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EazyDraw Reviews9.7.2

01 October 2020

Vector-based drawing application.

3.5
Wanai
11 May 2019
Version: 9.3.2

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Downloaded, paid for upgrade to fully functional version. "Convert to vector graphic" and all other convert menus still disabled. Tried to restore purchases. App said, "EazyDraw is damaged, please redownload. All other functionality seemed fine.
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moniquehamerslag
10 July 2020
Version: 9.7.1
Really can't tell. Just paid to use the full version for a month. But I am still stuck with the Basic Level. And I can't seem to get my money back. So Eazydraw and/or the apple store wasted my money and time. Will have to look for an alternative now.
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3.5
Wanai
11 May 2019
Version: 9.3.2
Downloaded, paid for upgrade to fully functional version. "Convert to vector graphic" and all other convert menus still disabled. Tried to restore purchases. App said, "EazyDraw is damaged, please redownload. All other functionality seemed fine.
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5
Lee123
29 March 2018
Version: 8.7.0
This is one of the best and most thought out pieces of software that I have ever purchased. It has extensive help system and documentation is very good. It is the only one that can do scale and dimensions properly and is a real joy to use.
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5
Lectrohowie
21 July 2016
Version: 8.3.1
I've been using EazyDraw for many years for technical drawings. I'm not an artist and don't even attempt illustrations of any kind. But for what I do I find EazyDraw the best program out of the lot. I've tried all of them, mostly out of curiosity, but always come back to EazyDraw for my actual work. This consists of block diagrams and rack layouts for audio systems. The main thing I find is that although it took a little effort to master the drawing tools, they work reliably and the overall application is very solid. I've never suffered loss of data and I can’t even remember if it's ever actually crashed while I was working in it - and that's over many years of use. So I would recommend this highly to anyone who does technical type of drawing. I cannot comment though on how it would be for other types of use. I should also mention that the developer is extremely responsive and helpful. That's a huge plus in my book!
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Lightning
11 October 2015
Version: 8.1.0
WoW! Not a good policy having no discount price for those wanting to upgrade.
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Maclover1-1
19 August 2014
Version: 6.5.0
Let's party like it's 1999 !
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Tom-Fulery
16 June 2014
Version: 6.3.1
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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Old-Peter
11 October 2013
Version: 6.1.0
Certainly not bad but compared to iDraw it lacks many drawing tools.
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3.5
lemon-kun
29 October 2012
Version: 5.2.3
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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Macatak
08 October 2012
Version: 5.2.3
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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Nealnt
30 July 2012
Version: 5.1.0
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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4.5
SparkyzFan
11 July 2012
Version: 4.3.0
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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5
helicos
09 April 2012
Version: 4.1.2
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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ososX
12 August 2011
Version: 4.1.0
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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ososX
14 June 2011
Version: 3.6.4
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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Good2Go
23 March 2011
Version: 3.6.2
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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Lee123
18 February 2011
Version: 3.6.1
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.
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fran-6
16 December 2010
Version: 3.5.0
Is it a good replacement for LineForm ?
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Rodpaine
31 August 2009
Version: 3.2
AIKOUSHA has offered a concise review, from my perspective as a long time MacDraw (1985) user, in terms of what this application does and doesn't do, for those of us looking for a really good replacement product. Unfortunately, I have nothing better to suggest, I am just another MacDraw fan still looking for a MacDraw replacement, sans bells, whistles and other useless and file bloating "features". FWIW, -Rod
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Aikousha
18 August 2008
Version: 2.6
Tried this out for a bit while attempting to revive some old forms for new "legalese." However, it was much harder to use than going to an emulator, using MacDraw, dumping to .ps, and then printing using Preview. Though I am impressed with the flood of preferences, major portions of the programs' interface seriously need to be brought under mac-like standards, and severely tightened-up. I taught myself MacDraw in minutes, without a manual... I still, after nearly ten years can operate it without thinking... (and without having used it for nearly a decade). EazyDraw does not have that, and many interface layouts specifically make things harder. As an example, the foating toolbar is huge and ugly, it should resemble the old MacDraw palette, or the current adobe palettes... Rulers and Gridlines should be unobtrusive but are far from it, even when trying to use the prefs to make them that way (complete failure). Though I suspect there might be some "Claris" copyrights to be wary of, a program that is supposed to be the modern successor of ClarisDraw should really have all the best interface elements already built-in, and moreover, tweaked for the OSX generation. Sadly I didn't see ANY of that. I definitely want to keep this in mind for printing old documents without any roundabout tricks, but since it failed to recognize a typeface in an old document that's actually present (and replaced it with another), I really don't want to chance editing things that work fine in an emulator, in exchange for a document that is solely reliant on this software. Keep working on this, it definitely could be a worthy successor, but has far to go, IMHO.
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Herbert-Kroemer
14 May 2008
Version: 2.6
Does anybody have any experience with using EazyDraw to open Canvas files, both old Canvas 5.5 and Canvas X files?
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M-Rick
13 January 2008
Version: 2.5
Also it doesn't use the common shortcuts, but other ones, so need to forget habits when using it, it is slow and use a lot of memory.
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M-Rick
13 January 2008
Version: 2.5
I like the software, it has a lot of features, but i think the interface is really a bit messy and not convenient to use. The one of intaglio is better but the software as less features than EazyDraw.
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Lee123
04 January 2008
Version: 2.5
I have owned this product for a year now and am very satisfied. The program is excellent for small or medium technical drawings when you don't feel like firing up the big cad program. It does layers and visibility toggles in contrast to what was stated in the last review. It does have a few quirks but overall a solid product.
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Jwenrick
18 April 2007
Version: 2.3.1
Now, if you add layers, with visibility toggling and include a bunch of the capabilities of Canvas V3.5 I'd sure be interested, and a lot of other people would be also!
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Tim27
24 February 2007
Version: 2.1.3
This program seems to have a lot of potential. But I agree with other posters that the interface needs desperate organization. Too many palettes and no way to control them!
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Macmend-com
28 March 2006
Version: 1.9
this is a reasonable package, that at one stage I looked at because of its ability to open MacDraw and will still be useful under Intel Macs to open this kind of legacy product. However it is OVERPRICED, and for all it does its lay out and pallettes are overly complicated. And there are things it doesn't do easily..map drawing for example. Its layout also has a juvenile feel, so drawing pros object to using it on a cudos/aesthetics basis I beleive as others have said it could be a good product but needs a plugin API in order to get it going.
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Anonymous
12 August 2005
Version: 1.8.1
EazyDraw offers the advantages of Quartz yet reconciles the need for classic PICT for MS Word. Well done! Now if only you could bring order to the clutter of palettes.
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Anonymous
28 January 2005
Version: 1.7
I tried the demo version to see how well it could import my old MacdrawPro stuff, but it's limited to about 10 objects, so it displayed an error and gave up. Though it did display a couple items from my files, it wasn't enough to judge the quality of the import implementation. So then I tried going the other way, exporting their file to a PICT file and importing it into MacdrawPro. Unfortunately MacdrawPro could not read an EazyDraw PICT file at all, so something's not working right. Guess I'll try the $20 9 month rental and see what I think. By the way, buying a full license at this point would be a bad move since the license is restricted to OS 10.3 or earlier, so you would have to purchase it again if you upgrade to the Tiger OS.
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3.75
Dennis Stanley
14 January 2005
Version: 1.7
I am currently using EazyDraw 1.7.0 and find that the program, although very powerful, is somewhat difficult to master as it apparently assumes a degree of advanced graphic layout knowledge that not everyone possesses. It would be extremely helpful if there were a printable manual provided so that one could follow it while learning the program. Unfortunately the level of help provided, though very thorough, is a bit difficult to understand and going from the help screen back to the working program complicate the learning process. I truly believe that this program has the potential to revolutionize the Graphic program arena.
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Anonymous
22 December 2004
Version: 1.7
The last poster is being rather unfair re the gallery - I have Illustrator CS which I love but for the money and ease of use EazyDraw is a bargain - I use it a lot for little projects and look forward to seeing it develop.
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Anonymous
30 September 2004
Version: 1.6.4
ok, I own Illustrator and it's actually one of my fav program so... I'm biased and won't try comparing. Actually I didn't even try this one, but I'm always interested in checking out other/new stuff. The thing is, the developer's site "gallery" is a total joke and actually dissuaded me from downloading the trial. Anyone has stuff/links to actual examples of at least semiprofessional looking stuff made with eazydraw? Would like to check it out...
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Anonymous
30 September 2004
Version: 1.6.4
Is this Eazy Draw from the past times of ATARI? Loved it there...
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4.75
Danielb
27 August 2004
Version: 1.6.3
First real alternative to MacDraw Pro I have found in my ten year search. I have bought and tried many programs. EazyDraw has a great combination of features and ease of use. Providing all the tools I need to layout professional looking marketing materials and order forms for my photography business. The translators have allowed me to bring forward all my efforts and materials developed over the last 15 years. The improvements in the translator alone, from 1.6.2 to 1.6.3 were amazing ! Somebody is writing an excellent piece of software, and should know it is greatly appreciated.
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4.5
Novascotian
12 June 2004
Version: 1.6.2
Having tried out a lot of vector-based drawing programs, many of them very expensive, I have definitely settled on EazyDraw, and definitely got my money's worth. When I downloaded a trial version and had problems with it, I got near-instant responses from the developer. When I found bugs in an early version, I was thanked and they disappeared in later versions. When I needed a feature and couldn't figure it out, I was referred to the excellent help and the tutorials and found what I needed, or I was given explicit instructions. Very responsive. On the relatively small downside, this program has so many pallets that I can't imagine how I'd use it if I didn't have two displays. I don't close many pallets because you really do need them. Further, these pallets are not always accessed from the menu in which you might expect to find them so some hunting is inevitable. Leaving Help running is a must or you won't find anything. I'd really like a master pallet that held links to all the others in some intuitive layout, and this author could do it. Hope he does. Whether he does or not, I recommend this highly and rate Features at 4 only because EazyDraw doesn't do all the CAD tricks I wish it would; but then it is a fraction of the price of software that will.
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Anonymous
01 April 2004
Version: 1.6
The Developer is very nice, I have met him personally. -Owl
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Anonymous
10 September 2003
Version: 1.3
I've been using EazyDraw for some time now. It took me a while to find a replacement for Visio. At first I tried OmniGraffle which is usable, but really geared toward diagramming, rather than a true drawing program. When I found EazyDraw I immediately felt like I found my OS X drawing program! The developers have been outstanding in fixing bugs and adding requested features. I can't commend them enough.
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