iDraw

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iDraw is a powerful feature-packed vector design and illustration application, available for both Mac OS X and iPad. All of the tools you need to create everything from detailed technical illustrations to beautiful works of art.

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iDraw review by <span>Lamin K.</span>
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The essentials in vector graphics in a simple but powerful package at a great price

What do you like best?

This review is for the Mac version of Graphic. There are also apps for Ipad and Iphone.

Graphic has easy to use vector drawing tools, like freehand drawing, basic shapes, easily modified lines and a great text tool. Hard core Adobe Illustrator users probably are going to miss more advanced editing, but for about 30 USD you will probably not complain to much.

Something else to like is the automatic adjustment lines that does a good job of finding edges, centers and other key points useful for aligning objects.

The app seem to handle many file formats, as long as the file is using vector graphics. It opens Adobe illustrator files if you just change the file extension to .eps, for example.

Graphic uses plugins, but some does not seem to get updates anymore.

Autodesk bought Idraw from Indeeo in 2015 and the app is since then called Graphic.

What do you dislike?

Some good plugins, like Add anchor points seem to not gett updates anymore.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Creating and editing vector graphics.

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iDraw review by <span>Peter D.</span>
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Amazing Value: a full-featured vector design app for very little $$

What do you like best?

Although this app has changed hands more than once it remains a solid, feature-packed, inexpensive alternative to other vector drawing apps. The interface is clean and intuitive. Extensive Import/Export. You can even copy the SVG of an object directly to clipboard. iDraw/Graphic is my go-to app for DTP needs.

What do you dislike?

Documentation is a little sparse; often I have to look at tutorials for other vector apps and then translate into iDraw/Graphic (hoping that it will work the same). Not much to dislike for $30Cdn.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I haven't used other vector apps like Illustrator in a long time, so I can't speak to their functionality. If you're a professional designer, you might give iDraw/Graphic a pass. However, at $30Cdn this is a no-brainer for anyone else.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use iDraw/Graphic to design posters/brochures/artwork for business and community groups I'm involved in. I also use this app to edit and create SVG icons for development. I can select an object and copy SVG code directly to the clipboard.

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iDraw review by <span>Daniele P.</span>
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A quick vectorial software

What do you like best?

I like the simplicity of use. I like so much the option of exporting in several formats and the automatic generation of the swift code.

What do you dislike?

Some functions are too complicated to use and the software is not update so frequently

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is a very simple software, enough power, enough cheap. Recommended for quick and simple graphic

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am solving the problem about graphic. I am a web developer and I need a simple software to generate vectorial graphic, logos etc. etc.

iDraw review by <span>Erin A.</span>
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Great for logo design

What do you like best?

I like that it has the preciseness of Autocad, but the great look that makes logos engaging. Price is good too.

What do you dislike?

Would like it to export different formats.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Very good for the price, even though it is not Adobe.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Logo design is the main problem solved.

iDraw review by <span>Stefan B.</span>
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Very cheap alternative to Illustrator or CorelDRAW, but only for OSX or iPad

What do you like best?

While very cheap, it still is a very capable and versatile vector graphic design application.

It shines in web- and user interface design.

You can use it to prepare a mockup website and even export shapes as CSS code, which is nice for gradients and rounded corners.

You can also export multiple layers as single images at once, e.g. for hover or on-click button states.

The snapping to other objects, with live alignment guides and also grid snapping remind me more of CorelDRAW rather than Illustrator (which was a plus for me).

If you also buy the iPad version, you can sync design between both platforms.

The interface is black and shiny and fits in with PixelMator and other OSX specific design applications.

What do you dislike?

No diagramming options: it is not possible to create connectors between shapes.

Rescaling shapes with image-fills might rescale the fill, which can be finicky.

Only on OSX or iOS, so it might not be available for you. And it can only be bought from the Apple App Store, which might not be ideal for business situations. That said, you can install it on multiple machines (e.g. desktop and laptop) and have free upgrades.

Recommendations to others considering the product

While not a full alternative to Adobe Illustrator, the software is a capable and usable Vector editor. Give it a try.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Instead of upgrading my Adobe Suite or buying a CC subscription, I'm trying to realises as much as possible with iDraw and PixelMator. So far, it works fine.

iDraw review by User in Photography
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Easy to work with.

What do you like best?

The program is easy to navigate. I was able to just dive in as soon as it launched.

What do you dislike?

There really was not anything that I disliked.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Currently the only business problems I have is the ability to not work. However before I did not run into any business problems.

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