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Today’s update for SketchBook Pro 2021 includes the Curved Ruler! Based on the mobile version and found in the Ruler tools, use it to draw curves and sweeps, not possible with the Ellipse tool. Simply tap-drag an end to change its shape or drag the middle to reposition it. Need a larger curve? Scale the ruler. Want to retain a curve, but need to move the ruler to do so? No problem. And, like our other rulers, there is no need to draw directly on the ruler.

We hope you enjoy this update to SketchBook Pro. Happy Sketching!

– The SketchBook Team

PLEASE NOTE: This is an update for SketchBook Pro (which used to be called SketchBook for Enterprise) on Windows and Mac, not the free desktop version of SketchBook. SketchBook Pro will be updated with the global launch of the M&E Collection and the Alias Automotive Bundle. These features will come to the free version of SketchBook on Windows and Mac in an upcoming release.

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Colin Smith

Colin is a Sr. Product Manager on the Automotive and Conceptual Design Team at Autodesk. During his 25-year career in the CAD industry he has worked in customer support, training, consulting and as a product manager for Alias and Fusion 360. Currently, he works on SketchBook Pro and Create VR and is based in Toronto, Canada.

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  1. Avatarmossybarks

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    Hi, it would be a great addition to have a way of screen recording the drawing process for Mac and PC. The screen recorder made for phones is a step in the right direction, but it captures every rotation of the canvas, which makes it hard to watch.

  2. Avataralfredolandaetar@gmail.com

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    Hi, just wondering if 2021 will include a measuring tool. The ruler tool in SketchBook Pro is only useful to draw straight lines. As an architect i really, really, really will like to be able to scale and measure drawings.
    Thanks

    1. Avatarbashirahmed736

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      pls how can i download the latest version for mobile

  3. Avatarelizabetoledo40

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    Love it Sketchbook!

  4. Avatarflatwaterdesign

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    Hello, I bought Sketchbook repeatedly on Android and Apple as my purchases were forgotten by your systems and your app model changed. I thought I had made the final blow with that problem when I purchased the “PRO” version which included all versions along with the PC version. Unfortunately Sketchbook Pro 7 is complete junk on my HP Spectre now, worthless. Every time in recent memory I went to use it my time was just wasted. I have a new Cintiq 24 on the way and I am using Fusion 360 and so I considered that this Autodesk product might integrate into my workflow but it is not even working. Interestingly enough when searching for a substitute I found the free version on the Microsoft store and it works pretty good so far. The update option in the pro version does nothing and in checking my e-mail AutoDesk has erased my records regarding the purchase. Now I stumble upon this new Pro release and after all this I am still willing to try again, lol! Unbelievable, I know! So why have I paid so much and have gotten the same as every free user? Have I not even earned the privilege to pay you more money and update my app so it works. I get it, sort of; stuff changes and breaks old stuff and you guys do not want to keep updating old software; can you see that I have tried to be reasonable and pay for my usage because I am a fan of your work. It is difficult for me that even though I pay I am still not a part of some elite automotive crowd or something and cannot even finish eating my measly software crumbs.

  5. Avatarjennifoster41

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    I use the app almost exclusively on my Surface Pro as it is so user and touch screen friendly compared to other programs I have tried. I was a paid subscriber before it went free for single users. I love it, however I find the app has been crashing a lot lately or the tools will just randomly disappear and I have to restart. Is the app still being serviced and updated? If so, will it ever have the ability to save in different formats or resize the canvas of an already imported image? I have the desktop version too just for these features but find it is not as touch friendly. The side of my hand leaves spots and moves things.

  6. Avatarstevenlomas

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    Amazing, now if only i could use it…

    I have recently bought a HP-Pen 22 pro, which is installed as my 3rd display, on starting autodesk sketchbook everything appears to be find, but when using it the layer shows the work but the canvas doesn’t,
    I’ve closed down the programme with task manager, and no instances are running, I have deleted the 8.0 and 8.7 folders in the C:\Users\******\AppData\Roaming\Autodesk\SketchBook folder but i’m still getting the issue.

    Both Paintshop pro and krita are working find.

  7. Avatarliltornado@gmail.com

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    Hi there, longtime user of Sketchbook here (used to subscribe before it went free for non-enterprise). I know this update is currently only for the Enterprise version but is there any estimate of when it will come to the free desktop edition?

  8. Avataramyq96176

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    How do you Skeach???

  9. Avatargeordieshaw

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    The approach Autodesk is taking to SketchBook is very confusing. What is the difference between the ‘Free’ version and the so called ‘Pro’ version (which we can’t access currently)?

    Why only bundle the ‘Pro’ version with Media and Entertainment or Automotive bundles? What about Architects or Engineers who use sketching as a primary tool?

    1. Colin SmithColin Smith (Post author)

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      Hi gordieshaw,

      I understand your confusion.
      The SketchBook Pro versions (subscription) and the SketchBook (free) versions for desktop are essentially the same product.
      There main differences are
      – The release schedules are not aligned – and therefore some features might appear in Pro before or after the free versions.
      – The Pro versions include Autodesk licensing which enables companies to centrally distribute licensed copies of Pro to their users (this is a requirement in some companies)
      – It includes ADSK support for those companies who are on subscription
      – The Pro versions ship with the M&E and Automotive bundle.

      If you are an individual, I suggest you use the free version which can be downloaded from the product page.

  10. AvatarBilly.bacsko

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    I am very confused. I have scoured the autodesk sit. and clicked all the links. There is no current way I can find to even subscribe to sketchbook pro anymore. It is advertised on the autodesk site that there is a free version and a pro subscription version. this post talks about new curved ruler feature for the pro version only. but there is no way for a person to buy the pro version now? did i need an old pro version or enterprise edition for this to work? I even tried going straight to the autodesk pruchase page and when i go to subscribe it just links to the free version. could you please tell me how a customer is supposed to buy the product with the features you discuss.

    1. Colin SmithColin Smith (Post author)

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      Hi Billy,

      SketchBook Pro will be updated with the global launch of the M&E Collection and the Alias Automotive Bundle. These features will come to the free version of SketchBook on Windows and Mac in an upcoming release.

      If you still want to purchase a separate subscription to SketchBook Pro you can go to this page: https://www.autodesk.com/company/contact-us
      Click on the purchase by phone link.

  11. Avatarjugensingh1999

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    can we get the halftone brush set back for desktop please

  12. Avatarjugensingh1999

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    can we get the halftone brush set from the android line please

  13. Avatarbowe_bryce

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    I’d like to request for an update to the animation tool, allow us to increase the number of layers, each layer runs on it’s own frames, and being able to change the framerate during work

  14. AvatarThedragon8102

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    Hi there! I’m fairly new to sketchbook and I actually haven’t got the pro version (but I would like to in the future 😉 ) but I think a good update to have in the future would be to update the fill/bucket tool for both versions. I find it really annoying that it doesn’t seem to fill in an area without leaving little white spaces (this problem is very apparent when you try to fill spaces outlines in pencil or other tools with a subtle soft edge to the tool). I’ve used other free programs in the past that have fixed this issue well such as Medibang (which isn’t optimized for my new computer otherwise I’d go back to using it) which has an option that simply expands the fill and select areas by a chosen number of pixels. I think this would be a much simpler addition (to replace or add on to the already existing fill detection slider) to include in a future update that would help a lot of artists. I find Autodesk is very beginner friendly (which is another reason why this update would help) and I love that I was able to pick it up and just start creating with no trouble finding features and accessories. If there’s a way to fix this that I simply haven’t found, please let me know, otherwise, please consider this feature for a future update.

  15. Avatarvalenciazhan14

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    Hai there, i would like to request an import/add brush for ipad. I think it would be great to have those features in ipad!

  16. Avatarprima.brachii

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    Fantastic – I’ve only just dived into Sketchbook and this was the one tool missing. Subscribed to Pro instantly.

  17. Avatarmitchelldpm

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    Good Morning Colin: are you able to tell me when Sketchbook PRO 2021 will be available, and what will be the cost please? Thanks, Dave Mitchell

  18. Avatarstas-belay

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    Great
    but…
    HOW can I update my sketchbook for Mac, if on sketchbook site is still 8.7 version?

    1. Colin SmithColin Smith (Post author)

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      Hi,

      I should have made this clearer in the blog post, so I will edit it. This is an update for SketchBook PRO on Windows and Mac, not the free desktop version of SketchBook. SketchBook Pro will be updated with the global launch of the M&E Collection and the Alias Automotive Bundle. These features will come to the free version of SketchBook on Windows and Mac in an upcoming release.

      Colin