SubScribe Illustrator Plugin

Astute Graphics has done it again. In what seems like a quest to put all of Adobe Illustrator’s native tools to shame, they’ve released a new plugin suite called SubScribe. Included are tools for drawing circles based on 2 or 3 points, connecting and straightening lines, drawing arcs, rotating and orienting artwork and drawing tangents and perpendicular paths (as shown in the video above).

Time to reassign some hotkeys.

SubScribe is free to all Astute Graphics customers.


James Provost is a freelance technical illustrator & editorial illustrator and co-founder of Technical Say hello on Twitter @jamesprovost.


  1. Mike Abbott says:

    This looks good – but never trust a demo :)

    In the video he places his initial tangent point pretty much bang on the required location. I’d like to see how it handles the situation where the first and/or second points are not positioned so accurately. I assume both points must move to their correct locations when the second point is ‘placed’. Can you comment on this, James?

  2. @Mike, this should quell your fears:

    There’s nowhere in the plugin to set a snap distance or tolerance, but I don’t think it’s necessary. It’s pretty forgiving!

  3. Mike Abbott says:

    Thanks James – very nice. That looks like a ‘must have’ for just about any technical illustrator.

  4. Since Adobe CS6 has just arrived, do all of Astute Graphic’s plug-ins need to be upgraded in order to work?

  5. @Steven: CS6 plugin upgrade information here:

    Sounds like it’ll be complementary if you ordered after March 6, 2012. Release date TBA.

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