A 2D paint package that does more than you might expect
For a company best known for 3D software (including the wonderful 123D apps), Autodesk’s latest release is all about the flattened screen. Now known simply as SketchBook (prior versions have included Mobile, Express and Pro), Autodesk wants to give you the tools to create and output your digital drawings and paintings… so long as you’re prepared to unlock them through the medium of an IAP.
That’s the major change, here; SketchBook has one In-App Purchase to unlock the tools you’ll need (which, understandably, hasn’t gone down well with prior fans). After that you’ll find all the traditional tools of a well specced art application: layers allow you to organise your outlines, colours and shading and an increased range of blend modes allow you to create all new effects. There are more brushes than ever to add to the fun of drawing (but some are still too low-res to use on the larger image sizes available).
All told, this isn’t as huge an update as a new name and app slot might suggest, but one major change – the double puck – does shrink the user interface and speed up workflow brilliantly. It’s not a brand new SketchBook then, but it remains a powerful and well featured drawing app. Paul Kercal
A fun and powerful 2D art package. The UI has improved and the in-built brush set is as much fun as it ever was.