Update to popular app brings "cohesive aesthetic" and improved usability.
Gainesville, Florida — (February 1, 2016) – Silicon Benders is proud to announce the refined and revamped release of Sketchable 3.0 to the Windows 10 Store. Sketchable is the only premium creative application exclusive to the Windows store. It was designed and engineered with this ecosystem in mind, making it the vanguard of creative pen and touch universal applications.
Since its inception, Sketchable has pushed the boundaries of the mobile creative market, knowing that inspiration may strike at any minute. Sketchable harnesses that inspiration by taking full advantage of modern graphics hardware, making it the quickest and most responsive sketching application on the windows store market. Its feature set is complemented by the ability for users to share their work both quickly and easily over multiple social and messaging platforms while, at the same time, engendering desktop post-production with PSD file export.
Traditional fine artist and digital artist Don Seegmiller states: “Sketchable has become my primary app for quick visualization. It is extremely fast and user friendly. The additional features with the latest release make it much deeper and useful. The idea of keeping separate journals for different projects appeals to my sense of organization. An inexpensive, simple, yet powerful drawing and painting application; what more can an artist ask for.”
Sporting a modern look with monochromatic icons, the UI of Sketchable 3.0 allows size and color customization, fashioning a personalized creative extension of each individual user. Complementing its seamless UI, Sketchable 3.0 has also streamlined its already intuitive interactions by making them entirely touch and stylus driven. Further feature improvements include up to 32 layers and more blending modes than Photoshop. Sketchable 3.0 may not be an artist’s only canvas, but, the way it is built, it well could be.
Sketchable 3.0 is the result of the continued effort of Silicon Benders to honor the mantra: artistic expression without limitation.
Sketchable 3.0 also includes substantial feature additions & improvements. The Standard version is free. Upgrading to Premium is a one-time purchase of $19.99. Owners of previous versions can upgrade for $4.99.
- Modern UI
- Monochromatic Icons
- Customizable Grayscale selection for Overlays and backdrop
- Nondestructive Viewing filters
- Mirror canvas to get a different perspective on your work to judge the balance of the composition or simply to overcome handiness bias.
- X-Ray Specs - peek through the obscuring layers onto the layer being altered
- Tonal filter - Get a feel for the tonal balance of your work.
- Three texture pots
- 2 universal & one tuned for the current preset
- Color pots are now stored with the document
- Color Picker Controls
- RGB & HSV
- Full Screen Mode
- Use natural handwriting recognition to name Journals and Pages with DirectInk
- Symmetry – toggle between one or two axis and position them anywhere on the canvas.
- Masks – Choose a shape and mark off a section of the canvas that is protected from edit.
- Stencils – Snap to shapes for crisp lines and fluid curves
- Paint Bucket – Quickly fill any section of the canvas
- Layers - up to 32
- 34 Blend Modes
- Adjustable background Color
- Brush Engine Improvements
- Bitmap Tips and Textures
- import & export
- Additional Controls
- Drag & Drop - drag a file directly onto the window, drop it, and start editing
- Share direct to Facebook
Click this link to find Sketchable app in the Windows Store.
Ambient Design has announced the release of ArtRage Touch for Windows 8.1 tablets, available immediately in the Windows Store.
ArtRage 4 for Windows already features one of the cleaner UI designs among desktop paint programs, but the new Touch edition has adopted Windows Modern design language, making it easier to navigate with pen and touch.
While it doesn't offer the full feature set of the desktop version, ArtRage Touch features the key core set:
- Designed specifically for touch and stylus screen input devices.
- Natural painting tools including Oil Paint, Watercolor, Pencils, Palette Knives, Paint Tubes, Rollers, Pens and more.
- Tool settings to adjust the properties of each tool, and presets for storing your favorites.
- Transparent Layers with basic blend modes and opacity control.
- Reference and Tracing Images for importing photographs as a reference during painting.
- Configurable canvas textures with control over color, depth, and grain type.
- Undo and Redo.
ArtRage Touch is $9.99 to purchase and offers a 7-day free trial (NOTE: The ArtRage website claims it's a 14-day trial, but the Windows Store states only 7). Learn more about the app here.
With no fanfare that I can detect anywhere, Autodesk has replaced its free Sketchbook Express app in the Windows Store with the new Autodesk Sketchbook for Windows Tablet app.
This new version is free to download and use just like Express, but the app can be upgraded with a Sketchbook Pro membership ($3/month or $25/year).
With this release, Autodesk has now aligned the interfaces of its iOS, Android and Windows tablet offerings, known collectively as Sketchbook Mobile. The one Sketchbook Pro membership entitles you to unlock all the Pro features on all of your devices, regardless of platform. Curiously, the Sketchbook website has no mention of this new Windows Store version.
Here's the product description from Windows Store:
•Designed specifically for both pen and touch input on Windows tablets
•The entire screen is your canvas with a full screen workspace and unobtrusive user interface
•Open and Save layered PSD and TIFF files for easy interoperability with other applications, including SketchBook for desktop
•Control the finest details of your art with up to a 2500% zoom
•Choose from over 10 preset brushes, including pencils, pens, and markers that deliver a natural drawing experience
•Sign in with a free SketchBook account and unlock the Layer Editor, Symmetry Tools, and more
•Advanced Tools with a Pro membership
•Pro membership: Choose from a comprehensive brush library with pencils, pens, markers, and brushes, including new Synthetic and Smudge brushes
•Pro membership: Full layer controls, including rich layer blending modes; makes image manipulation easier than ever
•Pro membership: Other workflow improvements, including new ruler guides, flood fill, and much more
•Pro membership also unlocks complete access to SketchBook on Windows desktop, Mac, Android, and iOS, including all upgrades as long as your membership is active
Playing with the app briefly on the Surface Pro 3 and my desktop pc with a Monoprice 22" Smarttouch pen display, the experience is very nice. The app features a very minimal interface that is easy to hide, leaving a full screen blank canvas. If you use Sketchbook, this update is a no-brainer and you may find yourself needing to use the desktop program less often.
ONE IMPORTANT CAVEAT: With Windows 10 preview running on the Surface Pro 3, the app runs very poorly because of a bug in build 9926 that crippled hardware acceleration. Microsoft published a graphics driver update that fixes hardware acceleration for other apps, but now Sketchbook for Windows Tablet won't start on my device. I've sent a bug report to Autodesk, but I haven't seen the issue reported elsewhere.
I'm often asked whether a Surface Pro or other Windows penabled device could do double duty as a virtual Wacom Intuos or Bamboo tablet . Although remote control of a desktop pc is possible from any tablet, including iPads, I hadn't found a setup that didn't lag or that properly passed along pen pressure until today.
Virtual Tablet from Sunnysidesoft is the first Windows or Android app I've come across that comes close to duplicating the functionality of a pen tablet over wifi.
In my tests with the Windows app running on the Asus Vivotab Note 8 and the Android version running on the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, I was able to draw effortlessly on my desktop copies of Manga Studio and Sketchbook Pro. Lag on those two apps was barely perceptible and pressure range is excellent.
I also tested Virtual Tablet with Photoshop, but pressure information is not communicated. According to the developers' website, "(This is) because Adobe applications use different device driver for supporting pressure sensitivity. We are developing a new driver for Photoshop right now. However, we can’t promise when it will be ready." Dreaded Wintab requirement strikes again!
The reason Virtual Tablet performs so well may be that unlike other remote control options, it doesn't attempt to reproduce your target screen on your tablet. You'll only see a bounding box representing your target screen. You can pinch zoom in and out of the target area and lock it as well. UPDATE: These are Android-only options. The Windows version only allows full-screen or a default size that leaves a title bar. This is unfortunate because it's easier to reach icons on the sides and bottom of the screen when you reduce the size of the active window slightly.
As you hover around the tablet screen with your pen, your cursor will move on your desktop screen. The pen pointer was displayed as a small pixel on my display. I assume that's a Windows system setting, but I was unable to find the spot to change it. Because the pointer is so small on my 1920x1080 23-inch monitor, it was easy for me to lose sight of it at the top and bottom of the screen. It would be nice if the app offered some way to temporarily change the pointer while in control.
Besides providing even greater functionality for your mobile device, Virtual Tablet makes it possible to control software that would otherwise be incompatible. For example, The Foundry's Mari requires an NVIDIA or AMD graphics card with at least 1GB of RAM. But I was able to paint in the application from the Note Pro. The same should be true for Mudbox and any other app that is problematic on Intel HD graphics hardware. (I can't vouch for pressure sensitivity in Mari because I'm not familiar enough with it to test it properly.) UPDATE: I finally found a meaningful use for my AVTN8. It's a great input device for Mudbox on my desktop while Autodesk continues to grapple with Intel HD graphics compatibility.
To use Virtual Tablet with your desktop, you first need to download the free server application for either Windows or Mac (eraser tip functions are not yet supported in OS X).
Compatibility information from the developers website:
VirtualTablet requires devices with “pressure sensitive stylus pen with hover mode.". As far as we know this functionalities only available with Wacom Digitizer Stylus technology (Samsung Galaxy Note series, few ASUS tablets, and most of Windows Tablets are based on this pen).
Usually capacitive touch pens don’t support pressure sensitivity and hover mode, even though it seems like ‘stylus pen’. This capacitive touch pens are just same as using your finger. Therefore it is not supported by VirtualTablet.
Supported: Galaxy Note series, few ASUS tablets, Windows Tablet(MS Surface, Slate 7, ATIV, ASUS Eee Slate, etc.)
NOT supported: Galaxy Tab, ASUS tablet, Nexus Tablets (Nexus 7, 10), HP TouchPad and other usual tablets & phones.
Virtual Tablet is available as a free trial, but for only $1.99 for the Windows Store version and $1.86 for Android, it's an absolute no-brainer.
A popular iOS art app made its debut in the Windows Store this weekend.
SketchTime, the brainchild of developer Hansol Huh, is an elegant application that distills the drawing toolset to its barest essentials.
The $1.99 app offers pen and marker brushes in 15 predetermined sizes and a palette consisting of 30 preset colors per pen. And that's it. As evidenced by its popular Flickr group (see link in the press release below), the combination of the two is surprisingly powerful as you can quickly lay down a sketch in "ink" and apply a splash of color with your marker.
Unfortunately, SketchTime does not recognize pen pressure at this time, although the developer told me he plans to add the capability in a future update. The app also doesn't distinguish between pen and touch, so you have to wear a glove or keep your hand off the screen to avoid stray marks on your canvas.
When you open a completed image from the Gallery section, you can play back a timelapse sequence of your sketch coming to life. The iPad version allows you to load photos to trace over. We hope to see that feature brought over soon.
For now, SketchTime is a no-brainer for Surface 2 users and for only $2 a welcomed Modern UI sketching option for Surface Pro artists.
April 11, 2014 - App developer Hansol Huh today announced the release of SketchTime on the Windows Store.
SketchTime is already very popular on the Apple app store, which has been downloaded over 500,000 times. Now all the PC and Windows tablet users can enjoy this simple yet powerful app too.
There are already plenty of sketching and painting apps on the market. But when you want to make quick sketches, take simple notes, or scribble sudden ideas, not to make a masterpiece, what’s your choice? Don't you think the app takes long time to open a sketch pad, you have to set too many options, and you need to tap a number of times to set the line thickness and color? This is why I make SketchTime app.
Sketching like it should be. Simple, Fast and Fun! If you love sketching but dislike cluttered, complicated UI and too many options to set, SketchTime is your best choice. SketchTime is totally optimized for quick sketches. Just open up a sketch pad and let the sketches flow. All the essential tools right at your fingertips help you focus on your creativity. User interface couldn’t be more intuitive and fluid.
The unique SketchTime’s drawing engine makes your strokes faster and smoother. All vector-based strokes are automatically saved, so you never lose your valuable works. Moreover, you can watch your sketches smoothly play back. There are some more extra features you must like. Unlimited level undo and redo make you feel free to make a mistake. Responsive zooming makes you draw more detailed. You can lock your sketches for protecting from being deleted and edited by mistake.
What Media and User Say:
“SketchTime simplifies sketching down to its essence” - Apple Inc.
“If you are looking for a way to just draw without all of the complicated art accoutrements, SketchTime may be the answer.” - AppAdvice
“It lets me do very nice quick sketches without having to think about the tools all the time.” - User
Hansol Huh is a Seoul-based app creator of the popular creative apps, TypeDrawing, Artree, SnapPen and SketchTime.
Before I was hoarding Windows 8 tablets and convertibles, I was an insatiable iOS art app collector: always on the lookout for the application that would unlock the iPad's creative possibilities.
I know this is a silly pursuit because truly talented artists have been able to produce masterpieces on their iPads from day one. But those of us who never mastered finger painting like to convince ourselves that we would be better artists "if only" the hardware and software we used had feature x or y. And though I'd never used a Cintiq, I also knew that there had to be a better tablet drawing experience than the fat Q-tip feel of most of the iPad's early pens.
If you were paying attention to this space back in 2011, you may also remember reading about Microsoft's Courier project, which was a wholly unique take on the tablet form factor that was unceremoniously killed before getting to market. When some of the creatives behind the Courier resurfaced in early 2012 as iOS developer Fifty Three, their first product Paper for the iPad was accompanied by gushing press reviews. Seriously, just take a moment to contemplate the following quote from The Verge:
...the humanistic sensibilities that made the Courier so attractive are very much present in this app, unbound from the chains at Microsoft.
Ugh. Anyhow, I purchased Paper and found it to offer one of the more pleasant brush engines available on the iPad, though it was hindered by a strange sketchbook metaphor. Overall the app felt better suited to notetaking or doodling than serious drawing and I quickly set it aside (along with the iPad and a dozen or so other iOS art tools when the Surface Pro was finally released).
Sketchable is a virtual clone of Paper. The programs are so similar I had to ask Harris whether he or his developer brother were former employees of Fifty Three or Microsoft. (They aren't.) The brothers Harris are based in Northern Florida and enlisted the aid of industry veteran John Deery (co-founder of Painter) and artist Don Seegmiller during their 18-month development process.
Just like Paper, Sketchable uses a sketchbook metaphor. Each sketchbook defaults to ten pages, but you can easily add or delete pages as necessary. And also just like Paper, Sketchable is a free app, but each tool requires a separate in-app purchase. Although this model isn't ideal, it's hard to quibble since the all-in cost is only $11.99.
Where Sketchable stands out vs. Paper is beneath its simplistic surface. Nearly every feature is customizable. There are 13 standard sketchbook cover options (though curiously I wasn't able to add my own with the camera icon). Each tool (eraser, brush, airbrush, pencil, marker, pen, inking nib and chalk) comes with four presets which can be overwritten and expanded to eight. Double tapping on any tool brings up a long menu of options for stroke background, shape, diameter, roundness, feather, angle, spacing, scatter, stroke opacity, concentration, accumulation and more. There are also 18 standard paper textures, each with its own set of customization options.
Sketchable is clearly a pretty amazing application. But many potential users may be turned off by its similarity to Paper. My advice to the developers would be to branch out in a new direction stylistically so they won't be mistaken for mere copycats. All this effort shouldn't risk being dismissed at first glance.
A version for Windows RT was just released, making Sketchable one of the few "serious" art apps available for the Surface RT and Surface 2. However, in my experience, the coarse digitizer on the Surface RT made it very difficult to produce desirable results with any of the capacitive stylii I own, including the higher end Adonit Jot Pro or Wacom Bamboo. Most of my strokes had some degree of jitter and the RT often missed strokes. Users of the Surface 2 will have to tell me whether that device's digitizer fares any better.
The program runs extremely well on both the Surface Pro 1 and 2. It's great to see a pressure sensitive Windows Store app and I hope other developers follow suit. I didn't have a chance to test Sketchable on either of my N-Trig convertibles yet, but I assume they'll work correctly. I'll update this post if I find out otherwise.
Although I wish more of the power features were exposed in charms, the program is still extremely touch/tablet friendly and should definitely be considered by any Windows tablet user.
Even the color picker is sold separately.