Exciting news for designers: Adobe Illustrator CS6 will feature a pattern creation tool! You can see it at work in the video above. We don’t know how robust it will be, but from the sound of the rumor forums it sounds like you’ll have repeat options beyond the simple square/block repeat you see demonstrated in the video. Even if it’s just square repeats, this too is certainly miles ahead of the rather tedious way they have to be set up in versions CS5 and below.
We also don’t know when Adobe CS6 will be released, but 5.5 is just out and a public beta of Photoshop CS6 has just been released, so it can’t be too long.
Thanks to Anneline in the Fabric Design Forum for bringing it to my attention!