Whoever says that Android tablets are only for emails, instant messaging, watching movies, listening to music, browsing the Web, light-weight word processing, spreadsheet creation, or photo/video capture/editing has not discovered SketchBook Pro yet. Software developer Autodesk has just released SketchBook Pro for tablets running Android 3.x Honeycomb.
SketchBook Pro is a multiplatform digital drawing and illustration software program that turns your dekstop, laptop, or tablet into a virtual sketchbook. Whatever you can do with a real-life sketchpad, you can virtually accomplish with SketchBook Pro–from designing or brainstorming product concepts, to creating illustrations, to sketching persons and characters, to formulating storyboards, and annotating/reviewing.
Autodesk guarantees a professional-grade illustration program that allows its users to unleash their pent-up creative energies with the use of artistic tools provided by SketchBook Pro.
Not everyone has inborn skill for art, drawing, or visual illustration–but everyone has the creative instinct for creating art, regardless of whether or not self-proclaimed guardians of “art” consider the creations “art.” SketchBook Pro is for the professional artist and the non-professional non-artist alike. Everyone knows how to doodle and sketch–and SketchBook Pro simply makes it easier for users to refine and polish their doodles, or even publish their drawings and share their artistic creations to friends, family, and strangers.
Tablet-optimized versions of the SketchBook Pro app for Android are available from the Android Market. SketchBook Express is the free, Honeycomb-optimized version, while SketchBook Pro is the 5-dollar, Honeycomb-optimized, full version.
(Just in case you’re wondering, there’s SketchBook Mobile Express for Android smartphones, too. It’s the free version for Android phones that have at least 512 MB of RAM and a 1.0-GHz processor. It will probably work on handsets with lower RAM or processor speed, but don’t take our word for it. The paid version is called SketchBook Mobile. These apps are available on the Android Market.)
SketchBook Pro won’t probably turn the most of us into instant artists, but it surely will make drawing and illustrating fun. Have you tried Sketchbook? And, is the upgrade to the paid version worth your 5 dollars? Tell us your story.
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Actually I bought Sketchbook Mobile back when it first came out. I had it on my G1 and now on my MyTouch Slide and it’s always worked really well. My only complaint is that I need a larger screen.
As a digital artist, Sketchbook pro is my favorite program. Can’t wait for the new Kindle Fire to be released and have Sketchbook Pro with me where ever I go! :-)
Beachpony, I don’t think Sketchbook Pro will go to the Kindle Fire, though it would sell like crazy. The Android SBP only runs on Honeycomb tablets. You’ll probably be able to run Sketchbook Mobile, though, since that is in Amazon’s app store.