OMG ... Autodesk acquired iDraw!

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by steve123, Oct 13, 2015.

  1. steve123 macrumors 6502

    Aug 26, 2007
    Well, the hope that iDraw would grow into a low cost alternative to Adobe's Illustrator just got a little murkier ...
  2. definitive macrumors 68000


    Aug 4, 2008
    There's also Affiinty Designer, which is a decent, low cost Illustrator alternative
  3. campyguy macrumors 68040

    Mar 21, 2014
    Portland / Seattle
    Well, crap. I was looking for a second alternative to allay my addiction to Illustrator CC, after Designer, which I just ponied up for.

    I do have to offer that I don't agree with many of the negative comments about the dev selling out, or those who claim that Autodesk has "adopted Adobe's revenue model" - I've been subscribing to AutoCAD since 1993, and it's only recently one can buy standalone licenses of some - but not all - of their products.
  4. mgipe macrumors demi-god


    Oct 6, 2009
  5. Flusspferd macrumors newbie


    Sep 27, 2014
    This one is even more sophisticated than Illustrator.
  6. 2457244 macrumors regular

    Jul 20, 2015
    Mwhaa... Don't overstate things.. It's a mega cool app with lot's of professional angles to it that makes it come close to Illustrator but when working with Affinity Designer for real you can clearly feel and see it's only a one year old app.

    Illustrator is matured over the past 300 years, it has the Adobe famous workflow - this means Photoshop, Illustrator and almost any other app work the same way and connect so brightly with each other without yourself noticing it until you switch to another app that promises the same quality but they feel weird because it's not Adobe making them.
    Of course give Affinity Designer 2 or 3 more years to mature and get some solid updates and it will also be at Illustrator level or even better, everybody can see there are talented people working on this software and no cowboys. I'm totally a fan of the Affinity software from the first day, what they are doing is the reason I still owe a Mac computer.

    If you'd be planning to buy apps like iDraw or Pixelmator today I can't imagine why you wouldn't invest +20,- more for Affinity Designer and/or Affinity Photo because those Affinity apps are for real.
  7. steve123 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 26, 2007

    Agreed ... keep a close eye on Affinity Designer. I ponied up for Designer and iDraw. Both apps have quite a ways to go to become competitive applications. For instance, Designer lacks arrowheads, which has been a requested feature since it was beta, and this feature seems to have no priority for the developers. Go figure.
  8. 2457244 macrumors regular

    Jul 20, 2015
    Art boards functions is coming in the next major update I believe.. Yay..

    Myself I would like more usability friendly features, like a history action through the entire app(s) so that it remembers what options you have used last and stick with that next time you use it by default.

    Next; the option to include Illustrator brushes would be nice too..

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