Autodesk has a fantastic record of powerful, well-built apps. Continuing the pattern, the Pixlr Express makers today released SketchBook Ink, a (you guessed it) sketching and line work app specifically built for tablets 7" and above.

While SketchBook Ink is perhaps not up to handling a professional illustrator's full time workflow, it's a versatile tool with functionality that's suprisingly sophisticated for a mobile app. Ink's got a full screen workspace built on a "new resolution independent engine," with seven preset ink styles, a wonderful color picker (with RGB sliders, a color wheel, and a block for shade selection), layering options, and plenty of options to explore. Users can even get rid of all the clutter using the small center ring also present in SketchBook Pro.

While SketchBook Ink appears very similar to SketchBook Pro at first blush, Ink is more focused, offering functionality specifically tailored to those creating line work, and allows for much larger exports.

So far during my time with the app on the Nexus 10, everything has been extremely quick, responsive, and accurate. Drawn lines render instantly and are perfectly smooth. Though I don't do too much digital drawing or painting, the app is an absolute pleasure.

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Once you're done drawing, you can export your image in up to 12.6MP PNG format either to your photo library (or send via email) or export to a PNG up to a dizzying 101.5MP to your Dropbox account.

If you're giddy about the idea of a great Autodesk app with a pleasing, well-made interface that provides almost everything you could want in a mobile sketching solution, the only thing standing between you and SketchBook Ink is a $4.99 payment and the click of a button.

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • Phil Nolan

    Interesting, but there's no way I'm giving money to autodesk.

    • Mitchell

      Could you share why? I've never had a problem with them or heard anything negative about their business practices.

      • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

        It may be due to this https://www.eff.org/cases/vernor-v-autodesk from a few years ago. Essentially, Autodesk argues that their software is not "sold" to customers, rather "licensed," and therefore can't be resold. (Thanks to David for the insight)

        • Pengo64

          That's true for all software vendors that "sell" software. There's nothing new or unique about Autodesk arguing that software is licensed. BTW, it's stated in all the EULA from vendors.

        • http://flavors.me/sabret00the sabret00the

          How does anyone go about reselling apps?

    • Kokusho

      their desktop business is despictable but their mobile apps are really good at a fair price point.

  • Matti

    Looks good, but it seems to be missing 2 key features;

    1. Ability to bitmap trace from images
    2. Ability to save in .svg format

  • http://profiles.google.com/ejsu28 E.J. Su

    Does it support pressure sensitive digitizers?

  • gladgura

    They need to get this working with Galaxy Note II as well as Sketch Book Pro

    • ady

      Are u telling me that sketchbook cant use for GNotetab10.1 user

      • gladgura

        Galaxy Note II as in the phone 5.5" screen

      • Francisco Garrido

        I can confirm sketchbook pro works fine on Galaxy note 10.1. However, as far as I know, sb pro for android is limited to screen resolution, which is plainly absurd.

  • Mei

    I love the apps Autodesk make. Even their free ones are pretty good--Pixlr-O-Matic, Pixlr Express, XnSketch, XnRetro.