Sketch
Sketch 3.0.1
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Vector drawing application.   Demo ($79.99)
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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 3.0.1:
  • Fixes missing artboard presets
  • Fixes missing QuickLook previews
  • Fixes a bug where inserting shapes at high zoom levels displays the width wrongly
  • Fixes a bug where the canvas would be blank after dragging the window between Retina and non-Retina screens
  • Fixes a typo in the preferences
Requirements
  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • OS X 10.8 or later



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Stefano Cecere reviewed on 21 Apr 2014
yes, it wasn't easy to drop another 45€ for upgrading from 2 to 3.. but i had to create and edit several SVG maps.. i downloaded and compared everything to do it (i already had OmniGraffle Pro, Artboard, iDraw, Inkscape.. tried Intaglio, EazyDraw).
well: nothing works better than Sketch (and i just needed clean SVG with ID assigned to objects , to be manipulated via JS)

adding that i use Sketch also to wireframe my mobile games, and to create all UI vector graphics... 45€ wasn't so much at the end.. i guess that Sketch is becoming the "Pixelmator" for vector gfx

(and the couple Sketch + Pixelmator is a really good one for any prosumer needs)

good work, Boheminas! looking forward for the very few missing features (a default / custom object library, more plugins to create advanced shapes)
[Version 3.0.1]


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Simonm commented on 20 Apr 2014
I'm not normally one to complain about the cost of Mac apps, but...

As a Sketch 2 owner I don't see enough here to justify the upgrade price of $64.99, which is incidentally the same cost for new customers that've never owned a previous version of Sketch. As a result I'm likely to skip this version or wait until there's a significant sale of 50% off or more.

I think this is fine software but developers have to consider that Apple's lack of upgrade pricing in the Mac App Store creates the impression of getting "screwed" when someone who's never owned a previous version can jump in and buy the software for the same price as owners of the previous version. This is especially the case if the upgrade feature list isn't that significant relative to the overall feature set, as I think is the case here.

What's more, Bohemian coding only offer a free upgrade if you bought Sketch since March, 01, 2014 or only about 6 weeks ago, which isn't very generous.

Apple's Mac App Store policies really only make sense for cheap software when the cost of major new versions is low enough that previous owners don't mind paying the same price as new customers, but $64.99 isn't a small enough price for me to shrug off.
[Version 3.0]

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Simonm replied on 21 Apr 2014
For clarification, $64.99 is the AU Mac App Store Price. It appears to be $49.99 in US Mac App Store.

I feel sorry for anyone who bought Sketch 2 just outside the 6-week free upgrade window when Bohemian Coding made no mention of development or release schedule of the new version.

I've seen many other developers on the Mac App Store do this and as a consumer it only makes me stay away. Not communicating with customers or offering software for sale which is only current for 6-weeks with no upgrade pricing only harms trust and loyalty from your customer base.
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Pik80 replied on 21 Apr 2014
"I feel sorry for anyone who bought Sketch 2 just outside the 6-week free upgrade window"

I don't feel sorry for them at all. If you bought version 2 and 3 around the same time it comes out to a grand total of $130 which is still a steal. I am getting tired of hearing people complain about this pricing when it is extremely fair for both new and old users alike.
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Pik80 replied on 22 Apr 2014
A few years ago I spent close to $250 on Adobe Fireworks CS3. For that much money I received software that was loaded with bugs which were not fixed during CS3's lifetime. The development of new features was trickling in at a snail's pace (about half the pace it was getting updated under Macromedia.)

Fast forward a few years you can buy Sketch for roughly half the price of Fireworks, bug fixes come out at lightning speed (a 3.0.1 update has already been posted a few days after 3.0 was released.) They also put out a ton of free feature updates both point releases and version 2 and all people on Twitter are asking for is more free upgrades!?! The biggest criticism is that they don't offer a lower cost for previous owners but a copy of Fireworks is five times the price of Sketch!! The beginning price of Sketch is so low I can't understand how anyone can ask for an even lower upgrade price as well.
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Davermont reviewed on 17 Apr 2014
I've been using Sketch for a couple years now to create wireframes, mockups, icons and sprite sheets. It's pretty much replaced Photoshop as my go-to app for creating graphics, it's so much easier to use and more suited to the job at hand.

Sketch 3 adds much needed Symbols, and gets rid of the clunky modes that previously were used to edit colors and artboards, and for exporting. In fact exporting as a whole is much more natural and flexible now, and I'm pretty much just using drag and drop to export graphics. In addition to its new features, using the app is even smoother and more intuitive than before. Sketch just keeps getting better and better. This is definitely a worthwhile upgrade.
[Version 3.0]


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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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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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