If you’re a working graphics pro, you can probably justify paying the stiff monthly rental fee to use Adobe’s Creative Cloud, including the paradigm-setting vector drawing app. Adobe Illustrator. If you’re not a pro, you might find that iDraw, a richly-features vector design and illustration application, available for Mac OS X and iPad, will meet your needs at a purchase price of half the rental fee for a month’s use of Creative Cloud. iDraw lets you easily share designs between Mac and iPad. Import and export vector PDF and SVG documents, creating a simple workflow with other applications.
iDraw is a powerful feature-packed vector design and illustration application, available for Mac OS X and iPad that lets you easily share designs between Mac and iPad. Import and export vector PDF and SVG documents, creating a simple workflow with other applications.
Features in iDraw 2.3:
Apply drop shadows, inner shadows, inner and outer glows to shapes.
Add multiple strokes, fills, and effects to a single object.
Arrange the order of fills, strokes, and effects using drag and drop.
PDF / EPS Import
Import PDF and EPS files as editable vector objects.
Import designs from other vector illustration applications.
Paste vector objects directly from Adobe Illustrator.
Core Text Editing
Multi-style text boxes with line height and text kerning options.
Text along a path. Bind text objects to follow any path.
In-place editing of transformed text. Smart text box resizing.
In-Place Color Picker
New in-place popup color picker for faster editing workflows.
Spacious pixel-preview eyedropper tool for easily finding the right color.
‘Copy Style’ / ‘Paste Style’ menu options for sharing styles among objects.
iDraw 2.3 features a beautiful updated interface that looks gorgeous on the Retina display of the new MacBook Pro.
iCloud Sync (New)
Store your iDraw documents in iCloud, and keep them up to date across all of your devices. Easily share designs between the Mac and iPad versions of iDraw.
Share your designs with others easily using the new built-in sharing features in Mountain Lion. Share designs on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, etc.
Smart Guides (New)
Smart guides allow you to quickly and easily align multiple objects. Draggable alignment guides and ‘Snap to Point’ also help you create pixel-perfect designs.
iDraw takes advantage of the latest features in OS X Mountain Lion, and also runs great on Lion and Snow Leopard.
The built-in Quick Look plugin allows you to quickly preview your iDraw documents directly in the Finder.
Optimizations have been made throughout the application. Faster drawing, faster editing, faster importing… simply work faster.
iDraw autosaves documents at regular intervals to keep your work safe.
Grid and Rulers
Built-in canvas style templates, with fully customizable grid and margins.
Sleek animated rulers with units in pixels, inches, mm, and cm.
Precise editing and placement with ‘Snap To Grid’.
Group and Align
Create intricate objects consisting of multiple shapes using groups.
Group objects together to keep complex designs easily manageable.
Alignment tools for fast, easy arrangements and layouts.
Multi-color linear and radial gradients.
Use transparent colors in gradients to create a variety of effects.
Easily edit, save, and re-use gradients using the gradient editor.
Colors and Styles
Choose colors using the popup RGB, CMYK, HSB sliders or color palette.
Save frequently used colors to the color palette and reuse them easily.
Save the appearance settings of an object as a ‘Style’ to reuse later.
Easily create large projects using multiple layers.
Use layers to annotate and draw over images and designs.
Create new layers, change their order, merge, and delete them easily in the Layers list.
Dimensioning and Labels
Add dimension lines to technical designs.
Auto-filled labels for length, width, height, and area.
Set text labels to any path object.
Text with Style
Text with font style, size, and alignment settings.
Add text annotations and multi-line text blocks to designs.
Fill text with gradients and images.
Convert text to editable paths that can be streteched or modified with the pen tool.
Powerful bezier pen tool for editing points, curves, and lines.
Create shapes with custom paths, or modify the paths of existing shapes.
Multi-point selection: select and edit multiple path points at once.
Versatile set of customizable shape drawing tools.
Create lines, arcs, rounded rects, ellipses, stars, polygons, etc.
Geometry settings pane for precise numeric editing.
Quickly create diverse shapes by combining multiple shapes together to form new ones.
Union, Subtract, Intersect, Exclude and Divide paths.
Photos and Images
Import JPEG, PNG, TIFF, GIF and other image files.
Set an image as a canvas background to trace, annotate, or draw over the image.
Images can be used as fills for shapes or text.
Fluid vector calligraphic brush and pencil tools.
Create custom brushes by modifying brush diameter, angle, and shape.
Brush strokes remain fully editable even after they’re drawn.
Included sample libraries for Floor Plans, iPhone App Mockups, and Symbols.
Create your own libraries with custom shapes.
Quickly create designs by organizing and reusing sets of related shapes.
Export and Share
Export designs as PDF or SVG files, which can be imported and edited in other illustration applications.
Import vector PDF and SVG files created by other vector illustration applications.
Save designs as JPEG, PNG, TIFF, or GIF images.
iDraw is available on the Mac App Store for $24.99.
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