VectorScribe – Abobe Illustrator Plug-in

VectorScribe v2

4.00 out of 5 based on 14 customer ratings
(14 customer reviews)


Time to supercharge your Illustrator

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Precise editing of vector paths, creation of vector shapes and corners and measurements.

Create Dynamic Shapes + Corners | Review, convert + delete points | Extend + trim paths | Measure + apply distances.

With seven standalone tools, powerful in their simple and precise nature, VECTORSCRIBE2 is the ultimate choice for professional vector design. You get the highly dynamic tools you need to create stunning vector artwork in an intuitive and time-saving workflow that can be tailored to fit your needs.

Smart Brush Removal Tool as part of VectorScribe2 greatly reducing the point count on an expanded stroke

Smart Remove Brush Tool

Make a clean sweep of your artwork by effortlessly removing excess points with this magic brush. Either you choose which points to intelligently remove or let the brush work for you automatically.

It’s like being the magician’s apprentice!

Extend Path Tool as part of VectorScribe2 naturally extending and trimming a Bezier curve with ease

Path Extend Tool

Imagine your artwork suggesting to YOU where to go — like the paths are growing and extending themselves! This tool can be used both creatively in a natural, fluid style or more technically.

For added precision, extend OR trim to exact lengths, ideal for fashion designers, technical illustrators…

Dynamic Corners as part of VectorScribe being applied to a series of lines and curves

Dynamic Corners Tool

Amazing ability to add AND NOW detect rounded corners to one or more points on a path dynamically.

Apply or edit corners:

  • interactively to any path or dynamic shape
  • to straight and curve path segments (dynamic or not)
  • to one or more points on a path simultaneously

Dynamic Shapes - helping to easily create a gear cog using a star with rounded points

Dynamic Shapes Tool

Create, recognise, convert and control shapes — and do it dynamically!

Interactive and numeric control over number of points, segments and sides, true shape origin, height, width and diameter, corner radius and slice angles.

Dynamic shapes can also be used for text areas, image clipping masks, within Live Paint artwork and have live Effects applied to them, whilst remaining dynamic.

PathScribe as part of VectorScribe controlling multiple Bezier curve handles simultaneously

PathScribe Tool – Edit Vector Paths

Makes editing and refining vector paths far quicker and easier than with Illustrator’s pen tool. It allows you to drag straight lines into co-operative curves, remove redundant points, smart remove selected points whilst keeping the overall path profile, select and manipulate multiple handles simultaneously and switch effortlessly between corner and smooth points.

NEW in 2: Ghost Handles and Smart Smooth

Dynamic Measure used to measure fashion design garment - distance along path

Dynamic Measure Tool – Quick and Accurate Measurements

Measure anywhere on your art board and convert this information into your artwork. All measurements from simple lengths and angles to advanced distances along paths remain dynamic and don’t affect your artwork, removing any guesswork and tedious calculations. Ideal for fashion designers right through to cartographers.

Protractor as part of VectorScribe allowing designers to draw at an angle in Illustrator

Protractor – Draw at Set Angles

Simple but very helpful tool to define custom angles for drawing. Easy to use and time saving.

Example Artwork

The artwork above was created using VectorScribe.

VectorScribe Tools

New functionality added to VectorScribe2 since original launch denoted by NEW statements. These are FREE updates for all VectorScribe2 customers.

Smart Remove Brush Tool
  • Interactively smart remove excessive points in selected paths
  • Variable brush size
  • NEW: Pressure-sensitive control with a graphic tablet
  • Tolerance level to automate process
  • Protect selected points
Extend Path Tool
  • Quickly and interactively extend or trim any path
  • Bezier curve extension methods: Single, Constant Radius, Straight, Spiral (NEW)
  • Reverse curvature of constant radius extension
  • Snap to intersecting path on extend and trim
  • Constrain length by multiples (total path length or change in length)
  • Display lengths whilst editing (absolute or percentage)
Dynamic Corners
  • Apply and detect corners interactively to any path or shape
  • Corner types: Rounded / Negative rounded / Chamfer
  • Methods: True (accurate radius) / Standard (Adobe method)
  • Apply to straight and curve (Bézier) path segments
  • Apply to one or more points simultaneously
  • Convert non-dynamic rounded corners into dynamic interactively, by selection or all artwork
  • Convert Adobe’s round corner live Effect to Dynamic
  • Select similar radius corners
  • Expansion of corners not required for editing outside tool
Dynamic Shapes
  • Create and detect standard shapes interactively
  • Seven dynamic shape types: Square / Circle / Rectangle / Ellipse / Polygon / Star / Donut
  • Convert non-dynamic standard shapes into dynamic interactively, by selection or all artwork
  • Improved easy editing of rectangles by click-dragging edges
  • Rounded corners / chamfers may be applied at each corner or individually
  • Each shape may open or closed sliced providing arcs and further shapes
  • Set transformation origin using 9-block defaults or arbitrarily
  • Expansion of shapes not required for editing outside tool
  • Interactive and numeric control
  • Dynamic shapes can also be used for text areas, image clipping masks, Live Paint, etc.
  • NEW: “Select > Dynamic Shape” menu selection method
  • Ghost Handles for quick and easy change from straight to curved segments
  • Smart Smooth for automatically changing points to smooth status
  • Drag any line or curve segment intuitively
  • Smart remove selected points retaining the shape where possible
  • Connector points – lock curve handle angles to joining straight segments
  • Single-click conversion of single curve segments to straight lines
  • NEW: Highlight, automatically or manually remove redundant points
  • Easy selection/display of all points/handles
  • NEW: Add Points to Selected Segments providing full control and options
  • Manipulate curve segment handles simultaneously
  • Move points to horizontal/vertical tangencies
  • Split all selected segments simultaneously
  • Close path with option to keep end handles
  • Reverse path direction
  • Extensive customisation through preferences
Dynamic Measure
  • Measure anywhere on your artwork
  • Toggle following information: distance/ angle/ change in horizontal/vertical distance/ distance along path
  • Scaling factor
  • Units of measurement
  • Hover-measure information including: distance along path/ tangent angles/ radius of curve at any point
  • Draw curve normals
  • Extensive customisation through preferences
  • Use standard Illustrator arrow-heads instead of fixed


  • Quick access to Illustrator’s Constrain Angle preference
  • Three user-definable angle buttons for quick access
  • Works effectively with Dynamic Measure tool allowing you to draw at any defined angle on existing or new artwork

Using our plug-ins

Installation, Licensing & Activation
Color-coded Panels
Software Requirements

Illustrator CC/CS6/CS5
Mac OS 10.7+

Adobe Illustrator CC/CS6/CS5
Windows 10/8/7/Vista

Example Artwork

Example Artwork

The artwork on the right was created with the VectorScribe plug-in.

Download Artwork

Download all our sample artwork source files and have a look at them in Adobe Illustrator.
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14 reviews for VectorScribe v2

  1. 5 out of 5


    Well, now I can’t go back to the Illustrator that I knew. I am forever dependent on this amazing plug-in.

  2. 5 out of 5


    Vectorscribe was my first Astute plugin and it put me on the long path of owning them all. The functionality of this add-on supplants many of the more tedious functions of the program I use on a daily basis. I can’t use vanilla Illustrator without Vectorscribe.

  3. 5 out of 5


    This and Inkscribe… why would you ever use the pen tool again?

  4. 5 out of 5


    You can’t live without it! Vital tool for every designer!

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  6. 5 out of 5


    Excellent piece of work I’ve yet to still learn to fully appreciate. So far it has been an excellent addition to my graphics arsenal and after viewing’s tutorials it’s going to be an even more practical investment of both my time and money.

  7. 5 out of 5


    Quick to pick up. Once you know the power of this and rest of the astute plugins you will be lost without them.

  8. 5 out of 5


    Takes illustrator for nearly useless to indispensable.

  9. 1 out of 5


    Bought this product a few hours ago – the Astute Graphics Pro marketing pops up while AI is opening, and first stops AI from opening, then it crashes it. Spent 59GBP just to not be able to reopen AI AT ALL and continue to work. Impossible to uninstall this because AI needs to be up to be able to do it. Horrible, horrible product!

    • :

      Hi Daria,

      I’m sorry You’ve experienced this situation,I would encourage you to contact our technical support through the contact page. Please note that our products do not stop Illustrator from opening. The installation process must be completed however when starting up Illustrator after install. Please email us through the contact page for full support on this or watch the video on the licensing page for help.
      Many Thanks

  10. 5 out of 5


    Thanks guys. You make me excited again after 22 years of working with illustrator. after the day of purchasing the Elite Package , Thanks for that amazing 2 days sale, I can not close Illustrator! It’s a whole new application.
    But documentation is horrible and many of video tutorials are so old.

    • nick


      Hi Ali – thanks for your feedback. We are already in the process of updating the videos for our longer-established core tools. The entire Phantasm video set was recently released following 4 months of work. A similar task is already planned – please keep an eye on our social feeds for updates.

  11. 3 out of 5


    I am from Pakistan and i want to purchase VectorScribe v2, tell me how can i purchase it locally.

    • nick


      All products may be purchased online via our store. To buy VectorScribe, please visit the VectorScribe product page. We do not have localised dealers in any country as all software is sold exclusively online. Thanks!

  12. 3 out of 5


    Nick, tell me procedure to purchase VectorScribe v2.

    • Lorna


      Hi Humayun,

      You can purchase VectorScribe by going to the product page and clicking ‘Add to basket’. When you are ready you can then ‘View Basket’ and ‘Proceed to Checkout’ where you will be asked to enter/confirm your details.

      The majority of our customers choose to pay by Paypal, however online payments do not require a PayPal account. When directed to the Paypal login page, if you scroll down below the login box there is an option to checkout as a guest and pay via Credit/Debit Card without having to open a Paypal account.
      Alternatively, you may prefer to complete and pay for the order over the telephone by calling us on +44 (0) 1432 341073. Please note that we are a UK based company and operate Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm London Time.

  13. 1 out of 5


    I use Adobe Illustrator 2015 CC and have downloaded a 14 day trial of all the software. As with anything new, you have got to learn how to use it. So, how do you learn to use a new product? Well, hopefully the manufacturer has a large amount of training videos to show you how everything works. Yes, well no. Astute Graphics has no training videos as such. There a few people on YouTube who throw up the odd video, but that’s it. Thinking of spending such a large amount of money on software that you cannot use seems to be ridiculous to me. Can’t Astute Graphics afford to make the training videos or do they expect you to learn by trial and error. Unless Astute Graphics come up with a large number of training videos, don’t bother buying there products.

    • Lorna


      Hi Stephen, we’re sorry to hear that you have experienced problems locating our training material.

      We offer a range of Tutorial Videos for each of our plug-ins and these can be accessed in a number of ways:
      You can access them all directly over on our Youtube channel
      You can also access the videos from our website. Simply go to the software page for each plug-in and select ‘Videos’
      When in Illustrator, look at the coloured bar at the top of each plug-in panel, here you will find a menu option on the right hand side and ‘Tutorial Video’ is the third option down.
      You can also find them by going to Help > Astute Graphics > Product name> Tutorial videos.

      In addition to these Video Tutorials we regularly publish Blog Tutorials and host live Webinar Tutorials with room for a maximum of 100 people (join early to ensure your seat!)
      If you’re not already following us on social media ( Facebook / Twitter / Instagram ), you can do so in order to receive updates and early notification of these Tutorials, Blogs and Webinars. You can also subscribe to our mailing list for updates

      We hope this helps. Please let us know if we can help further.

  14. 3 out of 5


    Dear Lorna,
    License key is for life time?

    • nick


      Yes! :) We currently only sell perpetual licenses.

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