iDraw
iDraw 2.3.1
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Powerful vector drawing and illustration tool.   Commercial ($24.99)
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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
What's New
Version 2.3.1:
  • Import layered PSD files with vector paths and effects.
  • Shape layers are imported as editable vector paths.
  • Layer effects are imported as fully editable drop shadows, glows, etc.
  • Export designs as layered PSD files.
  • Per-document color profiles.
  • Assign and convert colors to a different profile (Modify > Color Settings…).
  • 8 new blend modes including Linear Burn, Linear Dodge, Vivid Light, Linear Light, Pin Light, Hard Mix, Subtract, Divide.
  • Existing blend modes (such as Color Dodge) have been improved to ensure they match the appearance of imported PSD files.
  • Significantly faster rendering of complex projects.
  • Multi-threaded drawing ensures lag-free scrolling and zooming.
  • Instantly mask effects and other fills by an image with transparency.
  • Toggle masking using the 'Set as transparency mask' setting in the Appearance pane.
  • Apply blend modes to individual shapes and groups.
  • Apply blend modes to strokes and fills in the Appearance Pane.
  • Set strokes to be positioned centered, inside, or outside of a path.
  • New 'Angle Gradient' setting in the Fill pane.
  • Toggle outline drawing (Modify > Color Settings…).
  • Hex value color picker in the color popup.
  • Import shape, highlight, and text annotations.
  • Improved support for embedded fonts.
  • Cut a path into multiple sections, at anchor points, or anywhere along its length.
  • Available from the Pen Tool's options, or activated directly using the 'c' keyboard shortcut.
  • 'Modify > Join Paths' can now combine multiple paths together at the same time.
  • Select several paths and choose 'Join Paths' to join all of paths together at their endpoints.
  • 'Modify > Connect Endpoints' links the nearest endpoints of each path with line segments.
  • The endpoints of multiple selected paths can be connected to create a single path.
  • Explode an entire path into separate disconnected segments. (Modify > Disconnect Path).
  • Reconnect a path after editing it using the 'Connect Path' or 'Join Path' commands.
  • The eraser tool can now be used to erase portions of images and gradient fills.
  • Boolean combinations can also now be used in the same way to trim images and gradient fills.
  • Converting text objects to editable paths now creates individual shapes for each glyph.
  • Image and gradient fills applied across a text object are accurately cropped to each shape.
  • Copy individual stroke, fill, shadow, glow, etc. items and paste them on other shapes.
  • Quickly re-use the same image and gradient fill settings among different shapes.
  • Right-click on an item in the 'Appearance: Effects' pane and choose 'Copy' / 'Paste'.
  • Zoom tool: click and drag to zoom in on a specific area.
  • SVG Export: added options for converting to sRGB and scaling embedded images.
  • PDF Import: improvements to text positioning and various other fixes.
  • Eraser tool: cut the paths of unfilled shapes.
  • Text tool: custom text kerning and line height fields.
  • Improved Gradient tool.
  • Significant performance improvements. Reduced memory usage, smaller file sizes,
Version 2.3.1:
  • Import layered PSD files with vector paths and effects.
  • Shape layers are imported as editable vector paths.
  • Layer effects are imported as fully editable drop shadows, glows, etc.
  • Export designs as layered PSD files.
  • Per-document color profiles.
  • Assign and convert colors to a different profile (Modify > Color Settings…).
  • 8 more...
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6 or later





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iDraw User Discussion (Write a Review)
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Pik80 reviewed on 18 Feb 2014
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.
[Version 2.3.1]


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Noivad reviewed on 07 Feb 2014
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.
[Version 2.3.1]

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Pik80 replied on 07 Feb 2014
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.
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Appledogx replied on 07 Feb 2014
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?
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Noivad replied on 07 Feb 2014
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.
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b77 replied on 08 Feb 2014
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.
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Gary_box reviewed on 21 Aug 2013
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
[Version 2.3.1]


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Fabio53 reviewed on 16 Aug 2013
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!
[Version 2.3.1]


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Revco commented on 12 Aug 2013
A demo version would be nice.
[Version 2.3.1]

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Prlab replied on 14 Aug 2013
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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Prlab replied on 12 Dec 2013
I bought it, as it does have CMYK. And it's great.
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Techboy reviewed on 18 Jul 2013
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.
[Version 2.3.b]

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Christa_1980 replied on 10 Aug 2013
Did you know Pixelmator has a hidden feature? I full vector based editor. :)
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Prlab replied on 14 Aug 2013
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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Drdul reviewed on 05 Jul 2013
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 Illustrator, but it does everything I need and can even open my old AI files. I have happily ditched my 6-year old version of Illustrator and switched to iDraw.
[Version 2.3.b]


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+108
Nick Collingridge commented on 27 Jun 2013
Looks great, but lack of DXF import unfortunately rules it out for me. I need to be able to import mapping data which is supplied as DXF.
[Version 2.2]


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+25

Stephan2nd reviewed on 25 May 2013
Beautiful vector drawing app at a fair price.
[Version 2.2]


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Bdkennedy1 commented on 08 May 2013
I was looking forward to trying this. Too bad. No trial version, no buy. Could have at least disabled Save and Paste like other demos.
[Version 2.2]

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b77 replied on 04 Jul 2013
There's a 2.3 public beta available now from http://www.indeeo.com/idraw/beta/
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NotUsed had trouble on 20 Apr 2012
Can't seem to find a demo. Users who shell out $25 without at least trying first are foolish.
[Version 2.0.4]



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STV70 rated on 19 Mar 2014

[Version 2.3.1]



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OsloX rated on 25 Nov 2013

[Version 2.3.1]



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Old_guy rated on 11 Oct 2013

[Version 2.3.1]



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Scotty_Beam_Me_Up_Again rated on 02 Sep 2013

[Version 2.3.1]



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Christa_1980 rated on 10 Aug 2013

[Version 2.3.1]



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MetroMrX rated on 02 Aug 2013

[Version 2.3.b]



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Maeric rated on 05 Jul 2013

[Version 2.3.b]



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SylvainLacroix rated on 25 Jun 2013

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Jason_Milles_76 rated on 03 Apr 2013

[Version 2.2]



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Haliomaster rated on 30 Mar 2013

[Version 2.2]


Downloads:32,185
Version Downloads:7,655
Type:Multimedia Design : Illustration
License:Commercial
Date:08 Aug 2013
Platform:Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $24.99
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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
  • Canvas scale, rulers, and units (mm, cm, inches)
  • Dimensioning
  • Layers, text, images, multi-color gradients, rgb color picker, brushes, bezier pen tool, customizable canvas templates, masking, PDF export, and much more!
Features:
  • Brush and pencil tools for fluid drawing and sketching
  • Essential set of shape creation tools
  • Multiple layers
  • Powerful pen tool for creating custom shapes
  • Pen tool multi-point selection and editing
  • Multi-color gradient editor
  • Text styling
  • Shadows
  • Images
  • Rotate, scale, with alpha transparency
  • Snap to grid
  • Canvas styles
  • Group / Lock / Lock aspect ratio
  • Export designs as vector-based PDF and SVG files


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