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ClarisDraw user interface


Example of a composite layout produced with ClarisDraw. Images obtained from a confocal microscope were aligned and overlayed with labels.

ClarisDraw was the final incarnation of MacDraw, one of the early Macintosh applications. Development of Apple's drawing program ended in 1997 when Claris was dismembered.


ClarisDraw supports very large file sizes and allows very fine control of both objects (text boxes, arrows, etc) and bit mapped paint boxes. The image to the right shows a composite of six microscopy images with added labels.

ClarisDraw supports the printing of large files to laser printers and other types of high resolution color printers.

ClarisDraw runs under Mac OS 9 and the Classic environment of Mac OS X up through 10.4.11. Some of the pull-off menus of ClarisDraw are illustrated, including a color palette and tools for alighment of objects and arrows.

Discontinuation and alternatives[]

ClarisDraw was discontinued after many of its features were integrated into ClarisWorks, which was rebranded as AppleWorks, but it was never updated for Intel support. EazyDraw could open ClarisDraw files with native Intel support, but this capability was dropped in the 64-bit version for Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion).[1] Intaglio can import ClarisDraw files with more accuracy, but the publisher has since gone out of business.[2] Apple reintroduced the drawing features into Pages from its iWork suite.[3]


  1. Mac Draw and ClarisDraw Import, Dekorra Optics LLC. Accessed 2021-09-13.
  2. Intaglio, Purgatory Design. Archived 2020-08-09.
  3. Add and edit a shape in Pages on Mac, Apple Support. Accessed 2021-09-13.

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