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EazyDraw is a vector drawing application. For the full journey from Jaguar to Lion, EazyDraw has been the trail-blazing app for the new vector-drawing paradigm on the Mac. EazyDraw marries the latest OS X technology with the simple elegance of the original Mac's Claris and Canvas drawing applications.

EazyDraw provides a balanced feature set that includes tools needed for technical drawing, Web and app graphic design, print publishing, logos, page -- text layout and more. Easy enough for everyone but with the depth your project will need.

Includes comprehensive support for bitmap and vector graphic formats. more...

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Version 6.3.1: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

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  • OS X 10.8 or later

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1goncat Member IconReview+7
1goncat
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Users who dismiss Eazydraw without even learning how it works are missing out on a really fascinating program. Compared to all the other vector apps out there, Eazydraw is easily the most technically sophisticated of the lot.

When my MacBook Pro recently bit the dust I lost the use of FreeHand, after Adobe bought it & dumped it off the market (since it drew rings around Illustrator), forcing FreeHand artists to buy Illustrator to be able to use their own graphics files. Consequently, many of us dumped Adobe.

Freehand's demise left a big hole in the Mac vector design & layout market. Currently there is no single app that excels at both. I've tried them all; Sketch, Intaglio, Artboard, iVinci, Zeusdraw, Idraw, NeoDraw & Eazydraw. While they all do basic draw functions, most fall way short of FreeHand's many features & technical elegance (and, to be fair, its price). A few feature a standard set of Core Image filters & blending modes, but lack more essential vector drawing & page layout functions.

The two that come closest are filling this gap are Eazydraw & NeoDraw (the drawing app included in the free open-source NeoOffice suite that rivals MS Office). Surprisingly full-featured & ultra-customizable, NeoDraw has loads of tools & options, like font-enhancements, freeform-distort, image-fill, simple 3D, bitmap filters, autotrace, autosave, presentation & layout tools & lots more. At the requested $10 donation, NeoDraw is a steal.

Eazydraw takes a unique approach. Primarily a technical drawing app rather than a graphic design app, it lacks filters & blending modes in favor of more essential drawing functions. While managing to be simple enough for basic drawing, it is also extremely technically proficient, with a long list of vector functions, tools, menu options & vector shapes.

Eazydraw's precision & its decent text-handling abilities also make it well-suited for page layout. Features like multiple pages, an adjustable canvas area (critical for layout work), & its ability to flow text around or inside objects & between separate text boxes, make it not only a good vector drawing program, but also the best page layout app of the bunch.

Eazydraw's minor flaws, like its use of the Apple Font Panel instead of font menu preview, plus a few rather confusing, non-standard drawing functions, only slightly detract from its overall usefulness. And it wouldn't take much, like the addition of font menu preview & a few more professional graphics functions, to make Eazydraw a fairly reasonable Freehand substitute for vector design & page layout work.

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Version 6.3.1
Old_guy Member IconReview+230
Old_guy
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Certainly not bad but compared to iDraw it lacks many drawing tools.

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Version 6.1.0
lemon-kun Member IconReview+256
lemon-kun
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I've been using EazyDraw for more than two years now.

EazyDraw does the job OK. It's pretty good at technical drawings, very useful for teachers who need some physics/geometric drawings for their class or people who want to draw some plans. From the bunch of mac vector apps out there it's the best choice for technical drawings, (so to say) "baby-"CAD; I mean CAD with an "easy" MacDraw-like interface. EazyDraw is quite easy to use – things like the spiral tool and the many shapes in the object libraries are great. However, for the artsy stuff, designing, etc. I felt EazyDraw not so well suited, because the cluttered interface holds back your creativity, in a way.

Well to be honest, the interface is a mess. It is fine if you are a complete beginner or you have learned drawing apps in the '80 and '90, however, since the app is quite feature rich, when used for advanced things you end up with so many pallets and menus… well, clutter, that costs you time. The UI just doesn't feel up to date and could be much more efficient.

Also, there are "rough edges" from the technical side – there are always a few bugs around, but these are usually addressed quickly in the frequent updates and upgrades.

However this brings me to another point: it is very easy to lose oversight about the various versions of this app. At the moment there are three versions of EazyDraw at the MacAppStore: ED3 (called only "EazyDraw", but with "3" in the icon), ED4 and ED5, for 15$, 30$ resp. 95$. I don't really know what's the difference between those, because description and screenshots in the MacAppStore are the same at least for version 3 and 4. Buying directly from the developer you can get another version of version 5 (as far as I have understood it), and also there is EazyDrawRetro, which opens the legacy formats (MacDraw, AppleWorks), however for this you need a "version 4 free market license". It is nice that the developer maintains a version 5 for older OSs, like 10.4. Still, the whole MAS thing has made things quite confusing with EazyDraw. One year ago there was even more confusion, with different versions having the same number (see comments below). Definitely one developer who didn't "get" the MAS right. I purchased version 3 in summer 2010 directly from the developer for 95$, one year later I had to update to version 4.1 because version 3.6.1 doesn't work with Lion (yeah right, and now a version 3 is sold at the MAS which works). Version 4.1 works now on my machine in "grace period", I have 78 days left. Probably that means the app won't work after that period. Personally, I haven't experienced a difference in features from version 3 to version 4, except for the Lion full screen mode. Many crashes and corrupted files with version 4.1 on Mountain Lion… Probably I will never upgrade to version 5 but instead will just buy the cheapest 15$ version from the MAS.

However, I haven't found a more capable app for technical drawings with this price tag (15$). If you need an easy to use "CAD"-like app, then EazyDraw is the way to go. For more "artsy" illustration jobs, creating icons, etc., I'd recommend Intaglio and iDraw (which has a great, great, great iPad version). Sketch is also a very nice looking alternative, and Artboard seems to be worth a look too.

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Version 5.2.3
Macatak Member IconComment+32
Macatak
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Hugely overpriced, rather underwhelmed. Looking for a Mac replacement for CorelDRAW. EazyDraw is just a 'cheezy' wannabe knock-off, with hard-to-take-seriously candyland-looking icons. More importantly it failed some simple, basic, but critical tests for text and object manipulation, and I abandoned EazyDraw within minutes as a result. Developers, look at CorelDRAW if you want a litmus test for how your product should function. There's a reason CD has been a standard in the business for over two decades. So I am sticking with Fusion on my Mac to run must-have Windows apps such as CorelDRAW, WordPerfect, FinePrint, ACDSee and Quicken. Nothing native to Mac even comes close. Yet.

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Version 5.2.3
Nealnt Member IconReview+21
Nealnt
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Using OS 8. Try ED 5.1 build FMKT1240515. I do not see a save as even when holding down the option key. So I think we need some directions here.

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Version 5.1.0
Dalahast
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Don't you mean 10.8? Mac OS 8 was released in 1997. >_>

SparkyzFan Member IconReview+0
SparkyzFan
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More fun than a Spirograph! I am switching from PC to Mac and have tried numerous programs from MacUpdate and another popular download site to replace my CorelDraw x3. This surpassed all others I tried. I was hoping to avoid getting Adobe Illustrator. I hope this will do the trick for me. A few drawbacks so far are it is sluggish in text mode. I'm not sure if that is a RAM issue for me. Second drawback is I would like the font faces to be visible in list format so I can pick from the list instead of only being able to view them one at a time. I got a free list format font viewer to work around this issue.

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Version 4.3.0
Osos10
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Using MAC from the day I remember. I used CANVAS till OS10.6, after which it became obsolete. After a long survey for a drawing software with some limited (but existing) 3D drawing abilities I reluctantly switched to AI. I will abandon AI without hesitation, but EazyDraw is not enough for my needs.

helicos Member IconReview+1
helicos
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I've been using EazyDraw for a few months now, and compared to some of the other vector drawing apps I've tried, it really is Easy. I was initially overwhelmed with all the options available, but luckily the user guide explained everything clearly and thoroughly. So with this and some practice, it took me no more than a few days to get really comfortable using it. Equally important, the developer was very responsive to my questions and quickly fixed the bugs that I reported—definitely worth it.

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Version 4.1.2
Osos10 Member IconComment+140
Osos10
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Now this program continue to puzzle me. Here is a new 4.1 version for the same $95 as the new 4 version at the App store. But at the App store the 3.7.5 is still offered for 1/3 of that price? Aside from non English languages support in version(s) 4, I see no difference between 4 and 3.7.5. I use graphic programs only occasionally, and once I master an application I don't like to waste time (and money) on a second one (I am still using CANVAS 9.0, which is obsolete on Lion). I hesitate to purchase and test Eazydraw because of the unclear and odd pricing policy.

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Version 4.1.0
Osos10 Member IconComment+140
Osos10
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Following the comments below I understand that this is a fair program with reasonable ability to open and handle "old" svg files. The thing that I don't understand is why version 3.6.4 costs $95 here while for a seemingly similar product (same name and icon) tagged version 3.7.3 costs $25 at the App Store ?

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Version 3.6.4
Geccoh
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I have to agree. It doesn't make much sense, especially when Apple also takes a cut of the sales price when sold via AppStore. I see a lot of developers keeping their "off AppStore" price high, while having a slashed AppStore price, forcing end user to use AppStore if they want to get the better price.

Macmaria
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Actually they are not exactly the same app. On the website:

"App Store Version - It Just Keeps Getting Better

The EazyDraw App Store version (3.7.4) provides the same basic features as the standard version (version 3.6.4) with a few changes that are summarized in the following paragraphs.

Most importantly the App Store version is a 64 / 32 capable, the standard version is based on the older 32 bit technology. This provides faster performance, greatly improved accuracy (12 decimal places compared to 5 decimal places for 32 bit Apps), and potential to access larger drawings.

The App Store version supports multi-threading making many of your drawing activities faster an some instantaneous. There is even a new Bundle file format for large multi-layer drawings. This new format stores each layer in an independent package file which allows layers to read and write simultaneously on multi-core CPUs. This means a large drawing will open more quickly.

No support for the Classic drawing formats. The App Store version does NOT support the PICT graphic format, and does NOT open MacDraw, ClarisDraw, or AppleWorks drawings. The standard release of EazyDraw which is still available at the EazyDraw online store provides support for these formats. Email EazyDraw support if you require further clarification.

All basic drawing functions, (menus, palettes, tools, ...) are the same for both versions; explore the full EazyDraw web site to learn more.

So jump right in with a very reasonable purchase price at the App Store (use the Back button on your browser), or try the traditional Free Demo of our standard version. There is no "free demo" of the 64 bit version; that is available exclusively at the Mac App Store."

Good2Go Member IconReview+29
Good2Go
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Excellent program and a must have for anyone that likes to do quick vector based graphics without the bloat of the higher end programs.

Well worth it's weight in gold!

Keep up the great work!

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Version 3.6.2
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Macsavant1
Version 4.1.0
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Downloads 55,822
Version Downloads 748
License Demo
Date 17 Jun 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price $94.99