Late last January, the top-rating painting app Inspire Pro was updated to version 2.0. Now, the app has been updated once again with some follow-up enhancements.

To recap briefly, Inspire Pro 2.0 introduced a brand new look and feel for the app. But more importantly, it introduced a new painting engine created in-house by Inspire Pro developer KiwiPixel.

The proprietary painting engine is called Sorcery. And it’s actually the focus of Inspire Pro’s new update.

Of course, the latest update to Inspire Pro delivers various bug fixes. Also, it brings some minor UI improvements.

Inspire Pro

But the bulk of the update comprises the following dry brush rendering improvements for Inspire Pro’s Sorcery engine:

  • The dry brush now uses the same 64-bit color application algorithm for strokes as the wet brush does, greatly improving the visual quality of dry brush strokes
  • Blending is more accurate and uniform at very small amounts of pressure (1-10%), allowing extremely subtle blur effects
  • Blending is smoother and more precise according to the current stroke direction at very high amounts of pressure (90-100%)
  • The dry brush now works a lot better and more correctly along the edges of the canvas
  • Squashed a bug where the dry brush was not accommodating changes in brush size in the middle of a stroke resulting from either taper or random size settings
  • Try the dry brush with a Medium Soft Airbrush, at a 25% spacing — this is a very versatile dry brush at all pressures

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

Note that you may need to restart your iPad for the app to work properly after updating.

If you’re interested in other notable drawing apps, check out our Drawing With Your iPad AppGuide, which, unsurprisingly, includes Inspire Pro.