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What’s New in SketchBook Mobile (v.4+)


Here are the new features, enhancements, and fixed issues in Autodesk SketchBook Mobile (v.4+).

Changing app language

To change the language displayed by SketchBook, see How to change interface language settings.

iOS (v.4.3) and Android (v.4.1.5)

At Autodesk, we believe creativity starts with an idea. From quick conceptual sketches to fully finished artwork, sketching is at the heart of the creative process. You never know when a great idea will strike, so access to fast and powerful creative sketching tools is an invaluable part of any creative process.

For this reason, we are excited to announce that the fully featured version of SketchBook is now FREE for everyone!

iOS (v.4.2.3)

For iPhone X users, the Gallery now works as expected and iCloud saving has been restored.

Android (v.4.0.2)

This release addresses a number of bugs.

Android (v.4.0.1)

This update contains stability improvements that resolve many of the issues you’ve reported. Listed below are just some of the issues that were fixed.

The app now functions correctly when:

  • Your device language was set to Turkish, Azerbaijani, etc., and trying to open the Brush Editor
  • Using the 3-finger tap to access the Brush Editor
  • Visiting the Gallery and tapping the folder name to hide the folder area
  • Chromebook users drag the app window to resize it
  • Turning on storage permissions and selecting “Allow Access
  • Selecting “I reject“, then “I accept” for the software agreement
  • Repeatedly tapping on the Layer Editor
  • Trying to enter search terms on the Support site
  • Time-lapse is recording and you start to sketch

iOS 4.2.2

Here’s what you’ll find in this release:

    • We updated the design to work with the new iPhone X screen.
    • We also addressed a number of bugs.

Android (v.4.0)

Here are the new features, enhancements, and fixed issues in this release:

  • Radial Symmetry – Product designers and mandala makers alike love the ability to draw once and replicate their lines up to 16 times using Radial Symmetry.
  • 3-finger gestures – 3-finger swipe in the following directions to access these 4 customizable shortcuts.
  • Keyboard shortcuts – With a Bluetooth keyboard access this limited set of hotkey shortcuts.
  • Lock Layer – From the Layer menu, use Lock Layer to ensure nothing can be added to the layer and nothing is accidentally altered.
  • Flip Canvas – From the marking menu, swipe Flip Canvas to flip all content, mirroring it.
  • Updated Ruler and Ellipse tool – The Ruler has two edges to draw along and a corresponding readout for the angle. The Ellipse has new manipulators and corresponding readouts for the degree of the ellipse and rotation.
  • Color adjustment – Use HSL Adjustment to instant make layer content warmer, cooler, lighter, or darker. Use Color Balance to tweak the reds, blues, and/or greens of the shadows, midtones, or highlights on any layer.
  • Distort – Foreshorten, change the proportions of a sketch, fix perspective, or change the actions of a character with Distort (found in the Transform tools).
  • Full Copic Color Library – Now access all the Copic colors.
  • Pixel Preview – If you need to zoom into the canvas and view the pixels, toggle Pixel Preview ON. Turn off so your strokes don’t look pixelated when viewing them, while editing.

iOS 4.2.1

We’ve added the following iOS 11 features to this release:

      • You can now drag and drop sketches from the SketchBook Gallery into other apps.
      • Now, when you drag an image into the canvas, it imports the image, placing it onto a new layer.

We also addressed a number of bugs.

iOS 4.1.1

We have addressed the following issues in this release:

      • For iPad users, when creating an account, there is no longer an issue with the app hanging after entering a new password.
      • For users trying to log in using Google+, we’ve added a fix to correct the login failure “Error: disallowed_useragent”.

iOS 4.1

We’ve listened to your comments and thank you for all the feedback! For 4.1, we have updated to support iOS 10 and above. This means people using certain devices, such as an iPad 4iPhone 5, or iPhone 5C, can now download and use the app.

With 4.1, unlock the power of SketchBook on the new iPad Pro with our enhanced refresh rate of 120Hz, which will offer an ultra-smooth and more natural stroke experience.

Apple Pencil users will love the improved responsiveness! Strokes feel even more natural and precise.

iOS 4.0.4

As part of our last update, we introduced a pixel preview. The intent was to increase rendering speed while zooming in an out of the canvas, by reducing the number of pixels presented. This was confusing, and in some cases, the reduced number of pixels stayed reduced, even after zooming, resulting in your images looking pixelated. We made two changes to address this: we fixed a bug to restore the correct pixel density after zooming, and we also added a preference to disable this reduced pixel density when zooming in. This new feature is called Pixel Preview, and can be toggled on or off from your in-app preferences. This update introduces the preference Pixel Preview to address the pixelation issues in version 4.0.
We also addressed a number of bugs.

iOS (v.4.0)

For iOS users with a 64-bit device. Welcome to the future of SketchBook! We’ve added new features, significantly improved performance, and made the most robust update to SketchBook on iOS in our history. Here are a few highlights:

      • SketchBook has a new drawing and rendering engine, which enables canvas sizes up to 100 mpx, a huge undo stack, unlimited* layers, and a faster and more responsive drawing experience on all 64-bit iOS devices (especially iPad Pro and Apple Pencil).
      • Previously existing brushes have been optimized for the new drawing engine and we added several new brush sets. SketchBook now has over 170 customizable brushes, including texture brushes, to meet the demands of all types of artists and designers.
      • For 64-bit iPad and iPad Pro users, use Rapid UI mode, as a convenient way to access full menus in full-screen mode, without toggling the interface on and off.An overview of the new Rapid UI Mode in the Autodesk SketchBook mobile version on the iPad
        How to use the Brush Editor in Rapid UI Mode in the Autodesk SketchBook mobile version on the iPad
        When in Rapid UI mode, access the layer, brush, and color editors, by placing your thumb on the edge of the screen and swiping up or down to change menus. While holding down your non-dominant thumb, make a selection in the editor with your drawing hand. Lift your non-dominant thumb to make the entire interface disappear (a quick tutorial will appear the first time you open the app after this update).Using the Layer Editor in the Autodesk SketchBook mobile version on the iPad
        Using the Color Editor and finding Copic Colors in the Autodesk SketchBook mobile version on the iPad
      • To access common menu items, like the Color Picker, Eraser, Flip Canvas, Last Brush, and the Double Puck, tap the translucent circle at the bottom of the canvas and make a selection. As you gain muscle-memory for these tools, simply tap-and-flick in the direction of the tool you want and to automatically select it.
      • Create perfectly symmetrical drawings with X, Y, X-Y, and radial symmetry tools. Reposition the line of symmetry, anywhere on the canvas, for precise control. Use up to 16 sectors of radial symmetry for precise radial sketches.
      • Use the popular Predictive Stroke feature from the desktop version of SketchBook in iOS. When enabled, if you draw a line, Predictive Stroke makes your line straight. If you draw a basic shape, Predictive Stroke will correct your shape into precise circles, rectangles, and triangles. If you are drawing freehand and want to apply smoothing, Predictive Stroke will add the right amount of smoothing to curved lines.
      • Try the new ruler and ellipse tools to place precise lines or elliptical shapes, such as circles in perspective, by adjusting the position, size, rotation, and aspect ratio of the drawing guides.

As always, thank you for drawing in SketchBook! Let us know what you think of the new SketchBook on Instagram (@AutodeskSketchBook), Twitter (@sketchbookapp), and Facebook (/AutodeskSketchBook). Need help? Visit SketchBook.com for product information, tutorials, and the forum.

Updated on May 9, 2018

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