Ok, I finally had the opportunity to use CS6 to create a pattern. Some of the artwork contained blended symbols. When I went to save the pattern, it tells me the symbols and blends will be expanded. So, how is this supposed to help me? In CS5 I can build the artwork, using any tools I choose and drag it into the swatch panel. The source artwork remains fully intact with blends and symbols. Better yet, I can save the source artwork as a symbol and update the pattern directly from the symbol editor window. And even MORE bizarre is the fact you cannot edit a symbol while in "Pattern Edit Mode", even though the "Edit Symbol" button is clearly visible and active within Pattern Mode. That's just goofy.
The CS6 Pattern editor is cool, but if it won't retain symbols and blends I find it a big disappointment. Am I missing something?
I'm all too used to AI workarounds. I've been doing them for years.
Not being able to edit a symbol while in the pattern editor makes the new feature more of a gimmick than a production tool.
Yes, I routinely save brushes and patterns as symbols and update the brush or pattern directly from the symbol edit window. My disappointment is, the new "Pattern tool" is not much more than a toy, when it cannot retain symbols and blends. One of those facts that is conveniently left out of the "new feature" list on the Adobe site.