A 2D paint pack­age that does more than you might ex­pect

Mac Format - - RATED | IOS APPS - Free (£2.49 IAP) De­vel­oper Au­todesk, sketch­ Works with iPhone, iPod touch, iPad Ver­sion 3.0.3 Age 4+ Christ­mas 2014 |

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.

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