Best vector design software on the market
October 22, 2019

Best vector design software on the market

Maria Clara Daly | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Adobe Illustrator CC

Utilized for everything from single-page print mockups to logo design, super-fast wireframing, flow charts and infographics. Where simple Powerpoint and Word art files won't suffice, we have an amazing way to really bring RFPs, proposals and conference materials to life in a vector (scalable) way that makes amazing graphics for social sharing, web and print use alike.
  • Logo creation
  • Single page flyer design/fast comps for digital pieces
  • Infographics
  • Charts with far more custom options than Excel provides
  • This is a tough one: I feel the system is incredibly powerful and incorporates beautifully with the CC suite.
  • The system can on occasion seem a bit slow to 'recognize' a new font that's been added through the external font management system, so it sometimes takes a few (or even a restart of the program) for it to 'see' a missing font that's been reactivated, but this may be local to my machine and network.
  • The pop-out menu for the pen/anchor point tool used to be more robust, including the ability to add and delete points as well as adjust vector paths all from one condensed little menu, I do wish that arrangement would return.
  • Our proposals have definitely become more eye-catching and we've received compliments.
  • Creating associated graphics to help pair with workflows in lengthy multi-page Word documents and really drill down and customize each step has been invaluable.
  • When creating web assets, I rarely want to be stuck with taking my 'best guess' at initial pixel set up. Anything I can create in vector format I do as the endless scaleability on export is a lifesaver.
It's part of the incredibly robust and expansive Creative Cloud suite by Adobe and integrates seamlessly with all their other products. If you're even using one or two of the other Adobe products it makes absolute sense to use these. I've been using Illustrator from well before they were this seamlessly integrated and it still ranked as the best vector software I'd ever used then, and while I occasionally will do trials of other software, I can't deny that the entire series of programs together work exceptionally well and I'm unlikely to change to a new program unless something groundbreaking in functionality gets released to the market.
I normally already know how to do whatever I'm trying out, but the documentation (as well as a simple Google search) makes any question quick to resolve. The Adobe boards themselves are a fantastic resource, especially for resolving questions between new programs and iterative releases.

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Do not try and use this for multi-page designs—the multiple artboards you'd need to create within one doc are just a pure hassle and it's really a task better suited to InDesign in any case. This is great for any sort of design work where you want to be able to create quick and easy, highly editable vector graphics. It also pairs very nicely when used in tandem with Photoshop to do actual illustration. I think it shines the most when being used to create web assets (whether you export as JPEG, PNG or SVG), infographics, logos and flow charts.