Thursday, May 24th, 2012 Posted by Jim Thacker

Autodesk releases SketchBook Ink for iPad
An early demo of Autodesk’s SketchBook Ink. The new iPad drawing app shipped today.

Autodesk has released SketchBook Ink: a new iPad app in the SketchBook product family, aimed at creating virtual pen-and-ink drawings.

The developer is touting SketchBook Ink’s new resolution-independent engine, which makes it possible to export images of over 100 megapixels (10,000 x 10,000 pixels) in size via Dropbox.

The app features seven preset stroke styles and two eraser types, plus a simple colour picker.

At $4.99, SketchBook Ink is priced identically to the existing SketchBook Pro for iPad, and requires iOS 5.0 or above. The app is currently available at a launch discount.

Autodesk, Inc. has launched Autodesk SketchBook Ink for iPad paint and drawing app, the latest release from the company’s popular SketchBook family, which has more than 10 million downloads to date. Powered by a brand new engine, Autodesk SketchBook Ink introduces unique technology for artists to create stunning, high-resolution ink-style artwork. The SketchBook Ink addition to the SketchBook family increases the number of choices available to artists to express their creative visions in a digital environment.

Unlike traditional vector drawing apps, SketchBook Ink enables users to produce very fine detail in their artwork, independent of resolution, building on the intuitive freehand-drawing Autodesk SketchBook Pro platform. This new technology also supports the ability to export and print large, high-quality images right from the iPad. Final artwork can be exported at optimal sizes to the photo library on iPad, email, Dropbox, or iTunes file sharing. Images exported to Dropbox or iTunes file sharing can exceed 100 megapixels.

Complementing Autodesk’s popular app for the iPad, SketchBook Pro, which offers a variety of sketching and painting tools, SketchBook Ink is dedicated to pen-and-ink drawing. The inking behavior gives it a distinct feel but builds on the intuitive and familiar interface valued by SketchBook users worldwide. SketchBook Ink launches with seven preset ink styles and two types of erasers. The app supports importing images from the photo library on iPad that can be used as references or backgrounds.

The Autodesk SketchBook Ink App is available for $4.99 exclusively from the App Store. For a limited time at launch, SketchBook Ink will be available for a special introductory price of $1.99.

Buy SketchBook Ink on the App Store