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The new features in Illustrator CS6 concentrate on making the program faster, better organised and easier to work with. Tracing and creating patterns, in particular, get big improvements.
Illustrator is in three CS6 suites — Design/Web Premium (£1,509 ex. VAT; upgrade from £298), Production Premium (£1,509 ex. VAT; upgrade from £298) and Master Collection (£2,223 ex. VAT; upgrade from £397). On its own, Illustrator CS6 costs £476 (ex. VAT; upgrade from £190). Illustrator CS6 is also available via a Creative Cloud subscription (£38.11 ex. VAT per month on an annual contract).