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iDraw for Mac review

Powerful, affordable and easy to use – iDraw is the vector drawing app for everyone

There has been a big trend in the last few years of developers
creating apps for the Mac that offer similar features to the big hitters for a smaller price tag and with a better interface.
We’re talking about Pages compared to Microsoft Word, Pixelmator compared to Photoshop and now iDraw for Adobe’s Illustrator.Main
As you might have guessed, iDraw focuses on vector drawing – that is, shapes that can be edited at any time, and that will look great even if enlarged by 1000%. The app focuses on making these shapes easy to create, with a user interface that’s designed specifically for Mac. It uses a design similar to that of Pixelmator, and it works nicely; everything is clear and it looks great. You won’t be mistaking this for an Apple-designed app, but it will still sit beautifully alongside your other Mac apps.
Tabbed documents make it easy to switch between open files, and the control panels give you quick access to useful controls that adapt depending on the object you have selected. We were especially impressed by the app’s user guide, which gives a comprehensive explanation of every feature of the app. It’s a great tool for beginners, but even those who have used similar apps for some time will likely find something useful in it.
Coming from a Pixelmator background it took us a little while to get used to some of the controls in iDraw, but as we adapted we were more and more impressed.

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The brush options were especially pleasing; you can create your own brushes and edit their size, shape and angle before using them on your creation. Every item that you add to your document, whether it’s a preset shape, brush stroke or letter added using the Text controls, is a completely editable vector shape that can be changed however you like. And everything is really simple – you can create great designs in just a few minutes. The built-in shapes were especially welcome; in a click you can get all kinds of items on your documents.
For design professionals, iDraw is never going to replace Illustrator’s power features, but it might just act as a ‘first draft’ app for getting started on a project. For everyone else, though, it offers plenty of tools and features, and the price is an absolute steal.