New app turns iPad into digital sketchbook

SAN FRANCISCO: Autodesk Inc has announced the availability of SketchBook Pro for iPad — a new professional-grade paint and drawing application designed exclusively for the just launched Apple device.

Available from the App Store (, the application combines high-quality digital pencils, pens, markers and airbrushes with a multi-touch gesture-based user interface.

The interface enables users to create everything from quick sketches to high-quality artwork.

Geared for both occasional doodlers and professional illustrators, SketchBook Pro transforms the iPad into a digital sketchbook.

“The launch of the iPad brings both creative professionals and consumers unparalleled sketching capabilities on a mobile device,” said Samir Hanna, vice-president of digital concept at Autodesk.

Key new features in the application include:

• Full-screen 1024 x 768 work space with support for any device orientation;

• 75 brushes with customisable settings, including synthetic pressure sensitivity and brush modes for free sketching and creating straight lines, ellipses and rectangles; • Six full-resolution layers per sketch with complete control over layer order, visibility and opacity; and

• A built-in, live news page that alerts artists in the United States to upcoming events and highlights featured artists and their SketchBook creations.


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