tl;dr: Is there any way to compare the current version with previous version of Creative Cloud software, especially Illustrator?
I oftentimes need to know what functionality and tools have been added/removed/changed between the current CC version of a program and an older one, such as the CS6 or CS5 version. For example, at the moment I'm planning an Illustrator workshop where the participants will mostly use CS6, whereas I have the CC version. In order to avoid confusion, I would like if all the tools and functionality I want to show already existed in the older version of the program or have been changed since then.
Is there any good source that will list functionality changes and possibly allow me to compare different versions? I would prefer not to have to read through endless pages of changelogs (provided I even find those).
Alternatively, while searching for this I discovered I can install older versions of the software from the CC application. Can I, for example, install Illustrator CS6 alongside my CC installation and run both simultaneously to compare them 'manually'? Or will this screw up my Illustrator CC installation?
Technically they are separate versions that function independently. The only caveat are features that rely on globally shared libraries like handling PDFs. Older versions may not be able to use libraries introduced by newer versions. Good luck with your feature comparison.
Creative Cloud offers current and older versions for several produces. This is because older plug-ins won’t always function in the latest versions.
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