Adobe Illustrator might be the gold standard when it comes to vector software for the Mac, but you don’t have to spend a fortune to create crisp artwork, diagrams, and concepts.Free and cheap variants exist, and they provide some compelling alternatives.If you’re looking to create artwork then Inkscape might be a better choice, but if you’re looking for an office-friendly all rounder then Draw is a good choice.Verdict: Lacks the polish of Inkscape, and it’s more focused towards diagrams and charts.Boxy is a new breed of modern vector graphics editor designed to provide similar functionality to Illustrator and Inkscape. Transform, grouping, and painting are all supported with pre-set shapes, support for gradients and patterns, and boolean operatings like unite, subtract, intersect and exclude.It’s made using and for the modern web platform, hence SVG — the web’s current format of choice for scaleable web images. Verdict: A refreshing free entry to the vector graphics category, built on web technology. Just like Boxy SVG, Vectr is a free vector editor built on web technology.Verdict: Free, web-based tool with downloadable offline versions and excellent support via tutorials and user guides.Libre Office is a popular open source alternative to Microsoft Office, and it comes with its own drawing program appropriately named Draw.
Best of all Vector includes a comprehensive user guide as well as tutorials, so you can learn to use it effectively in very little time.
If you already use Libre Office, you might already have it installed.
Draw Berry won’t wow you with its Illustrator-beating features or extensive help documentation, but after downloading it just to see if it still works on the latest version of mac OS, it still may be worth a punt.
SVG standard, which includes support for a number of advancements in vector graphic technology (clones, markers and alpha blending to name a few).
Despite the user-friendliness of the program, newcomers to the vector world may feel a little out of their depth and that’s where the and help forums come in.
Pixelmator is one of our favorite alternatives to Adobe Photoshop, and in 2013 it introduced support for vectors.