.

"Adobe is committed to providing seamless, collaborative experiences that address the needs of businesses today," said Anubhav Rohatgi, Group Product Manager for Illustrator and InDesign at Adobe. "The updated Illustrator CC integration with Centric Software gives designers full creative flexibility to manage ideas from concept to production, and collaborate with sales and production teams within Adobe Illustrator CC."

"A key part of our strategy is to provide best-in-class innovative solutions," says Chris Groves, President and CEO of Centric Software. "With version 3.0 of the Centric Adobe Connector, we have built a comprehensive, cohesive link between Centric PLM and Adobe Illustrator so that designers can contribute their expertise, both creative and technical, as it best suits them. We are very excited to be working so closely both with Adobe and our customers in order to develop solutions driven by the market."

Centric's Adobe Connector is compatible across all versions of Creative Cloud including the cutting-edge 2015.3.

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