What’s New

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This chapter introduces new features, as well as the improvements & enhancements that can be found in the latest release of the mobile version of SketchBook. If you are looking for what’s new for the desktop version, visit What’s New in SketchBook.

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iOS 4.1

We’ve listened to your comments and thank you for all the feedback! For 4.1, we have updated to support iOS 10 and above. This means people using certain devices, such as an iPad 4, iPhone 5, or iPhone 5C, can now download and use the app.

With 4.1, unlock the power of SketchBook on the new iPad Pro with our enhanced refresh rate of 120Hz, which will offer an ultra-smooth and more natural stroke experience.

Apple Pencil users will love the improved responsiveness! Strokes feel even more natural and precise.


iOS 4.0.4

As part of our last update, we introduced a pixel preview. The intent was to increase rendering speed while zooming in an out of the canvas, by reducing the number of pixels presented. This was confusing, and in some cases, the reduced number of pixels stayed reduced, even after zooming, resulting in your images looking pixelated. We made two changes to address this: we fixed a bug to restore the correct pixel density after zooming, and we also added a preference to disable this reduced pixel density when zooming in. This new feature is called Pixel Preview, and can be toggled on or off from your in-app preferences. This update introduces the preference Pixel Preview to address the pixelation issues in version 4.0.
We also addressed a number of bugs.


iOS 4.0

For iOS users with a 64-bit device. Welcome to the future of SketchBook! We’ve added new features, significantly improved performance, and made the most robust update to SketchBook on iOS in our history. Here are a few highlights:

  • SketchBook has a new drawing and rendering engine, which enables canvas sizes up to 100 mpx, a huge undo stack, unlimited* layers, and a faster and more responsive drawing experience on all 64-bit iOS devices (especially iPad Pro and Apple Pencil).
  • Previously existing brushes have been optimized for the new drawing engine and we added several new brush sets. SketchBook now has over 170 customizable brushes, including texture brushes, to meet the demands of all types of artists and designers.
  • For 64-bit iPad and iPad Pro users, use Rapid UI mode, as a convenient way to access full menus in full-screen mode, without toggling the interface on and off.

An overview of the new Rapid UI Mode in the Autodesk SketchBook mobile version on the iPad

How to use the Brush Editor in Rapid UI Mode in the Autodesk SketchBook mobile version on the iPad

When in Rapid UI mode, access the layer, brush, and color editors, by placing your thumb on the edge of the screen and swiping up or down to change menus. While holding down your non-dominant thumb, make a selection in the editor with your drawing hand. Lift your non-dominant thumb to make the entire interface disappear (a quick tutorial will appear the first time you open the app after this update).

Using the Layer Editor in the Autodesk SketchBook mobile version on the iPad
Using the Color Editor and finding Copic Colors in the Autodesk SketchBook mobile version on the iPad

  • To access common menu items, like the Color Picker, Eraser, Flip Canvas, Last Brush, and the Double Puck, tap the translucent circle at the bottom of the canvas and make a selection. As you gain muscle-memory for these tools, simply tap-and-flick in the direction of the tool you want and to automatically select it.
  • Create perfectly symmetrical drawings with X, Y, X-Y, and radial symmetry tools. Reposition the line of symmetry, anywhere on the canvas, for precise control. Use up to 16 sectors of radial symmetry for precise radial sketches.
  • Use the popular Predictive Stroke feature from the desktop version of SketchBook in iOS. When enabled, if you draw a line, Predictive Stroke makes your line straight. If you draw a basic shape, Predictive Stroke will correct your shape into precise circles, rectangles, and triangles. If you are drawing freehand and want to apply smoothing, Predictive Stroke will add the right amount of smoothing to curved lines.
  • Try the new ruler and ellipse tools to place precise lines or elliptical shapes, such as circles in perspective, by adjusting the position, size, rotation, and aspect ratio of the drawing guides.

As always, thank you for drawing in SketchBook! Let us know what you think of the new SketchBook on Instagram (@AutodeskSketchBook), Twitter (@sketchbookapp), and Facebook (/AutodeskSketchBook). Need help? Visit SketchBook.com for product information, tutorials, and support.


iOS 3.7.4

For iPhone users, many of you missed using your Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus with SketchBook, so we brought this back.


iOS 3.7.3

Compatibility update for Wacom® stylus


iOS 3.7.2

Fixed a number of bugs


iOS 3.7

We designed the interface of SketchBook to keep you in the zone, free of distractions, so you can focus on drawing. We know that sometimes the screen you’re drawing on is small, so we added a feature to hide interface elements that are a little too close to your finger when drawing.

Now, purchase a SketchBook Subscription using your iTunes account, right here on your mobile device. A SketchBook Subscription unlocks the SketchBook Pro features across all your devices, including Mac, Windows, iOS, and Android, with a single purchase.


Android 3.7

If you are the kind of person who likes to roll the dice and leave things to chance, we dig it. Randomized color has been added to SketchBook. Quickly lay down varying colored strokes using the same brush. In the Color Editor, tap the arrow at the bottom of the Color Wheel to enable Randomize and set how crazy you want to get.

We designed the interface of SketchBook to keep you in the zone, free of distractions, so you can focus on drawing. We know that sometimes the screen you’re drawing on is small, so we added a feature to hide interface elements that are a little too close to your finger when drawing.

Now, purchase a SketchBook Subscription using your Google Play account, right here on your mobile device. A SketchBook Subscription unlocks the SketchBook Pro features across all your devices, including Mac, Windows, iOS, and Android, with a single purchase.


Android 3.6.2

We’ve updated device compatibility requirements, so you can still install Autodesk® SketchBook® on devices without a back-end camera.


iOS 3.6.1

This is a small update to improve the performance of the app for artists using Apple Pencil and other types of Bluetooth-connected styluses.


Android 3.6.1

  • The lag you experienced when zoomed into the canvas has been fixed.
  • For Nexus 5X(6.0) users, the scanning preview issue has been fixed.
  • Other bug fixes and stability improvements.

Android and iOS 3.6

  • Scan Sketches – We help you to scan a drawing with perspective correction and background clean-up to make it into digital art. Choose from color or black and white. Show/hide the image’s background.

Example of the Scan feature in the mobile version of SketchBook

  • The efficiency of file saving has greatly improved. Large canvases are two times faster!
  • Apple Pencil support for new iPad Pro
  • Property values were corrected for reset Smudge and Synthetic paint brushes
  • The iCloud storage experience has greatly improved
  • The layer thumbnail update issue was resolved

iOS 3.5.2

  • Fix offset issue when quickly drawing multiple lines
  • Improve color picker accessibility when using the continuous press and hold gesture

iOS 3.5.1

  • Inking brush – the most wanted SketchBook desktop brush is now yours on mobile

Example of the Ink brush in the mobile version of SketchBook

  • For iOS 9 users, we support split-screen multi-tasking, so SketchBook works with Slide Over and Split View functionality
  • Fixed the stroke lag when using a stylus
  • Pen Mode support for Apple Pencil
  • Better tilt presets for pencils in the Basic brush set
  • Fixed a number of bugs