From the Sketchbook.com blog, posted today:
Today we’re releasing a version of SketchBook for Windows Tablets users. You can download it from the Windows Store and start using it immediately.
Long-time Windows users may know that previously we offered a simplified version of SketchBook for Windows Tablet, but this new release of SketchBook is an entirely different, brand-new app. It’s a major upgrade:
- Software that takes advantage of hardware: With Windows 10 at the core, we’re able to take advantage of GPU acceleration and multi-thread processing and a whole bunch of other technical details that might bore you to death. But the bottom line is you’ll have a better experience with real-time tracking of your screen/stylus and a better touch experience. We’ve built an entirely new framework for our apps that we’re implementing with this new version that will enable us to promote greater feature parity across all of our platforms and release new versions for all platforms faster.
- 2-in-1 support: If you own one of those laptops that act like tablets and fold back on themselves or disconnects from its keyboard (some of our favorites being the Surface, Surface Pro, and Lenovo ThinkPad P40 Yoga), you’ll like the fact that this app is available in both desktop and tablet modes.
- Gigantic canvas: If you’ve ever wanted to draw something ambitiously large, now you can. This version allows you to create a 10,000 x 10,000 pixel canvas. But don’t forget — you still have to fill that space with a massive amount of creativity.
- Features galore: Dozens of additional brushes in the Brush Library; a virtually unlimited number layers thanks to the power of Windows 10; unlimited undo; plus new Layer Tools (marking menu) that will make your workflow much faster, and a full-featured Color Puck in the Color Tools to help you choose colors on the fly.
- Stroke Stabilizer: This is a very neat feature that’s making its debut in this version of SketchBook. If you’re familiar with Steady Stroke from other versions of our app, you’ll like Stroke Stabilizer. If you need help drawing smooth lines, this tool will tighten up your messy lines automatically after you lift your pen. It’s an option if you need it, and it’s especially handy for doing things like hand lettering.
I'm eager to check this out. Perhaps it will solve my long-standing complaint about being unable to disable touch input? I'll give it a go and report back soon.
[UPDATE] Still no way to disable touch input that I can see. Makes the software unusable for me. :-(
[UPDATE 2] I wrote this as a response to the first comment below, but thought it was important enough to include in the main body of the post.
I missed (or forgot) that Sketchbook for Tablets had implemented a Pen Mode that disables touch input. This feature was never implemented in Sketchbook Pro, the desktop version which I tend to use more often. I went back to a device that was running version 3.1.1 of the app and it works as I prefer.
But the new Windows 10 app, now numbered as 1.0.0, doesn't offer a Pen Mode. It's also missing a selection tool which is an even grosser omission. Autodesk support told me they are scrambling to put both features back in as soon as possible.
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