Bez

Magic touch This free vec­tor draw­ing app is sur­pris­ingly ca­pa­ble

ImagineFX: Sci-fi & Fantasy Art magazine - - Reviews -

Price Free

Com­pany Juicy Bits

Web www.juicy­bitssoft­ware.com

A vec­tor draw­ing app from in­die de­vel­oper Juicy Bits, Bez takes its name from Bézier Curves. While it’ll work on any iPad run­ning iOS9+, it’s iPad Pro own­ers that Juicy Bits has in its sights, and so Bez of­fers full sup­port for Slide Over, Split View, the Smart Key­board and the Ap­ple Pen­cil.

We tested it on the iPad Pro and found it fast and smooth. Bez’s menus are well-thought out and in­tu­itive, and it was easy to get started. The soft­ware was very re­spon­sive to our fin­gers, and flew with the Ap­ple Pen­cil. We were also im­pressed with the 4,096 per cent zoom; ac­cess to un­lim­ited lay­ers; and the full undo/redo func­tion­al­ity.

In short, all the tools you’d ex­pect from a pro-level vec­tor ed­i­tor are here, with the ex­cep­tion of be­ing able to set a text size. In gen­eral, though, Bez is up there with the best iPad vec­tor draw­ing apps around.

Okay, so you do need to pay a sin­gle in-app pur­chase of £5.99 to un­lock four ad­di­tional fea­tures, most im­por­tantly high-qual­ity out­put to PNG and SVG, and the abil­ity to im­port and ex­port doc­u­ments. But there’s plenty you can achieve in the free ver­sion of this im­pres­sive app.

It didn’t take us long to get used to Bez’s menus, which are well de­signed and in­tu­itive. OS ON LY

You’ll need to un­lock the app to send your art­work to ser­vices like iCloud and Drop­box.

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