Sketch it Digital with Sketchbook Pro 2010

What is it?

Sketchbook Pro 2010 is the latest drawing and painting software from Autodesk, a company known globally for high quality software for 3D design, engineering, and entertainment. Sketchbook Pro 2010 is for use primarily with tablet PCs that have digitized pens, but can also be used with a mouse (albeit a more difficult process).

Who can use it?

There are also Sketchbook Pro apps for the Apple iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices. The software is generally used by artists or designers, but anyone can use it to make hand drawn, computer enhanced, digital sketches that can be stored in multiple formats and used or shared online. The Sketchbook Pro 2010 also supports PSD format so that layered files may be opened and edited with Adobe Photoshop.

Use the 15-day trial

Sketching software is often cumbersome and complicated. Sketchbook Pro 2010 is simple and streamlined. This makes it a perfect tool for any level of artist or designer. The software offers a free 15-day full featured trial which is really useful for test-driving the interface and features before purchase.

Make it digital

Digital sketching can be a difficult transition for artists, but Sketchbook Pro 2010 imitates pencil and paper and adds speed and accuracy to the mix, making it very appealing for even the most traditional artists. It is ideal for illustrations, storyboards, industrial designs, and much more.

Great features

Special features include custom brush creation, interactive rulers and ellipses, and interactive mirroring. Files may be saved in TIF, BMP, JPG, PNG, and Photoshop. Files may be saved and integrated into email for easy sharing and collaboration.


A new sketch opens a nice, clean-looking canvas. The essentials are visible on the lower left, in an unobtrusive area. Each item has tips and guides to help a user choose the correct tool. Even the most inexperienced artist can produce an excellent drawing with the easy-to-use program. The annotation feature allows you to take snapshots of images and photographs and add notes and comments for sending to friends or clients.

In conclusion

The interface is fast, simple, and designed to increase productivity. It is reasonably priced and has enough options to appeal to the novice artist or professional graphic designer. Simply put, Sketchbook Pro 2010 is hard to beat.