Graphics & Design
OS X 10.6 or later
Age Rating: 4+
Artists seeking a full-featured vector graphics app at a pint-sized price should take iDraw 2.2 for a spin. Though it can’t match all of Adobe Illustrator’s features, it packs surprising horsepower, yet costs less than most rivals.
iDraw’s crowded but coherent interface offers vector basics – text, lines, shapes, curves – alongside many fancier features. I was impressed by its ability to turn freehand pencil lines or brush strokes into editable paths; its Photoshop-like layers, complete with opacity; and its variety of drop shadows and other effects.
Version 2.2 now supports Retina displays and iCloud. You can also now create Photoshop-style guide lines to help keep your artwork in the proper proportions. A thorough, appealing PDF help manual walks you through all the program’s features in plain English.
While iDraw can import EPS and Illustrator files, it can only export to SVG (plus non-vector formats). Nonetheless, iDraw’s a great app at a very fair price.
by Nathan Alderman, Macworld