Vector image tools are far less prevalent than standard image editing tools, but they can often be put to far more uses. Artboard is one such vector graphics tool that can be used to create graphics that can be scaled up to any size without having to worry about distortion or loss of quality. Unlike many other similar tools, the program can be learnt and mastered in a short space of time.

There is a range of built-in shaped such as geometric shapes, speech bubbles, and more, and these can also be drop into a project, customised and combined to create something truly impressive. Whether you are working with the built in graphics or using your own Bezier curves to build up element from scratch, you can create designs of unlimited size.

As well as shapes, there are also a number of templates supplied that can be used to speed up the process of creating posters, fliers, business cards, invitations and more. Text that you add to documents can be converted to a path or curve to allow for further manipulations.

One of the joys of working with Artboard is its simplicity. Even if you are a newcomer to vector graphics, you should find that the program is very easy to pick up. If there is anything you are having trouble with or if you would like to learn something new, the program web site is packed with quick and easy tutorial covering all manner of topics.

What's New in Version 1.9.8

This update contains support for the new Photos app. It fixes an issue with laggy performance, adds additional keyboard shortcuts for Artboard's flexible zoom tools. and contains other enhancements and bug fixes.

• Critical bugfix for occasional very laggy performance experienced by some users on 10.10 "Yosemite"
• Support for Photos app in Image Browser
• Shift-drag now constrains objects to move along certain alignments from their original positions; including shift + option drag to make a copy of an object constrained to align with the original
• Command key now required to select multiple objects on click-through
• Command key now required to be pressed to move the origin point of an object to prevent accidental changes when dragging
• Keyboard "Z" and "X" enable spring-loaded zoom-in / zoom-out tools for fast use without switching tools
• More graphical tweaks for Yosemite
• Other bug fixes

Verdict

An outrageously cheap vector editor that produces some impressive results and doesn’t require weeks of learning.