Initial release1993; 31 years ago (1993)
Final release
X8 / March 23, 2015; 9 years ago (2015-03-23)
Written inC++ and Python
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows and Linux
SuccessorAffinity Designer
TypeVector graphics editor

DrawPlus is a 2D vector graphics editor and animation software developed by the UK-based software company Serif, also responsible for PhotoPlus, PagePlus, WebPlus, Digital Scrapbook Artist, Affinity Designer, Affinity Photo and other titles.[1]

Serif have ceased development of DrawPlus in order to focus on its successor, Affinity Designer, following its release for Windows.[2]

In addition to traditional vector drawing tools, DrawPlus provides realistic, natural-looking brushes that allow the user to paint with watercolours, oils and other media whilst retaining vector editing capability. DrawPlus is also able to produce Stop frame and Key frame animations, including output to Adobe Flash swf file format and support for ActionScript.

DrawPlus X8 and Starter Edition offer support for pressure-sensitive input devices such as Wacom's range of tablets. Both applications feature a Pressure Studio to allow calibration of the individual devices and allow functions to be mapped to the supported buttons on the tablet. DrawPlus supports pressure-sensitive vector lines and brushes to create a striking range of effects from manga through to painting in an array of media.

DrawPlus is available both as a paid-for version, DrawPlus X8, or as a cut-down Starter Edition which is completely free. Both variants support SVG import and export to provide compatibility with other vector editing software.[3]

Supported platforms

DrawPlus was developed for Linux and Microsoft Windows and is fully compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista (32/64bit), Windows 7 (32/64bit) and Windows 8 (32/64bit).[4]


The first standalone version of the program, DrawPlus 2.0, was published in 1994. It coincided with the launch of PagePlus 3.0. New versions of the software were released every 1 to 4 years, with DrawPlus X8 being the final version.

Full list of versions:


Object creation and editing

DrawPlus provides a range of object creation and editing tools which are common in other editors, and also offers additional tools [8]


DrawPlus X8 exports EPS, and this version and the free Starter Edition both support the SVG file format in order to allow cross-application document exchange. Both versions also support PNG, JPEG, GIF, Microsoft HD Photo and TIFF export. DrawPlus also opens and exports PDF documents, CAD drawings, and is also able to open EPS documents and Adobe Illustrator files (version 9.0 onwards). DrawPlus can be used to create Adobe Flash swf files and WMV/AVI movies from user animations. DrawPlus can also be used to create GIF animations. Output from both DrawPlus and Starter Edition can be automatically supersampled to create very high quality exported images.

See also


  1. ^ "About Us". August 2015. Retrieved 2015-08-24.
  2. ^ "Digital Craft: Serif discontinues its Pageplus, Drawplus and Photoplus designing software to focus on its(Serif) new Affinity range of Professional graphic design software - ANINO". ANINO. 2017-08-10. Retrieved 2018-08-20.
  3. ^ "DrawPlus X8: Overview". March 2015. Retrieved 2015-08-24.
  4. ^ "DrawPlus X8: In Depth". March 2015. Retrieved 2015-08-24.
  5. ^ Scudder, Rebecca (April 2010). "Reviewing DrawPlus X4: Affordable All-in-One Design Solution". BrightHub. Retrieved 2015-08-24.
  6. ^ Williams, Mike (April 2010). "Review: Serif DrawPlus X4". Software Crew. Retrieved 2015-08-24.
  7. ^ Burns, Michael (August 2011). "Serif DrawPlus X5 review". PC Advisor. Retrieved 2015-08-24.
  8. ^ "DrawPlus Full Feature List". (Serif Europe) Limited. 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-25.