EazyDraw
EazyDraw 6.3.1
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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.

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What's New
Version 6.3.1:
  • Corrected issue that evolved on Mavericks. A new feature on Mavericks called Responsive Scrolling can cause large drawing overhead for drawing applications such as EazyDraw. This new feature may be helpful for simplistic applications that employ inefficient drawing algorithms. For EazyDraw the problem was only apparent for lager complex drawings, a certain level of drawing activity would trigger large drawing overhead for this new feature and cause EazyDraw to be slow and unresponsive. This seemed to be rather random, some users and certain situations would trigger the sluggishness and response issues. One drawing was observed to clear with no setting changes, then a simple reboot brought the problem back. We have this new feature completely patched out now. Performance is again now the same as it was on earlier versions of OS X. The problem was only present on Mavericks, it was present on both Retina and legacy resolution screens. No improvements for scrolling were observed for EazyDraw so we will leave this feature patched out for the foreseeable future.
  • Fixed an issue with accessing EazyDraw Help. Some users were experiencing problems accessing EazyDraw Help files on Mavericks with EazyDraw version.
  • Added new features related to deleting vertices (nodes) for Bezier paths. Previously there were two algorithms. The primary algorithm attempts to remove the node and still approximate the original path, by computing best match control points that follow the original path as closely as possible. This is the algorithm used by the knife, it did not change. The second method simply removed a node and associated control points, these are the two control points "ahead" of the node. The newly added method removes the designated node and control points on either side (if present) of the node. The new method is available on the Graphic Details inspector, the Bezier path needs to be in the normal (non-continuous) mode. The contextual menu (obtained by a Control-Click on or very near a node, when the path is selected) now presents all 3 methods for convenient short-cut access.
  • Fixed problem using comma as decimal separator, for regions such as Italy and Germany. Several fields on parameter palettes and a few on the Graphic Details inspector were not displaying and accepting this alternate decimal delimiter. This is a new issue with Mavericks. All numeric input and display fields have now been tested and confirmed for correct operation using both decimal and comma as the decimal delimiter.
  • Fixed possible problem with default settings for paragraph alignment and the text flow-around setting. Portions of the logic for setting and using the default setting for these parameters was faulty. All is now correct. The Paragraph Form parameter palette now defines and manages these values and their default settings in the normal fashion using the Current and Default buttons. The palette was upgraded to show Flow Around setting on the Alignment popup menu with the flow-around icon as an added visual clue in the popup menu. If you have experienced trouble with the default setting for Flow Around: after installing the upgrade go to the Paragraph palette, hold down command key, move mouse over the Default button, when you see the button change to Factory, click the button, this will clear out the troublesome setting. If the default for Text was set to Flow-Around, then SVG and DXF import and PDF ungroup could have poor results importing text, this potential problem is now handled properly.
  • Corrected problem with Zoom Calibrate and the new Zoom Interactive tool when used on a custom User Tools palette. These two tools (only these two), which were recently added to the Zoom Tools palette, would not work from a custom tools palette. They now work properly on a User Tools palette. The Zoom tools were not enabling properly, on a User Tools palette, immediately after launch and immediately after switching from another App back to EazyDraw. They now properly enable.
  • Fixed problem with the Angle Dimension control knob for clockwise and counter clockwise setting. This was broken with EazyDraw 6, it is now fixed and again works .
  • Fixed problem using trackpad gestures to rotate a fixed angle graphic (such as a rectangle or oval). EazyDraw would perform the necessary conversion to a rotatable graphic but then would repeatedly make the default bell sound. The rotation would proceed with the next gesture. Now all proceeds smoothly with no annoying bell sounds.
  • Fixed the Dash 7 Toolbar button (found on the Customize sheet for the main drawing window toolbar). This button provides the Short Dash Pattern. The button was not working, problem introduced with EazyDraw version 6. The problem is fixed, the button works again.
  • Fixed problem dragging pattern colors onto the EazyDraw Pattern palette's working area. This was actually always unreliable, but became more so on Mavericks. The problem is now fixed.
  • Corrected problem reducing the width of a text box. If the first line of the text was a "white space" (a newline for example) it was not possible to interactively reduce the width of the text box. This is fixed.
  • Corrected problem with the new Brush tool (the one next to the Pencil tool on the main tool palette). If the tool was used to draw a new curve on an empty drawing and if the next user action was an Undo, EazyDraw would crash. This is now fixed.
  • Corrected problem rotating groups that contained an Arc or Pie shape. The problem was introduce with version 6.
  • Removed the window shade control from the Brushes panel. This panel supports full interactive resizing and should not have the window shade control. This control icon was visible and active, clicking on it caused the size of the panel to become corrupt. The corrupt state would require a quit and restart of EazyDraw. Don't experiment before updating. The update of EazyDraw should be done with the panel at full size (window shade not active).
  • Updated and improved the tool tips on the Font Map panel. The English and other translations had many of the tool tips in Spanish. All localizations are now correct and the tool tips reflect the recent improvements and additions for Font mapping and character mapping support.
  • Added capability for mapping and import embedded glyph font sets in SVG drawings. There is now support for multiple font / glyph tables for fonts with the same names but different font face styles or weights. For example two embedded fonts one normal and one bold will now import correctly for both embedded and font mapped interpretation.
  • Added a factory Hatch for Concrete. The new hatch will appear for new users (new installations). This will not appear in the menu on the Hatch panel for users that are updating. The named Hatches file in the Applications Support folder needs to be removed for this to rebuild at this time. Caution, removing the file will erase any user built and named hatches.
  • Corrected issues relating to a few of the Stellate graphics. These issues were introduced with EazyDraw version 6 and Mavericks. Two stellates were not drawn correctly, a few had problems with interactive adjustments. All stellates have been fully tested and are now working correctly with EazyDraw version 6.
  • Corrected issues with Label and tick mark text. Interactive adjustment of the tick mark length was not tracking properly. This was introduced with EazyDraw 6.
  • Corrected Label Text to properly utilize the correct decimal delimiter for international regions. Label text was always using a decimal point. Now the Region setting in System Preferences properly determines the decimal delimiter. This was a new problem with Mavericks. It now works correctly on both Mountain Lion and Mavericks.
  • Fixed possible crash. Related to use of Tape Tool, closing an un-edited drawing, then continuing work on another drawing. Problem not present on OS X 10.8, but found to be present on OS X 10.9, versions 10.9.1 and 10.9.2. Situation is now stable and correct for all versions of OS X.
  • Improved logic relating to including and excluding Report Dimensions when forming a group. Applies to Report Dimensions, Center Dimension, and Diameter Dimensions. These were forced to be excluded from groups in some situations. All is correct now.
  • Several improvements for SVG import relating to text spans and white space handling with text spans.
  • Embedded fonts, corrected problem interpreting embedded fonts for longer strings.
  • Fixed several minor issues with font mapping. The Font Maps panel is now more user friendly. If an import is performed with the Font Map panel open, after the import a drop down sheet appears with information about fonts and embedded glyphs found in the SVG drawing. The drop down sheet will indicate how each was handled. In many cases where an SVG is coming from a non-Mac system it is advisable to perform a trial import, review the information, set font mapping accordingly then import again.
  • Added ability to define a preference for use of embedded fonts. The Font Map panel now has that parameter always enabled, if no specific font is named the checkbox applies to a persistent (across quit and relaunch of EazyDraw) preference to use embedded fonts if they are included in a SVG file. Not all SVG files have embedded fonts. Use of embedded fonts more faithfully reproduce the exact text, but the text is imported as Bezier paths and is not editable as text. The factory default is to attempt to locate an installed system font and avoid use of embedded fonts.
  • Fixed an issue importing SVG Markers (called Arrows in EazyDraw). The default setting for Relief or Offset was applied. This behavior was not correct, the import must always use the Offset choice. The setting may be changed after the import but SVG definitions follow the Offset method not Relief. Arrows now import correctly.
  • Fixed issues related to importing SVG dashed lines. Certain style arrangements would cause EazyDraw to fail to apply the line dashing. All is correct now.
  • Correct issues related to importing SVG ellipse arcs. A bug was introduced with EazyDraw 6 and clockwise vs counter clockwise was reversed in some cases. All is fixed now.
  • Fixed problem ungrouping PDF. Rare configuration of the PDF content could cause some text to render as white text on white background, instead of black text. This is parsing error is now fixed.
Version 6.3.1:
  • Corrected issue that evolved on Mavericks. A new feature on Mavericks called Responsive Scrolling can cause large drawing overhead for drawing applications such as EazyDraw. This new feature may be helpful for simplistic applications that employ inefficient drawing algorithms. For EazyDraw the problem was only apparent for lager complex drawings, a certain level of drawing more...
Requirements
  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • OS X 10.8 or later





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Old_guy reviewed on 11 Oct 2013
Certainly not bad but compared to iDraw it lacks many drawing tools.
[Version 6.1.0]


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lemon-kun reviewed on 28 Oct 2012
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.
[Version 5.2.3]


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Macatak commented on 08 Oct 2012
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.
[Version 5.2.3]


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Nealnt reviewed on 30 Jul 2012
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.
[Version 5.1.0]

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Dalahast replied on 19 Oct 2012
Don't you mean 10.8? Mac OS 8 was released in 1997. >_>
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SparkyzFan reviewed on 11 Jul 2012
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.
[Version 4.3.0]

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Osos10 replied on 03 Apr 2013
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.
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helicos reviewed on 08 Apr 2012
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.
[Version 4.1.2]


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Osos10 commented on 12 Aug 2011
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.
[Version 4.1.0]


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Osos10 commented on 14 Jun 2011
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 ?
[Version 3.6.4]

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Geccoh replied on 26 Jun 2011
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.
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Macmaria replied on 02 Jul 2011
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."
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Good2Go reviewed on 22 Mar 2011
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!
[Version 3.6.2]


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Lee123 reviewed on 18 Feb 2011
This is a very powerful program capable of doing a wide variety of drawing tasks. I use it for scale drawings of a technical nature. These drawings must be easily and accurately dimensioned and EazyDraw makes this a breeze. You cant even find another app that will do this kind of drawing, thank you EazyDraw. It this respect it is like a mini cad type application. You can even save drawing environments as a template, which is a real time saver if you work in a couple of different scales or project parameters. On top of all that capacity it also has all the graphic illustration type drawing capabilities. I have also used this program to make small detailed illustrations for print. It has a bunch of cool effects and can make any logo, graphics, icon, tee shirt, tattoo type illustration you could want. This is best in class as far as I have experienced. Thats the good stuff, now there are a few other things about the software. The settings and functions of the tools are a little overwhelming. It does seem like there could be improvements in the preferences area or maybe the help system could be better. There are some other quirks that will hopefully be worked on as well. I have never used macdraw but since this drawing software is a hybrid line/cad/illustration application I would guess that some expanded complexity is normal. This really is not a proper review as I have not used all the other software out there and my needs are narrowed by the dimensioning feature.
[Version 3.6.1]


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Macsavant1 rated on 01 Aug 2011

[Version 4.1.0]


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Date:14 Mar 2014
Platform:Intel 64 / OS X
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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. Import and ungroup for editing PDF and EPS. Import and export SVG and now DXF. Preview and publish to EPS and TIFF with RGB or CMYK process colors. Exchange scaled CAD drawings with DXF. Publish Web graphics. Create Mac, iPhone, and iPad app-development graphics and icons.


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