By Bohemian Coding
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- Apple Design Award Winner, 2012 & Among App Store's ‘Best of 2012’ -
Sketch is a designer’s dream toolbox, combining a beautifully simple interface with powerful tools. Sketch supports multiple fills, borders and shadows per layer, has powerful non-destructive boolean operations and makes exporting a breeze with easy to use slices and automatic @2x export. Making beautiful graphics isn’t challenging anymore. We set out to build a better app for graphic designers. Not to copy — rather to improve.
Vector tools and basic shapes are the foundation: whether you are designing icons, websites, interfaces or anything else. Combine these into complex shapes with non-destructive boolean operations, then apply more advanced layer style options than you can dream of: multiple shadows, fills, gradients, noise, blending, background blurring, and more.
Sketch doesn't just do shapes, of course. Imported images can be rotated, scaled, cropped and masked. The versatile text tool allows you to add beautiful typography to your designs, and coming from the developers of Fontcase, text rendering is as good as it can get!
Sketch supports OS X’s built-in versions and auto-saving to ensure you’ll never lose any files, and as a good Mac citizen we support iCloud documents as well of course.
All this power is deliciously baked into Sketch’s single-window interface. Everything is there, but only visible when you need it. A simple interface with seriously powerful tools.
Now everything is possible.
Take a look at the screenshots to see some of the things people have been making with Sketch.
- Simple but powerful interface, built for OS X Lion and Mountain Lion
- Optimized for Retina and non-Retina displays
- Powerful styling; multiple shadows, multiple fills, gradients, blending, blur, noise and more...
- Flexible boolean operations to combine simple shapes into complex shapes
- Artboards and Slices for exporting multiple images out of a single document
- Automatic @2x export for Retina graphics
- Unique Color (with RGB and HSB modes) and Font pickers
- Beautiful native text rendering and text styles
- Vector and pixel zoom; zoom in with infinite vector precision or see individual pixels
- Multi-stop and radial gradients editing right in the canvas. Powerful WYSIWYG rendering.
- PDF, EPS and SVG importing and exporting supported
- Shared & Linked Layer Styles that automatically update each other
- Powerful, easy-to-use Vector Tool
Additionally, designers in the following areas will enjoy these features:
FOR WEB AND UI DESIGNERS
- Copy CSS Styles to clipboard (including gradients!)
- Slices: export areas on the canvas as images
- 960px grid, with support for more advanced grid options
- Multiple pages support inside a single document
FOR ICON DESIGNERS
- Artboards; each artboard is its own little canvas
- iOS Icon Templates
- Pixel Grid
- Pixel Effects, such as Gaussian and Motion Blur
What's New in Version 2.4.3
- Improvements to SVG importing
- Fixes a bug where Artboard origins would appear at 0,0
- Improves security when storing documents in DropBox
- Various bug fixes
Too buggy to be truly useful
When I first got this, I thought it was a five star app — a worthy replacement for various Adobe apps (not least Fireworks) that would work for many tasks. It is still pretty good by most standards, but it’s buggy. In particular, the text tool is virtually unusable (it clips to a tiny size while you’re typing), and it’s the most important tool in the app. I tried reporting the bug and got an email back saying that they (the developers) were aware, and that a fix is in the works. An update arrived last week (no mention of the text tool in the release notes), and it is still completely broken.
This has been a bit of a theme with Sketch — lots of promise, too many bugs. There used to be an online bug reporting/support site where you could see what problems people were having, but that has now been closed down. Lots of people had similar gripes with other aspects of the application, and also with performance and crashing.
I appreciate it’s made by a small team (of two people, I think), but these show stoppers should be absolute priority to get fixed — the text bug in particular has been there for months, so all I can imagine is that either they can’t or don’t want to fix it. Sad. If the show-stoppers get fixed, I’ll rewrite my review.