The Astute Manager can be customised to how you want to use it. Additional settings are planned, so ensure you stay updated to take advantage of what's on offer!
To access the settings, click on the menu icon on the main page (top right in the window) and then click on the Settings link.
At present, the settings allow you to:
- Check current application version number
- If required, send a bug report, automatically including the log report (details on this available on request).
- Opt to Launch at login.
- Control which instances of Illustrator are handled by default.
It is the last point that we'll be concentrating on next.
Which versions of Illustrator Astute Manager supports
When first installed, the Astute Manager will detect all available instances of Adobe Illustrator present on your machine. Typically, this is what most users will require.
However, it's possible to add or remove instances of Illustrator that are supported. At present, these can be any or all of:
- Illustrator CC (v17.1)
- Illustrator CC2014 (v18)
- Illustrator CC2015 (v19)
- Illustrator CC2015.3 (v20)
- Illustrator CC2017 (v21)
- Illustrator CC2018 (v22)
- Illustrator CC2019 (v23)
Each of these versions and instances of Illustrator requires a different version of plugin due to internal changes. Astute Manager takes care of this headache for you!
What to do if you install or remove an instance of Illustrator
Upon changing which versions of Illustrator are installed on your machine, you'll need to let the Astute Manager know. Simply click on the DETECT NEW Ai button, followed by SAVE.
For advanced users:
Setting the plugin folder locations manually
By default, the Astute Manager will hide the plugin folder location for the instances of Illustrator not detected. But due to the possibility of instances being present on removable drives (not advised!), you can manually tell Astute Manager where you want a certain version of the plugins to be installed.
To do so, untick the Hide blank option so that all supported versions of Illustrator are listed. Next, click on the appropriate down arrow (highlighted below) to expose the folder path which can be manually edited.
The small tick option (lower highlight) in each path instance of Illustrator allows that version to be ignored if unticked.
Once changed, scroll down and click on the SAVE button.
After these changes, all future plugin management in the Astute Manager will follow these settings. Note that changing these settings will not automatically remove existing plugin installations – this has to be performed manually.