Infinite Design – the better vector app for android

A few months back i reviewed Adobe Ideas(here and here), a vector app for android from the makers of adobe illustrator..

The app had some notable drawbacks..such as lack of layers(on android), brushes and a few other simple features. The app itself is quite robust and i've been using it for a lot of personal and commercial projects.. in that respect it certainly paid for itself. However the one big issue was that it could only out put vectors in a proprietary format called ".idea" which can only be opened by Illustrator CS5 and above. Since i only had cs5 at work.. it caused a major workflow issue for my freelance illustration projects.

Last night i found another vector app called Infinite Design..

unlike Ideas, this one has a lot more features and a fairly decent tablet ui as well..a bit cluttered compared to Ideas, but more intuitive.

it works great on the Acer Iconia tab a500 with an ordinary stylus i bought in bulk from china 😛

heres the full feature list:
Key Features:
-Infinite canvas (pan, zoom, or rotate)
-Infinite layers and unique layer options: Split, Merge, Flip, Duplicate, and the ability to apply a perspective transformation to a layer.
-Carefully designed brushes to ensure optimal workflow on the go.
-Five types of symmetry: X-Axis, Y-Axis, Arbitrary Angle, Radial, and Kaleidoscopic.
-Infinite undo/redo system.
-Import images.
-Special Effects include four types of blurring, inner or outer shadowing, and embossing.
-A fluid interface designed for fluidity and fully optimized for touchscreen devices.
-Save as JPEG or PNG (with background or without background).
Export to SVG for editing in your favorite graphics editor. Tested and works in Adobe Illustrator and Inkscape.

its that last feature that made me buy the app for the mere Rs.276.53 it costs! considering that Adobe ideas costs Rs.553.60 and has remarkably fewer features.. this underdog(if i should even call it that) of a graphics app is by far the better deal.

heres a quick doodle that i did.. and then transferred to my pc as an svg.

and here it is in an older version of illustrator

Note: To be fair, i was able to do some fairly decent amount of work with Adobe Ideas's limited feature set and drawbacks.What i'm trying to say is that you need to be confident with drawing/sketching with whatever tool you get.. to be able to create something that looks good.
Don't blame the tool for everything! And don't think that just because an app is made by a software giant, it will automatically let you create a masterpiece.

UPDATE: After having used both for around 2 weeks.. found that Ideas is able to handle larger/complex artworks.. whereas Infinite Design displayed some noticable "lag" while drawing.. once the artwork reached a certain complexity.

So in a nutshell:

Adobe Ideas is good for creating complex vector artwork.. with no control on "vector-stroke" width.. you can however achieve a lot inspite of that limitation(use brush width and use it like a paint tool).. thanks to the speed of the app.

Infinite Design is good for smaller artworks, but there is a serious issue with lag even on my tegra2 tablet.. However it allows for a great deal of control.. not just of stroke and shapes.. but also in terms of features like select and move/scale, mirror, etc.
Also do note that Infinite Design has a Demo version, which means you can actually try it for free right now!

UPDATE (Aug2013)Adobe has withdrawn the Ideas app from the Android Play Store. They will only be developing the IOS versions for now. You can still however google and download the apk file(from alternate sources) and manually install it. For an alternative that is actually a lot better, check out my comparison of Ideas with Infinite Design here.

8 thoughts on “Infinite Design – the better vector app for android”

  1. Chaten writes:Thanks for sharing. Was looking for a vector app with pen tool. Seems to be a limited choice on an Android Tablet but this may do the trick.

  2. Originally posted by anonymous:

    Was looking for a vector app with pen tool

    i hope you don't mean pen tool as in the one in illustrator.. coz it isn't.. its a freehand drawing tool.. but saves as vector, so can be used in coreldraw, illustrator, inkspace, etc.

  3. Originally posted by anonymous:

    How does the free version differ from the paid version

    the free version won't let you export as svg 😦 but considering its half the price of Adobe Ideas.. its worth it. however i must say that Ideas is a lot more responsive once the artwork gets intricate.. but since they don't have a free version to try out, you'll have to take my word on it. i still use and recommend Infinite Design.. especially if your like me and don't have a copy of Adobe CS5.5 or CS6(i have it on my work computer only)

  4. downey writes:Hi Kris … Can infinite design use a various type of fonts? Do you have any information for the source link if do have a various type of fonts in it. I love this app, but I don't have a way when it times I need to use specific font. Txs a bunch :).

  5. Originally posted by downey:

    Can infinite design use a various type of fonts?

    i havnt used it for any typographical work.. only used it for artwork.from what ive seen, it has a fair number of fonts built in. i don't know if its accessing the fonts on the tablet or if it will load up any new fonts i add to the tablet.

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