Now that Adobe will most likely kill off Freehand (the better app over Illustrator) it is a perfect time to push Create to the forefront!
By adding the advanced path operations (import/edit EPS vector files), most of us would never have a need to even open Illustrator. I hate the freakin' app! And at Create's price point, many new users would definitely by-pass the $499 Illustrator package and go for Create first (and without Freehand around to compete, you can bet they will raise the price even higher now).
Yes, definitely do not
play by Adobe's rules.
1. Offer software at a reasonable price
2. Listen to your user base
3. Offer upgrades that actually add features
3. Native Mac OS X support
4. Fix bugs
Yup, definitely not Adobe's rules!
I don't think Create has to stand toe-to-toe with Illustrator. They don't need all of the same features, but having some of them could easily shift the paradigm away from Illustrator and onto Create as a main stay on the Mac OS X platform. With Freehand dead and Illustrator prepared to stand alone, it is a great opportunity to get Create out to the masses. Import/Edit EPS would be a step in the right direction.