Professional designers, illustrators, and graphics pros live, eat, breathe, and sleep in Photoshop and Illustrator, both of which are complicated, complex apps with a price tag to match the tools and Adobe’s pride.
What if all you really want to do is simple drawing, or get started in design on your Mac? Save your money and use iDraw, the vector drawing and illustration tool you can afford and learn.
The effort to learn a vector drawing tool comes with a price. You’ll pay hundreds of dollars and hundreds of hours to overcome the Illustrator learning curve. Or, you can try iDraw to learn how vector tools work, and save a bundle in time and money.
I wouldn’t go so far as to call iDraw Illustrator Lite, but you get the idea. The tools are familiar all the way down to charcoal-colored floating palettes.
iDraw imports and exports standard graphic files, comes with a shape and a style library, and has scales, rulers, and units.
Shapes and lines snap to the grid. Objects can be grouped and locked, and resized, including a locked aspect ratio.
iDraw is loaded with standard Mac text tools, text styling and shadows, color gradient, and every object is a layer, which makes repositioning and redesigning easy.
I learned Illustrator many years ago while studying new media in college. My real world job doesn’t give me the day-to-day usage to keep up with advancements, so I’ve added iDraw (and Pixelmator) to my home stable of Adobe-like tools I can afford.