Artlandia LivePresets lets you interactively edit pattern swatches and symbols in Adobe Illustrator. For example, when you edit a pattern swatch, all the artwork painted with that swatch updates automatically as you edit.
Very easy. Select a path painted with a pattern swatch and click Make in the LivePresets palette. Edit the swatch and delete it when done (by double-clicking the Current swatch in the LivePresets palette or by any other means). Click here to see how this works.
LivePresets can also edit symbols in exactly the same way. Click here for an example.
Yes, you can use Edit > Paste in Front and Edit > Paste in Back commands to paste in front of or behind the selected element. Or use the insertion mode. Click here for an example.
Yes, LivePresets gives you easy access to the pattern's bounding box that determines the repeat size. An example is here.
Yes, eventually. But your live copy can contain editable brushes, blends, symbols, meshes, and other complex objects. You will conveniently edit them in their original, non-expanded form. And the expanded object will be shipped to the Illustrator swatch behind the scenes. This is a very simple and powerful technique. See an example here.
LivePresets lets you link or unlink to the artwork at any time.
SymmetryWorks makes sophisticated patterns and lets you create a pattern swatch. LivePresets lets you edit a pattern swatch and interactively apply the swatch to your artworks. The plug-ins are not substitutes for each other, but really are complementary. Click here for a comparison chart.
SymmetryShop, a Photoshop plug-in, is better compared with SymmetryWorks, its Illustrator counterpart. In Illustrator, a combination of SymmetryWorks and LivePresets (called SymmetryWorks LP) creates the best pattern design/application workflow. Click here for a comparison chart for all three plug-ins.
Absolutely. Here's an example.
No, this is what SymmetryWorks does. You can then interactively edit swatches that you created with SymmetryWorks using LivePresets.
LivePresets runs natively on Windows and Mac OS and is fully compatible with all versions of Illustrator starting from Illustrator 10 and including the latest releases of Creative Cloud. Detailed system requirements are here. Please contact us for instructions on installing in Illustrator CC 2017.
Yes, you can download the free demo version here.