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Artboard is a simple and direct vector drawing application that includes everything you need to create your own graphics and illustrations.

Artboard delivers with hundreds of awesome styles and fully editable clip art, including speech bubbles, shiny buttons, maps and flags, people factory, and home planning. Artboard stands apart with powerful stacked styles that go way beyond simple fill and stroke, providing a wide range of spectacular effects.

Design logos, posters, floor plans, technical drawings, fun fashions, Web graphics, and more.

Simple. Powerful. Fun.

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What's New

Version 1.9.1:

Bug Fixes

  • A problem where rough strokes would not appear correctly when used with certain objects was fixed.
  • A problem where invalid objects in a file could cause other objects in the same layer to be skipped, making the layer become empty, was fixed.
  • A problem where forcing a shape's width or height to zero could cause Artboard to crash on OS X 10.9 was fixed.


  • OS X 10.6.6 or later

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1goncat Member IconReview+4

ArtBoard does a lot of simple drawing functions. It seems like it's designed to appeal to kids & dabblers, and it does a great job at that. It is obviously made to be fun & creative, and I really liked it as a simple design tool.

But I was looking for something a bit more robust, that would output to SVG files, and ArtBoard only outputs to bitmap files. Which is great for kids & dabblers, but not for any serious design work.

I eventually bought iDraw because it exports to SVG. However, I was very disappointed in iDraw, since it is extremely limited, with only basic draw functions. It has a very rigid, unintuitive interface that can't be customized at all & has very few shortcuts, making even simple jobs tedious.

Then I discovered that the NeoOffice suite (the open-source app that rivals MS Office) includes a vector draw program that does WAY more than iDraw. It is very easy to learn & use, infinitely customizable, reasonably stable on OS 10.8, and it's absolutely free because it open-source. It has many advanced features, like envelope-warping, auto-trace, 3D & animations, none of which iDraw does.

I'm a veteran FreeHand user, (the legendary professional vector drawing program that put Illustrator to shame - which is why Adobe bought it & killed it). And I can recommend NeoDraw to anyone looking for a serious vector draw program. While NeoDraw doesn't come close to being FreeHand, it will do until something better comes along. And you can't beat the price..

Meanwhile, I'd recommend ArtBoard to anyone looking for a fun, simple, easy to use drawing app.

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Version 1.9
David-Morrison Member IconReview+10

I was looking for something to do vector drawings, rather like MacDraw used to do. Draw a box, fill it with colour, draw a few lines, add text, line things up. Simple stuff in MacDraw many years ago.
I have been looking at all sorts of things for years and nothing has had the same ease of use. I saw a reference to Artboard, and thought I would try it on a project.
I could see it had a lot of features, but what used to be a single click in MacDraw seems to be several clicks in Artboard. For example, even if the Text tool is selected, you cannot just click on text to edit it, you have to right click and select Edit Text.
After two hours, I gave up. Very frustrating. A shame really.

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Version 1.7

I recently installed LibreOffice for Mac OS X which is a version of Open Office which is installed in Ubuntu Linux. I have found the way that the Draw module works is very much more intuitive than anything I have recently tried, including Artboard (which I paid for!).
After a very long search I have finally found something akin to MacDraw and Claris Draw and the Draw module of Apple/Claris Works.


Hope this helps!


Good review! Thanks. I miss MacDraw too. Have you found a simple program like it that you like?


I eventually found iDraw which seems to do the things I want to do, but with a usable interface.


Thanks, David. That's where I was heading too.

Big77 Member IconReview+149

Very nice, easy to use, low-overhead drawing program with a good bunch of features. Notably it continues to be updated and improved.

It does some pretty neat stuff for an app this inexpensive, like applying crazy styles to text. Handles layers just fine and has the typical vector object manipulation tools. I really like this app and I'm watching its progress with interest.

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Version 1.7
Phillat5dock Member IconReview+21

After downloading about a dozen different Drawing appliactions I settled on Artboard.
I was looking for something that would do what Microsoft Word will do in its drawing module, but without the overhead of a word processor or the complexity and price of Adobe Illustrater.
What is more I have fond memories of ClarisWorks/Appleworks and its sensible drawing module. So many people (and developers it seems) confuse drawing programs (vector graphics) with "paint" programs (bit mapped).
Artboard is the best of what I looked at. I particularly wanted to import an image(bit mapped) and then add text with arrows (call outs) So many of the other apps seemed incapable of just sitting the graphic on the page. Some had quite idiosyncratic work flows. Artboard just impressed because it worked out of the box, and the price is reminiscent of MacPaint.

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Version 1.6
Pugwash Member IconReview+48

This is a really good graphics application but the inability to open or import any files that are not in its own file format is extremely limiting. I would love to use Artboard more often but constantly find myself reverting to my old version of Illustrator because I can't open files in Artboard, not even .eps. At the moment I see this as a web graphics or dtp only app albeit a good one.

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Version 1.3

Seems a bit odd for vector drawing software not to be able to open any other vector file format other than it's own.


With Artboard you don't open files per se, instead you drag the file(s) you want to use onto your document. Do that with a .eps, for example, and it's fully editable in Artboard. True, it does not directly open Adobe Illustrator files, but it does seem to handle all common non-proprietary formats.

Mookzmom Member IconReview+40

I purchased this app at the app store a couple of months ago, but just tonight started to play with it. The controls seem pretty tricky to me, but the help menu looks very promising. There are not a huge amount of templates, but (I'm not yet certain about this) it looks like you might be able to import some of your own. The app store has been glitchy since I installed Lion, and Artboard is one of several apps that continually show up as needing updating (though I've "installed the updates" several times over) The app starts fine, but did crash on me after a while. I'm hoping once Lion's patches get put in, the apps will run a little more smoothly. I rated this in the "medium"" range, but it's possible I would rate it more highly if I knew more about how to navigate this app better.

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Version 1.1.1
Maclover1.1 Member IconComment+740

I think this new trend of selling shareware on the Mac App Store without a trial is not conducive to sales..

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Version 1.0

Oops sorry there is a trial version on their site.. App looks good but the save/export seem very limited.. Actually the trial version has export grayed out (.. and the app cannot open svg (which is what I'm searching apps for now..). But the interface looks quite good.. One to look for in the future if it becomes more pro..


Artboard does have a trial version on their website. This is the best way to handle trial software since the Mac App Store doesn't allow trial software.

Obviously, you cannot expect save, export, and printing from trial software, nor can you expect it to open every available vector file type.

The purpose of the trial software generally is to see if you like the interface well enough to improve your productivity that you would be motivated to purchase it.

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Version 1.9.1
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Version 1.0
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Version 1.0
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Downloads 11,484
Version Downloads 754
License Demo
Date 13 Mar 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price $29.99
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