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This article was published on September 15, 2016

Vectr is an excellent free cross-platform graphics app you can learn to use in minutes

Vectr is an excellent free cross-platform graphics app you can learn to use in minutes
Abhimanyu Ghoshal
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After two years in the works, the team behind Vectr has finally launched its free cross-platform vector graphics app.

The tool lets you create scalable vector graphics using simple and easy-to-use tools; think of it a stripped-down version of Adobe Illustrator. As with other vector imaging apps, you can work with shapes, text and multiple layers. The interface is neatly organized and won’t bog beginners down with non-essential tools and functions.

It’s available for free for Windows, Mac, Chrome OS and Linux systems, and also has a Web app with identical functionality.

At present, Vectr is a handy tool for those who are getting started with vector graphics, or have basic needs from their imaging software. Personally, I’m happy to use it for annotating images and creating mockups and diagrams for my stories.

But Vectr has a much larger vision for its app: The company says it’s working to add powerful features like real-time collaboration, version control and a built-in marketplace where you can buy design assets for your own projects.

It’ll certainly be interesting to see if that approach helps Vectr take on the likes of Adobe once the product matures. Until then, its free app is certainly worth a try.