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ASKetch brings the experience of charcoal drawing to your iPhone, iPad or iTouch and its deliberate simplicity makes it perfect for beginners who want to learn to draw without thinking about palettes and tools.

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 black and white, 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! Zooming is accessed via a reverse pinch when the menu is displayed.

Use a two finger tap (or a swipe from the screen bottom) to pull up the menu.

Image transformation: Scale/Rotate the image via a simple pinch gesture. (When menu is visible)

Three distinct pencils types: use a swipe gesture on the pencil button to switch back and forth between hard and soft drawing modes. Tap the selected soft pencil to toggle between light and dark.

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

To configure your pencil, use two fingers to pinch and rotate. This resizes the blue focus circle. The smaller the circle, the more focused/darker the drawing will be. The bigger the circle the more pronounced the procedural interaction with previous lines, and the lighter it starts out.

Rotation of the pencil circle changes the line width.

To configure your eraser, also use two fingers to pinch and rotate.
Rotation affects eraser transparency. Pinching controls the size of the brush. When rotated to maximum transparency, the erase operates as a smudge tool.

Use of a stylus is not entirely recommended since ASKetch is optimized for multi-touch gesturing.

What's New in 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.


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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • USD 1.99
  • Category: Entertainment
  • Updated: 21 February 2013
  • Version: 1.9.1
  • Size: 0.8 MB
  • Languages: English, French, German, Spanish
  • Developer: Andrew Kern

Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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