iDesign 4+

TouchAware Limited

    • 2.7 • 72 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



Precision 2D vector drawing and design on the iPad & iPhone.

Make professional quality designs, illustrations and technical drawings on the move using your fingers at last! iDesign has unique features and offset controls which allows you to draw accurately with your finger not getting in the way or blocking your view.

Full feature compatibility and automatic sync of designs via iCloud with XDesign (Mac version).

User Guide (PDF) available at


- A universal app for both iPad and iPhone which adapts to the native screen size of the device.
- An unobtrusive icon based visual and context driven user interface with a full screen board view
- Toolbars and panels with easy access to frequently used functions for a fast work flow

Standard Tools & Functions
- Line, polyline, square, rectangle, circle, arc, ellipse, polygons, stars & path tools
- Copy and paste selected shapes and groups
- Group and ungroup shapes hierarchically to create complex designs
- Edit points, convert shapes to path, close shapes, add and remove points, break, weld, explode and join
- Precise rotation with ability to rotate at user defined center
- Object alignment tools
- Fill color and pen color swatches with opacity controls, custom RGB mixer
- Stroke width, line style, line caps and corner join styles, arrow ends and dash patters
- Text insertion with fonts, styles, sizes, paragraph alignments, multilingual, rotate/resize
- Set a background image for tracing/marking over it
- Insert images, copy, paste, move, resize and position them accordingly
- Multilevel Undo/Redo for all edit operations
- Create multiple layers to organize & separate design components
- Connector tools for drawing charts and flow diagrams

Unique Features for Touch Based Editing
- Offset handles for moving and positioning without your finger blocking the view
- Nudge controls, allows precise movement of selected shapes or selected points
- Delta transformations to apply incremental values by keyboard

Advanced Tools for Graphics Design
- Advanced path editing options for corner, smooth and symmetric control points, straighten and curve segments
- Text to path conversion
- Boolean operations on shapes, unite, intersect, subtract, exclude
- Freehand drawing, auto smoothened paths
- Gradients / color blends

Advanced Tools for Technical Drawing
- Circle and Arc tool based on center, start/end point, radius and angle of arc
- Dimensioning tools, length as well as angular with customisable settings
- Support for Feet+Inches+Fractions (U.S & older unit system)
- Architectural formatting option for Dimensions
- Dynamic grid supporting feet, inches and inch fractions at different zoom levels

Units & Board Setup
- Support for standard and custom board sizes.
- Set a drawing scale
- Full set of standard unit systems.
- Unit aware Grid with customisable settings
- Snap to grid, snap to object and points
- Unit aware rulers

Shape libraries to organise and reuse shapes
- Add, remove and organise shapes in your own libraries
- A set of standard shapes for creating floor plans included

Export/Import & Print
- Export designs to JPEG, PNG, PDF & SVG formats
- Import SVG files
- Share your designs with other iDesign users via Email
- Dropbox support for Export, Import
- AirPrint Support

iDesign is available as a monthly or yearly subscription and includes a free trial period that begins once your purchase has been confirmed with your Apple ID account. At the end of the trial your subscription will start and renew automatically. Your Apple ID account will be charged for the upcoming period unless you disable auto-renew or cancel your subscription in your Account Settings at least 24-hours prior to the end of the current period.

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What’s New

Version 4.1

This update includes user experience improvements in 5 areas of frequently used functionality.

Keyboard shortcuts for tools, common functions and editing:
- Shortcuts for all the drawing tools.
- Standard editing shortcuts for Cut, Copy, Paste, Delete, Undo, Redo, Select/Unselect All, Shift Select etc.
- Shortcuts for File operations, Save, Close, Export, Library.
- Shortcuts for Board settings, Grid, Snap, Rulers, Zoom options.
- Shortcuts for Toolbox menu panels, Tools, Properties, Board, Layers and Settings.
- Arrow keys for moving selected objects.
Press and hold the Command button to see all the available keyboard shortcuts.

Improvements to export and sharing:
- New share option to export and share straightaway.
- Save exported files to a folder location locally or on iCloud.

Midpoint offset handles for resizing sides:
- Just like in the Mac version, you now have midpoint resize handles along with the corner handles.

Measurements display next to shape during editing:
- Displays context measurements for location, size, length and angle and rotation.
- The messages can be enabled or disabled in Toolbox -> Settings -> Context Measurements setting.

Tool action notifications:
- Tool actions messages displayed briefly on the top of the screen.
- The notifications can be enabled or disabled in Design Options -> Info -> Help -> Context Help Messages setting.

Zoom presets and percentage display:
- Zoom percentage display visible during pinch zooming.
- Zoom +/- buttons to be based on standard set of zoom presets.

Fixed design lock functionality, now accessible via Design Options -> Info -> Settings -> Design Lock setting.

Thanks to all the users who have subscribed and supported the continued development of iDesign. Hope you enjoy these new UX improvements, many more enhancements/features are planned and will follow.

Please use the support page at for any feedback/query or email:

NOTE: From v4.0 onwards, the app is on a subscription model, refer to the version history for details.

Ratings and Reviews

2.7 out of 5
72 Ratings

72 Ratings

Humanparody ,

Worked for 3 minutes(problem resolved)

Update: After installing a new iOS update (11.2.6) the problem appears to have resolved itself for now. I will however note that I sent in a service ticket to the app developer and received a blazing fast response with good information on how to potentially resolve the issue, however I had already fixed it with the update.

Original review: Downloaded, drew 3 lines, tried a few things to edit a line and the app just froze. Closed the app and restarted it. After the splash screen it goes to "loading" indefinitely. Tried uninstalling and reinstalling and it loads to the blank workspace with the tools along the edge but nothing works when you click on it. Close and restart and it's back to the indefinite loading situation. It's currently completely unusable.

Bird Rebel ,

Backup before loading subscription version

Apparently updating to the subscription version will delete all the files stored on the iPad. Move to cloud or email to yourself to avoid loosing your files.

However for reasons unknown in my case after two days all my old files showed up in “recent” files and hence were recovered. Not sure if a backup is made by touchware for the update or not. Anyway all is well now. At any rate love the app. I have been using it for ten years for furniture design, RC model aircraft drawings and illustrations, and in re-rendering a 7 color club logo after the original art work was lost and only low resolution pictures could be found. Love the resolution tand precision that is possible with the apple pencil.

Developer Response ,

Thanks for the positive review and subscribing, great to hear that you are finding it useful for furniture design and model aircraft drawings!
The app does not delete any of your files and does not create and manage any backups. Any user created designs or files are untouched by the app until the user opens the file for editing.
The new version has a new design browser where the files are located in the iDesign folder (the app's document folder) on your device or iCloud Drive. In this instance not sure why any local files were not visible initially or you did not yet notice the files are located in the iDesign folder in On My iPad/iPad location. This has been tested again and no issues found, will keep a watch on this for local files to ensure there are no issues. If you encounter any issue please contact us at

JMorenoNunez ,

Han hecho buenas mejoras

Llevo uno o dos años utilizando este programa de diseño en mi tableta. Tengo que ser honesto en mencionar que al principio tuve varios problemas con el programa, sin embargo reconozco que han hecho buenos cambios que lo han mejorado. Soy artesano y trabajo en maderas y me ha servido de gran ayuda. En el pasado utilizaba Adobe Ilustrator para diseñar lo mismo que estoy haciendo ahora. Espero que los productores continúen realizando mejoras.

I've been using this design program on my tablet for a year or two. I have to be honest in mentioning that at the beginning I had several problems with the program, however I recognize that they have made good changes that have improved it. I am a craftsman and work in wood and it has been of great help to me. In the past I used Adobe ilustrator to design the same thing I'm doing now. I hope that the producers continue making improvements.

App Privacy

The developer, TouchAware Limited, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

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