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Sweet but Simplistic By Ko Maruyama
EazyDraw software upped the ante with its new version of its vector drawing application for the Mac platform.  Showing off its wares at MacWorld, EazyDraw boasts new transformation tools, including shears, skew, stretch and rotate.  Despite all of these new features, and a set of interesting elements and tools, the software comes with limited finite definition or brush control.

This is by no means a high end professional illustration application, nor does it pretend to be.  Unfortunately, it treads water somewhere in the middle, with neither enough features to satisfy serious users, or tools simple enough to be wielded by novice users.

While on its face, EazyDraw appears to be a value at only $95, those attempting to create their own artwork or business card would probably be better served spending money on a designer.

Their motto is to make drawing fun on OSX.  Yes, if you're 5-8 years old, this might be a good application for you.   But chances are, if you're in that age range, you're not considering near-$100 software.  If you're even an advanced hobbyist, you're looking for something more significant.

EazyDraw has a set of accurate angle tools that allow you to manipulate tangents to one-hundreth of a degree (perhaps more).  However, the professionals I know who may be interested in this type of software already rely on industry standard applications like AutoCAD and SolidWorks, or TurboCAD.
small sample of customizable tool bar

One of the nicer elements about EazyDraw is it's ability to import ClarisDraw, MacDrawPro or MacDraw II.  But if you're not using these older applications, you should consider what it is you need to accomplish with the software.  There are also several tools that are immediately available to customize your document toolbar.

For creative professionals, I can't think of anything better than Illustrator for vector print art.  For vector web art, the tools in the Macromedia Suite (Adobe) are probably tools already in pro web developer's studios.

I'm cannot recommend EazyDraw at this time.  There are several tools which I haven't had a chance to evaluate.  One nice feature happens to be the large toolset.  However, as an artist, and someone who draws, I'm very disappointed by the materials that were offered in the demo download, as well as the pieces which were featured in their online gallery.

 One interesting feature is the ability to embed commands (URL links) to images.  However, in the current version, there is no obvious place to export an HTML archive or SWF page (although you can export as RTF).  

The price for the software is $95 to download and $115 for the CD delivery.  You can "try it out" for $20, but the license will expire in 9 months.

I hope you'll try it out and make your own decision.  If you're happy with the software, take me on!  Write your own take on the software... 

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Ko Maruyama is a freelance animator in Los Angeles.  In addition to working on film and broadcast animations, Ko teaches at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design - focusing on motion design.  When working, writing or testing software allows, you can find him lending a hand in the After Effects board and lurking among the Cinema4D, Visual Effects and Photoshop posts within the DMNForums.
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