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Description

Asketch is a unique and versatile sketch pad that fits in your pocket. It allows creativity on the go, anytime, anywhere.

Its deliberate simplicity makes it perfect for beginners who want to learn to draw;
equally, advanced artists will find a wonderful buttery, tonal canvas for their life studies, cartoons, abstracts, landscapes and other subjects. The app is engineered to deliver rapid, but powerful image capture, facilitated by a great transform function that allows you to pick up the drawing, resize it and move it around the canvas, and a amazing zoom that lets you draw in minute detail. So if you want to put a traditional, but digital sketch pad in your pocket, this is the app for you.

Features and functionality:

Image zooming that actually works: Do amazing detail work when zoomed in. No pixelation of brushes while drawing!

Image transformation: Scale/Rotate the image via a simple pinch gesture.

20 Levels of undo/redo. Swipe the undo/redo button to toggle back and forth.

What People are saying:
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"Fantastic intuitive system for creative expression." -Nagabohimina

"This is my favorite art app! I have bought it for three of my friends already and they all love it. We send drawings back and forth everyday. Really good job on this app!" - SmurfedYa

"I bought ASketch about three months ago and couldn't be happier. It seemed too good to be true when I bought it, but within 45 minutes of purchasing the app I finished a full drawing and was amazed at the realistic results! Since then, it's been a "go to" tool and lives with my most important apps on the first page of my iPad. But this is the incredible part; when I meet fellow artists in school lounges and on the train to campus while I'm drawing in ASketch, they usually ask me what app I'm using. And 95% of the time, they in love with it before even buying-- Heck, I've even had a few friends (and a teacher) purchase it right on the spot! Plus, the final pieces have fooled a few folks into thinking these are actual graphite sketches. That's the power of ASketch's results. You won't be disappointed!!" - FLASHY! cat

"I keep buying and trying other drawing apps but none get close to the quality of this one. I can actually create art on this app. Art that I can use. Art that I feel I can share with others. Other apps LOOK like they were created on an iPad and seem only good for sketching ideas. What can be produced using this app is smooth and beautiful and looks like it was created on paper media. You can almost smell the graphite. I can create a final product with this alone. If I had to have only one app for my iPad, I would choose this one." - Steplander

 $4.99 in iOS App Store

Screenshots

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Version History

Launched May 18, 2010 (about 9 years ago).

Releasing new versions every 4 months, on average.

May 22
2019
(Current)
Version 3.1

Performance improvements and bug fixes. Crisper line rendering at Retina resolutions. Maximum line width increased.

Mar 22
2019
Version 3.0.3

Fixed corruption issue with undo/redo

Mar 18
2019
Version 3.0.2

Squashed some bugs.

Mar 14
2019
Version 3.0.1

Improved line drawing performance slightly.
Fixed problem with hint text getting clipped.
Added accidental stroke undo when accessing the focus circle.
Fixed bug where 3D Touch incorrectly identified.

Mar 12
2019
Version 3.0.0

Pressure sensitive drawing on devices with 3D Touch support.
Simplified drawing mode available on 3D touch devices prioritizes zooming, and disables the focus circle.
New color picker tool. (Dragging the top color picker dot)
Copy operation now copies top layer at current zoom level.
New pointillism pencil rendering filter.
New context sensitive help hint system.
Countless bug fixes.

Nov 03
2015
Version 2.3.4

Fix for crash problems under iOS 9.
Fix for copy/paste image warping.
Fix for long press for copying not working on pressure sensitive devices

Sep 24
2015
Version 2.3

Fixes crash bug in color picker for users using iOS9
Fixes screen orientation corruption problem under iOS9
Changes to focus circle to give better feedback.

Background canvas is now 2X screen resolution. Less pixelation while working on zoomed images!

Sep 14
2015
Version 2.2.2

Fix for corrupted images when copying or exporting.

Jun 28
2015
Version 2.2.1

Bug fixes.

Jun 10
2015
Version 2.2

Bug fixes and stability improvements. Improved UI responsiveness.

Mar 30
2015
Version 2.1

Fixed iOS 8 Landscape mode problem.
Added 2 more shades of gray to the paper.
Added ability to share via iOS 8 Share sheets.
Better support for iPhone 6 and 6+ resolutions.

Oct 09
2014
Version 2.0.1

Fix for iOS 8 crash issue.

Jul 11
2014
Version 2.0

Color:

Tap a pencil (or press and hold) to display black, white and color options. Press the color dot to bring up the color palette. Tapping the active tool cycles between black, white, and the currently selected color.

Improved zoom rendering:

All pencil rendering is consistent regardless of zoom level. Previous versions of ASKetch rendered the pencils differently in different zoom levels.

Improved hard pencil:

The hard pencil now has a much wider range of rendering across the different focus levels. This allows for much tighter control, cleaner lines and smoother shading.
(A Settings option exists to revert to the 1.9.1 pencil)

Soft Pencil Blurring:

At the soft pencils least focused setting. Rendering is slightly blurred to soften the output. (This can be disabled via Settings)

Updated gallery view:

The Gallery now has explicit export and delete options. You can select multiple drawings at once and perform an action on all of them simultaneously.

Gray and Black colored paper options:

Vertically Swipe the blank/new drawing option in the gallery to switch between three different paper colors

Layer Exporting:

Press & Hold the drawing to bring up copy/paste/export options. All Options here act on the active layer and will not include the background.

Feb 21
2013
Version 1.9.1

Fixed a problem where pasting into other applications was not working correctly.

Re-enabled the three-finger tap for undo.

Solved a problem where blank drawings would sometimes appear in the gallery.

Added a setting to disable upward swiping for menu.

1.9 Changes:

New Smudge Tool: Turn the eraser to full transparency (all the way clock-wise) and it can be used as a smudge tool instead of an eraser.

Copy & Paste:
Use a long press action to bring up the copy/paste menu. (Note: long press to bring up the menu has been deprecated.)
Note that copying in ASKetch only grabs the topmost layer, and not the white background.

Access the Menu via a swipe from bottom of screen: In addition to the two-finger tap, the menu can now be activated via swiping upwards vertically from the bottom of the screen.

Setting to disable Landscape mode: Go into settings on the iPad, select ASKetch, and turn off "Allow Landscape" to only support Portrait modes.

Setting to control the long-press threshold: Go into settings on the iPad, select ASKetch, you can use the slider to increase the amount of time before the copy/paste menu presents.

Improved UI responsiveness on 3rd generation iPad.

Numerous bug fixes.

Nov 14
2012
Version 1.9

New Smudge Tool: Turn the eraser to full transparency (all the way clock-wise) and it can be used as a smudge tool instead of an eraser.

Copy & Paste:
Use a long press action to bring up the copy/paste menu. (Note: long press to bring up the menu has been deprecated.)
Note that copying in ASKetch only grabs the topmost layer, and not the white background.

Access the Menu via a swipe from bottom of screen: In addition to the two-finger tap, the menu can now be activated via swiping upwards vertically from the bottom of the screen.

Setting to disable Landscape mode: Go into settings on the iPad, select ASKetch, and turn off "Allow Landscape" to only support Portrait modes.

Setting to control the long-press threshold: Go into settings on the iPad, select ASKetch, you can use the slider to increase the amount of time before the copy/paste menu presents.

Improved UI responsiveness on 3rd generation iPad.

Numerous bug fixes.

Dec 08
2011
Version 1.8.2

Fixed issue that would cause random crashes.
Fixed problem with double-tap settings not being honored.
Double-tap is now off by default.

Dec 03
2011
Version 1.8.1

Added Twitter support in iOS 5 (Twitter must be configured in the Settings App first for it to appear as an export option)

Added Settings option to disable the Adaptive Eraser. This reverts to the 1.7 eraser functionality.

Minor modification to hard pencil to allow for lighter transparency value. This was changed due to user feedback.

Fixed memory leak with eraser.

--1.8 Modifications--

New Transform functionality: Zoom out of the image when menu is displayed to engage transform mode. This will give you the ability to permanently re-scale the image. Zooming in behaves as it did previously.

Improved pencil detail control: Focusing in will temporarily suspend drawing to other strokes. Focusing out resumes normal shading.

Improved eraser control: The eraser resets itself upon selection to a default state, which will eraser very lightly. If you continue to erase quickly over the same area, the eraser will draw progressively harder. This allows for less of a need to manually control the eraser transparency, though that option is still available through the twist gesture.

New email functionality: Pressing and holding gallery image allows for direct emailing as well as export to photos.

Orientation aware gallery: Landscape drawings have a landscape thumbnail.

Improved Stability on first generation iPads.

Autosave: Drawing is quick-saved every 30 seconds. As always, opening the gallery explicitly saves the drawing.

Minor UI improvements.

A special thanks to: Maurizio De Bellis (http://mauriziodebellis.blogspot.com) for the use of his wonderful art.

If you have questions or comments, please email me at: support@akernsoftware.com

Oct 28
2011
Version 1.8

New Transform functionality: Zoom out of the image when menu is displayed to engage transform mode. This will give you the ability to permanently re-scale the image. Zooming in behaves as it did previously.

Improved pencil detail control: Focusing in will temporarily suspend drawing to other strokes. Focusing out resumes normal shading.

Improved eraser control: The eraser resets itself upon selection to a default state, which will eraser very lightly. If you continue to erase quickly over the same area, the eraser will draw progressively harder. This allows for less of a need to manually control the eraser transparency, though that option is still available through the twist gesture.

New email functionality: Pressing and holding gallery image allows for direct emailing as well as export to photos.

Orientation aware gallery: Landscape drawings have a landscape thumbnail.

Improved Stability on first generation iPads.

Autosave: Drawing is quick-saved every 30 seconds. As always, opening the gallery explicitly saves the drawing.

Minor UI improvements.

A special thanks to: Maurizio De Bellis (http://mauriziodebellis.blogspot.com) for the use of his wonderful art.

If you have questions or comments, please email me at: support@akernsoftware.com

Apr 25
2011
Version 1.7

Bug fixes:
Fixed pencil swipe gesture problem.
Fixed eraser rendering glitch.
Added swipe gesture for pencil switches while drawing:
Use two finger downward swipe to toggle the active pencil.
Use two finger horizontal swipe to toggle between eraser and pencil.
Use three finger tap to undo last stroke.

Double-tap for the menu now disabled by default. You can still use the iPad settings to re-enable this.

Slightly improved quality of hard pencil "other stroke" shading.

Changed gallery functionality:
Dragging a picture off of the strip will now delete it permanently. (no longer clones)
Cloning now accomplished via a reverse pinch of the thumbnail to split the drawing into two.
To export simply touch and hold the drawing in the gallery.

A special thanks to: Maurizio De Bellis (http://mauriziodebellis.blogspot.com) and Yvonne Schmidt, MA from New Mexico for the use of their wonderful art.

If you have questions or comments, please email me at: support@akernsoftware.com

Feb 10
2011
Version 1.6.4

Further stability improvements.
Fixed problem with eraser where it was no longer drawing lines correctly when brush was made very small.
Improved speed of eraser rendering.

Jan 25
2011
Version 1.6.3

Fixed a crash bug with the gallery-strip.

Added previous pencil rendering as a legacy item. Use the Settings and select "Legacy Pencil" if you prefer how the application used to draw.

Remember: Swipe the buttons to flip between pencil types for different drawing effects. While drawing with the non-legacy pencil, use multi-touch to "focus" the blue circle for a harder/darker line. The legacy pencil still responds with a more pronounced spider-web look when unfocused, but draws more darkly.

Jan 21
2011
Version 1.6.2

Stability improvements & bug fixes.

Pencils auto-focus when drawing over the same stroke repeatedly without picking up your finger.

Menu auto displays at startup.

Remember: Swipe the buttons to toggle between pencil types for different drawing effects. While drawing (toolbar not visible), use multi-touch to "focus" the blue circle for a harder/darker line.

Jan 12
2011
Version 1.6.1

Stability improvements.

Jan 03
2011
Version 1.6

Performance improvements.
Gallery strip supports drag & drop; drop an existing picture onto the canvas to create a copy.
Soft pencil responds to the draw distance circle for lighter fill and better mid-tone control.

Dec 13
2010
Version 1.5

Gallery of saved works.
Redo (Swipe Undo button to get Redo)
Hard-pencil darkness is now adjusted with draw distance for greater control of mid-tones.

Numerous bug fixes.

Oct 21
2010
Version 1.4.2

Fixed older device compatibility issue.

Oct 12
2010
Version 1.4.1

Fixed iPod Touch menu failure bug.

Oct 07
2010
Version 1.4

iPhone support.
Pan and Zoom.
Two new pencils.
New pencil-input mode with better feedback; legacy mode available via settings.
Full transparency for the eraser.
Discrete eraser settings that are easier to select.
Fixed German language typo.

Sep 06
2010
Version 1.3

Double-tap reactivated. (Configurable via iPad settings)
Fixed memory leak with eraser.
Fixed saving to photo gallery so that active screen orientation is respected.
Localized for German.

Jul 05
2010
Version 1.2

Two finger tap now brings up menu. Double-tap and press-and-hold have been disabled.

Improved draw quality (darker lines and less skipping.)

Completely redesigned eraser.

Added two-fingered stroke for pencil shading effects.

Use pinch gesture to change size of eraser and pencil.

Localized for Spanish and French.

Previous 3 versions
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Total Ratings

5
1
4
0
3
1
2
0
1
0
440

Total Ratings

5
230
4
73
3
42
2
22
1
70