SketchBlock innovates with linear multiple undos/redos and colour mixer

By on Aug 8, 2013 at 4:04 am

Paris, France – Independent development team, Etienne Nguyen Tan Hon and Yong Jie Hu have announced the update of SketchBlock on the App Store.

On February 2013 we have launched SketchBlock on the App Store after the great success of Drawing Box. But is it another painting application among the multitude similar applications? Is there something more to implement besides the creations of the major studios?

We do believe that SketchBlock, not only has its own personality, is capable to innovate in painting on tactile devices. Discovery time is over, we have to bring innovation now. In this new version of SketchBlock, we made great efforts to upgrade usability and efficiency.

The first function we have upgraded is about the undo/redo. Any people painting on iPad permanently use the undo/redo function to correct his work, allowing them to take back a series of actions. The undo feature enables learning and exploring an application without prejudice. This is crucial for graphical activities. But usually the user has to make undos tap-by-tap. This can be done easily if you have just several corrections to perform. But when about 20 or more undos are required, the actions can be slow and boring. SketchBlock introduces the idea of flexibility into the undo action. You can make one tap on the undo button to perform the action step-by-step, or you can make a long press on the same button to make multiple undos. You will simultaneously see your actions displayed on the screen, and lift the finger when you get enough undos. The redos operate in the same way, just with a long press on the redo button. According to our test, the linear multiple undos works quite 3 times quicker than the tap-by-tap action.

The second amazing feature we have implemented into this new version is the ability to create new colours. Despite of the large number of colour palettes (14) and the colour wheel provided inside SketchBlock, artists and professionals sometimes feel necessary to create their own colours and save them for later use. This is easy to perform now. You can mix 2 or more colours on a sheet of paper (just like traditional painting) by picking a colour from a palette or the colour wheel and paint on the screen. The more you paint the better blending you get. Then, with a long press on the chosen colour, you save it to your personal palette. Your personal palette can contain an unlimited number of colours.

Some other new features can be found in this version:

* Layers manipulation: import a picture into a selected layer, specially the import from SketchBlock gallery is useful for creating several version of an artwork without leaving the painting page, or mixing several paintings into an unique one. You can also resize and rotate manually a layer.

* Make a long press on the eraser button to clear the whole layer.

* Instead of turning the pages, just pinch the gallery window to display more paintings. Then slide them left or right to see all your works. Expand fingers to return to the normal view.

* When you choose a grid as background, you can see the graduation in pixels on each grid. This is helpful when you need to draw pictures with precise dimensions, or inside a predefined frame.

Device Requirements:
* Compatible with all iPad models
* Requires iOS 5.0 or later
* 32 MB

Pricing and Availability:
SketchBlock 1.2 is only $2.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Entertainment category.

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Located in Paris France, independent developer team Etienne Nguyen Tan Hon and Yong Jie Hu focus specifically on iPhone and iPad development on graphical domain. Copyright (C) 2013 Nguyen Tan Hon-Hu. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.