Artboard 1.8.1 Released

Mapdiva today announces the release of Artboard 1.8.1, , the simple, powerful, fun vector drawing software for Mac OS X. Artboard 1.8.1 is a general update recommended for all users.

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Mapdiva Announces Artboard 1.8

Mapdiva LLC today is pleased to announce an important update to Artboard, the simple, powerful, fun vector drawing software for Mac OS X. Artboard 1.8 is enhanced for the MacBook Pro with Retina-display. The update introduces social sharing of drawings, new power-features, and enhanced performance. Artboard 1.8 is a general update recommended for all users. Read more

Artboard 1.7 Promotes “Shared” Styles as Power Feature

Shared styles are truly powerful, but we realize not everyone is comfortable with using them. So, how do we simplify the workflow while still letting power-users take advantage of shared styles? We make shared styles even more powerful… by putting YOU in control of when to use them.

Style sharing is still available, but is now disabled by default. This has a profound effect on workflow: every object you draw will automatically have its own copy of the style in use, so it can be freely changed and modified without affecting any other object. Shared styles can be re-enabled in the user Preferences.

When shared styles are enabled, advanced users can take advantage of styles that cascade across objects. Create three objects in a row, and they will share the same style; adjust the style and the change will automatically cascade across all three. In this way, changes to styles across multiple objects can be made very quickly and efficiently. You can break the style link between successive objects by clicking “Reset” to reset to the default style, or “Clone” to create a new style based on the one currently in use.

To enable shared styles, go to Artboard > Preferences… Edit tab and check the box to “Enable shared styles.” Optionally, check “Styles are sharable by default” to have new styles that you create automatically have the shared setting active (this was the default behavior of Artboard 1.0-1.6). If you’ve used Artboard version 1.6 or prior and have existing styles that you want to continue to be shared, activate this setting in the Artboard Preferences pane.

Artboard 1.7 Redesigned Workflow

Artboard 1.7 introduces a redesigned workflow for drawing. Simply pick a tool, choose a style from the Styles & Clip Art palette or create your own, and draw. Artboard 1.7 makes it even easier to effortlessly change a style’s properties and continue drawing.  Read more

Mapdiva Announces Artboard 1.7

Mapdiva LLC today is pleased to announce a major update to Artboard, the simple, powerful, fun vector drawing software for Mac OS X. Artboard 1.7 is enhanced for the MacBook Pro with Retina-display. The update introduces a redesigned workflow for drawing. Read more

Mapdiva Releases Artboard 1.6 – Optimized for OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion

Mapdiva today announces Artboard 1.6, a major update to their powerful vector drawing software for Mac OS X. Artboard makes it easy to design logos, posters, technical drawings and more. Artboard includes over 1700 awesome styles and fully editable clip art, including shapes, shiny buttons, maps, people factory, and home planning; plus a Library to store your own. Version 1.6, optimized for OS Mountain Lion, adds Retina-display support, many new features, and important usability enhancements. Read more

Artboard 1.6 Release Notes

A major update recommended for all Artboard users. Release date: September 10, 2012
New Features & Enhancements
  • Added support for “retina” displays – all artwork is now either resolution independent or includes @2x versions.
  • Added support for application sandboxing where required (Mac App Store version only).
  • Added support for trackpad gestures for zooming and two-finger double-tap “smart” zooming. Supports laptop trackpads and “Magic Trackpad”.
  • Support for Isometric grids added. The user can choose between Cartesian and Isometric grid in the Graph Paper settings.
  • Added basic Isometric starter shapes to the built-in clip-art collection (in category ‘Shapes > Isometric Elements’). These objects are correctly proportioned for standard Isometric drawing.
  • Export now features an arbitrary scaling factor for raster images. This allows any desired resolution or image size to be exported.
  • Boolean operations now use a new algorithm which preserves original bezier path elements instead of reducing them to flattened paths.
  • Boolean operations Intersection and Difference can now operate on any number of paths at a time, not just two.
  • Boolean operations are now much smarter and perform appropriate individual conversions or other operations as necessary on a per-object basis.
  • Images and Groups can now accept a clipping path that is not required to be fully aligned to the bounding box. In conjunction with Boolean operations such as ‘Intersection’ this enables powerful new clipping effects.
  • Added ‘Hide’ and ‘Show All’ items to the Graphic menu for hiding and showing objects.
  • Added ‘Duplicate’ command to the Layer menu which duplicates the selected layer and all of its content.
  • Added ‘Isolate Shared Style’ menu command as part of a number of workflow improvements for working with shared and unshared styles.
  • Image shapes now support direct cropping and scaling. Double-click an image to enter edit mode where the image can be directly dragged to crop it, and where there is a direct scaling control. Resizing the image frame in this mode operates to crop the image rather than resize it. In this mode, the excluded part of a cropped image is visible in a partially transparent area outside the image frame which has a special yellow/black dashed highlight.
  • The Image Kit image editor panel is now supported for image shape editing. This is shown in the above “edit” mode, e.g. when ‘Edit Image’ is chosen in the menu or the image object is double-clicked.
  • Direct controls in objects such as round-rect corner radius and image scale are now rendered using a new control handle style which looks nicer, is clearer in function and is easier to use.
  • Rotation knob handles adopt a similar appearance to the new direct control knob.
  • Dragging the handles of shapes now shows an appropriate cursor.
  • All colour wells in the Style Inspector now implement the convenient drop-down menu behaviour as well as interacting with the Color Panel, similar to the items in the Format Bar.
  • Dragging the “rotation centre” target of shapes will now snap to the centre of the shape unless the shift key (constraint) is pressed.
  • Double-clicking the “rotation knob” of a shape now resets the object’s angle to zero if it’s not already zero.
  • The user can now set a preference to enable and disable ‘Snap To Graph Paper’ automatically when the grid becomes visible or is hidden.
  • Contextual menu in Layers sidebar is now much better – the actual row clicked provides the context and the menu is worded appropriately for various actions. You can now access the graph paper and drawing settings from here, as well as use a right-click in the general layers area to create a Layer group.
  • Ad-hoc styles are automatically allocated a name (“untitled style n”, where n is incremented each time a new style is needed) instead of having no name, making it easier to see when a style has been cloned. In addition, it is no longer necessary to name an ad-hoc style before it can be added to a collection.
  • Added preference for “Styles sharable by default”. This, in conjunction with changes to style naming for copied objects allows a “one style per object” approach to be taken if users prefer it.
  • Save dialog for saving templates revised for sandboxing and to more elegantly prevent the user from navigating outside of the designated area.
  • ‘Cut Path’ tool now operates on Arcs and Wedges in a sensible manner by dividing the shape into two parts sharing a common centre point and radius.
  • Bezier and Irregular Polygon paths will end when the user clicks outside the drawing canvas area. This is in addition to all the other ways you can end the path creation mode.
  • Added preference to disable import of SVG “filter” elements. When used indiscriminately, these filters drag performance down dramatically, even when they contribute no visible effect.
  • Image Browser and Template Browser now include a search field to filter the selected folder by name.
  • Added source viewer for SVG images in Image Browser (right click on selected svg image > View Source). This is intended for checking SVG source, not editing it. Text can be copied and pasted from here however.
  • New folder watcher based on FSEvents allows image and template browsers to update when the folder on disk is updated externally. This replaces the buggy kqueue()-based functionality removed in 1.5
  • Added ability to directly unlock the trial version by purchasing a license key as an alternative to the Mac App Store. Such an unlocked version uses an alternative update channel but is otherwise identical.
Other Changes
  • Menu keyboard equivalents rationalised for Boolean ops so that shift-command-D is now “Difference” (q.v. Union and Intersection) and Polar and Linear Duplicate no longer have keyboard equivalents.
  • Menu wording for “Paste Path On Object” made consistent between Edit main menu and contextual menu. When selected object is an image, menu wording is “Paste Image Clipping Path”; for a group, “Paste Group Clipping Path”, for text “Paste Text Clipping Path”.
  • General improvements and simplification to overall menu layout, and full consistency between a menu’s text and what appears as an ‘Undo’ command.
  • General improvements to the overall appearance of the UI in numerous places.
  • Path objects now return their geometric mid-point as their “location” instead of their top, left point. This means that image and other adornments are aligned relative to the mid-point of the object which is a more useful and expected result.
  • On Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8), the main window background now uses a grey linen texture.
  • Image Shapes no longer incorrectly allow the “Reset Bounding Box” operation which sometimes ended up skewing images.
  • Menu arrow shown in colour well buttons now draws in a contrasting colour when the displayed colour is dark.
  • Transparency gradient buffering for PDF export is now done using double resolution previously used (now 288dpi) to reduce pixelization with retina displays, etc. As before this is only done if absolutely necessary to work around lack of PDF support.
  • The ‘Layers’ toolbar item is replaced by a new ‘Sidebar’ item which more accurately reflects the function it performs, since the sidebar is no longer only used for layers. Similarly, the View > Show/Hide Layers menu item is now worded Show/Hide Sidebar.
  • Graph Paper layer can longer be made active. There is no sensible reason to activate it, and it is now excluded from the menu listing activatable layers.
  • Moved Undo preferences to ‘Advanced’ tab to make room for more Editing settings.
  • Default for image shape’s ‘image on top’ setting is now YES. In addition, this can be toggled from the contextual menu if a style is applied. The default (clear) style applied to images can no longer be copied as it has a special class within the app.
  • Auto-activation of layers with content selection is now a preferences setting rather than a menu item. This helps to make the general UI simpler.
Bug Fixes
  • A problem with compatibility with Mountain Lion when the Color Panel was hidden and a colour well was forcibly deactivated was fixed. The most noticeable effect of this bug was scrambled text when editing a text box.
  • Stroke widths in SVG files were not being scaled correctly when an overall scale transform was present.
  • Arcs, Wedges and Regular Polygons now correctly use the selection colour of the layer they belong to to draw their control handles.
  • Auto-closure of paths was previously inconsistent depending on how the path was ended.
  • Text On Paths are now never auto-closed.
  • Image Browser was throwing an exception when its contextual menu was shown.
  • SVG using css styles with multiple items in a “class” element is now processed correctly.
  • When a bad SVG file ends up generating a zero-sized thumbnail for the Image Browser, this now sets the “failed file” icon instead of waiting indefinitely for an image that will never arrive.
  • Certain pattern images were not being rendered to a bitmap (JPEG, PNG, TIFF) when exported due to the incorrect composition mode being used and the image having no alpha channel of its own. e.g. our built-in wood grain textures were not being rendered for Export.
  • The “transparent background” setting was being ignored for Export of “selection only” to PNG format. This acted as if it were always ON (transparent). Now if it is unchecked the paper colour is used.
  • Groups with a clipping path no longer end up “reverse clipped” in some cases after opening a file.
  • Drag and Drop of colours from the colour picker onto a group now works as for any other shape – the drag is received by all objects in the group as if they had been dragged to individually, and respond in the same way. The same convenience extends to text and images.
  • Occasional crash when browsing through the Library Manager under certain circumstances fixed.
  • All group items in Library Manager are now initially expanded because the change to the hidden show/hide button from the older turn-down triangle means you cannot tell that there is anything more to show at a glance.
  • Dragging the handles of a shape when it was very small and the zoom scale wasn’t very high would previously grab the origin target in preference to an edge handle. Now edge handles have a higher priority to avoid this problem.
  • Mis-clicking in the tools palette such that no button is hit (between buttons) no longer deselects the current tool.
  • Selecting “container” elements in the iPhoto section of Image Browser now amalgamates and displays images within that container, just as if it were a folder (such containers are not actually folders).
  • The iPhoto section of the Image Browser is included only if iPhoto has actually been run and created a database. Previously it would add the item if iPhoto were present on the user’s system even if it hadn’t created a database.
  • When hit-testing objects, the fill no longer returns a hit if it is merely disabled, rather than deleted from the style altogether. This gives a more intuitively correct behaviour when a fill is disabled from the Format Bar, etc.
  • Contextual menu items pertaining to path operations are no longer included when the object is a subclass, such as regular polygons, arcs, wedges, etc that have special behaviours. As before, these need to be converted to ordinary paths before applying these operations.
  • A problem with failure to update symbol libraries based on their internal version number was fixed. In addition the version number of the library is no longer incorrectly reset if it is greater than the class version number.
  • A problem correctly detecting a ‘hit’ on an object if its fill was inside a Core Image effect group was fixed
  • A problem where very similar images ended up as the same image was fixed

Artboard 1.5 Now Available

We’ve been quite busy lately.

Version 1.5 is now available as an update on the Mac App Store. It is a free update for existing Mac App Store users. The big news here is SVG support (read more about SVG support ); an enhancement to closed paths that treat the coincident end points and curve handles as a single point; and greatly improved performance on Pan and Zoom with shadows. Read more

Mapdiva Releases Artboard 1.4 Vector Graphics for OS X Lion

Artboard 1.4 is now available as an update on the Mac App Store. This is mostly a bug-fix release, with only a few user-visible changes. We’ve removed some unimportant preferences and changed a couple of the defaults as well. There are some new commands for collapsing and expanding handles on a path,
and some of the path commands were added to the contextual (right-click) menu. A new preference was added to allow you to have larger handles and controls on objects if you wish.

• Adds ability to directly collapse and expand handles on a path.
• Better precision in the mouse coordinates toolbar widget.
• Polar Duplicate calculates the angle needed for a circle for you.
• Tool keyboard shortcuts made case insensitive.
• Warning when using transparent colours in a gradient.
• Copy of objects made greatly more efficient, especially for large objects, or when the selection covers a large area of a drawing – no spinning pizza!
• Some unnecessary preferences were removed.
• Some defaults were changed. In particular, Lion features Autosave and Versions (which were present in 1.3, but OFF by default) are now ON by default. They may still be disabled if you dislike Lion’s document management.
• Changed the meaning of “hairline” width in the format bar – now 0.1pt, not 0pt.
• Added path commands to the contextual menu that appears when right-clicking on a path.
• Fixed bug with allowing locked objects to be moved to another layer.
• Fixed bug with display of radius and diameter dimension lines.
• Fixed bug with display of 0-width orthogonal lines.
• Fixed bug with dash patterns having all-zero values.
• Fixed bug with display of layers sidebar when resuming after quit.

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Artboard 1.3 is Now Available

Artboard 1.3 is now available as an update on the Mac App Store. The update includes user interface enhancements and plenty of useful new features.

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Mapdiva Announces Artboard 1.2 – Optimized for Mac OS Lion

Mapdiva LLC is pleased to announce a major update to Artboard, the popular vector drawing software for Mac OS. Artboard 1.2 is optimized for OS Lion. The update focuses on strong performance improvements and important usability enhancements.

New in this version:

  • Mac OS 10.7 “Lion” support, including full-screen viewing, resume, versions and autosave preferences
  • 64-bit native
  • Ability to apply operations to multiple selected objects
  • More efficient image handling
  • Various bug fixes and performance improvements

Lion Support

If your using Mac OS 10.7 you will love seeing Artboard 1.2 default support for full-screen viewing and resume. We’ve made Autosave and Versions available as a user preference. To use those features, go to Artboard > Preferences – Options in the main menu and click “Enable Autosaving and Versions”.

Support for Multiple Object Editing

When multiple objects are selected, certain operations can now be applied to the entire selection. For example, when multiple Text boxes are selected you can now change fonts and font size for the entire selection. Another example, a copied style can now be applied to multiple selected objects by choosing Edit > Style > Apply Style in the main menu.

Image Objects

Artboard 1.2 offers more efficient image handling. What’s more, you can now change image opacity of image objects directly from the Geometry panel.

Easier Toolbar Access to Operations

They’ve always been there, but weren’t as easy to find as we’d like. Artboard 1.2 delivers with all the “Combine” icons ready to use from your toolbar. Align middle and center are there too (so is the Image Browser!). To add others, right-clcik the toolbar and choose “Customize” from the context menu.

Update Today

To easily update to Artboard 1.2, simply use “Update” in the Mac App Store.

Artboard 1.1 Improves Vector Drawing Control and Workflow

We heard some great suggestions from early users and have worked hard to implement the ones we’re sure you’ll love. Artboard 1.1 improves workflow and introduces even greater control for drawing paths, moving nodes and curve handles.

Updated Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts are updated for improved workflow. For example, the Select tool now uses the [s] shortcut bringing it on par with other professional drawing software. The Spacebar offers quick activation of the Pan tool for repositioning the drawing canvas regardless of the currently active tool. See the complete list of keyboard shortcuts.

Visual Feedback

Users now receive “visual feedback” in the form of a darkened point when selecting any point along a path, or any curve handle.


Use the keyboard arrow keys now to “nudge” individually selected points and curve handles in any direction.

Quick Edit Mode

Double-click any shape to quickly convert between shape and path edit modes. For example, draw a square and double-click it to switch to edit path mode. Select a corner and nudge the point outward. Double-click it to convert it back to a shape object. Paths work the same way. Note that special objects, like stars and rounded rectangles, lose their special status when converted to regular shapes.

Automatically Closing Paths

Artboard 1.1 implements automatically closing paths as the default behavior for Irregular Polygons, Bezier Paths, and Freehand Line tools. When you draw your ending point on top of your starting point, the path will close automatically. To open a closed path, choose Edit > Paths (+Option-key) > Open from the main menu, or Option Key-Command-.(period) keyboard shortcut. The Command-.(period) keyboard shortcut will close an open path. HINT: If you prefer not to have paths automatically close, you can disable this behavior in the Artboard > Preferences.