Sketchable 4 overhauls the UI and adds some cool new enhancements

For those unfamiliar with the name, Sketchable is a popular creativity suite for Windows. The app has just been updated to hit version 4.0 and with it brings a bunch of changes and improvements. The developer has focused on the user interface with the latest release, improving usability and ensuring all elements create a cohesive aesthetic. Interestingly, Microsoft's Surface design team was brought on board to aid in these efforts.

As well as the UI overhaul, Sketchable 4.0 introduces a floating stroke preview, real time brush tip cursor, customizable color selector, right-click color insertion, and streaming tutorials. These new additions are better explained below:

Layout and design

  • Designed in conjunction with Surface team designers
  • Reduced UI palettes from four to two
  • Updated every icon
  • Regrouped icons for a cleaner aesthetic

Color Picker

  • Moved icons to singular exterior overlay -Capable of achieving smaller sizes
    • Added three new custom form factors
    • Circular saturation and brightness picker
  • Dynamic RGB and HSB sliders
  • For economy of motion, users can click and drag the color Dropper from icon to desired color, thus requiring only one click.
  • Toggle button added for "touch can paint" to make it more discoverable.

Stroke Preview

  • New modern design
  • Sliders for Size, and tip opacity make the functionality more discoverable.
  • Can be moved and placed
  • Can remain open when painting or adjusting a stoke from an exterior source.
  • Up to 36 presets per tool
  • Added clone, reset, and delete brush presets
  • Provides textural feedback while choosing a preset, or scrubbing tip opacity or size

Real Time Brush Tip Cursor

  • Depicts diameter, roundness, angle, feather, etc…

Other notable changes

  • Substantial performance improvements
  • Reduced package size by ~150mb
  • Moved Lock Layer Transparency to the Layer Info dialog.
  • Added settings
    • RGB 0-255
    • Right click color picker
    • Link mouse and touch UI Sizes

Much like version 3, the previous release we covered, this is a fairly substantial update and one we're sure fans of the app will appreciate. Hit the link below to download the app for free. Do note that there's a one-time fee of $19.99 to access premium features.

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Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds is Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

  • Might have to check this out
  • Yeah, and WC should do this a lot more often... Promoting cool apps.
  • Brilliant app. I tried loads of sketching apps before I hit this. Its fantastic. For some reason it just feels great drawing on the Surface Pro 4 screen.
  • Still no stroke stabilizing..
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