Mar 1 2011

Breaking News: Inkpad by Steve Sprang now in App Store

Matthew Watkins

The long awaited iPad vector app from Steve Sprang debuted at the last MobileArtCon has been released today  in the App Store.

Steve Sprang’s first app Brushes became an immediate sensation in 2008 triggering a fingerpainting revolution. Inkpad is a full feature vector software.

inkpad drawing

Here is the description from the app store:



From the creators of Brushes! Inkpad is a professional vector illustration app designed from scratch for the iPad. It supports paths, compound paths, text, images, groups, masks, gradient fills, and an unlimited number of layers. Inkpad was designed with performance in mind – it can easily handle drawings with hundreds to thousands of shapes without bogging down.

To celebrate the launch, Inkpad will be available for $1.99 for a limited time. Get it now before the price goes up!


• Very high performance. Select, scale and rotate hundreds of objects with zero lag.
• Create arbitrary bezier paths with the Pen tool.
• Create compound paths, masks and groups.
• Create text objects.
• Place photos from your albums.
• Powerful scale and rotate tools.
• Gradient fills with interactive editing on canvas.
• Swatch library.
• Unlimited layers per drawing.
• Rename, rearrange, delete, hide and lock layers.
• Snap to grid, points, and path edges.
• Isolate the active layer for easy editing.
• Email drawings as SVG, PDF, PNG and JPEG.
• Send SVG, PDF, PNG, and JPEG directly to your Dropbox.

Feb 24 2011

SpectraBrush: paint with sound

Benjamin Rabe

SpectraBrush (itunes) was made as part of the “Sound, Image and the Brain: Cognitive Live-Arts Technology in Contemporary Game-Oriented and Accessibility Paradigms” project at Goldsmith’s.
Chris Kiefer of Goldsmith’s:

“Spectra Brush has emerged out of a program we made to explore the capabilities of the iPad for interactivity and audio analysis. We’re really interested in how people connect sound and vision and how people use creative software like this, so the application is sending us telemetry data from anyone who volunteers, and we’re hoping that we get some interesting insights when we analyse it later this year.”

So, when you hum low eg, you get these brush shapes:

On a higher sound level, the brushes look like this:

It’s a fun experimental app, you can grab it for free in the app-store.

Feb 17 2011

Adobe Ideas. A good idea.

Matthew Watkins

Adobe Ideas is a snappy mobile sketching app. It is a well designed with a simple and clean user interface but not loaded with features like many apps we use.  Ideas is vector based, giving it almost unlimited canvas and no limits on output size. This is not a small thing considering that many great mobile apps output only at screen resolution. And of course it seamless integrates with Illustrator, Photoshop and other Adobe products.

You can download the app for free, but you will have to purchase “layers” as an in app add on (€3.99 $4.99). I tested the 1.2 in beta, just before it was released on Valentines day.

The new release will permit you to switch the navigation from left to right. It gives you VGA output from your iphone or ipad, though I haven’t had an opportunity to try this yet, but it makes for a great way to present an idea (pun intended). It has also considerably boosted performance, zoom is very fast.

The football Confession, Screenshot

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Feb 8 2011

Being Digital

Matthew Watkins

Being Digital: Bunny and Pig

So where is the original anyways?

(Adobe ideas on ipad)