Chasys Draw IES is a suite of image editing applications including a layer-based image editor with adjustment layers, linked layers, timeline and frame-based animation, icon editing, image stacking and comprehensive plug-in support (Chasys Draw IES Artist), a fast multi-threaded image file converter (Chasys Draw IES Converter) and a fast image viewer (Chasys Draw IES Viewer), with RAW image support in all components. It supports the native file formats of several competitors including Adobe Photoshop, Affinity Photo, Corel PhotoPaint, GIMP, Krita, Paint.NET and PaintShop Pro, and the whole suite is designed to make effective use of multi-core processors, touch-screens and pen-input devices.


Designed under the mantra of “unique, flexible and powerful”, Chasys Draw IES takes a radically different approach to image editing with the aim of opening up new possibilities for those who dare to be different.

chasys draw ies splash screen

“unique, flexible and powerful”

Chasys Draw IES is built to adhere to four core principles, which I call the “four pillars of Chasys Draw IES”:
  • Character: No photoshop imitations here
  • Performance: Fast, efficient and stable
  • Innovation: New techniques and out-of-the-box thinking
  • Cleanliness: Clean code devoid of bloatware
The adherence to these principles is the reason why it is said that once you go Chasys you will never go back.

Latest Changes (Notes)

The following changes have been made to Chasys Draw IES with the latest release:

Fast JPEG and QOI Support

This release introduces an improved JPEG plug-in that is up to 6 times faster than the previous implementation. It also introduces support for the new QOI (Quite OK Image) image file format, which is positioned as a light-weight alternative to PNG that is faster and easier to implement.

GIF, PICT, PAT and Associations

Some GIF glitches have been resolved and PICT support has been extended to include Cinepak-encoded files. A bug relating to 16-bit PICT files has been resolved, and support for Corel-format Pattern files has been added. Significant changes have been made to the handling of file associations, including better conflict detection and handling of read-only formats.

UI Changes

The look and feel of the UI has undergone some minor changes, with the old 3D-look buttons being replaced by a more modern design. Progress indication for file loading and saving has been introduced with a cancellation option, and the brush management interface now has caching for previews to improve performance and save energy. Speaking of energy, the File Browser now has an indicator to show if a disk is spinning or sleeping.

Latest Changes (List)

The following changes have been made to Chasys Draw IES with the latest release:
  • Fast JPEG read and write (up to 6 times faster)
  • QOI (Quite OK Image) file support (read and write)
  • Support for Cinepak-encoded Macintosh PICT files
  • Support for Corel-format Pattern files (.PAT)
  • Progress indication for loading and saving
  • File load and save cancellation via Esc key
  • Better handling of files with read-only support
  • Improved file association conflict detection
  • Caching of brush previews for faster rendering
  • Indication of power state for disk drives
  • Several minor UI improvements
  • [bug-fix] Optimized palette missing one color
  • [bug-fix] 16-bit PICT handling
  • [bug-fix] Some GIF glitches

Chasys Draw IES is updated regularly, with a new version coming out every 2 to 4 months. If you have Chasys Draw IES installed on a computer with an internet connection, you will be notified of updates as they become available. You can also visit this page to check.


Latest Version (FREE):
Chasys Draw IES 5.21.01
released on 27th Nov 2022
31 MB exe or zip - setup, help and selected extras




Did you like the software?
Kindly make a donation via PayPal to keep the project going.


chasys draw ies screen shot




Awarded 5 Stars at Taimienphi



Awarded 5 Stars at FileCluster