Apparently, Adobe Photoshop Express is not the only “Express” app that has been updated recently. Autodesk’s SketchBook Express has also undergone an update, imparting at least a couple of changes to the popular drawing app for iPad.
SketchBook Express is practically the lite version of SketchBook Pro. Even so, it already has enough features to satisfy the basic needs of iPad-wielding artists, amateur and professionals alike. It offers a full screen canvas optimized for the new iPad’s Retina display. And with its support for multi-touch gestures and numerous brushes, it’s able to render smooth strokes on screen.
The latest update to the app finally adds a palm rest, which reduces stray strokes while drawing. It’s a virtual accessory that I deem necessary in every iPad sketching app and hence a welcome add-on to SketchBook Express. Besides the palm rest, a random color option has also been added in the app’s Color Editor. It’s supposedly all well and good, except that it appears to have replaced the eye dropper tool. The eye dropper is considerably more useful than the new color shuffler, and why the former has been superseded rather than complemented by the latter is beyond me.
The update also brings some obligatory bug fixes. And finally, it delivers changes to the behavior of the information button in the toolbar, which contains help and store links.
SketchBook Express is available in the App Store for free, with optional in-app purchases for more professional-grade brushes.