Sty­lus primed Sty­lus firm Adonit’s first app is made for sketch­ing

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Sty­lus man­u­fac­turer Adonit’s first app is made for sketch­ing. Find out if it should have stuck to hard­ware…

Price Free, in-app pur­chases

Com­pany Adonit


rat­ing Adonit is bet­ter known for sty­luses than soft­ware, but lots of thought has gone into this sketch­ing app, which is (nat­u­rally) made to be used with a sty­lus but works just as well with a fin­ger.

Open­ing the app dis­plays a vir­tual wall of projects, each like a mood board con­tain­ing sketches (cre­ated from scratch or im­ported from your photo al­bum or Drop­box). Sketches can be re­ar­ranged, dragged to a screen cor­ner to trans­fer be­tween projects, or ex­ported as a PNG or PDF. Sadly, though, you can’t zoom to com­pare sketches side by side.

In sketch mode you work free­hand with pres­sure-sen­si­tive pen­cil, pen, marker, paint­brush, air­brush or eraser. There’s very lit­tle lag, and you can ad­just brush size and edit colour swatches. Forge’s big­gest ap­peal, how­ever, is lay­ers. To al­ter layer opac­ity you drag layer thumb­nails side­ways – use­ful for trac­ing – and you can ‘pinch’ lay­ers to­gether to merge them and even trans­fer them be­tween sketches. Brushes can in­ter­act nat­u­rally or be kept apart on sep­a­rate lay­ers.

The app gives you the chance to get ideas down and de­velop them quickly and in­tu­itively. A fine start!

The free ver­sion of­fers up to five lay­ers a sketch; a £2.99 in-app pur­chase makes them un­lim­ited.

In­di­vid­ual sketches sit along­side each other in a project and can be moved around at will.

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