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SketchBook Pro 2010 - Old Version

Platform : Windows Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS X
4.5 out of 5 stars 63 customer reviews

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  • Open and save common file formats, including TIF, BMP, JPG, PNG, and PSD files
  • Communicate more efficiently by emailing sketches and annotations instantly to colleagues and clients
  • Fast and intuitive user interface; designed specifically for use with digitized pen tablets and Tablet PCs
  • Autodesk SketchBook Pro software offers best-in-class sketching capabilities for professional designers and artists from all industries
  • Free up the sketching process with ultra-responsive digital pencils, pens, markers, and airbrushes that look and feel just like the real thing
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Autodesk SketchBook Pro software is your digital sketchpad. Use it in any creative process where pen and paper would traditionally be used. SketchBook Pro features an artist-friendly, gesture-based interface that translates technology and functionality into a natural drawing experience. SketchBook Pro software is easy to use with fast, reactive drawing and productivity-enhancing tools that help you express your ideas freely and boost production. Autodesk SketchBook Pro frees up the sketching process with ultra-responsive digital pencils, pens, markers, and airbrushes that look and feel just like the real thing. It quickly take snapshots of your current application, and load and view images or digital photographs. You can use SketchBook Pro's brushes to mark up and add comments. You can communicate more efficiently by emailing sketches and annotations instantly to colleagues and clients.

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Autodesk SketchBook Pro software offers best-in-class sketching capabilities for professional designers and artists from all industries. A paint and drawing application designed specifically for use with digitized pen tablets and Tablet PCs, it can be used in any creative process where pen and paper would traditionally be used. With a patented user interface that is fast and intuitive, even new users can be productive within minutes. Autodesk SketchBook Pro represents the next generation of digital design products that focuses on the user, translating technology and functionality into a natural drawing experience.

Best-in-class sketching capabilities for professional designers and artists from all industries. Click to enlarge.

So versatile and easy-to-use, it can be used in any creative process where pen and paper would traditionally be used. Click to enlarge.

The look and feel of traditional tools that experts demand. Click to enlarge.

With 2010's new features, Autodesk Sketchbook Pro continues its tradition of delivering an affordable, easy-to-use, natural drawing experience with the quality expected by professionals.

Your Digital Sketchpad
So versatile and easy-to-use, it can be used in any creative process where pen and paper would traditionally be used:

  • Concept sketching and ideation
  • Illustration
  • Character studies
  • Set and level designs
  • Story boarding
  • Annotation and review

High Quality Results

  • The look and feel of traditional tools that experts demand
  • Custom texture brushes
  • Interactive brush symmetry
  • Interactive rulers and ellipses

Fits into all Digital Workflows

  • Reduce time scanning and touching up paper sketches
  • Reduce the use of paper
  • Open and save common file formats, including Adobe Photoshop: TIF, BMP, JPG, PNG, PSD

Streamlined User Interface

  • SketchBook Pro is designed to maximize flow, offering a natural drawing experience
  • Highly discoverable UI

    • So easy-to-use, any user can be productive within minutes.
    • Patented Marking menus provide access to major tools with just one-flick
    • Do-it-yourself custom brush creation

Communicate More Effectively
Share visual ideas quickly with integrated e-mail feature Instantly email sketches and annotations

What's New

With 2010, Autodesk Sketchbook Pro continues its tradition of delivering an affordable, easy-to-use, natural drawing experience with the quality expected by professionals.

New: Rotate Canvas

  • The navigation puck now has a rotate ring for smooth rotation of the canvas view.
  • Automatically snap to 90 degree increments

New: Blur & Sharpen Brush

  • Two new brush types in the brush palette.
  • Paint blur effects directly in SketchBook Pro
  • Use the sharpen brush to tighten imported photos or images.

New: Symmetric Brushing

  • Easily draw anything symmetric.
  • Horizontal & Vertical interactive mirroring brings drawings to life instantly... and fun too.
  • Great for character design, product concepts, graphic design, automotive sketches, and vehicles of all kinds.

New: Custom brush features

  • Create your own Custom Textures
  • Capture and reuse graphics
  • Make specialized brushes
  • Export/Import custom brushes
  • Save out XML with a TIFF map that you can share with other SBP users.

Customizability

  • Set up your preferred tools in the Lagoon, including your custom DIY brushes
  • Access marking menus right at the cursor

    • Hotkeys for each lagoon item
    • Assign these to a pen-button or tablet keys
    • Now you can work completely in full screen mode, calling up tools as you need them.

  • DIY Palette items can be reordered

New: Numeric color input

  • Direct RGB input fields in the Color Editor.
  • To support the custom color palette on Windows, you can now accurately define RBG values before saving them.
  • The Mac version continues to use the Apple Color editor.
  • Preset primary colors & gray scales now available for customizing in the lagoon.

New: Guides

  • Create perfect straight lines, circles and ellipses.
  • The Ruler and Ellipse guide bring a new level of precision to refine your sketches.

New: Scale enhancement

  • The transform puck now allows non-proportional scaling
  • Tweak the horizontal or vertical proportions of a selection or entire image directly in SketchBook Pro


Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B001W2Y5Q0
  • Item model number: BV2148
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: March 24, 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 63 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,048 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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By Matt Morgan TOP 100 REVIEWER on April 21, 2009
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Drawing and sketching programs seem to fall into two general categories - very powerful but excessively complex, or simple to use but lacking in options and power. SketchBook Pro successfully combines power and simplicity into one package, such that even a weak artist can be productive and successful.

I ran into a problem when installing the application - the installer crashed, giving some odd internal error and number. I tried again immediately and the second try went without a hitch. I assume it is a configuration issue with my system as I have occasional strange issues when installing software.

When first launched, the application asks if you have your serial number and key handy. If you are new to SketchBook Pro, I encourage you NOT to enter them just yet but instead specify that you want a 15-day trial. The reason is that you get presented a quick pictoral tour of the feature set when you run in trial mode (which is really just a time-limited demo mode with everything enabled), which is a nice introduction. Afterward, registration information can be entered through the help menu.

Being new to SketchBook Pro myself, I was startled by the sparse interface when opening a new canvas. There was little on the screen other than the main menu up top and the lagoon in the lower left. Most drawing applications clutter the screen with an assortment of toolbars, palettes, wizards and other things that just get in the way. Autodesk keep their application simple instead, putting the essentials out there and leaving everything else off the screen until it's really needed.

Most elements of the application are available in radial menus, accessible either through clicking on icons on the lagoon or right-clicking on the canvas.
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About five years ago I had a tough decision to make--keep working traditionally with the occasional digital painting or make the jump to a fully digital workflow. Wacom's Cintiq line of tablets took care of the hardware but on the software side I had never been happy with Photoshop or Painter. Both programs, while sporting a broad range of tools for painting, lacked the fluidity and finesse for clean natural drawing.

Enter Sketchbook Pro.

From the first stroke within the program I knew an all digital workflow was possible in every way. Gone were the chunky stepping and unresponsive mark making of the other apps in the market. Sketchbook was silky smooth with every mark, every time. Years later, Sketchbook continues to serve as the rock solid foundation to my all digital workflow. Roughs, pencils, and inks are a joy to put together with the software. Coupled with the fantastic brush engine, 2010 incorporates some amazing new features including ruler and ellipse guides, symmetry tools, texture brushes, and fully customizable marking menus for seamless workflows.

So if you're looking to spend more time drawing rather than fighting with sluggish software, give Sketchbook a look. For responsive clean strokes and clutter free workflow, nothing can touch it.

Happy drawing,
Dave Guertin
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Autodesk SketchBook Pro 2010 is quality paint/drawing software designed for use with a graphic tablet and pen. However it will also work with a conventional mouse but getting quality results is more difficult that way.

I installed in on a Windows XP SP3 computer along with a Bamboo Tablet/Pen and it works smoothly and with no problems. I also tried it on a Vista Laptop but unfortunately Vista 64 bit is not supported yet so please take note.

The program is excellent, the interface is easy to use and with a flick of your pen you can access the many features including pencils, brushes, markers, layers and pan/zoom tools.

This software is so good that even people who have little drawing ability can soon get great results. I would claim to be average at drawing but this program is so versatile and intuitive that I can get excellent results at times. It also increases my workflow because of the processing speed and easy accessibility of all the features.

It is difficult to compare it to other programs. Sure there are other paint programs like Photoshop or Painter but nothing compares to the ease and flexibility of using this program and at $100 it is a fraction of the price of other drawing programs.

If you still want to use Photoshop, then draw with this one and enhance your picture with Photoshop. This will save in most formats; it uses layered TIF images but it will also open/save BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG files and PSD files for use in Adobe Photoshop.

I highly recommend this software, it doesn't need much selling because it is already award winning and used by a stream of respectable computer artists and designers. All I can say is that if you have artistic ambitions and want a good program to enhance them then it is well worth a look at.
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Sketchbook Pro is a fantastic program for artists and designers. It is uncluttered and designed entirely for a pen interface. If you don't have a tablet, you might find the interface a bit awkward.

If you do have a pen, you'll soon be wishing that every program was designed this way. The design lineage goes back to Alias, who created Sketchbook from the ground up to be an intuitive and extremely fast way for artists to communicate visually. Eschewing the cluttered interfaces of typical paint and photo programs, they focused on the bare bones of what the artist needs to put "ink" to "paper" and get the job done. To this end, those looking for full-featured painting programs might find Sketchbook lacking. The key word here, is "sketch".

Sketchbook Pro is fast. Pen responsiveness is top notch, giving you the most drawing bang for your buck. Without the enormous overhead of other digital graphics programs, Sketchbook Pro wrangles the most performance from even slightly older machines. You'll find that the software is easily able to keep pace with even your quickest or most subtle pen movements. Tool selection is equally easy, with "flickable" radial menus popping open instantly. While the austere interface can seem disappointing or shocking at first, it provides maximum ease of workflow, letting you make easy use of the entire page with less panning and zooming.

My problem with Sketchbook Pro extends to its Autodesk foster parent. Alias was swallowed up by Autodesk, and Sketchbook became somehting of a forgotten child. It received minimal attention with the Sketchbook Pro 2009 edition, which gave little extra to an already solid program.
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