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Sketch 360 is back once again with panoramic sketches on Surface Duo

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Surface Duo Sketch360 (Image credit: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central)

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Sketch 360, a Microsoft Garage app that originally launched on Windows 10, is once again available and optimized for Surface Duo. The app originally launched for Surface Duo in September, but it appeared to only be available for limited testing. Microsoft announced its release today, alongside a behind-the-scenes look at how it came together.

Sketch 360 is the creation of Michael Scherotter, a principal program manager at Microsoft. The app allows you to quickly and easily draw ideas you have for 3D spaces. It then projects the drawings against the inside of a sphere, with you at the center.

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"I was up for the challenge of moving my native C# UWP app to a C# Xamarin Forms. When the Microsoft Garage sponsored an internal hackathon to encourage employees to build or adapt apps for the Surface Duo, I jumped at the chance," Scherotter said in a blog post (opens in new tab) from Microsoft. Scherotter's app was selected as one of the hackathon winners, all of whome then shared their work with "experts and leaders of the Surface business," Microsoft says.

Sketch 360 is especially handy for VR designers, game designers, architects, and the like. It allows creatives to quickly get a look at how their ideas will look in real space. It also allows exports to Facebook, Adobe Lightroom, Kuula, and VR Media Player.

Developers who are interested in learning how Sketch 360 was adapted for Surface Duo can check out a deep dive at Microsoft's Dev blog (opens in new tab). If you want to give the app a spin for yourself, it's available at Google Play (opens in new tab) now. Finally, for more Duo apps, check out our running list of Surface Duo optimized apps.

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Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the Editor in Chief for Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl. Got a hot tip? Send it to daniel.thorp-lancaster@futurenet.com.

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  • Cool going to try this out on uwp (did not know about this app yet).