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:
-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.
-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.