My long affair with Autodesk Sketchbook Pro… and why it may be over.


For what seems like forever, I’ve been a strong advocate for Autodesk Sketchbook Pro. I first started using it when it was Alias Sketchbook Pro 1.x , in my case I think I picked it up at 1.4 and I fell in love with it immediately. It had then, and still has the smoothest rendering engine I’ve ever come across in a drawing/painting app. It has an intuitive, seamless marking menu UI similar to that found in Maya; a 3D app I used as a games artist, easy customisable brushes and a rotating canvas long before Photoshop included it. Sketchbook Pro has been my go-to application for well over a decade and I was really pleased when Autodesk started breathing life back into it with update after update, it just got better and better.

Until the latest update.

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Manga Studio 5: Coloured screentones

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Want to layer colour tones on your image in Manga Studio 5 EX ? So do I, but I’m not having much luck.

I am 99% sure that was this much easier to do in the previous version of Manga Studio EX. Perhaps I’m imagining it, but it’s a little hard to check as I don’t have that version on my machine anymore.

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Yakkity Yak – Do Talk Back


Yakatak chat stickers is a project that we completed back in the first quarter of this year. Yakatak is an Android and iOS app for football fans. The app will follow the progress of your favourite football teams, update with news and results and enable users to connect and chat.

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Paperback Writer

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If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur  – Red Adair

So, a prospective client will ask for a quote on converting their book to an ebook. We’ll ask for the Word or PDF file to be downloaded to a secure Dropbox folder, take a look at what can be done and give said quote… and then – nothing. No reply. No “That’s great. Let’s do this”. No “Mmm. Sorry, that’s out of my budget”. Nothing. And if you do sometimes wonder what it was that cut off communication, I can guarantee that it’ll be one (or both) of two things:

  • It’s more expensive to create an ebook than they thought
  • Some of the items they want are impossible on an ebook

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