The other is vector drawing. Think Illustrator, Fireworks, or iDraw. If you want and need an inexpensive vector drawing app, or you’re ready to learn the basics but don’t have the budget, xDraw is a good entry level vector drawing app to try.
Barely Basic Entry Level
xDraw is not going to compete with Adobe’s industry standard Illustrator, but it has enough tools to be a good entry level application for those new to vector drawing or those on a real budget.
xDraw starts with a single page approach. Instead of a gazillion floating palettes of tools, xDraw keeps the tools always visible and surround the image (though some tools float).
Add images by drag and drop. Select tools from the multiple toolbars to create shapes, gradients, stars, triangles, lines, arrows and all the basic elements of a vector drawing app.
Objects can be snapped to grid and aligned with other objects on different layers. Objects can also be locked into place or grouped with other objects.
xDraw also does text in multiple fonts and sizes which can be moved anyone on the canvas. And, of course, it does gradients.
xDraw comes with a number of basic keyboard shortcuts to group, duplicate, lock, or unlock elements on a page.
Shapes and other elements can be grouped and saved to a template list for later use.
Images can be exported to .png, .jpg, .tiff, and .pdf, but not PSD or SVG. xDraw is basically unremarkable and simply duplicates many of the basic vector drawing tools at a very low price.
If your needs are modest or you’re just getting into vector design and illustration, the price tag and the learning curve won’t be intimidating.