Artboard
Artboard
2.2.3

3.4

Artboard free download for Mac

Artboard

2.2.3
19 August 2019

Simple and direct vector drawing software.

Overview

Artboard is a full-featured vector drawing application for new and experienced creatives to draw crisp vector graphics, scalable logos, sharp icons, and stunning layered illustrations. Templates help small businesses, students, hobbyist and 2D game designers get started on their projects quickly, such as making business cards, posters, pixel perfect icons, and right-sized social media graphics.

With its uncomplicated interface and familiar Mac feel, users spend more time creating and less time searching for elusive commands. Overflowing with new features and a tidy user interface, its speed and responsiveness are complemented by smart techniques for interacting with drawing objects.

Features:
  • At Your Fingertips Control - New tabbed interface puts what you need at your fingertips, no more digging through menus to find edit commands
  • More Powerful Styles Editor - Go way beyond simple stroke and fill styles of basic illustration software. Artboard's Styles Tab is used to create and edit expert "stacked" styles (including arrowed strokes, rough strokes, pattern brushes, gradients, image tile, patterned and hatched fills, and more)
  • Smart Shapes - The most advanced smart objects give complete control of shapes and paths
  • Single, Direct Select Tool - Add and remove points, simplify paths, rotate and resize shapes, edit objects through direct and numeric input, move center points, combine objects with Boolean operators, crop and clip photos, reset object's bounding box, and... much, much more
  • Time-Saving Workflows - Export your drawing, selected objects, individual layers, and/or "slices" of your drawing, at multiple resolutions and scales, supporting multiple Color Spaces. Print shrink-to-fit to a single page, and "poster-tiled" printing over multiple sheets of paper
  • Editable Clip Art and Styles - Includes over 1900 royalty-free fully editable clip art and graphic styles to customize, plus a Library to store your own
  • Import SVG - Open directly or import scalable vector graphics

What's new in Artboard

Version 2.2.3:
  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

9 Artboard Reviews

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Tom-Fulery
10 March 2014

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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
jehpo
16 November 2017
Waouh ! I bought Artboard 24 €, ok it was 5 years ago, and now I have to pay 44 € for version 2 !?!! It is really too much. For that price I have got affinity which is in a much higher category...
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Version 2.0.7
1 answer(s)
Mapdiva LLC
Mapdiva LLC
16 November 2017
Hi! Thanks for being a long-time Artboard user. Artboard 2 is a new product release and major upgrade from previous versions of Artboard. Existing users qualify for a 37.5% upgrade discount https://www.mapdiva.com/artboard/artb-news/2016-artboard-2-pricing/
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Melusina
10 August 2014
MacUpdate shows 1.9.1 as the most recent update while it's actually 1.9.4.
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Version 1.9.1
Tom-Fulery
10 March 2014
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
1 answer(s)
Javaman
Javaman
07 August 2014
@1goncat said: "...ArtBoard only outputs to bitmap files".

Just to clarify, the above statement is incorrect. One of the formats that Artboard exports to is PDF. PDF is THE graphic foundation that OS X is built upon and is fully "vectorized" (for lack of a better word). Most OS X programs can import PDF images and they remain as vector graphics. The better "draw" programs (Intaglio, etc.) can edit imported PDF graphics as well. Of course, Artboard supports the "clipboard" also for transferring its vector graphics to other applications.

I'm not, however, disagreeing with the author's larger point that Artboard does not meet his needs...
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David-Morrison
02 February 2013
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
4 answer(s)
Phillat5dock
Phillat5dock
15 June 2013
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. LibreOffice Hope this helps!
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arthurnaiman
arthurnaiman
12 August 2013
Good review! Thanks. I miss MacDraw too. Have you found a simple program like it that you like?
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David-Morrison
David-Morrison
13 August 2013
I eventually found iDraw which seems to do the things I want to do, but with a usable interface.
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arthurnaiman
arthurnaiman
13 August 2013
Thanks, David. That's where I was heading too.
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Big77
01 December 2012
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
15 September 2012
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
23 January 2012
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
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Rpmurray
Rpmurray
20 April 2012
Seems a bit odd for vector drawing software not to be able to open any other vector file format other than it's own.
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Big77
Big77
01 December 2012
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.
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Mookzmom
11 August 2011
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
08 July 2011
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
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Maclover1-1
Maclover1-1
08 July 2011
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..
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Psychiatry
Psychiatry
08 March 2014
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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info-4
info-4
18 August 2014
Hi there, While this is an old thread, we appreciate @Psychiatry's reply and @Maclover1.1's recognition that we proudly offer a free trial version on our website. The trial is not time limited, and the only feature limits are as noted regarding watermarked print and export. We want to make sure users can try Artboard to make sure it is right for them before their purchase. I also wanted to let readers know Artboard does import SVG vector drawing files (though did not in 2011!). We have an active forum for questions and support.

Thanks for your feedback,
Jill, Mapdiva LLC
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$39.99

3.4

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • OS X 10.9.0 or later
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