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Colin Smith
May 6, 2019

Today, we are releasing our first big update for Android, iOS, and Windows 10 users, since we made SketchBook free. Sure, we had releases that fixed issues and made it easier to just start drawing, but we wanted to give you more. That’s why, for this release, we added new features to further help with drawing.

Perspective Guides

We asked what you use in SketchBook desktop that wasn’t in mobile and the big winner was the Perspective Guides. So SketchBook now has 1, 2, and 3 point perspective guides, a snapping toggle, vanishing point lock, and horizon line visibility. We also added the Customize, Infinite, and Constrained Grid tools. When in perspective mode, snap to vanishing points as you lay down strokes, set the horizon line, and drag vanishing points off the canvas.


For inspiration, if you want more information on drawing with perspective, check out the blog post on two-point perspective interiors.

Curve Ruler

For this release we also added a brand new tool for SketchBook the Curve Ruler. 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.

Support for iPad Pro and Apple Pencil

For those of you who love to draw and have purchased an 11-inch iPad Pro or 12.9-inch iPad Pro (3rd generation), we didn’t forget about you! We figured you probably invested in the new Apple Pencil (2nd generation) or are planning to. It would be a shame if you couldn’t use SketchBook’s pressure-sensitive brushes, the new bendable ruler, perspective guides, or other tools, so we added support for it. That includes its double-tap functionality – double tapping on the pencil will switch you to the eraser and back to your current brush.

Finally, if you love Scan Sketch and bought a new iPad, only to realize its camera wasn’t compatible with the previous version of SketchBook, this version is for you. We fixed that. Now, you finish a sketch you started at home, on paper, on your commute in SketchBook.

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

– The SketchBook Team

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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 and Project Sugarhill and is based in Toronto, Canada.