First impressions of an application are important. The look and feel of the workspace and even the look and feel of the web site, where you went to download the application from, is something that contributes to your overall interpretation of the application. Will you be taking it to your heart and enjoy using it, getting your work or fun out of it or will you hate it for whatever reason. Here are the first impressions of a vector graphics art application for the Mac called EazyDraw.
Starting at the EazyDraw Website - It is pleasant enough but a simple design. On the front page they have the price of the application in full view. On a lot of other sites you have to click a buy button to find out the price. They have an odd licensing structure for the product. You can buy nine months for $20 although the full price is $95 for the downloaded application fully licensed. In the first two months of that nine, you can upgrade to the full version and the $20 goes towards the full price. An interesting pricing policy that may well suit some people.
There is a screenshot of EazyDraw on the front page showing the main drawing window, a number of the toolbox and palette windows. It doesn’t look too bad in this image. I did find that I thought the icon designs for the program were poor in comparison to Vector Designer or Pixelmator. I would expect better from an application that is for the graphics people of the world. Actually the design of the web site is not particularly artistic either, they used EazyDraw to design it and that tells us something too.
What can EazyDraw be used for?
According to one of the web pages where there is a long list of things suggested for its usage, it can be used for Brochures, News Letters, Print Ads, Cover Art, CD Labels, Network Diagrams, Electronic, Schematic, PCB Layout, Flow Charts, Data Graphs, Venn Diagrams and Mind Maps. That is only part of the list. I personally think that suggesting that it is good for mind mapping is a bit of a stretch, much better to use a dedicated mind mapping application like MindNodePro. You can see from that list though that it is aimed at engineers and electronics people and not just the art and graphics community.
Opening the application and using it for the first time
The top bar of the application is not bad with a set of icons that they consider a good starting point. The fact that among those default icons you have icons for Tech, Math, Stellate and Chart gives us more of a hint of the background of the makers of the app. The toolbar icons are as ugly as sin in EazyDraw, when they are asking that price to buy the application, they could have employed a professional designer. On the plus side there are tool notes that tell you what the tool is for, which is a good job, because on some of the tools you would never guess by looking at the icon.
Took some time to work out how to do something simple, like putting colour into some objects and some text. This is because there is a very non standard drop down of a set of colours in the icon bar, and using the standard Apple colour selector didn’t work. Weird also that there is a rotatable oval and a separate oval tool. Using the standard oval tool I was able to rotate it, so why clutter the interface with more ugly tool icons than you need to.
There are good things to say about EazyDraw. There is an amazing wealth of tools and facilities that are not in other similarly priced or more expensive graphics applications. The controls for the tools are good and mostly easy to work out on the page. The node points are a little too large perhaps. I imagine that once you have got used to the idiosyncrasies of the application you could be happy with it and so far, it seems more stable than the cheaper graphics application Sketch.
I would like to see a better, prettier interface and consolidation of the tools available. With it being such a full featured application there really needs to be some video tutorials on the web site to help people get up and running. I was scratching my head a few times trying to do things. I have used other graphics programs extensively, so a total beginner might give up before getting too far into what could be a decent application. I am still on a quest to find something as good as CorelDraw or Illustrator for vector graphic design.