Far too many years ago to admit, about a year after Apple launched the Mac, I bought an Apple LaserWriter printer. The price? $7,000. For many months I used a beta version of MacDraw to create advertising layouts on the Mac and print them up for distribution on the LaserWriter.
Vector layout and drawing tools similar to MacDraw from back in the day number in the dozens for Windows, Mac, iPhone, and iPad users. Meanwhile, Illustrator has become the premier vector drawing tool, the de facto standard, and with a nearly $600 price tag.
If you need to draw but can’t afford Adobe’s typical price-gouging tactics, check out EazyDraw for the Mac.
What you get is a modestly priced tool with familiar vector drawing capabilities– drawings, layouts, art, architectural plans, logo design, even flow charts, genealogy charts, and web graphics.
Tools are instantly familiar to anyone who’s used a vector-based drawing app. Tools are contained in familiar floating palettes with granular controls for each.
EazyDraw is a modern vector layout tool which handles layers, multiple windows, symbol libraries, drawing scales, metric units, grids and guides, and both RGB and CMYK colors.
EazyDraw is fully 64-bit so it runs fast on newer Macs with plenty of RAM. It’s also updated for Mountain Lion and stores files on iCloud, runs fullscreen, has versions, and resume.
It manages SVG, DXF, and PDF file formats and can import EPS files while it exports those as well as JPG, TIF, and Keynote files.
That’s the good news. Not so good is that it’s still an app that requires a learning curve. EazyDraw is a less complicated beast than Illustrator, but the wide variety of tools, palettes, and controls can be somewhat intimidating if you’ve never used a vector graphic tool.