EazyDraw for Mac

EazyDraw for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 19 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    7.1.1
  • Total Downloads:
    53,414
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 03, 2014
  • Price:
    Free to try (30 graphics, printing allowed -no watermark); $95.00 to buy

Editors' Review

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EazyDraw for Mac is a powerful graphic development and editing program that offers a full set of tools for the creation of icons, logos, and more. With the vector-based drawing and editing features you'll find in this program, you'll be able to complete all types of projects and produce professional-grade graphics with ease.

Pros

Tons of tools: This program contains all the tools you need to complete a wide variety of projects. While you may never use all of the features included in this app, you'll also never have to worry about whether or not a certain tool is included. All you have to do is find it.

Layer controls: The layer controls for this app let you create complex images with ease. You can also transfer them to Photoshop quite accurately by going layer by layer until the task is complete.

Good Help: The tutorials and manual that come with this program provide a good amount of information, organized in an accessible way. While it will take anyone without experience some time to find their way around this app, the good Help options make it a much more manageable task.

Cons

Awkward interface: The learning curve for this app is not improved by the setup and organization of the interface. Controls are awkwardly placed at times, and even experienced users may have a hard time finding the tool they're looking for because it's not in the expected place.

Bottom Line

EazyDraw provides all of the tools you need to complete any type of graphic design project. While its interface does leave something to be desired, which increases the challenge of learning to use all of the features, it does reward the effort you put in to overcome that obstacle. Users of all experience levels will benefit if they can make it past the steep learning curve and get a feel for what the program can actually do. You can try out this program for free with some restrictions on the number of graphics that can be added to each drawing, and you can purchase a 9-month license for $20, or you can opt for permanent access starting at $95 for a single user.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of EazyDraw for Mac 6.5.0.

 
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User Reviews
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2 stars

"I prefer to use MyBrushes to paint"

July 26, 2014  |  By kmoim8o

 |  Version: EazyDraw 6.3.1

Pros

to vector image, I will choose Super Vectorizer http://effectmatrix.com/mac-appstore/Super-Vectorizer.htm

to paint on Mac, I prefer to use MyBrushes which can record the painting process and playback http://mybrushes-app.com/MyBrushes-MAC.html

Cons

too expensive and not funtional enough

Summary

not worth

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5 stars

"Does everything I want, and more"

July 01, 2012  |  By talmy

 |  Version: EazyDraw 4.3

Pros

Features galore for just about every conceivable use or user
Flexible purchasing (30 day free trial, 9 month full license, permanent license, download or boxed)
Great tutorial designs for most all features, videos, thorough manual (PDF or printed).
Company is responsive to problems

Cons

Confusing interface, especially when getting started.
Occasionally non-responsive or awkward controls.

Summary

I've had a copy for over 5 years now. For me this is my "Mac Draw" replacement, although I've really come via Micrografx Designer on Windows. I use it for technical drawing, electrical schematics for illustrations, block diagrams. Just about every vector graphic need but flow charts for which I use OmniGraffle. It's worked beautifully with my other applications and has good import/export capabilities.

In reality, the program is probably worth 4 stars because of frustrating interface, but it does get the work done, which is more than I can say about everything else I've tried except for Adobe Illustrator. And AI is much more expensive and just as confusing to use.

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3 stars

"Looking for a replacement for CANVAS ...."

August 12, 2011  |  By osos10

 |  Version: EazyDraw 4.1.0

Pros

Looks as the right replacement ...

Cons

Odd pricing and versions policies ...

Summary

Now this program continue to puzzle me. Here is a new 4.1 version for the same $95 as the new 4 version at the App store. But at the App store the 3.7.5 is still offered for 1/3 of that price? Aside from non English languages support in version(s) 4, I see no difference between 4 and 3.7.5. I use graphic programs only occasionally, and once I master an application I don't like to waste time (and money) on a second one (I am still using CANVAS 9.0, which is obsolete on Lion). I hesitate to purchase and test Eazydraw because of the unclear and odd pricing policy.

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5 stars

"Spectacular Application"

February 18, 2011  |  By MacRNF

 |  Version: EazyDraw 3.6.1

Pros

The strength of this drawing program lies in its very powerful, but easy use of tools. Once the interface is learned, this application rapidly becomes the only vector-based drawing program you need.

Cons

The interface is unlike other applications. Preference panels are rather complex. Many cool methods exist, but they are are often difficult to find. Object selection via the cursor could be more accurate, particularly when using shift-click.

Summary

Bottom-line is that one of my colleagues bought a Mac after watching me use EazyDraw. A better recommendation can hardly be made.

For me, EazyDraw far outpaces illustrator or canvas in terms of speed, simplicity and control of elements. The preferences and number of ways to achieve your goals are tremendous, even if a bit complex. Layer controls are very intuitive, however, and facilitate easy construction of complex images that can readily be transferred to photoshop layer-by-layer if necessary. I used to use MacDraw and ClarisDraw, and sorely missed them when they disappeared from Apples horizon. EasyDraw takes those concepts to completely new levels and as far as I know is the only application capable of opening MacDraw and ClarisDraw files.

The developers continue to release upgrades on a regular basis, and are clearly dedicated to this application. If you want a powerful, yet easy drawing app, this is the one, and a at a very fair price.

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4 stars

"Excellent produt for the price"

June 06, 2010  |  By stewimac

 |  Version: EazyDraw 3.4.1

Pros

Converts McDraw Pro drawings.

Cons

Confusing setup menus.

Summary

The only dislike is the conversion of McDraw Pro drawings have many flaws in them.

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2 stars

"Can't find group/ungroup function."

January 09, 2010  |  By Gomes Frank B

 |  Version: EazyDraw 3.3

Pros

Have not used it enough to give a rating either way.

Cons

The drop down menus seem very complicated. It would require the manual to be able to use the product. And it would take a very long learning curve.

Summary

I have thought of purchasing EasyDraw to take over the use of AppleWorks which Apple no longer supports. It's too bad the app is not more user friendly and simpler to use. If the creators of EasyDraw are thinking of replacing AW with their product, they should strive to make the app more AW-like. In the tool bar on the left, the text icon should be higher in the bar. Am having second thoughts about its purchase.

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3 stars

"nice, the tools interface is a bit balky"

December 06, 2009  |  By MicroMechanix

 |  Version: EazyDraw 3.3

Pros

better than stock paint program.
has great features if you know how to get to them.

Cons

bugs like when you group objects to rotate or flip they swap positions but do not flip as one.

Summary

needs a lot of work. has potential to be a great graphics engine.
just needs work on the intrerface.

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5 stars

"Great for the price"

December 10, 2007  |  By chrismeador

 |  Version: EazyDraw 2.3

Pros

I use this to make illustrations for math problems (which can sometimes get rather technical) and it is great! I don't have any experience with CAD or vector graphics programs, but the interface is so intuitive that I rarely have to consult the user's manual to figure things out. Also, it exports into many different file formats (including EPS) which is very convenient.

This is a MUST TRY program for people who want to create vector graphics, technical drawings, or diagrams but don't want to shell out the big bucks for Adobe Illustrator or CorelDraw.

Cons

I wish the program could export to SVG format. However, it is being actively developed so this feature may be coming in a future release.

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3 stars

"Steady Improvements"

November 24, 2007  |  By ACBIV

 |  Version: EazyDraw 2.4.2

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
I've been using EazyDraw since January of 2004, and in my view it remains the best app for vector-based drawing in this price range. In early days, there were bugs and the developer always responded promptly to my reports. Though I continue to miss ClarisCAD and ClarisCAD II from years ago, EazyDraw certainly fulfills my requirements.

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4 stars

"How do you like your bugs?"

February 06, 2006  |  By tahoerob

 |  Version: EazyDraw 1.8.0

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
On the surface, EazyDraw looks great. But, wow, is it buggy! I bought the $20 trial license and am very glad I didn't pony up for the full license. I couldn't get the grid to work no matter how hard I tried. Objects didn't snap properly and there were always alignment problems. I had hoped to use EazyDraw for some basic floorplans, but it quickly proved too frustrating and buggy for such work, so I gave up on it.

If you need solid drawing functionality, check out Cenon. It's free, seems quite stable, and has allowed me to accomplish everything I wanted to do with EazyDraw.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 7.1.1
Code Signing update. Version 7.1.0 developer credentials were not accepted by Yosemite (version 2) GateKeeper on some machines. In early 2014 Apple changed the status for the EazyDraw development team from individual developer to corporate developer. The impact of this status change is the likely cause of the issue. EazyDraw is now code signed with version 2 corporate (DEKORRA OPTICS LLC) credentials. It should now be possible to use App Store and Verified Developers for Security and Privacy setting. We apologize for any inconvenience, internal and beta testing did not reveal the issue. Corrected possible problems with Copy from, and Drag and Drop from EazyDraw. In many cases Text and Annotation was not included in the exported content. For example a copy from EazyDraw to Pages using PDF as the number one Copy Format (the factory default) would not include text. This is now fixed. Corrected cosmetic problem on Layers inspector. The checkboxes on the layers table were "jumpy" and would sometimes draw large-bloomed and would jump between a normal display and the bloomed look. This was seen on some systems, mostly older machines, and was not seen on Retina displays. This would trigger when scrolling the table, especially with small scrolls as happen with a magic mouse. This seems to be a basic issue in Yosemite, related to scroll views and their animation. EazyDraw now has a patch and intercepts the drawing of these specific buttons. Now they still will jump one or two pixels on non-retina displays, as the table is scrolled, but they always draw the correct size and display a very crisp vector icon. As a side benefit they are more effulgent on the Retina than the Yosemite button icon. Corrected problem viewing User Library elements. Very small features were sometimes not shown in the preview image. Corrected issue with Export FAVICO, and Window Icons (ICO). The selection for Full Drawing area is now disabled as this is a non-logical selection. The sizes of the various icon formats are defined by the export specification. If the export selection was Visible Graphics, this was taken literally and all visible graphics were included. This is not correct logic if the choice for Export Content is Selected Graphics. This is now fixed, a selection for Selected Graphics is now honored. If the Export Source is One Layer then Selected Graphics would not be logical and it (along with Full Drawing Area) is disabled and not allowed. The Help pages define this rather complicated (Windows construction) logic, probably the most helpful documentation is the export panels tool-tips. So be certain to review the tool-tips. The intended method of use is Visible Graphics, with Source set to One Layer and a defined layer for each individual icon - and a bounds defining invisible rectangle to set the source graphics size. Review the example FAVICO in the Additions Pack. It was possible to have extraneous entries in the User Tools menu. Hidden unix files, starting with "dot-period" would appear in the menu. Primarily the ".DS_Store" entry could appear, if a user made direct changes to the corresponding Application Support folder (a hidden folder). This is now blocked and these files if they should exist will not appear in the User Tools menu. Fixed problem exporting BMP, for Just Graphics setting. This was actually drawing a different portion of the total drawing, often a blank area. This is now exporting correctly.
General
Publisher Dekorra Optics
Publisher web site http://www.webcolorpicker.com/products.htm
Release Date November 03, 2014
Date Added November 03, 2014
Version 7.1.1
Category
Category Graphic Design Software
Subcategory Illustration Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.9, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.8, Mac OS X 10.10
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 62.69MB
File Name EazyDraw7_1_1.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 53,414
Downloads Last Week 330
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 30 graphics, printing allowed -no watermark
Price $95

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