Best Vector Graphics Software Options for All Platforms

In this article, we’ve rounded up the top vector graphics apps for everyone from beginners to professional designers. Whether you are looking for free software to create vector art or a modern design, or want to compare costs for the top vector graphics software out there, we’ve covered it below.

Software Platform/Device Pricing
Amadine Mac, iPad, iPhone
  • Free trial on Mac, free app on iPhone and iPad
  • $9.99/year (iPad and iPhone full version)
  • $29.99 (Mac, iPad and iPhone lifetime)
  • $49.99 (Mac family license)
Adobe Illustrator Windows, Mac, Linux, Web-based, Windows Mobile
  • 7-day free trial
  • $22.99/month
  • $59.90/month (full Adobe suite)
Affinity Designer Windows, Mac, iPad
  • 30-day free trial
  • One-time purchase: $69.99 (Windows or macOS)
  • One-time purchase: $164.99 (Windows and macOS)
  • $18.49 (iPad)
Inkscape Windows, Mac, Linux
  • Free
CorelDRAW (Vector) Windows, Mac
  • 15-day free trial
  • $59.99/year
  • Corel Essentials: $109.99
  • Graphics Suite: $16.58/mo, $199/year, or $424 one-time purchase
Linearity Curve Mac, iPad, iPhone
  • Free basic version
  • $9.99/month
Sketch Mac, iPad, iPhone
  • 30-day free trial
  • $120/year or $12/month (all Mac devices, web app)
  • $120/year (Mac only)
  • $240/year (Business)
Figma Windows, Mac, Web-based
  • Free starter version
  • Pro: $12/month
  • Organization: $45/month
  • Enterprise: $75/month
SVGator Web-based
  • Free version available
  • Pro version: $240/year
Vectr Web-based
  • Free version with ads available
  • Subscriptions: $7.99/year, $13.99/year
  • Credit purchase system available
Corel Vector (formerly Gravit Designer Pro) Web-based
  • 15-day free trial
  • $99.99/year
Xara Designer PRO+ Windows, Xara Cloud service
  • $14.99/month
SVG Maker—Assembly iPad, iPhone
  • $2.99/week
  • $4.99/month
  • $29.99/year
Lunacy by Icons8 Windows, Mac, Linux
  • Free, paid in-apps available
LibreOffice Draw Windows, Mac, Linux
  • Free, options for collaboration and libraries are paid

Amadine

Amadine is a vector graphics app for iPhone, iPad and Mac. This app offers a free trial for Mac and a free version for iPad and iPhone. To get the fully functional version, Amadine can be subscribed to for 9.99 USD per year for an iPad or iPhone. One license for a Mac is a one-time cost of 29.99 USD. The app features all the tools designers need for their practical endeavor and is known for its easy-to-use interface, which is helpful for the beginners in the field.

The app will allow you to create the full range of graphics a designer is used to: print projects, web design, branding, illustrations, UI, charts and graphs. To get an idea of the capabilities of Amadine, check out these art samples made with the app and download the trial version for Mac or the free app for iPad/iPhone for a tryout.

Interface of the Amadine app with the illustration by Voronova Olha.

Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator is part of the Adobe graphic design suite of products. Adobe Illustrator is available on Windows, Mac, iPad and Linux. This app is well known as the industry standard for graphic design tasks of every complexity, including creation of intricate graphics, designs and visualization.

This app offers a subscription model. After a free 7-day trial, Adobe Illustrator is usually 22.99 USD per month, however throughout the year, the company runs promotional pricing at 17.23 USD per month. To purchase the entire suite of Adobe apps, the subscription cost is 59.90 USD per month.

Interface of Adobe Illustrator with the illustration.

Affinity Designer

Affinity Designer is a vector creation app for Windows, Mac and iPad. Allowing to work with both vector and raster graphics the app makes the design tasks a breeze. With its help, it is not a problem to create mockups and colorful illustrations for your projects.

This software is downloaded to your device through a one-time purchase. Affinity Designer offers a free trial for 30 days. The Windows or macOS version is 69.99 USD, or you can purchase it for both platforms for 164.99 USD. The iPad only version is a one-time purchase cost of 18.49 USD.

Interface of Affinity Designer with the illustration.

Inkscape

Inkscape is another free, open-source vector design app with a fully fledged set of tools for graphic designers. Inkscape is available for Mac desktop, Windows desktop and Linux based free desktop systems.

Interface of Inkscape with the illustration by Fauzan Syukri.
Artwork by Fauzan Syukri.

CorelDRAW

CorelDRAW is a comprehensive design app for Windows, Mac and iPad. It allows you to create the most complicated graphics, ranging your designs from illustration, layout, photo editing to typography.

CorelDRAW provides two packages, including Graphics Suite and Essentials. The app is available for Mac or Windows desktop, as well as iPad and web-based. As of 2023, the price of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite is 16.58 USD per month, 199 USD per year or 424 USD for a one-time purchase. There are also pricing promotions at various times of the year. CorelDRAW Essentials is an upgraded suite of products for Windows available for 109.99 USD for a one-time purchase.

Interface of CorelDRAW with the illustration.

Linearity Curve

Linearity Curve is a vector graphics app available for Mac previously known as Vectornator. It is now positioned as a go-to tool for the marketers and animators out there. Marketed as “design suite that does it all” Linearity has now two products: Linearity Curve for vector graphics and Linearity Move for animation.

The app offers a free basic version. The advanced version is available as a subscription at 9.99 USD a month, which offers unlimited files, editing, version history and other more advanced features. With both versions, paid and free, Linearity Move, the animation app, is also included.

Interface of Linearity Curve with the illustration.

Sketch

Sketch is a vector graphics app for iPhone, iPad or Mac. It is the all-in-one platform for digital design—with collaborative design tools, prototyping and developer handoff. After a 30-day free trial, this app is available as a subscription at three different price levels. A subscription to the Sketch native Mac app with iPhone or iPad preview and the web app for any browser is 120 USD per year or 12 USD per month. For a Mac-only license that does not include the web app or the iPhone and iPad preview, the cost is 120 USD per year. A business subscription for large organizations is 240 USD per year.

Interface of Sketch with the UI and app icons set.

Figma

Figma is positioned as a collaborative interface design tool and most graphic designers will pledge they do not approach interface design jobs without it. When designing complicated products collaboration becomes way more meaningful and that’s where Figma delivers. Prototyping, dev mode for the technical part of the job, easy support of consistency throughout all of the designs—that’s what makes people love it. You can get the limited free version to try it out, then several options are available: Pro for 12 USD per month, Organization 45 USD per month, Enterprise 75 USD per month. Don’t forget that the latter two options are available only on an annual billing basis.

Interface of Figma with the UI presets.

SVGator

SVGator is a web-based vector and animation app. It is used to easily import, view, animate and export SVG format. The developers claim the tool to be user-friendly and require no advanced coding skills. You can create an SVG animation just by simply adding elements and animators to the timeline, changing keyframe values and exporting clean SVG code.

The free version includes 3 animated SVG exports a month, a limited timeline for animation, and 3 GIFs and videos per month, along with limited storage. While it’s enough to get started, if you plan to use this app regularly, you’ll want to check out the Pro version, which is 240 USD per year.

Interface of SVGator with the SVG animation in progress.

Vectr

Vectr is an online graphic editor. This app offers real time design, through a web platform. You can use the free version with 30mb storage space and ads. There are also subscriptions available, starting at 7.99 USD per year or 13.99 USD per year. Vectr also offers a credit purchase system which is prepaid, and allows users to access AI tools and future features. The options for buying credits are: 2.99 USD for 50 credits; 4.99 USD for 100 credits or 9.99 USD for 300 credits.

Interface of Vectr with the illustration.

Corel Vector

Corel Vector (formerly Gravit Designer Pro) is a newly updated, web-based graphic design app for enthusiasts and aspiring designers. The app claims to have a modern, intuitive user interface and is accessible anywhere, thus allowing users to design all kinds of creations, store them in the cloud, export them to multiple formats, and succeed in their careers.

The app offers unlimited saving to the Corel Vector’s cloud and works in any browser for 99.99 USD per year. To see if it is a good fit for your design tasks, Corel Vector allows for 15 days of full-featured functionality, after which you will be charged a yearly fee.

Interface of Corel Vector with the illustration.

Xara Designer PRO+

Xara Designer PRO+ is a versatile product for everything design stands for: desktop publishing and page layout, photo and graphic design, web design and prototyping, as well as serves as a PDF editor. The set to manage all these design tasks starts from 14.99 USD per month for Windows platform, but to download the free trial or make a purchase you will be required to create an account. The contemporary commercial edition of the app is limited to Windows, however with the help of the Xara Cloud service, users may edit Xara documents on any platform using a web browser. Wine may be used to run versions up to 4 on Linux.

Interface of Xara Designer PRO+ in the cloud.

Assembly

Assembly (aka SVG Maker—Assembly on the App Store) is a mobile design studio for iPads and iPhones. The app is free for download and use with the basic features, including different import and export options, custom sticker creation and iCloud synchronization. The paid subscription for the Pro version costs 2.99 USD per week for the weekly plan, 4.99 USD per month for the monthly plan, and 29.99 USD per year.

Interface of Assembly with the illustration.

Lunacy by Icons8

Lunacy by Icons8 is free graphic design software for Windows, Mac and Linux. It also offers direct download via Apple Silicon + Intel or Homebrew, for the more tech savvy. The app is geared for UI and UX designers, though anyone who wants to create vectors will find the tools needed in the app. Where’s the catch you ask—while being fully free and not limited in the features, the app offers a range of in-app purchases, which you might find useful later on.

Interface of Lunacy by Icons8 with the 3D object.

LibreOffice Draw

When in need of drawings and diagrams, LibreOffice Draw will help you create anything from a simple sketch to a sophisticated plan. Draw is a fantastic package for creating technical drawings, brochures, posters, and many other documents, with a maximum page size of 300 by 300 cm.

In fact, the app is deeply rooted in the OpenOffice. You can download free Collabora Office for the iOS platform, while the Mac version offers paid options for collaboration and libraries. Apache OpenOffice is totally free for Windows, Mac and Linux from the official website. An open source dream of a chart maker.

Interface of LibreOffice Draw with the illustration.

Conclusion

As you can see, graphic designers have a wide variety to choose from when it comes to vector creation software. Out of the top vector graphics apps available for Mac, Windows and web-based platforms, there is one to suit any level of designer—from hobbyists and students to professionals.

There are vector graphics apps at every price level, from completely free to pro versions at a few hundred dollars per year. Most apps offer a subscription model too, with costs ranging from 9.99 USD a year for Amadine, to over 100 USD a year for the pricier apps like Adobe Illustrator. These apps all make it easy to check out the features and ease of use, with a free trial before committing to a subscription. A great way to choose is to jump into a free trial, and try one at a time to find the app that works best for your needs.

The design of the article was created by Olha Voronova.
Revised in January 2024

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