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.


Android Sketchbook Pro 4.0

Android users of Sketchbook Pro now have version 4.0, bringing the software into line with the iOS version.

* 100 megapixel canvas.
* 60 new default brushes.
* 16 sector Radial Symmetry.
* Predictive Stroke.
* New “two-hand” UI “that keeps the interface out of your way until you’re ready for it”.

Sketchbook 4.0 mobile

The mobile version of Sketchbook is being been updated, and is due for release this summer. Digital Arts has a round up of the new features and UI and a rough release date…

“SketchBook 4.0 will be released first for iOS [in summer 2017], and we expect upgrades for Android and Amazon Fire to follow.”

Autodesk’s Sketchbook Pro 8.4 has also reportedly been updated to play nicely with the Windows 10 Creators Update issued in mid-April 2017.

SketchBook Mobile for Android

SketchBook Mobile for Android has just been released, an “all new” version. Which is pretty cool, as I’m shortly to get a 7″ capacitive-screen tablet that reportedly had problems running the paid version of SketchBook for Android. It was absolutely fine with the free version, but not the paid for some reason. So it’ll be interesting to see if this just-released “all new” SketchBook Mobile (not to be confused with the old Sketchbook Mobile) will run well on it…

“…the release of the all-new SketchBook Mobile. When we say all-new, we really mean it. This release is a whole new application with big changes. You’ll find across your Android and iOS devices – whether it’s a phone, tablet or phablet- the SketchBook experience will be virtually identical.”

The new version has auto-resize, so there are no longer phone and tablet versions, just one mobile version. A re-designed UI too. Plus better selection tools, gradient fills and flood-fills, and brush layer blending modes. The upgraded version is $3.99.


Also said to be compatable with the Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus 2 and the Pencil by FiftyThree.