|Sketch made with SketchTime on the new iPad (Click for full size)|
SketchTime by developer Hansol Huh is still one of the best apps for quick sketching available for the iPhone and iPad, but unfortunately there are a few issues using SketchTime on Apple's 3rd-generation iPad. I am told the developer is working on these and a solution may be in the works. For now, though, don't expect to replace your Wacom Cintiq just yet...
For those artists (like me) who made the jump to digital thanks to the outstanding responsiveness of the industry-leading Wacom Cintiq, there's no going back. Instead, we're now watching Apple and third-party developers to see
|Guitarist (my first sketch using SketchTime on the new iPad)|
|SketchTime is great for laying down LOTS of lines quickly...|
But the biggest problem in the current version of SketchTime is a greater degree of lag - not all the time during the sketching process, but rather just when you switch instruments (from pen to eraser, for example) or when you first fire up the app. During those times, strokes are choppy, curved lines are impossible and often lines come out as points or don't come out at all. It's like the app needs to catch its breath in order to continue heaving around the increased number of pixels in the new iPad... Similarly, after opening up the app, zooming in takes a few tries, and on at least one occasion, I couldn't erase a mark I had made no matter how many undos I tried. The net effect isn't a deal breaker (as I said, this is still one of the fastest sketching apps on iOS); however, I did get tired of always having to undo the first two or three strokes after switching pens or first opening the app.