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iDraw is a powerful, feature-packed vector-drawing and illustration application for OS X. It has all the tools you need to create everything from detailed technical illustrations to beautiful works of art. Create intricate designs quickly and easily, and continue working on the go with iDraw for the iPad.

Create resolution-independent illustrations that can be pasted into Pages documents, included in Keynote presentations, or used together with iBooks Author.

Notable features:

  • SVG import and export
  • Shape libraries
  • Styles library
  • Boolean path combinations
  • more...

What's New

Version 2.4:

New Layers Pane

  • View and modify object/group hierarchies directly in the Layers pane.
  • Select and edit objects across multiple selected layers.
  • Set custom names for objects and groups.
  • Right-Click to copy and paste layers between documents.
Export Layers.
  • Export each layer as a separate file: PNG, SVG, PDF, PSD, etc. (File > Export more...

Requirements

  • OS X 10.6 or later

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I've been looking for a replacement for Illustrator, and iDraw does it foe me. I occasionally have a need to work with vector files. Nothing heavy duty, just adding, editing and moving elements. iDraw may not offer all the capabilities of more...

5 people found this review helpful
Version 2.3.b
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As others have noted, the lack of a free trial is a show stopper. The price is reasonable but nobody wants to spend $25 and find out the app doesn't meet their needs. As a developer, my apps are available BOTH on the Mac App Store and on my web more...

3 people found this review helpful
Version 2.2
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Alex-Macinsky Member IconComment+3
Alex-Macinsky
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Looks nice, but haven't been able to try it since there is no demo. This no demo 'buy it or leave it' tactic will hurt them in the long run.
Too many times I have spent money on shareware or little company ware, that they have either closed down, abandoned, or sold out to a bigger company, and was left hanging feeling like an idlot. I am all for supporting developers, but they need to convince me to give them my money.

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Version 2.4
Kihoalu
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No demo?
Odd. I got a demo from the Indeeo website (if I remember correctly), probably 6 (?) months ago.

I never test drove it well enough in the 30 day allotment to have a strong sense of the app, but it looks quite promising if you don’t have Illustrator & its on my list for future purchase. (Yes, only $25, but there are so many toys & tools on my list).

I haven’t bought iDraw because I have Illustrator in a useful version.
I run CS4 & that is adequate for many of my needs.

Now that Create Suite is an online subscription service, I am not as interested in upkeep on my Adobe apps (a strategy if you only need the Adobe apps for a short time is to subscribe for a month or two term, but buy iDraw for more regular use if you have modest needs).

Pik80
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@Alex
iDraw is insanely cheap for what you get. With a price that low a trial version is hardly necessary. I am sure you will use the program enough to justify it's price. The same price will only get you about one month's of service with Illustrator. If you are looking for a good basic vector program this is the one to get. If you are looking for an illustration program with lots of bells and whistles then you won't be happy with it.

Mikokim
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There is no risk. If you purchase through MAS, and you don't like the app, you can always "Report a Problem" using the link included in the iTunes invoice you get. If the app doesn't perform as you expected, you will get your money back — as long as you report back within a reasonable amount of time (less than 14 days, for example). I, too, used to be skeptical of the MAS, but I discovered that if the product doesn't perform to your expectations, you complain and will get a refund (pretty fast).

Phillat5dock Member IconReview+21
Phillat5dock
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Hooray!

I have finally found a Drawing Package (Vector Programme) which is easy to use and learn.
I have been looking for this since MacDraw (Claris Draw/Appleworks) days.
Terrific!
Now if this developer could also develop a Phots***p replacement all would be great.

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Version 2.4
Pik80 Member IconReview+341
Pik80
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2.4 is a pretty large update. Don't let the modest version number fool you. Now includes support for sub layers!! The ability to copy out to another app and choose which file format you want to copy to is also a plus. I am very excited to see where this app is headed!

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Version 2.4
GabrieleU4458 Member IconReview+2
GabrieleU4458
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Incredibly small, fast, stable and powerful. One of my favorite apps

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Version 2.4
Pik80 Member IconReview+341
Pik80
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Below is a letter I sent to iDraw's developers. The letter contains just about everything I would put into a review so I am posting it here as well.

Hi,

I've really enjoyed trying out your app, it works much more intuitively to me then illustrator. I was a big fan of FreeHand and I find that I can move through your program just about as easily as FreeHand.

The most important additions to me would be to add the file management options menu (that menu that comes down when you click on the title bar in programs like Pages, Preview, Sketch, etc. It has options like rename, move, duplicate.) I love that menu since it is so much easier to work with files that way then having to deal with them in the Finder.

Most of the improvements could be done with the layers panel. It would be helpful to have a layer filter tool like Sketch. It's nice how you can hit Command-F and get a search box come up. Layer filtering by object attribute may help as well. I have a hard time seeing the layer previews so increasing the size of those would help a lot. A way to group the layers together would also be important.

Having a rotate view tool would be very helpful to those working on a Wacom tablet. It is easier to rotate the view on the screen then it is to change the angle of your arm to awkward positions.

Thanks for the great work,
Kip

PS I really really hope you never sell iDraw to Adobe. There needs to be more innovation with graphics software that can only come if the playing field has enough competition.

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Version 2.3.1
Kihoalu
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Seems ok to me. I bought it.
It should improve with future revs & the developers are interested in adding useful features. Its definitely light duty.

Intuitive? I would have to beg a difference there:
Very little in a draw program is "intuitive.”

A tool might be closer to what you are already used to, but that’s not at all the same as “intuitive.”

Its not Illustrator.
Its swell for light duty, but having bought this - I have to wonder why I did, because I already have Illustrator & several other pretty decent apps. A little too much of a whim purchase in my case, I’m afraid, but its still affordable & all right at what it does, but there is a lot of misinformation in some of the comments here.

Pik80
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I've never liked illustrator and I have been trying the program since the 1990s. . When Adobe killed freehand I forced myself to use it. The software just irrates me, lots of other people are in the same boat.

As for features one advantage is that it has a good companion app on iPad. Illustrator doesn't come in tablet version which is too bad since tablets are ideal for drawing. Also I like that it integrates with Mac technologies. I think iDraw will make good use of iCloud Drive in Apple's up coming OSes. Adobe is wrong to try and handle the cloud part. That is a function that should be handled by OS manufacturer not third party software developers.

Kihoalu
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You replied to yourself - and that’s fine.
Although it sounds a little like you were responding to me.

Being irritated while “trying” the application implies that maybe you didn’t learn it, or have very light need for a high end application.

I cannot quantify “irritated,” and it puts down illustrator without explaining anything about iDraw, other than the implication is that there is a tablet version for one vs the other.

The price points are there in iDraw, if you have modest needs.

Thus is sounds as though you are like iDraw because you loathe Illustrator in your trials.
Whomever is in your boat, I do not know, but I’m not too sure you’ve offered a strong argument if that’s the basis.

Tablet technology is yet in its infancy as far as true use for precision drawing.
Painting, yes that one can do & some business apps.

Pik80
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Yes, tablet drawing apps are in their infancy but the iPad app is off to a very solid start which should give iDraw an advantage over Illustrator as it continues to mature. As of this date iDraw has put out two good versions on the tablet and Illustrator has put out zero versions. That fact alone justifies iDraw’s incredibly low price tag even if one already owns Illustrator.

Also keep in mind that you don’t have to make the entire illustration in iDraw. You could, for an example, start the drawing on your iPad and then use version 2.4’s new advanced “Copy As” feature to bring the drawing into whatever handles the kind of work you trying to do the best. If you work in 3D illustration you will often start the drawing in a 2D drawing app and then bring it over to 3D. Adobe has attempted to bring 3D functionality to Illustrator but to little success so most 3D artists will copy their designs out anyways. Copying work between other apps depending on your needs is a common thing to do and iDraw has made this work really well.

Also I believe that it is better for an app to based on one platform then to be cross platform like illustrator. When a developer just bases their software on an Apple OS they can really take advantage of all the features that the platform offers. When Adobe makes software that runs on Windows and Apple and Android they can’t take full advantage of what Apple OS offers. This is why so many of the best Mac apps are exclusive to the platform. They are built from the ground up to take advantage of Apple hardware and operating systems.

Noivad Member IconReview+131
Noivad
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If you are a amateur user, then add a star to my rating. I deduct a 1.5 stars for its instability that can cause a loss of a lot of work if you are not careful.

Overall I like iDraw, however do not try to use it for anything being exported as a PDF or saved as an .ai to be printed at a service bureau. If any gradients or special effects are used on the vectors, the resulting file will require a lot of clean up before they are press ready.

I made the same design in Illustrator after having to choice but to purchase it and did not have any problems when send to the printer. The prior identical vectors & effect in iDraw, that was no more than 8 layers of simple shapes with an overall gradient on one layer and translucency took well over an hour to clean up before it was press ready which will quickly negate any savings.

For light duty work iDraw works well if you can forgive the crashes, but for anything beyond home printing, the way it writes files is unacceptable. It’s disappointing that iDraw cannot replace Illustrator for anything even remotely professional especially considering bad Adobe’s business practices, bloated software and installation restrictions are.

iDraw is good value and will work for anyone who doesn’t demand pixel perfect alignment, but it is no Illustrator.

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Version 2.3.1
Pik80
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Would loss of work be a problem if it has support for auto-save?

What do you mean by "clean up work"? I am not familiar with that term.

Appledogx
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I have not noticed iDraw crashing on my MacBook Pro with Mavericks. For me it is quite stable. Perhaps there are other things going on with your system?

Noivad
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To answer Qs: 1 my system is very stable, and the crashes seem to plague some people with iDraw. System instability can be an indication of bad RAM or a bad HD directory, but neither of these is the case on my system. So, it could be I am using features less stable or it doesn't like my video card or its firmware — OpenGL and other edge case (minor) video card incompatibilities happen but tend to affect few users.
I disable autosave to prevent accidentally overwriting things I like while I experimenting with things. I do not use TimeMachine versioning because of the footprint and other technical considerations.
In a sense, non-pros have an easier time but less control over their system. I prefer as much control as possible and prefer my own automation and workflows over preprogrammed ones that limit choices because the pre-packaged automation such as backups, use less flexible settings that inhibit professionals instead of assist them.
As I said, most users will not notice this app’s deficiencies, nor really push it.

By “clean up” I mean when the file is opened for printing, they make sure the paths and fills are not needlessly complex and that alignment and other vectors are printable. If they are not, the result is often bad output and separations printing out wrong. If this is the case, as it is with iDraw, someone has to remove the bad vectors and fills and recreate the artwork before it is sent to press. On non-pro equipment, there is no color separation process, etc. What bad vectors can do in printing is cause misalignment or erroneous output, so what you see is not what you get. This will only affect professional-level processes where things are done differently than in consumer printing. If you want to know more, look up color separation and what preflight document checks are.

b77
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If by "pixel perfect alignment" you mean aligning/snapping the drawn elements perfectly to the pixel grid for crisp bitmap exports, iDraw can do it — see the "Align strokes to pixel grid" option in the Preferences > General tab.

Also, no instability here on my iMac that I can remember, but I use it sparingly, and YMMV, so it's possible. (Maybe help the developer fix things by sending them the offending file?)

Other than that, I agree with you that professionals need CMYK — and(!) spot colour — support, but since the developers implemented sRGB-capable colour profiles (see the Help > What's new entry), I think certain graphic elements made with iDraw that don't need pure black, overprint, trapping or spot colours, are OK and perfectly "transferable" to Ai/ID/print.

M-Rick
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iDraw as also a big lack of accuracy she drawing …

M-Rick
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there's no way to edit a previous commentary and correct typing errors on this site??

b77
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@ M-Rick: Care to elaborate?

b77
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OK, so it seems M-Rick won't answer. In that case I assume he has the "Align strokes to pixel grid" option activated in the Preferences > General tab, and that made him think iDraw has problems with accuracy when drawing, when in fact what it does with that option on is to snap the drawn elements perfectly to the pixel grid for crisp bitmap exports. So… not a problem at all. :)

Noivad
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@b77 I was referring to pixel perfect alignment when 2 vectors need to be rightnext to each other without using trapping. If you do not have 2 points that can be snapped together, then you need to work extra hard to try to align 2 vectors in iDraw. As I said, this is a problem for pros & assuming it is as simple as snapping two points together and further assuming pros wouldn’t knowto check prefs is another bad assumption. If you ever get to alevel of design where your needs exceed this aps features you with know what I am talking about. All in all, it is a decent app but not as polished as professional vector applications. It is not a replacement for Illustrator because it lack the things mentioned in my initial review. Stability might have increased, but I haven’t used iDeaw because I had to switch over to something that would output files to a service bureau without the hour long vector clean up session after they got it.

b77
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@Noivad, thanks for taking the time to reply. :)

Believe it or not, I work in prepress – I use Illustrator, Corel Draw, InDesign, Photoshop, PhotoPaint, a RIP and an imagesetter every day – and I know what trapping is and when it's needed (for amateurs reading this – the answer is "Not all the time"). I also did graphics for print on the side at home in Illustrator CS5 and, for some elements, in iDraw(!), and I don't confuse the "Align strokes to the pixel grid" feature with trapping – one is needed for exporting images for web/screen, and trapping is a "cure" for imperfect registration, obviously meant only for print. The same goes with me confusing "snap-to-point" with trapping, for that matter.

Since iDraw doesn't do CMYK at the moment, we can't require plain black/trapping/overprint/etc yet. But despite that, iDraw can be used to do cool graphics on a budget, as long as you don't need the CMYK-specific stuff I mentioned – I know this, because I did it – it's much easier to play with the "stacked" effects of iDraw than the ones of Illustrator, so I used those (to great effect :P), then exported it and placed it in Illustrator as part of a bigger CYK+Pantone job. Yup. :)

Also, many people are confused when they see iDraw "offsetting" the strokes of the shapes a bit down and to the right, and they assume the program has some problem with the accuracy, when in fact it's the "Align strokes to the pixel grid" option at work. That was my answer to M-Rick.

Cheers :)

Gary_box Member IconReview+91
Gary_box
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Just about the best vector drawing app for a low budget.
Some drawing tools needs some practice though.
Clean and stable UI. Seldom crashed on my iMac

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Version 2.3.1
Fabio53 Member IconReview+1
Fabio53
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Now, that what I call vector app

this 2.3.1 is very good

and the tutorials on the web site is the cherry on the cake!

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Version 2.3.1
Revco Member IconComment+291
Revco
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A demo version would be nice.

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Version 2.3.1
Prlab
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Looks like a nifty app, but yes a demo would be nice. They only need to time-limit it for a week or so. I'd buy it now without a demo, if it could export in CMYK, which is coming, they say. I will get it then and won't have to use my daughter's Illustrator.

Prlab
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I bought it, as it does have CMYK. And it's great.

Techboy Member IconReview+8
Techboy
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My needs for a vector program aren't very demanding as I'm mostly just proofing and tweaking work, but this really seems to do the job well for me. My biggest concern was the ability to open and save .AI files which it does, even though I didn't see any mention of it. It doesn't actually export into ".ai" format but does SVG and PSD as well as the usual (PDF, JPG, TIFF, GIF, etc). I used to use VectorDesigner which was ungraciously abandoned and stopped working in Snow Leopard or Lion. Seems like a great product for the price and reminds me of Pixelator, which I love. Check out the beta.

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Version 2.3.b
Christa_1980
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Did you know Pixelmator has a hidden feature? I full vector based editor. :)

Prlab
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Looks like a nifty app, but yes a demo would be nice. They only need to time-limit it for a week or so. I'd buy it now without a demo, if it could export in CMYK, which is coming, they say. I will get it then and won't have to use my daughter's Illustrator.

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Downloads 34,544
Version Downloads 1,608
License Commercial
Date 19 May 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price $24.99