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Sketch is an innovative and fresh look at vector drawing for the Mac. Its intentionally minimalist design is based upon a drawing space of unlimited size and layers, free of palettes, panels, menus, windows, and controls. Though simple to use, it offers powerful vector drawing and text tools like perfect Boolean operations, Symbols, and powerful Rulers, Guides, and Grids.
What's New
Version 3.0:
  • Purchase Sketch 3 for $49.99 for a limited time!
  • Symbols - Turning a group of layers into a Symbol lets you reuse it in multiple places. Sketch ensures that all copies stay in sync: changes to one copy are automatically reflected in the others.
    1. Create an object
    2. Convert to symbol
    3. Reuse and enjoy
  • Improved export tool
    • Treat your slices as layers
    • Simultaneously export to multiple sizes/formats
    • Make layers/groups directly exportable
    • One-click artboard export
    • Artboard/slice background exporting
  • Common colors
  • Unlimited fills
  • Improved noise fill
  • Bitmap editing
  • Vector editing has ben simplified and its UI streamlined
  • Text lists, numbered and bulleted
  • Faster and simpler creation of object grids
  • Improved mirror
  • Presentation mode
  • Improved SVG/PDF support
  • More templates
  • Improved scripting support
Version 3.0:
  • Purchase Sketch 3 for $49.99 for a limited time!
  • Symbols - Turning a group of layers into a Symbol lets you reuse it in multiple places. Sketch ensures that all copies stay in sync: changes to one copy are automatically reflected in the others.
    1. Create an object
    2. Convert to symbol
    3. Reuse and enjoy
  • Improved export more...
Requirements
  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • OS X 10.8 or later



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ver. 3.x:
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Iliketrash reviewed on 24 Feb 2014
My brief evaluation of Sketch.app (14 day demo--thanks for that, by the way).

My comments are mostly related to importing foreign file formats of computer-generated plots, as some modifications may be required before publication.

The program does indeed have a nice interface. It is of the kind that has contextually-changing tools, which is very efficient. I can't compare it to e.g. Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator because I have never used those programs. My basis for comparison is the likes of Intaglio and OmniGraffle, and many years ago, Canvas.

On PDFs, it does import them and text is editable (not converted to outlines like some other programs) but placement of characters can be changed, for example, in a PDF generated by the plotting program PLplot, in the "Fi" in the word "Files," the F and i are too close together. This text distortion is preserved when exported back to PDF, so round-tripping will cause this distortion. I don't know how much this happens--maybe just on ligatures such as Fi.

On PDFs, single-pixel dots are not rendered at all in Sketch. Possibly they are interpretted as zero-length lines, but they are displayed correctly in PDF viewers. Thus, a plot consisting of dots will appear to be empty!

It imports multi-page PDFs. With a 28-page PDF of some plots, the program became sluggish and used 900 MB of RAM.

A PDF in the form of an IEEE technical paper was imported. The text was editable but was broken up into many small text boxes, and line lengths within a column were messed up. Math was not rendered at all, but possibly as gibberish text. Importing PDFs correctly is hard.

For a multi-page PDF, there is a "Pages" menu which lets you select a page. This menu should be more like the zoom menu right next to it by having a left-arrow and a right-arrow on the menu to allow easy navigation to the previous and next page.

In imported PDFs, rotated text is converted to non-rotated text. This mistake is preserved when exporting back to PDF, another roundtripping nightmare. Since Sketch supports rotated text, this seems easily correctable.

The Zoom menu should have more options than just 50%, 100%, and 200%. Really. And a settable arbitrary zoom. Two-finger pinching is no substitute.

On an imported SVG, 90-degree-rotated text was displayed with each character rotated 90 degrees the other way, i.e., upside down!. With unrotated text, when Ungroup was applied to it, each character is flipped upside down!

Postscript files were imported but were not editable, the Ungroup command not being available. After rotation by 90 degrees, the image was converted to a bitmap.

I wish the Macintosh had a native graphics file format like the old days. Programs like Sketch that try to deal with PDF and PS files fail miserably as a class. I've never used Adobe Illustrator but I suppose it's great. But why are there no other programs that deal with these file formats natively?
[Version 2.4.3]

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Pik80 replied on 25 Feb 2014
Just out of curiosity why would you need to import PDFs? I am not sure I understand your workflow.

Illustrator really isn't a very good program, many dislike it strongly. Also Sketch isn't competing directly with Illustrator it is more in line with Fireworks that has recently been discontinued by Adobe. I have found that Sketch is generally much better then Fireworks.
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Rubaiyat replied on 04 Mar 2014
@Pik80 Illustrator is an excellent program. For its uses. It would be nice if Sketch could do more of the basic tasks you can do in .ai.

Opening PDFs to edit them is like anything else, maybe you need to correct something, remove/add items, change colors, crop graphics, fix problems…

I suspect you just think of PDFs as text documents, not full on vector graphics.
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Pik80 replied on 07 Mar 2014
@Rubaiyat I understand why people need to edit PDFs but I think a feature like that is beyond the scope of what Sketch is trying to do. Sketch is designed for making web graphics and interface design. If you need to edit PDFs that are several other options already available to do that. One of the best things about Sketch is that it doesn't try to do too much and therefore makes it interface easy to navigate. We don't want to change that. Just look at Photoshop it has many of the features that Sketch has but it's interface has become so bloated over 25 years that you can't even find the features you are look for. Keep Sketch very simple and it will be successful.
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Rubaiyat replied on 07 Mar 2014
@Pik80 But if I can't edit pdfs, and all my other work is in pdfs, how will I work with Sketch?

pdfs are a basic core format in OSX. You can not ignore them. I presume Sketch being in OSX is writing pdf graphics to screen, so what's the big deal?

Especially as Apple supplies the Core Frameworks for reading and writing to pdf.
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Pik80 replied on 07 Mar 2014
@Rubaiyat You can edit PDFs. Just use apps like Acrobat, PDFClerk Pro, etc. Again, if Sketch added all the features you would need to edit PDFs well it would no longer be the lean easy to use program it is now which is one of the main reasons people use Sketch to begin with.
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Rubaiyat replied on 07 Mar 2014
@Pik80 How can you be so obtuse?

Say I have a client logo. It is a pdf. It needs to be in the Sketch design. Do I draw it all over again?
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Pik80 replied on 07 Mar 2014
No, why would you redraw anything?
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Rubaiyat replied on 13 Mar 2014
Like with everything, because you have to?

Even for something so simple as change part of an image, its color, size, stroke etc.
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Pik80 replied on 13 Mar 2014
@rubaiyat I usually think of PDF as a format that you export from a native file format. If you are wanting to edit the file I think it would make more sense to work with the native file that created the logo. The only exception I can think of for being able to edit a PDF is to fill out a form that you want to send to someone else.
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Rubaiyat replied on 13 Mar 2014
@Pik80 We are having the usual debate between someone who uses somethin,g and someone who only knows about it 2nd hand.

You are stuck on pdfs being something you read or view.

pdfs are vector/bitmap/vector+bitmap documents/with or without interactivity and media. As graphics they get used as logos, maps, illustrations, infographics, etc. Anything that can illustrate, and hence anything that NEEDS to be changed and edited.

If you can't edit it in Sketch, you have to recreate it all over again in Sketch or put up with a very clumsy cycle of place, edit, replace etc.
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Pik80 replied on 13 Mar 2014
@Rubaiyat I guess what I should ask you is why you don't have the native file that was used to make the illustration? That seem like the obvious way to edit the illustration. Why would you not have that file?
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Rubaiyat replied on 13 Mar 2014
@Pik80 I do have the 'native' PDF file.

A vector object I would like to do simple changes to in a Vector Drawing program such as Sketch.
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Pik80 replied on 14 Mar 2014
@Rubaiyat Is there any drawing app out there that lets you edit vector drawings in PDF form? As far as I know nothing can do this so there are probably reasons for that. PDFs and vector drawing apps have been out for a really long time so if they could do what you are asking it to do and the reasoning was logical they probably would have done so by now.
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Rubaiyat replied on 14 Mar 2014
@Pik80, are you a designer? I am not sure you know how it works. PostScript has been superseded, pdf is the modern format for vector files. It is fast, accurate and a mostly very compact file format.

It gets exhausting these days dealing with the "If it can't do it, God (aka Apple or an Apple developer) meant it that way!" mentality of Mac users. We used to be so much better than this.

Illustrator & Indesign work with pdfs in native format. So do CorelDraw and Serif DrawPlus. There may be more that I don't know of.

This whole discussion is now moot. I have updated to the latest Sketch v2.4.3 to test it again, and it finally lets you edit pdfs. Not the way I would have liked, but it does do it.
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Pik80 replied on 14 Mar 2014
@Rubaiyat

"I have updated to the latest Sketch v2.4.3 to test it again, and it finally lets you edit pdfs. Not the way I would have liked, but it does do it."

I guess that is what I don't understand about the whole PDF argument. Opening PDFs in Sketch, Illustrator, etc. seems to be a hit and miss affair so why not just open the Sketch or Illustrator file and by pass all the complications involved with having to edit a PDF? I also tried opening PDFs in Illustrator CS6 and the experience still leaves a lot to be desired in most cases.
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Xenos replied on 11 Apr 2014
from dev's site:

"Does sketch read EPS and PDF files?
Last Updated: Nov 12, 2013 02:03PM CET
Yes, Sketch can read and write PDF and EPS files. Support for this has been added in Sketch 2.2 and is always improving. ..."
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Nontroppo replied on 14 Apr 2014
SVG and PDF support has improved greatly according to the release notes for V3.0: http://bohemiancoding.com/sketch/whats-new/
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Lvdoc reviewed on 18 Jan 2014
I must sing the praises of this program and especially of this developer! As others have already noted, the program is richly featured and has an interface that many of us find very helpful. It is certainly well thought out.

But beyond that, this developer has really gone out of his way to be helpful. I haven't even purchased the program yet (waiting until payday), but he took time to make a video for me to illustrate how to create a particular effect I needed.

I will contrast this with another, popular vector program whose developer has never written back when I made a similar request. Sketch might be a bit more pricey than some of the competition, but you will get your money's worth.

I've used Macs since 1987, so I feel qualified to say that I've interacted with my share of developers over the years. Sketch's develper is very much in the top 1% of those make these purchases a worthwhile venture.
[Version 2.4.2]


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Philosopherdog commented on 11 Dec 2013
Just downloaded it and the version number is incorrectly listed here. It's showing 2.4.1 (5291), not 2.4.2.
[Version 2.4.2]


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Gbut reviewed on 30 Jul 2013
Amazing application !! Easy yet powerful !! I use Sketch for UI creation for iOS, Web, OS X !! Now, with Pixelmator + Intaglio + Sketch I can do my job…
[Version 2.2.4]


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Glidagida reviewed on 10 Jul 2013
Sketch is so cool the UI has got to be the most exciting thing I have played with in the last 10 years.

It is NOT a replacement for Freehand or any other heavyweight, and it is never intended to be one, but in its niche it is a winner.

It makes doing graphics FUN again, when I opened the demo I just played and was amazed at how simple and elegant this programme is.

Overall now I use Intaglio+Pixelmator+Cheetah 3D+Sketch and pretty much I have all bases covered [I also have a 3D CAD programme for heavy lifting] at a fraction of the cost of Illustrator.
[Version 2.2.4]

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Bumbleb replied on 29 Nov 2013
What makes the UI so special? Many people say it's special, but what is it - I can't see it. Looks like any other app?
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Rubaiyat replied on 11 Dec 2013
Maybe you should get your seeing eye dog to explain it to you.
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JohnJung3881 reviewed on 14 May 2013
Was bought it few months ago and haven't used it intensively til today. It's really awesome. It's damn easy to use and powerful. Highly recommended it!
[Version 2.2.4]


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Jynto reviewed on 15 Apr 2013
Great application, terrible name. I keep trying to launch SketchUp, and accidentally launching this instead.

Nitpicks aside, I hate that Sketch saves everything in its own proprietary format. Why can't it use a vector graphics format that everybody uses? SVG's only been around for 11 years now.
[Version 2.2.3]


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Minder Softworks reviewed on 08 Feb 2013
As a longtime Freehand & Illustrator user, I was really happy with Sketch for what it is. I don't do commercial design anymore, so I just needed a vector illustration app for icons and logos and other such stuff, and Sketch fit the bill pretty well. I had to export all my EPSs from Illustrator into SVG format so I could get them into Sketch, but after that the learning curve was shallow and the feature set pretty comprehensive, especially for the price. The interface was pretty clean and I picked it up pretty quick. I appreciated the lack of Adobe-esque palette overload.

I did run into a few glitches that were irritating:

1) A few times it would lock up and crash when selecting an object from an imported SVG file or re-ordering the layers.

2) It can get "too helpful" when auto-snapping things to locations, and I can't find a "turn snapping off" feature. If I want a shape or a point HERE I want it HERE not three pixels away.

3) It'd be helpful to have a keyline view and some keyboard modifiers when clicking to help me more precisely select paths and points.

4) Can't figure out how to delete a path point handle or adjust them independently of each other.

5) Documentation is lacking and more marketing than instructional. For some apps that are self-explanatory, this is okay, but for something like a graphics program that is expected to have a lot of depth, it needs some better docs.

6) I should be able to select multiple points and align or distribute them.

7) Needs a "duplicate in place" feature.

8) Transform should be "free transform", allowing me to drag any corner in any direction, or rotate the selection.

Otherwise, it's a great start to a promising app. Looking forward to seeing where the developer takes it.
[Version 2.2.1]

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Pik80 replied on 05 Dec 2013
Thanks for the in depth review. Have any of these issues been resolved in 2.4.1?
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Cornelius.a.h reviewed on 01 Sep 2012
Bought it as a part of bundle (Nov 9th, 2010) which i bought because sandvox, and never actually used this app, until 3 months ago, i need to draw something for y little online shop and my hospital team. So try to install and check an update and get it for FREE!!!

I tought it'll will complicated, but it's UI is understandable for me, and the result is good (i know it's now great) but my hospital love it as using it. (the doctor team design beat the IT team design!) thank to great app.
[Version 2.1]


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Xplicit commented on 16 Aug 2012
And I'm afraid to say that Sketch is unable to open eps files.
[Version 2.1]

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Sunrobot replied on 26 Oct 2012
Looks like that. Pity enough, huh?
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Rubaiyat replied on 11 Dec 2013
Sketch can open .pdf, eps, & .svg since v2.4.
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Quiiick rated on 04 Apr 2014

[Version 2.4.3]



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Jelswort rated on 26 Dec 2013

[Version 2.4.2]



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OsloX rated on 25 Nov 2013

[Version 2.4.1]



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Egami rated on 21 Sep 2013

[Version 2.3.1]



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Gary_box rated on 21 Aug 2013

[Version 2.2.4]



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Pupsta rated on 09 Jul 2013

[Version 2.2.4]



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Egami rated on 07 Feb 2013

[Version 2.2.1]



willemd rated on 11 Aug 2012

[Version 2.0.3]


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Sketch is an innovative and fresh look at vector drawing for the Mac. Its intentionally minimalist design is based upon a drawing space of unlimited size and layers, free of palettes, panels, menus, windows, and controls. Though simple to use, it offers powerful vector drawing and text tools like perfect Boolean operations, Symbols, and powerful Rulers, Guides, and Grids.


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