Sunday, September 30, 2007

Sketches, iPhone Drawing Fun

Edit: Sketches is available in the App Store since July 10th, 2008, as described in this newer blog post.

After a temporary shift of priorities, we have developed and released a beta version of our second app. But in this occasion, even though it runs under Mac OS, it is not a Mac application. It is an application for the iPhone.

Sketches, as the application is called, allows you to draw on the screen, select a picture from the photo album or shoot a photo to draw on top of it. It also has the ability to select pencils and colors, a library of stationery to use for your background, saving your work to the photo library (so that you can synchronize back to your computer), send to mail and undo. You can even erase your drawing by shaking your iPhone, as if it were an etch-a-sketch (see David Pogue demonstrating it).

Users have given Sketches rave reviews:

- "I'd like to congratulate you on creating this fine app. It is really useful and fun."

- "Everyone I show it to immediately turns into a little kid and enjoys the hell out of it."

- "Sketches .3 beta is awesome. It's definitely among the best 3rd party iPhone applications."
We really hope that Apple, one day, decides to open the iPhone platform to third party apps, Then, Sketches could be used by all iPhone users. And we, developers, could get all the right tools and documentation we need, so to make the iPhone an even greater device.



Anonymous said...

i just wanted to gush about your awesome program, which is both "awesome" and a "program." it's one of my favorite iphone perks.
i started a blog posting the lame-ass sketches i've made with it: the program. looking forward to updates. are you taking donations?

Kevin said...

I hope you get the chance to further develop this application with the recent announcement of Apple's SDK. I would love things like line thickness based on stroke speed. Brush sets. Or more smoothness to the lines when drawing curves. Another thing would be some primitive shapes like circles, squares, etc. I could see this as a replacement for my sketchpad.
Anyway, great work!

Anonymous said...

you should add in a stamp pallete or brushs in various cheese flavors.

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MIQUELON said...

I loved this app ! It was awesome. Worked great on the iPod touch 16gb until you forced an update via the installer.. now it crashes.. :-(

Jorge said...

@marc We have produced a new version that resolves the issues that some users had after installation. Please refresh Installer's sources and try again. You should install Sketches 0.7 beta 2.

I hope this helps.

Loc Lam said...

Hi there, I really like this app. I recently used it to jot down a phone number while talking on the phone! However, I haven't been able to save any of the stuffs I've drew. It says the picture would show up with I synchronize with the computer, but they don't show up when I do. I'm also using this app with an Ipod Touch by the way. Any way to resolve this?

david f glidden said...

great app - ii love it. One thing though, the shake to erase function seems not to work in the latest beta. Anyone else having problems with this?

Anonymous said...

hi, the shake to erase function seems to of stopped working on the latest version on mine too?

Anonymous said...

RE: version 0.7 beta 3 --
unquestionably one of the Top 5 iPhone apps although the shake to erase function isn't working, not to mention that I miss the "red" icon of prior version(s)