Sketchbook on Fire (or not…)

It’s now been several months since Autodesk SketchBook 4.0 for Android on the Google Play Store. Among other cool new features, it has a new Predictive Stroke (£4 paid version only), which smooths the line after you draw it.

Very nice, but will Kindle Fire HD 10″ users ever get v4.0? As of today the Kindle App Store users are still stuck with version 3.2, from summer 2015.


Clip Studio Paint update

News from the makers of Clip Studio Paint (better known as Manga Studio)…

“New update to be released within 2017! More than 100 functions will be added and improved, including ‘Quick Access’ for a more efficient production.”

Also a new micro-currency, to purchase naff clipart backgrounds. Not so good.

Still, you can’t sniff at the big discounts which are still on. Clip Studio Paint Pro for $25 at Smith Micro.

Manga Studio released for the iPad

Clip Studio Paint (formerly much better known as Manga Studio), has a new version. Clip Studio Paint EX for iPad, just released.

“Apple Pencil support and makes full use of its precise pressure sensors and tilt detection, accurately adjusting line thickness and shades according to pressure and tilt for an almost hand drawn feel.”

Note that…

“Customers who install and register their download by 20th December (Wed), will be able to use the application free of charge for 6 months instead of $8.99 USD per month.”

Interestingly, the first comment at iTunes is…

“App looks like it has full desktop functionality and will even download your materials from the cloud if you have a Clip Studio account.”

Krita 3.3.1

The free Krita 3.3.1 digital inking/painting suite is out now. Not that I want to dissuade people from Sketchbook Pro, but not everyone in the world can afford a Sketchbook subscription + Photoshop and Krita does have some fascinating capabilities not (yet) found in other software. It’s wholly and genuinely free, being ‘open source’ like Blender.

I had very briefly tried Krita a while back, but it was quickly uninstalled after it repeatedly crashed when the window was passed over to my new Ugee tablet monitor. Today I decided to test it again, on hearing of Krita’s 3.3.1 release. I installed the new version via the 64-bit dedicated Windows installer (not the portable verion), and it now works fine on my Ugee. Krita has a nice old school Photoshop-y feel to it, everything seems logically placed, and I think I’ll try it out more when I get the time.

I see that Krita now ships with the more-stable-than-before G’MIC plugin as standard (access it via: Top menu bar | “Filter” | “Start G’MIC” | then press “update” to get the latest G’MIC). This appears to offer a huge amount of tweakable image processing abilities. However, the first time I ran G’MIC on simple line art, Krita crashed — which wasn’t encouraging. But G’MIC does enable some interesting-looking auto-colouring functions on line-art, so I’ll be trying again.

The blog of David Revoy is obviously a good one to follow for Krita tips and mini-tutorials. There’s also a handy Krita comic-book page frame-maker though you may fare better on Windows with Comic Life 3.