I’m excited to announce Sketchpad 4.0! The focuses on this release has making the app more colorful, faster, and easier to use.
Here’s an overview of what’s new:
- Stroke/Fill is available on all brushes.
- VectorFill replaces Floodfill for crisper edges and much faster rendering! This can lead to some fun by importing an SVG into Sketchpad, re-coloring it, and download it back as an SVG (right click to download!).
- Linear gradient editor
- Radial gradient editor
- Text updates with special thanks to OpenType.js & some inspiration from FitText! Editing text now feels very smooth. Additionally these new features are available:
- Font Size is automatically set based on textarea dimensions
- Bold, Italic, Underline & Stroke styles
- Align Left, Center, Right & Justify
- Line Height & Letter Spacing
- Crop has been merged with the Resize tool making life simpler. What’s better the crop tool now automatically zooms your viewport to fit so you can see your entire document while cropping.
- Your library view has been updated with a more robust & spacious interface, along with more obvious buttons for renaming, duplicating, and removing documents.
- High-res export now works on all tool and style combinations!
- New auto-save UI allows you to disable the ‘auto-saving’ feature. This is helpful especially on large documents with thousands of layers that may take awhile to autosave. Although, to that end, auto-saving is much faster in the new version.
- And finally you’ll find an export button right on the toolbar for all those who requested it!
- Special thanks to jsondiffpatch which is now used in Sketchpad’s history.
There are a couple things that could not be 100% converted to the new version Sketchpad. You may want to consider whether these matter to you before upgrading your files (you will be prompted). My apologies for any inconvenience these may cause you:
- FloodFill was depreciated. It just did not make sense to keep in. It cost too much to maintain, it was notorious for crashing users browsers. Sketchpad is a vector app, so a bitmap FloodFill never made sense. The new VectorFill replaces the FloodFill, and the results are much nicer!
- LinearGradient format needed to be upgraded in order support the new Gradient Editor, in doing so LinearGradients may shift slightly.
If for any reason you’d like to use the older version of Sketchpad you can find it at its new permanent URL: https://sketch.io/sketchpad-3.7.6/
Or better yet, check out the latest!
Sketchpad v3.7 is here! Here’s a list of new features:
- High-Res export for print! 300DPI
- Autosaving to library!
- Document resizing.
- Path smoothing on Pencil tool—no more shaky lines!
- Path tool – curved path editor.
- Polyline tool – straight line editor.
- Arrow brush with curved path (or straight path)
- More background styles! Colors, gradients and patterns, oh my.
- Outline style on Shapes, Text, and various supported Brushes.
- Angle control on Linear Gradient style.
- Color Noise on Linear & Radial Gradients
- Designed for Mobile/Desktop hybrid experience.
- Improved speed of undoing multiple actions.
- Text-box resizing without scaling by holding ShiftKey.
Play around with the latest version to see for yourself 🙂
Sketchpad has been used in applications from scientific machine learning, to kids drawing, but we haven’t had much chance to focus on any commercial aspects. This is why we’re excited to be changing that. We’re gearing up to provide the technology that makes your users product customization experience quick and easy by tapping into our experience + codebase in building Sketchpad.
One of the many features we’re creating to push the envelope is instant previews of customized products—there is no more need to upload the artwork, process the preview on the server, and then download once again, this can all be done in milliseconds in the browser.
We’re looking for partners who own print companies, with websites that are in the need of automation and HTML5 goodness. Connect with us—https://sketch.io/contact.html
Sketchpad 3 is available in the Chrome Webstore (for free), combining WebGL effects with vector editing, and lots of HTML5 goodness!
Some of the major improvements include:
- Webcam FX core integration—take photos with your camera, add filters, and place into your drawing!
- Save your entire drawing, from vector commands, to attached assets into a single .SKETCH package container which can be reloaded into the app via Drag & Drop. Special thanks to Zip.JS
- Gradient text support (with live preview).
- Improved SVG parsing/rendering.
- Improved UX.
UPDATE: Read about Sketchpad 3.0
Where Sketchpad 2.0 introduced non-destructive vector + bitmap editing on the web, Sketchpad 2 webpage.1 (SP2.1) takes that bland package of vector tools and borrows features from Sketch Mobile, an app that exhibited my furthest exploration in creating colorful enviroments. SP2.1 is great at creating background wallpapers quickly now that most of the tools work with gradients, and are all editable in place—this can be especially fun on tools like Mr. Doob’s generative brushes, and the improved stamp tool.
New features include:
- Multiuser drawing (NodeJS + Socket.io)
- Editable generative brushes: Chrome, Fur, Shader, Sketchy, Web (via Mr Doob‘s Harmony)
- Spacebar+drag while your in a brush (recommended by Chris Smith)
- Change the tool type in the options drop-down menu after you’ve created a layer (Chris Smith)
- Preview (ghost) the stamp tool before you apply it (Chris Smith)
- Crayon tool reintroduced from Sketch Mobile.
- Shapes: Rectangle, Ellipse, Polygon, Gear, Star, Burst, Radial Burst, Spiral (Sketch Mobile)
- Gradients in the style window, useable with most tools.
- Stamp tool now has “Translate” feature, combined with a low “Flow”, and a nice looking gradient, can create beautiful tapestries in a few clicks.
You can access SP2.1beta in two ways:
- Create your own multi-user drawing room (replace “myRoom” with your room):
- Create your own personal drawing room:
Have feature requests, or thoughts of how the interface is horrible? I would love to hear!