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4 stars out of 5
D · 10/7/2015
Needs more layers and tools... which is why you pay.

Excellent drawing tools once you've registered for the free set with 2 layers and line options, but it needs an option to resize, more layers, and more diverse tools to really compete with PhotoShop, which Autodesk is well aware of and happy to charge a monthly fee for. Ultimately, might be a better alternative to paying for PS, but I just plain will not subscribe to an app, sorry. As it is, the free set of tools make it a fun little drawing app for quick sketches and amateur artists, but those wanting a lot of control over their creation will need a bit more than you will find here without forking over some cash. Every month. Worth the download for sure.

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3 stars out of 5
Matt · 10/1/2015
Has potential, needs work

I like this program for sketching purposes, and I think it has a great interface that works well with touchscreen devices. The ability to rotate, pan and zoom the canvas with your fingers quickly without having to change tools is great. The paywall isn't that big of a deal for me. It's four loonies a month, that's like one less coffee per month. What really bothers me is the fact that there are two VERY basic tools missing in this Windows Tablet version of Sketchbook, both of which ARE present in the Android version of the same software: The selection tool/lasso, and the text tool. Why these aren't present at all (even in the pro version!) is baffling. Also, you cannot edit the canvas size, which is weird. Now, these aren't essential tools if you're really just sketching. But to see them present in other versions is just kind of a letdown. Hopefully Autodesk will add them in an update.

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4 stars out of 5
Reviewer 6352 · 8/30/2015
Size and Wand

With this version, there's no magic wand, plus you have no way to change the size of the drawing surface. Other than those 2 exceptions, the application is excellent. Responsiveness, and ease of tool usage makes rendering easy to accomplish! The only other feature I'd like to see, being used to PhotoShop, is the burn/dodge tool

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4 stars out of 5
Mark · 8/22/2015
I love Auto desk

Very useful tools in this app. The best feature of this app is the intuitive nature of all the tools offered. For me it is easy to use and loaded. It is lacking in what is offered by the Autodesk Pro app on Android' but it works for me, for now. I wish I could afford to get all the features offered by this software. I purchased Autodesk Pro for Android tablet would do the same here. I am thankful I can use my account with them I set up with the android here for second tier access. This would be a far better rating from me if indeed I could purchase the app they offer on Android for here.

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4 stars out of 5
Izumi · 9/5/2015
Great other than...

I enjoy the ease of use for the tools! I had to remove 1 star for two features that are essential - there is no way to set your image size/resolution or a selection tool. As a professional illustrator I'm disappointed in that, sine the lack of those two things cripples my ability to do any of my professional work through the app. However for fun, personal use and ideas its perfect. (add those two features and you get a 5 from me!)

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2 stars out of 5
Alpinia · 8/19/2015
Worst form of crippleware.

This app hides any serious tools behind a paywall. It hides basic tools behind a signup wall that will require you to sign in periodically. It offers a few nonresizable tools for free. Suitable for umm. Not much. I have the signup version and do find it to be a very capable and stable drawing platform. I draw cartoons. However I have no floodfill or advanced select since I DO NOT NOW NOR EVER, EVAAAR PLAY THE PAY MONTHLY FOR SOFTWARE GAME. I have enough monthly payments in my life. Do you hear me Autodesk? I WILL NOT SUBSCRIBE TO SOFTWARE. YOU TOO, MICROSOFT! I will happily buy the bloody thing, I'm not asking for it to be free, but I AM TIRED OF GREEDY COMPANIES TRYING TO GOUGE ME EVERY TIME A TURN AROUND.

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5 stars out of 5
Courtney · 8/13/2015

I absolutely love this program! It is so easy to use and does everything you need. I love being able to use layers! I would definitely recommend this to both experienced and beginner artists.

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3 stars out of 5
Logain · 8/6/2015
It's okay but...

The good news is this version of the app works great with the pen on a i7 Surface Pro 3. Sketchbook Pro 7 does not, so for basic projects this version of the app is a great alternative until Autodesk releases a fix for the current pen calibration problems of Pro 7. Unfortunately, this version of Sketchbook pales in comparison to the Android version which I also own. Even before paying for the app's full toolset, logging into your account on the Android version gives more tools than this version does. The Android version is also a one time payment for full access ($4.99 if memory serves) whereas this version is a subscription based model. $24.99 a year isn't a lot of money considering how much Adobe is charging for CC access, but the reality is a user can enjoy the full awesomeness of mobile Sketchbook on an alternative platform at a cheaper point of entry. 3* because the app works great even though hamstrung but I'd rather pay the $60 for Sketchbook Pro 7 and get the best version.

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4 stars out of 5
Blake · 8/6/2015
Could be so much better

Currently the best drawing app on Microsoft Surface, but if you have used the Android version you know this version is missing some important touch features such as the brush and color modification pucks and guides. These are missing from the paid version and should be added to make this complete. The 'Save' option is also dangerous as it defaults to the name of the last file you were working on--even if you start a new file. I have lost work by doing a quick save and wiping out an older file.

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4 stars out of 5
Reviewer 7433 · 9/2/2015
Good but...

I think this app is VERY good but I have a problem and I don't know if its just me or if it IS the app. In the images I saw as I was still looking around for the apps, I saw that it had a lot of options of brushes and of other things that I cant find now that I have installed it! Is it because its a sample and I haven't bought the full version? I don't even know if there is a full version. Can some one help me please?

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  • Designed specifically for both pen and touch input on Windows tablets
  • The entire screen is your canvas with a full screen workspace and unobtrusive user interface
  • Open and Save layered PSD and TIFF files for easy interoperability with other applications, including SketchBook for desktop
  • Control the finest details of your art with up to a 2500% zoom
  • Choose from over 10 preset brushes, including pencils, pens, and markers that deliver a natural drawing experience
  • Synthetic pressure-sensitivity
  • Sign in with a free SketchBook account and unlock the Layer Editor, Symmetry Tools, and more
  • Advanced Tools with a Pro membership
  • Pro membership: Choose from a comprehensive brush library with pencils, pens, markers, and brushes, including new Synthetic and Smudge brushes
  • Pro membership: Full layer controls, including rich layer blending modes; makes image manipulation easier than ever
  • Pro membership: Other workflow improvements, including new ruler guides, flood fill, and much more
  • Pro membership also unlocks complete access to SketchBook on Windows desktop, Mac, Android, and iOS, including all upgrades as long as your membership is active

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Improvements - News Banner - Color Editor: Copic Color - Transform: Nudge Puck - Flood Fill: Tolerance, Sample All Layers - Gradient Fills - Pen Mode - Autosave for app crash - Bug fixes

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