Best Mac Drawing Software!
“Artboard Mac drawing software offers ample features, tools and usability components to help you create any artwork you want for personal and professional purposes… Artboard scored well in all of our rating categories – Features, Tools, Usability and Help & Support – with the most overall offerings of any product on our list.
It’s the winner of our [2013 & 2014] TopTenREVIEWS Gold Award.”
The Apple Artist Artboard covers the basic vector drawing tools, but where it really shines is in the details… Very handy and intuitive. REVIEW: Artboard: Vector Drawing Software for Mac
Mac App Store Featured App!
I recommend this super application
Designed for the Designer!
This is what vector drawing should be. It’s simple to the point of not getting in the way of creativity but complex enough to compete with any vector package out there. The drag-n-drop libarary is beautifully done, the style objects (my name not the apps) are easily modifiable and path decorator allows the use of objects following paths IE: draw out a bicycle chain. More export features would be nice but for those Illustartor users complaining the PDF export maintains layers and shapes pretty nicely. This is a Fun Fun App!
An excellent companion to Pixelmator
As a long-time Illustrator user who can no longer justify the purchase price, Artboard is the perfect solution. more»
Like Pixelmator and Photoshop, it doesn’t do everything but it does what I need with minimum compromise.
The included clip-art is excellent – fresh and instantly adaptable. Its also works as a tutorial for some of Artboard’s advanced functions.
Wow. What an incredible value. I was looking for a vector drawing program to do a small, but fairly complex site plan with layers for differentiating services.
I’m not an artist or architect, nor have used anything more complicated than iPhoto.
I tried a couple of drawing program demos, but was very impressed with the easy learning curve of this program and the ability to do everything I needed with the provided tools. Other programs I tried were much more expensive, but more importantly to me, much more difficult to learn and use.
The developer’s website has a number of learning tutorials, a few of which I’ve viewed, and are very straight forward and easy to understand.
I’ve used a number of Mac vector drawing programs, and still haven’t found one that really stands out. Artboard may well be that program. more»
I’ve used a number of Mac vector drawing programs, and still haven’t found one that really stands out. Artboard may well be that program. I’ve used Mapdiva’s Ortelius and been impressed with the ease of use that it has. This has been brought to Artboard, along with a lot of additional work to make this a truly flexible program. It has a slightly different interface to many programs with its use of styles – which can take some getting used to. However, my early attempts to use it have shown that this has its own advantages. It handles lists and tables beautifully and generally feels very responsive and easy to use. I can generate the shapes I want quickly and easily, and the built in styles offer a wide variety of ways to jazz up drawings.
The program also makes a lot of typical tasks very easy – such as adding handles to a point on a bezier curve. Some of the clip art is very nice indeed, and items such as the “Shiny Buttons” lend themselves to some very attractive diagrams. I’d love to see some magnetic connectors to make laying out a diagram easier, but otherwise this is a very impressive version 1.
The best OSx vector app I have found so far.
Two minutes with the demo was enough to tell me I finally had a usable vector application on OSx without spending silly money. more»
While I agree the mixed clipart was abit weird at first, using a bit of common sense it easy to filter them according to type. (Would be better as button shorcuts or something though for the filtering insteadof the drop down.)
Aside from that I found it fairly intuative and surprisingly bug free unlike many other vector applications I have tried. Its not perfect and I will be contacting the developers with some suggestions I think would improve the interface and some ways of working and see how they respond.
If you are after a vector app download the demo from their web site as I did. Two minutes with the demo was enough to tell me I finally had a usable vector application on OSx without spending silly money.
Works Great with Bamboo Tablet
…Artboard got me up and running…more»I just got my Bamboo Tablet and am using it with Artboard. I needed this for my consulting biz, to give quick draw examples for my clients. I am a novice to PhotoShop ect… but Artboard got me up and running, and doing what I got it for.For $20 it’s a great tool for me, and their customer service/tech support has been great!
Overall very good program for basic vector artwork
Overall, strong v1.0 and well worth the $20 if you need a great basic vector-based illustration tool. This design veteran recommends Artboard.
OK, while Artboard by Mapdiva will not replace your copy of Adobe Illustrator, it is an extremely well-rounded and polished app capable of doing a lot of vector illustration tasks. I’ve been using Illustrator since it was called “Illustrator 88″ (spring of 1987 I think) and I’m always on the look-out for simple vector drawing programs that can be used by a wide range of user types. Acorn and Pixelmator fill the niche for bitmap eidting programs that can replace a lot of what Photoshop can do, and I’d argue that Artboard is capable of doing the same for vector work.
Pluses: Fast and responsive, no crashes or problems on any of the machines I’ve worked with it on (27″ i3 iMac, 15″ i7 MacBook Pro, the kid’s mini). Silky smooth in fact. Well-organized and simple UI. Great basic tools. Fast tools even with big pieces of art and numerous layers. Some cool styles and clip art. Ability to export work as PDF/JPG/TIFF/PNG. very simple to understand bezier curve tools and adjustments (especially for people who might not understand vector-vs-bitmap drawing). Support for both my Wacom tablets. Decent text tool. Great ability to customize toolbar with many features beginners will want to see/have handy.
(Minor) Issues: No way to separate/float the layers palette like the others; it remains attached to the drawing area (grrr). A few keyboard commands inconviently missing (alignment of objects, create new layer, move up and down through layers with keyboard, etc, but that may be my Illustrator background talking). I’d personally like the ability to save out as an EPS file with layers intact.
Overall, strong v1.0 and well worth the $20 if you need a great basic vector-based illustration tool. This design veteran recommendeds Artboard.
Beautifully and simply
In a certain way, the missing vector program for the Mac… (translated)
Sehr geradlinig, gut im Umgang und auch mit gutem Blick für Usability-Details. In gewisser Weise, das fehlende Vektor-Programm für den Mac, das ich schon seit lange Zeit Suche. Für diesen Preis auf jeden Fall unschlagbar.
Zwei kleine Sachen fehlen mir noch:
1. Laden / importieren von z.B. PDF/svg
2. Im “Layer-Browser” sollte man auch einzelne Objekte anwählen und ein/ausschalten können (derzeit nur mit ganzen Layern möglich).
Vielleicht kommen diese Features ja in späteren Updates noch. Ich würde mich freuen!
Quality ratio/prices excels
Sufficiently powerful and precise to meet my requirements and at the same time, sufficiently simple not to ask days/weeks of training… it is an excellent software which fulfills its mission perfectly. (translated) more»J’avais besoin d’un outil de dessin vectoriel simple. Artboard est ce qu’il me fallait… Suffisamment puissant et précis pour répondre à mes exigences et en même temps, suffisamment simple pour ne pas demander des jours/semaines d’apprentissage. A ce prix là, c’est un excellent logiciel qui remplit parfaitement sa mission.
Fantastic Effects Possible
Artboard – great program, simple operation and fantastic effects possible. (translated)
Beautiful program! (translated) Bellissimo programma!! mancan ancora alcune implementazione quali opacità layers e distorsione prospettica, ma è già ottimo così!!!
Adobe Illustrator watch out!
Artboard has powerful drawing features that match ones found in high-end vector drawing, CAD, and mapping applications. In fact, Artboard’s features are a subset of those found in the more expensive Ortelius software, that is used for professional mapping applications.
Artboard has the concept of layers that you can place objects on, order in different ways, and show and hide at will. Even the guides you snap to and the Grid (Graph Paper) are on their own separate layers.
A path style can be made up of an amazing array of strokes and fills that combine together to make up the final result. For example, do you want a line that is yellow in the middle, with a dashed center-line and two thick red borders on each side? no problem. The included library of clip art, styles, and templates by itself is worth the low price of this application (and it is a 5-computer license! thanks to the App Store policy). The interface is beautiful and uncluttered.
The same way I now use Pixelmator more frequently than Photoshop for simpler tasks. I expect to use Artboard for line drawings far more frequently than Illustrator.
Artboard is a simple, elegant, and powerful drawing application. I highly recommend it.
Wonderfully versatile app… a user interface that I am sure most Mac users will find easy, I have to say that ARTBOARD, to me, is bordering on fantastic!
The help pages are clear and easy to understand.
This app draws out my creativity like no other: I have Vector Designer, Pixelmator, and Image Well. I must say that after using ARTBOARD for just one hour, I have created more, and gained more personal satisfaction with the results than ever before.
The clipart library that is included with this app is extensive and well organised.
Having some experience with the other apps mentioned above, it is fair to say that ARTBOARD shares some of the best features of those apps. Add to that a great choice of templates, a large range of clipart, and a user interface that I am sure most Mac users will find easy, I have to say that ARTBOARD, to me, is bordering on fantastic!
We Love Mac (France) “MapDiva lance un logiciel de dessin vectoriel grand public à 15,99€”
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