updated 04:43 pm EDT, Mon May 19, 2014
Buttons and icons can be exported into code
Indeeo has released iDraw 2.4, an update of its design and illustration software. Despite the version number the update makes significant changes, for instance incorporating a redesigned Layers pane with a hierarchical layout. Multiple objects can be selected and edited simultaneously. Layers can now be exported to PNG, SVG, PDF, PSD, TIFF, or GIF files; tagging allows objects, layers, and groups to be assigned separate filenames and formats for the export process.
A related addition is the concept of Slices, which define the exact boundaries of exported objects. These can be created by naming any object "@slice: _____", and arranged like other objects using regular alignment tools. Custom Slices can be used to mask exported images.
For OS X and iOS developers, the app now supports exporting vector shapes and effects directly into Core Graphics code, such as buttons and icons. Multi-style text objects can be converted into Core Text layout and drawing code as well as CFAttributedStrings. Web designers, meanwhile, can convert objects into SVG code, and shapes, text and buttons into CSS code. Added shape libraries are geared toward iOS 7 mockups, and example symbol and floor plan libraries. Custom libraries can be imported and exported.
Other improvements include better Path and Arc tools, a Smart Duplicate feature, a Pixel Preview mode for bitmap export, and a new Transform panel for precise object changes.
iDraw 2.4 is $25 new at the Mac App Store, but free for existing iDraw owners.