It took KiwiPixel over two years to bring its flagship painting app Inspire Pro from version 1.0 to 2.0. But no matter. Inspire Pro 2.0 is finally here and it’s, well, an inspired piece of work.

Most noticeably, Inspire Pro 2.0 features a brand new look and feel along with a new app icon and splash screen.

But undoubtedly the main highlight of the app’s new version is the introduction of KiwiPixel’s new proprietary painting engine called Sorcery.

Based on OpenGL ES 2.0, Sorcery takes full advantage of the GPU in all iPad models, including the very first. According to KiwiPixel, Sorcery “renders brush strokes with brilliant 64-bit color, laser-sharp sub-pixel precision, and incredibly fast speed.”

Sorcery has also allowed for the expansion the number of brushes and brush settings in Inspire Pro.

Including the five original Oil Paint brushes, there are now 30 Inspire Pro brushes, which are divided into three sets: Oil Paint, Airbrushes, and Basic Shapes.

Inspire Pro

The new Oil Paint brushes are: Filbert Brush, Liner Brush, Old Round Brush, Old Flat Brush, Old Palette Knife. The new Airbrushes are: Very Soft Airbrush, Soft Airbrush, Medium Soft Airbrush, Medium Airbrush, Medium Hard Airbrush, Hard Airbrush, Very Hard Airbrush, Angled Soft Airbrush, Angled Medium Airbrush, and Angled Hard Airbrush. And the new Basic Shapes are: Line, Triangle, Square, Diamond, Rectangle, Circle, Ellipse, Pentagon, Hexagon, and Octagon.

As for the new brush settings, here they are:

  • A new Glaze setting allows brush strokes to be painted with a uniform opacity.
  • A new Scatter setting offsets each application of paint throughout a brush stroke in a random direction from the original path.
  • 4 new Taper settings allow you to control the taper size and opacity of a stroke.
  • 4 new Random settings allow fully randomized size and rotation at the beginning of a stroke or for each application of paint throughout it.

Compatible with iPad running iOS 5.0 or later, Inspire Pro 2.0 is available now in the App Store as a free update or as a new $7.99 download.

Inspire Pro 2.0 also features full support for the HEX3 Jaja pressure-sensitive stylus.