Bez

REVIEW: This free vector drawing app is surprisingly capable.

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Our Verdict

Fast and smooth, Bez is up there with the best iPad vector drawing apps around.

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  • Fast and smooth
  • Easy to use
  • Support for Apple Pencil
  • Unlimited layers and groups supported

A vector drawing app from indie developer Juicy Bits, Bez takes its name from Bézier Curves. While it’ll work on any iPad running iOS9+, it’s iPad Pro owners that Juicy Bits has in its sights, and so Bez offers full support for Slide Over, Split View, the Smart Keyboard and the Apple Pencil.  

We tested it on the iPad Pro and found it fast and smooth. Bez’s menus are well-thought out and intuitive, and it was easy to get started. The software was very responsive to our fingers, and flew with the Apple Pencil. We were also impressed with the 4,096 per cent zoom; access to unlimited layers; and the full undo/redo functionality. 

Bez supports unlimited layers and groups

In short, all the tools you’d expect from a pro-level vector editor are here, with the exception of being able to set a text size. In general, though, Bez is up there with the best iPad vector drawing apps around. 

You’ll need to unlock the app to send your artwork to services like iCloud and Dropbox.

Okay, so you do need to pay a single in-app purchase of £5.99 to unlock four additional features, most importantly high-quality output to PNG and SVG, and the ability to import and export documents. But there’s plenty you can achieve in the free version of this impressive app.

This article originally appeared in ImagineFX issue 138; buy it here

The Verdict

10

out of 10

Fast and smooth, Bez is up there with the best iPad vector drawing apps around.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom May is a freelance writer and editor specialising in design and technology. He was previously associate editor at Creative Bloq and deputy editor at net magazine, the world's best-selling magazine for web designers. Over two decades in journalism he's worked for a wide range of mainstream titles including The Sun, Radio Times, NME, Heat, Company and Bella.

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