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Saturday, April 10, 2010

iPad Sketchbook test drive

Put in a little playtime with Sketchbook Pro for the iPad tonight. I use Sketchbook Pro for the tablet pc everyday at work, so I have high hopes for the iPad version. It's pretty amazing, but does take a little while to get use to the UI, much like the Brushes app. Drawing and painting apps for the iPad should have commonly used tools always visible, and not a few layers deep. The most important tools, like opacity, color, and brush size, should be on the UI! Maybe both of these apps will change the UI in upcoming updates. I understand the need to embed tools deep on the iPhone version, but the iPad has more than enough screen real estate! Adobe Ideas has a better UI, with sliders for opacity and brush size, near your thumb as you hold the tablet, but it's not really a drawing or painting app. Overall, Sketchbook on the iPad is good for sketching and line work, but I still like Brushes better for painting.... The way the brushes and colors work, just feels better, but I can't tell you why. Sketchbook's pencil does a nice job at simulating pressure sensitivity with line width and opacity changes though, which brushes lack.



-- Post From My iPad

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