Win­ning vec­tor graph­ics or just an­other bit of bud­get pixel paint­ing?

Mac Format - - RATED | MAC APPS -

£7.99 De­vel­oper Zhang Guangjian,

Re­quires OS X 10.10 or higher

Not ev­ery­one has the bud­get for Adobe Illustrator, so what cheaper op­tions are out there? Well, there’s InkDraw, a fairly new kid on the block that its devs call “a pow­er­ful vec­tor graph­ics edi­tor”. We were in­trigued – can you re­ally get an Illustrator al­ter­na­tive for un­der a ten­ner?

Af­ter load­ing the app we were struck by how sim­ple the in­ter­face looks. It ap­pears, per­haps, a lit­tle spar­tan and is def­i­nitely an app for begin­ners, with the vec­tor tools mainly sit­u­ated on the left in a sim­i­lar, sim­pler style to the big boys in the mar­ket. Not a promis­ing start, by all ac­counts.

That said, ev­ery­thing seems fairly well laid out and easy to get to grips with. You get some ba­sic shapes like stars, cir­cles and squares, along with a pen tool; we were im­pressed you were able to stroke the vec­tors and even cre­ate dot­ted lines along the shapes or paths. You can also use th­ese shapes to cut one away from the other or com­bine them.

Yet it soon be­comes clear InkDraw is lack­ing the depth of other vec­tor ri­vals. There do also seem to be bugs aplenty. At times it’s fid­dly to use and has a knack of al­low­ing you to zoom into a se­lected area, then fail to dis­play any­thing. Rather more wor­ry­ingly, the app can some­times get over­loaded and crash if deal­ing with more than just a hand­ful of on-screen el­e­ments. Ul­ti­mately, this is a cheap prod­uct and it’s clear to see why. Adobe Illustrator has noth­ing to fear. James Robin­son

Ba­sic vec­tor soft­ware not with­out bugs. It seems to strug­gle with any­thing too de­mand­ing.

InkDraw has a va­ri­ety of tools such as gra­di­ents, strokes and shapes.

Cheap price

Easy to learn

Quite buggy

Pretty ba­sic

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