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iDraw for iPad

Monday, 3 January 2011

2011 is going to be crunch year for the print industry, especially newspapers, but its also going to be a year of convergence as an ever-widening set of design tools across all platforms start to assist, emulate and interact with each other.

One example is IDraw, a powerful vector-based drawing tool for iPad. Its been around for a while now, but the latest version will be familiar enough to users of Illustrator to make it a very useful app for any designer on the move and out of the office or studio.

As well as bezier curves, gradients, objects and brushes, the new iDraw features anti-aliased text, layers, transparency, some useful grid options and landscape mode. It also has a decent set of file export options, including PDF, PNG and SVG, allowing a designer to whisk up a layout on the iPad then export to the CS Suite once they are back in the studio and sitting down at the trusty Mac.

iDraw does have some competition - Brushes and Clockwork Notebook, for example, both allow finger drawing and vector illustration and are worth checking out, especially if you like to start your work with doodles and sketches.

iDraw 1.0.8 is now available on iTunes at $8.99, and as part of the promotion, creators Indeeo have added some nice tutorials to their website, and have put together a nifty video showing iDraw in action: