iDraw 2.5

Is this app a gen­uine al­ter­na­tive to Illustrator?

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With vec­tor-drawing apps it’s easy to fo­cus on how they’re not like Illustrator and miss out on the pos­i­tives. With a new, sim­ple fullscreen de­sign iDraw 2.5 of­fers a less-clut­tered ap­proach than pre­vi­ous in­car­na­tions.

New for this ver­sion in­cludes CMYK work­flow, pat­tern fills, blur­ring ef­fects and clip­ping paths, which may seem old hat, but helps the pro­gram be­come more than just an­other Illustrator wannabe.

The real plus point is the com­pat­i­bil­ity be­tween its desk­top and tablet apps. Us­ing Ap­ple’s Han­dover func­tion­al­ity, iPad de­signs can be con­tin­ued on a Mac ef­fort­lessly, with na­tive files saved and synced via Drop­box or iCloud Drive (with layer ef­fects and paths).

As a stand­alone iPad app, iDraw feels the clos­est to a tra­di­tional desk­top vec­tor app, un­like say Adobe Draw, and as such it’s much more familiar and in­tu­itive to use, es­pe­cially be­cause it’s al­most iden­ti­cal to the desk­top ver­sion. Granted, both ver­sions lack some of the fi­nesse fea­tures of Adobe’s apps, but when used to­gether they are a gen­uinely use­ful al­ter­na­tive.

iPad art­work can be synced via iCloud Drive or Drop­box, or ex­ported as lay­ered PSDs or SVGs.

Familiar vec­tor app fea­tures are lo­cated in the menu at the top of the screen rather than as part of the tool or a key­board short­cut.

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