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What is the best alternative to Adobe Illustrator?

Adobe Illustrator revolutionized graphic design back in 1987, Vectornator carries the torch to innovate graphic design today. On this page you will discover why professional designers choose Vectornator X over Adobe Illustrator. Being much more than an Adobe Illustrator alternative, Vectornator offers intuitive workflows, better integrations and better performance across the whole Apple ecosystem.

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Why choose Vectornator X over Adobe Illustrator?

Features
Illustrator
Vectornator
Pen Tool
Autotrace
Timelapse
Isometric Grid
3rd Party Pencils
Figma Import
Sketch Import
Unsplash & Iconator
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Support for drawing tablets & 3rd party
pencils
Using Adobe Illustrator on your iPad will limit you to the Apple Pencil as the only pencil to use. Vectornator allows you to use 3rd party pencils like Wacom Bamboo Stylus or even drawing tablets as the Wacom Bamboo Slate!
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Unlimited
Undo & Redo History.
We believe that great designs take time and sometimes a lot of undos. That's why we build Vectornator with an unlimited undo & redo history. Even after you closed or saved documents. In Adobe Illustrator on iPad you will lose your undo & redo history after you closed the document.
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Vectornator speaks your language.

Design terms can be difficult that's why we perfectly translated Vectornator in 14 different languages. While Adobe Illustrator currently only supports German, English, French and Chinese on the iPad. One of the many points why graphic designers all over the globe prefer to use Vectornator!
Drag and drop anything!
Vectornator allows you to drag and drop almost anything into your canvas! You can even drag another Vectornator document into another and combine documents together!
Support for drawing tablets & 3rd party
pencils
Using Adobe Illustrator on your iPad will limit you to the Apple Pencil as the only pencil to use. Vectornator allows you to use 3rd party pencils like Wacom Bamboo Stylus or even drawing tablets as the Wacom Bamboo Slate!
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Vectornator speaks your language

Design terms can be difficult that's why we perfectly translated Vectornator in 14 different languages. While Adobe Illustrator currently only supports German, English, French and Chinese on the iPad. One of the many points why designers all over the globe prefer to use Vectornator!
New
infinite arrows
Unlimited
Undo & Redo History
We believe that great designs take time and sometimes a lot of undos. That's why we build Vectornator with an unlimited undo & redo history. Even after you closed or saved documents. In Adobe Illustrator on iPad you will lose your undo & redo history after you closed the document.
Drag and drop anything!
Vectornator allows you to drag and drop almost anything into your canvas! You can even drag another Vectornator document into another and combine documents together!
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Create the coolest time lapses. Automatically

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Vectorize images in one tap with Autotrace

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The tools you need, Taken further

Timelapse
AutoTrace
Pen & Brush
With automatic Time-lapse recording, you can capture your design process from start to finish and send it to your clients or post it on social media. Once you saw such a beautiful timelapse you will probably directly switch from Illustrator to Vectornator (if you haven't already)!
Sometimes you see a design you want to have in vectors and you used to spend hours vectorizing assets from scratch. We save you valuable time with our innovative auto trace technology. Press a button and instantly have your designs brought to life in vectors. Another unique feature we offer and can’t be found in Adobe Illustrator.
Pen and Brush are like the bread and butter of your graphic design experience. That’s why we worked hard to ensure that these essential tools work and feel great for your long design sessions. In result, we built a revolutionary user experience that let you draw paths with desktop level precision on your iPad.

Vectornator is More Precise.

If you have ever tried to precisely move an object on a touchscreen, you know the struggle. With our precision toolset, we ensure that you can achieve that same level of accuracy for vector editing from desktop on a mobile device. The Joystick lets you nudge objects point by point. Plus, features like Rulers, Guides and Snapping help you achieve precision down to the smallest point. Big magazines like 9to5mac already pointed out the less precise tools of Illustrator.
Isometric Grid
If you have ever tried creating isometric drawings in Adobe Illustrator you know the pain. It is super complicated to create this simple grid. We at Vectornator solved this problem almost a year ago when we implemented the isometric grid as a user-friendly one-click background grid even with adjustable angels. Check out our tutorials about the Isometric Grid!
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Rulers and Guides
Precision Sliders
Precision Sliders
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Nudge Joystick
Isometric Grid
If you have ever tried creating isometric drawings in Adobe Illustrator you know the pain. It is super complicated to create this simple grid. We at Vectornator solved this problem almost a year ago when we implemented the isometric grid as an easy one click background grid even with adjustables angels.
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Rulers and Guides
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Experts already switched from Adobe Illustrator to Vectornator.
Expert made the switch already
“Can honestly say as a designer and content creator that Vectornator is an invaluable tool to have as part of my work set-up. I’ve been using the software for a while now and it’s so amazing to use for both design projects as well as personal work.”

A million reasons to switch.

$20 Every Month
$0 That’s it.
We're backed by amazing investors that lets us offer Vectornator as a free alternative to Adobe Illustrator. We also accept payments in feedback tweets or funny creations you make with Vectornator. Escape the creative cloud!
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Figma Import.

Same goes for file formats of the UI design tool Figma which is easy importable to continue your work in Vectornator.
Same tool on every device.
Vectornator offers a unified design experience across iPhone, iPad and Mac without sacrificing any advanced features or functionality along the way!
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Iconator Integration.

With over 80K different icons right inside the app you will never run out of fitting icons for your designs.
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Export.
Vectornator supports all the popular import and export formats you need:(Svg files, Pdf, Png, Jpg, AI)
Preview, resize and rename artboards before exporting.

Export individual layers
Edit and sign Pdfs
Preview your document in AR.
That's why Vectornator is also a great complementary tool to open-source Inkscape, Affinity Designer, Vectr, CorelDraw, Gimp and many more.
Export from Vectornator
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Sketch Import.

Since Sketch is still used by many vector artists we easily allow users to import their Sketch files into Vectornator without losing anything! Natively such an import is not possible in Adobe’s tool.

Up to 2.4X Faster Real-Time Rendering Performance.

Vectornator
2.4X
Adobe Illustrator
1X
Let's be honest AI and Photoshop were built for windows or Linux but not for the Apple systems. Since Vectornator is natively built in the apple ecosystem we offer much faster and reliable performance than Adobe Illustrator and other drawing tools. Try it yourself, you will feel the difference on iOS and macOS!

Unsplash Integration.

We believe that designers need free images available in their favorit vector graphics editor. That's why we integrated Unsplash allowing you to have over 1 million images and scalable vector graphics right in your hands.
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Stellar Learning Curve.
Thanks to our user experience and tons of learning material, Vectornator is much easier to pick up and work with compared to other conventional graphic design tools.
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Import all your
Custom fonts
and design
assets with ease.
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CMYK Preview
AR Preview
Single Layer Export
+17 Tools
$20 Every Month
$0 That’s it.
We're backed by amazing investors that lets us offer Vectornator to you at no cost. We also accept payments in feedback tweets or funny creations you make with Vectornator.
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Up to 2.4X Faster Real-Time Rendering Performance

Vectornator
2.4X
Adobe Illustrator
1X
Since Vectornator is natively built in the apple ecosystem we offer much faster and reliable performance than Adobe Illustrator. Try it yourself, you will feel the difference!

Sketch Import

Since Sketch is still used by many vector artists we easily allow users to import their Sketch files into Vectornator without losing anything! Natively such an import is not possible in Adobe’s tool.

Figma Import

Same goes for files of the UI design tool Figma which is easy importable to continue your work in Vectornator.
Same tool on every device.
Vectornator offers a unified design experience across iPhone, iPad and Mac without sacrificing any features or functionality along the way!
ipad screeniphone screenmacbook screen

Unsplash Integration

We believe that designers need free images available in their favorite software. That's why we integrated Unsplash allowing you to have over 1 million images right in your hands.
unsplash
Stellar Learning Curve
Thanks to our user experience and tons of learning material, Vectornator is much easier to pick up and work with compared to other conventional graphic design tools.
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Iconator Integration

With over 80K different icons right inside the app you will never run out of fitting icons for your designs.
Overpowered
Export
Vectornator supports all the popular import and export formats you need:(Svg, Pdf, Png, Jpg, AI)

Preview, resize and rename artboards before exporting.

Export individual layers
Edit and sign Pdfs
Preview your document in AR.
Import all your
Custom fonts
and design
assets with ease.
import icon
cmyk range
CMYK Preview
AR Preview
app of the dayApp Store Logo
4.7 App Store
Single Layer Export
+17 Tools