When comparing Adobe Illustrator CC vs Google Drawings, the Slant community recommends Adobe Illustrator CC for most people. In the question“What are the best vector graphics editors?” Adobe Illustrator CC is ranked 3rd while Google Drawings is ranked 19th.
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Pro Amazing integration with all other Adobe Software (PS, Ae, Id...)
Pro Flexible, non-intrusive interface
Small palette menus and the ability to save multiple menu layouts keep the UI out of the way.
Pro It's the industry standard
Pro Has all the vector tools you could dream of
Pro Frequent updates
The CC subscription model means that major releases are no longer necessary, so existing users gain immediate access to new features.
Pro Easy to learn
It's easy to learn how to work with this software.
Pro Advanced tools
Pro There are many tutorials on the internet
Pro Free to use
Like the rest of the Google Drive suite, Draw is available to anyone with a Google account.
Pro Support for collaboration
Because it's integrated with Google Drive, Draw docs can easily be shared and worked on by multiple people.
Pro Easy to use
It lacks all of the complex features of the larger editors, but makes all of the tools it does have easy to access and understand.
Pro Cloud storage
Google Draw saves to Google Drive so you can access it from anywhere at any time.
Con Subscription model
Illustrator CC requires a $19.99/mo (minimum) subscription to use. Adobe no longer sells previous versions of Illustrator.
Con Steep learning curve
Con Heavy use of CPU/RAM
Con No proper selection mode
In a vector-art program, the critical selection mode is the one in which objects must be fully enclosed by the selection marquee to be selected. In the simple example shown here, selecting all the circles should merely require you to draw a selection rectangle around them. But in Illustrator, there's no way to avoid selecting other objects as well, even though they're not totally enclosed by the selection box. Year after year, Adobe fails to fix this bizarre oversight, making Illustrator a tedious pain to use.
Con Imprecise coordinates
Oftentimes your 140 is 139.9997 and as a vector program it doesn't rely much on precision.
Con Married to Google
Using Google Draw necessarily means committing information to their servers.