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10 Best Sketch Alternatives for Windows and Mac (2020)

By WILLIAM GOHEEN

The Sketch app is a collaborative prototyping and vector editing tool only for Mac systems. With its simple UI design and powerful graphic features, many Windows users also want to download Sketch for their Windows devices and try its great functions. Here are 10 best Sketch app alternatives for Windows, some of them are free to use and also can be used on Mac. 

1. Vectr

Supports Platforms: Windows, Mac and Linux, Chromebook

Vectr is the first free Sketch alternative for Windows we would like to introduce. Vectr is a simple yet powerful web and desktop cross-platform tool for everyone. And it's friendly for users who have devices with different operating systems due to its multiple platforms supporting. 

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Key features similar to Sketch app:

  • Free vector graphics editor, and has all the basic tools that every designer needs to do their job. 
  • Simple to learn and use, which allows beginners can easily draw vector graphics they need.
  • Support online use, no waste of device space.

2. Figma 

Supports Platforms: Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android.

Figma is the most popular Sketch app alternative for Windows and Mac. With this graphic tool, you can do UI/UX design, prototyping, brainstorming, and wireframing. And Figma combines many plugins that help users enjoy a completed design experience. Besides, Figma supports Sketch files import, providing great convenience for users if they want to switch from Sketch to Figma and have a free "Sketch" app.

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Key features similar to or better than the Sketch app:

  • Supports collaborative work with teams, create, comment, and share designs are easy.
  • Very fast and powerful due to its a web-based graphic design tool.
  • Show your ideas to life in a simple way with its prototype functions.
  • It allows users to build a scalable design system to manage all design files, ready for next time use.

3. Lunacy

Supports Platforms: Windows

Lunacy is a powerful vector graphic design software with built-in icons, photos, vector illustrations, etc. There is a wide range of icons, photos, masked photos, and vectors for designers to use in their designing work. Though Lunacy is a native Windows app, it fully supports open sketch files on Windows, both old and new versions. In addition, this graphic design software has a very intuitive UI interface and easy to use. If you prefer to use a Windows system, but admire the functions of Sketch app, this free Lunacy design software can be a great Sketch alternative for your Windows OS.  

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4. Gravit Designer

Supports Platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux, and ChromeOS

Gravit Designer is a full-featured and free vector graphic design software both for beginners and professionals. Similar to the Sketch app, Gravit Designer allows users to create and edit beautiful vector graphics, and upload your work to Cloud and share them with your friends. But different from the Sketch, Gravit Designer also supports web and app UI design and photo editing, allowing users to get their work done in one place. And users can use this free graphic design tool in all platforms such as Windows and Mac, offering a flexible Sketch alternative for those who used to Windows and other systems. 

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5. Inkscape

Supports Platforms: Windows, Mac and GNU/Linux

Inkscape is also an open-source and free alternative to the Sketch app, designed for people who need to create vector graphics. Compared with the Sketch app, Inkscape does not have so many powerful features such as collaboration with others, but it still provides lots of advanced editing features such as flexible drawing tools, font editing, rendering and supports a variety of file formats such as SVG, AI, EPS, and PNG. And this graphic design app is lightweight, very friendly to those whose devices cannot offer high-level performance. 

6. Boxy SVG Editor

Supports Platforms: Windows, MacOS, Linux, ChromeOS & Web

Similar to the Sketch app, this Boxy SVG editor is used to create and edit SVG files which is a common type of vector graphics. Boxy SVG editor has a simple and easy-to-use UI design, you can easily edit graphics, patterns, and paths with the tools, and illustrate what you want. 

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7. CorelDRAW

Supported Platforms: Windows PC, Online Mac

CorelDRAW is one of the best professional graphic design software in that world which achieves a series of awards and gains popularity in a wide range of areas. It has a series of powerful tools, but it's very easy to use and intuitive, allowing users to create and edit graphic vectors quickly. And it has great support for vector files, users can export their work as Illustrator, AutoCAD, JPG, PDF, CPT, and many more, making it a great choice of alternatives to the Sketch app on Windows and Mac. 

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8. Adobe Illustrator

Supported Platforms: Windows PC,

As its name shows, Adobe Illustrator is a vector-based design software that is designed for graphic designs. This tool has the best design toolsets, but it will cost some time to figure out all the features and tools options that illustrator provides. Compared with the Sketch app, Adobe Illustrator is more professional and requires designers to spend more time learning how to use it. Therefore, this Sketch alternative is not for beginners but suitable for experienced ones. 

9. Adobe XD

Supported Platforms: Windows and Mac

Adobe XD is designed to meet UX/UI designer's needs. For those who have experience with Adobe series products, the use of this Sketch app alternative maybe a piece of cake.  Its intuitive interface and complete guidance can help a newbie get used to it easily. And there are lots of plugins that can be added to help users achieve interesting design effects. Different from the Sketch app, Adobe XD offers is free to use if you only have one active project.

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10. Vecteezy Editor 

Supported Platforms: all systems

Different from the Sketch alternatives for windows mentioned above, the Vecteezy editor is an online vector design tool that can work on all platforms. Just with a web browser, users can draw the graphics they need. All basic tools needed for vector designing are shown on the left side of the whiteboard, easy to find, and select during the design process. 

Choose the Best Sketch Alternatives for Your Windows and Mac Devices

There are lots of vector graphic tools that have similar features with the sketch App. According to your actual needs, you can choose the one that suits your needs. For example, if you just need to design simple banners or make logos for your social personal profile, the less professional tool like Vectr or Lunacy can be a good choice. If you need a lightwave design tool for your device, then web-based Figma and the Vecteezy editor can be a nice choice, because it won't occupy extra space for your device. 

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