Nvidia announces GPU acceleration for Adobe Illustrator CC

The feature is said to accelerate the work surface of Adobe Illustrator CC on Windows 7 or 8 up to ten times faster than before. New GPU capabilities are also found in Adobe creative cloud video and imaging applications.

Graphics chip manufacturer Nvidia accelerates the execution of Adobe Illustrator CC with the help of the Graphical Processing Unit (GPU). Supposedly compatible GPUs thanks to the new feature in Illustrator CC can accelerate the entire desktop in Windows 7 or 8 up to ten times faster than before. As a result, graphic artists can easily interact with vectors at any resolution, as well as flickle and zoom. A corresponding measurement has the graphics card manufacturer according to their own information with a pre-release version of the vector graphics software using the GPU acceleration in RGB mode, the graphics card Geforce GTX 780 Ti and the Intel processor Xeon E3-1240 performed.

Primarily, graphic designers, draughtsmen, and typographers working in online, print, and mobile media design, working with 2D vector graphics, should benefit from GPU acceleration in Illustrator CC. While this is already used by default when creating 3D content, users who worked with 2D vector graphics had so far relied solely on the CPU’s computing power. Now they should also have the full power to interact with complex, high-resolution 2D graphics available.

“We are excited about this technology. With the first-time GPU acceleration in Adobe Illustrator and the advancement of GPU support in other video and imaging applications from Adobe, we are helping to make creative processes not only faster, but also more intuitive and fluid, “says Greg Estes. Vice President Enterprise Marketing at Nvidia, in a press release.

According to Nvidia, the GPU acceleration feature in Illustrator CC is based on optimized NV-Path rendering technology . This is in turn included as an extension in the open graphics standard OpenGL. Adobe and Nvidia have worked closely together to integrate the technology into the vector graphics program. Path rendering specifies a design as a sequence of resolution-independent designs – the so-called “paths”.

Unlike bitmap images, path-rendered content can be zoomed and resized as needed without being pixelated. So far, however, most 2D-based path rendering processes have been executed on CPUs. In contrast, almost all 3D renderings are currently executed on GPUs. However, applications based on path-rendering technology are being successively migrated to faster and more efficient GPUs.

It also includes new GPU-accelerated versions of basic Adobe Creative Cloud video and imaging applications , including Adobe Premiere Pro CC, After Effects CC, SpeedGrade CC, Adobe Media Encoder CC, Adobe Anywhere, and Adobe Photoshop CC. New features and enhancements in these applications include support for tools powered by Nvidia GPUs. Professional users should be able to work more intuitively and faster.

The fact that GPU acceleration is not limited to a desktop with a powerful GPU alone is demonstrated by Nvidia’s Nvidia GRID Workspace test run program launched last month . This enables GPU acceleration of graphics-intensive applications such as Autodesk AutoCAD in the cloud, which can be used by any Windows machine. Clients for OS X and Linux wants to provide the manufacturer in the near future.

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