A popular iOS art app made its debut in the Windows Store this weekend.
SketchTime, the brainchild of developer Hansol Huh, is an elegant application that distills the drawing toolset to its barest essentials.
The $1.99 app offers pen and marker brushes in 15 predetermined sizes and a palette consisting of 30 preset colors per pen. And that's it. As evidenced by its popular Flickr group (see link in the press release below), the combination of the two is surprisingly powerful as you can quickly lay down a sketch in "ink" and apply a splash of color with your marker.
Unfortunately, SketchTime does not recognize pen pressure at this time, although the developer told me he plans to add the capability in a future update. The app also doesn't distinguish between pen and touch, so you have to wear a glove or keep your hand off the screen to avoid stray marks on your canvas.
When you open a completed image from the Gallery section, you can play back a timelapse sequence of your sketch coming to life. The iPad version allows you to load photos to trace over. We hope to see that feature brought over soon.
For now, SketchTime is a no-brainer for Surface 2 users and for only $2 a welcomed Modern UI sketching option for Surface Pro artists.
April 11, 2014 - App developer Hansol Huh today announced the release of SketchTime on the Windows Store.
SketchTime is already very popular on the Apple app store, which has been downloaded over 500,000 times. Now all the PC and Windows tablet users can enjoy this simple yet powerful app too.
There are already plenty of sketching and painting apps on the market. But when you want to make quick sketches, take simple notes, or scribble sudden ideas, not to make a masterpiece, what’s your choice? Don't you think the app takes long time to open a sketch pad, you have to set too many options, and you need to tap a number of times to set the line thickness and color? This is why I make SketchTime app.
Sketching like it should be. Simple, Fast and Fun! If you love sketching but dislike cluttered, complicated UI and too many options to set, SketchTime is your best choice. SketchTime is totally optimized for quick sketches. Just open up a sketch pad and let the sketches flow. All the essential tools right at your fingertips help you focus on your creativity. User interface couldn’t be more intuitive and fluid.
The unique SketchTime’s drawing engine makes your strokes faster and smoother. All vector-based strokes are automatically saved, so you never lose your valuable works. Moreover, you can watch your sketches smoothly play back. There are some more extra features you must like. Unlimited level undo and redo make you feel free to make a mistake. Responsive zooming makes you draw more detailed. You can lock your sketches for protecting from being deleted and edited by mistake.
What Media and User Say:
“SketchTime simplifies sketching down to its essence” - Apple Inc.
“If you are looking for a way to just draw without all of the complicated art accoutrements, SketchTime may be the answer.” - AppAdvice
“It lets me do very nice quick sketches without having to think about the tools all the time.” - User
Hansol Huh is a Seoul-based app creator of the popular creative apps, TypeDrawing, Artree, SnapPen and SketchTime.