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Autodesk Sketchbook Pro 2011

Platform : Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion
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  • Autodesk SketchBook Pro offers professional-grade capabilities for artists, designers, and doodlers
  • Fast and intuitive user interface; so easy to learn, you will be productive in minutes
  • Ultra-responsive and customizable digital pencils, pens, brushes, markers, and airbrushes
  • Capture your ideas in writing, typed comments, and sketches... then email them instantly
  • Work on standard images formats, including TIF, BMP, JPG, PNG, and PSD
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  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B0043SK9QU
  • Item model number: 732C1-A5A11B-1001
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 29, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,137 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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264 of 276 people found the following review helpful By Tante Maren TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 26, 2010
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The Autodesk Sketchbook Pro 2011 is the best digital sketchpad I've ever used! I majored in art in high school and have always used art, crafts or designs in many of my jobs. I've designed t-shirts, done miniatures, sewn clothes for antique dolls, silkscreens for cloth patterns and general art work and photography. Once I owned a computer, I found many great photo programs over the years, but up until now, I really never found a great sketch or art program. I own Corel's Painter, which is not only time consuming to learn the media applications, but it's slow, misses strokes and has several bugs in it's applications. Corel keeps giving me patches, but it has become tiresome to keep downloading patches all the time! I actually would rather do my art by hand than deal with all of Painter's issues.

I've been using this Autodesk Sketchbook Pro 2011 every day, to see how smoothly it runs, and it not only runs smoothly, it's unbelievably fast! I have a Windows XP, and it took only a few minutes to download this great program. Once downloaded, I skipped the directions, as I wanted to see how quickly and easily I could learn to use this program on my own. Talk about easy to learn- anyone from 5 to 95 could use this without reading a direction! I am truly amazed that I could draw a sketch, a complicated geometric design for a piece of dress fabric and a dress pattern all in one sitting! The sketchpad itself is uncluttered with a small corner interface control, that allows you to bring up the nicely small tools window, brushes window or colors window. There is a brush property circle that allows you to choose both the brush size and flow for coverage. You can place these windows anywhere out of your drawing area or keep them off the screen completely.
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69 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Matt Morgan TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 31, 2010
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AutoDesk SketchBook Pro 2011 is a drawing and sketching application designed for creatively-minded people. For those with artistic ability, SketchBook Pro is a powerful and productive tool, but for those with less talent it is a tool that allows even the most unskilled user to produce results with a small learning curve.

Installation is a painless and effortless undertaking. I was able to install the application with no issues at all and had a working installation in 5-10 minutes.

When Sketchbook Pro opens, rather than fill the screen with bunches of toolbars, widgets and other clutter, the user is greeted with a wide-open canvas, the "lagoon" toolbar in the lower left of the screen and a tool palette. The tool palette is easy enough to close and retrieve, but one thing that disappoints me is that is it not dockable. It is well-designed for docking and that it is either floating or off with no other options is a design decision with which I disagree. Hopefully AutoDesk will reconsider this and will change this in future releases.

For the uninitiated the lagoon is an arched toolbar that is parked in one corner of the screen and provides access to various tools and functions such as a color wheel, brush palette and more. It can be moved to either the lower left or lower right, and it can also be used to completely remove the menu bar from the top of the screen if desired. To pick a tool from the lagoon, the user clicks and holds on a lagoon icon, which opens a radial menu of icons to which the user drags the mouse to select the desired choice. This is a very different way of working and requires a little getting used to it, but it becomes second nature after using it for a while.
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94 of 106 people found the following review helpful By V. Hutson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 5, 2010
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I put off trying this product for a long time since I already had Photoshop and Painter. I didn't see the need to purchase another product when I already had the two most expensive drawing/painting programs available. About six months ago I downloaded the trial version of Sketchbook Pro 2010 and fell in love with it! This new version adds some nice features (like layer blending modes) that enhance the software even more.

I still use Photoshop and Painter to complete my digital works--but I often start them in Sketchbook because I find it provides the closest sensation to drawing with traditional pencil and paper of any digital art program currently available.

The pencil feature creates lines that are almost identical to the lines you would get with a regular pencil. If you have a pressure sensitive laptop or monitor (Wacom Cintiq) then the experience is almost identical to using a pencil on paper! Download the free trial version and try it out first to see what I mean.

The interface is very basic and easy to use. One great advantage of this program over Photoshop or Painter is that the majority of the screen is available for drawing--it is not cluttered up with menu bars and palettes! I find this a huge plus when I am drawing on my pressure sensitive laptop that only has a 12 inch screen. Space is less of an issue with my 22" Cintiq.

I've seen some very impressive works that have been totally created in SketchBook but I still use Photoshop and Painter to finish my drawings/paintings because these programs have advanced features that SketchBook Pro doesn't have (masks, adjustment layers, etc.).

Bottom line: When it comes to pure sketching--this software is my first choice! Combined with a pressure sensitive laptop or monitor--it doesn't get any more natural feeling than this!
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