Drawing and Sketching on Tablet PCs

31 Jul 2007 - 3:36pm
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Jay Morgan
2006

What applications do you tablet PC users draw and sketch with?

I use a tablet pc at work - latest is a Lenovo x60. I use One Note for
quick drawings. I typically export/print to an image or PDF, which I can
then easily share.
I want to expand my toolset, though, and am looking for suggestions. My
typical work tools are Visio and iRise, but I'm looking for something to
draw in that lets me have an open canvas for freehand. Potential to scale
up would be nice. For example, I've used UC Berkeley's DENIM, but it's
kinda old and (seemingly) not maintained.

Thanks.

--
Jay Morgan
Applied cognitive scientist practicing information architecture, interaction
design, and corporate culture manipulation

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31 Jul 2007 - 3:48pm
Henrik Olsen
2006

Hi Jay

You might enjoy my article on hand-sketching prototypes on tablets using Visio:
http://www.guuui.com/issues/03_06.php

--
Henrik Olsen
www.guuui.com - The Interaction Designer's Coffee Break

> I want to expand my toolset, though, and am looking for suggestions. My
> typical work tools are Visio and iRise, but I'm looking for something to
> draw in that lets me have an open canvas for freehand.

31 Jul 2007 - 4:13pm
aschechterman
2004

A prior thread on this (http://beta.ixda.org/discuss.php?post=2680)
though a bit more emphasis on hardware rather than software. I find
Alias Sketchbook Pro to be a pretty wonderful product . . . Anyone
know when there will be a Mac tablet (built by Apple)?! - AS

Andrew Schechterman
aschechterman [at] gmail [dot] com
http://www.linkedin.com/in/andrewschechterman

On 7/31/07, Henrik Olsen <henrik.olsen at guuui.com> wrote:
> Hi Jay
>
> You might enjoy my article on hand-sketching prototypes on tablets using Visio:
> http://www.guuui.com/issues/03_06.php
>
> --
> Henrik Olsen
> www.guuui.com - The Interaction Designer's Coffee Break
>
> > I want to expand my toolset, though, and am looking for suggestions. My
> > typical work tools are Visio and iRise, but I'm looking for something to
> > draw in that lets me have an open canvas for freehand.
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31 Jul 2007 - 6:00pm
bminihan
2007

That's an incredible article. I just got my second Wacom tablet (gave up on
my first 10 years ago as it was too big) and have been experimenting with
Fireworks. Works pretty well there, borrowing some of the same concepts
from the Visio article, with extra benefits of being able to slice it up
when you're done.

Thanks for sharing, really nice =]

- Bryan
http://www.bryanminihan.com

You might enjoy my article on hand-sketching prototypes on tablets using
Visio:
http://www.guuui.com/issues/03_06.php

--
Henrik Olsen
www.guuui.com - The Interaction Designer's Coffee Break

31 Jul 2007 - 7:10pm
vutpakdi
2003

A S wrote:
> A prior thread on this (http://beta.ixda.org/discuss.php?post=2680)
> though a bit more emphasis on hardware rather than software. I find
> Alias Sketchbook Pro to be a pretty wonderful product . . . Anyone
> know when there will be a Mac tablet (built by Apple)?! - AS
>

Unfortunately, while I very much like Sketchbook Pro, I believe that
Autodesk has essentially put Sketchbook Pro into end of life mode. You
should still be able to buy Sketchbook Pro, but there hasn't been a new
version in some time.

A much cheaper competitor is ArtRage2
(http://www.ambientdesign.com/artrage.html). I don't know how it
compares to Sketchbook Pro except for the price.

Apple will probably release a tablet once someone convinces Jobs that
it'll make business sense to do so. They'll also have to design one
"cool" enough for Jobs.

Ron

1 Aug 2007 - 2:35pm
Ken Bryson
2007

As a former member of the Alias Sketchbook Pro development team (I have
the fleece to prove it!), I heartily recommend Sketchbook Pro. There
will likely never be another update to it, but the usability team at
Alias did an awesome job getting all the "need to have" features in
Sketchbook Pro working great for the 2.0 (and final) release.

Under the fancy Sketchbook UI it's the same sketching technology that
ships within the Alias AutoStudio (US$50000+) software used to design
cars at all the big three automakers. I don't think a $25 sketching app
will compete with it any time soon for sketching.

-Ken

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A S wrote:
> A prior thread on this (http://beta.ixda.org/discuss.php?post=2680)
> though a bit more emphasis on hardware rather than software. I find
> Alias Sketchbook Pro to be a pretty wonderful product . . . Anyone
> know when there will be a Mac tablet (built by Apple)?! - AS
>

Unfortunately, while I very much like Sketchbook Pro, I believe that
Autodesk has essentially put Sketchbook Pro into end of life mode. You
should still be able to buy Sketchbook Pro, but there hasn't been a new
version in some time.

A much cheaper competitor is ArtRage2
(http://www.ambientdesign.com/artrage.html). I don't know how it
compares to Sketchbook Pro except for the price.

Apple will probably release a tablet once someone convinces Jobs that
it'll make business sense to do so. They'll also have to design one
"cool" enough for Jobs.

Ron

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1 Aug 2007 - 6:53pm
Michael Micheletti
2006

I sprung for a copy of ArtRage based on an earlier recommendation from this
list. It worked great for sketching whiteboard images during engineering
brown bag sessions where I wanted to publish notes afterwards. I also run it
on a Lenovo X60. It's really easy to get going in. I'm not very ambitious
about quickie drawings though, and by preference usually just draw by hand
in my sketchbook.

Michael Micheletti

On 7/31/07, Ron Vutpakdi <rvutpakdi at entouch.net> wrote:
>
> A much cheaper competitor is ArtRage2
> (http://www.ambientdesign.com/artrage.html). I don't know how it
> compares to Sketchbook Pro except for the price.
>

2 Aug 2007 - 8:54am
Josh Seiden
2003

I just have to give one more shout out to Alias Sketchbook Pro. It's a
lovely sketching tool.

What others have not mentioned is its terrific command entry UI. It uses a
nice combination of pie menus and gestural shortcuts that work beautifully
with the pen.

Every Interaction Designer should download the free trial and give it a shot
simply to play with the menus.

JS

6 Aug 2007 - 5:14pm
Christian Sosa-Lanz
2006

On the Mac side, Curio by Zengobi is an awesome tool. It doesn't have
the drawing quality of SketchBook, but it is does a much better job
at what we need. First off, it is an open canvas with no structure
and "no rules". That's the best part. But additionally you can use
keyboard text, images shapes, arrows, and a few other objects. It has
this sleuthing tool that lets you search for images through the major
search engines and stock image companies. This is great when you need
to explore metaphors or anything that will help spark your imagination.
I've used this tool for notations, mind mapping, flow diagrams, UI
brainstorming and best of all is a mix of all those. Since it is a
multi-page app, you can keep all of your brainstorming for a project
in one file. The new version has product management tools that I
haven't tested but look promising. This one program was enough
justification for me to get a Mac in my PC office environment.

Christian

15 Aug 2007 - 4:53pm
Lynn Miller
2005

>
> As a former member of the Alias Sketchbook Pro development team (I
> have
> the fleece to prove it!), I heartily recommend Sketchbook Pro. There
> will likely never be another update to it, but the usability team at
> Alias did an awesome job getting all the "need to have" features in
> Sketchbook Pro working great for the 2.0 (and final) release.

Thanks Ken! However, there *will* be updates to SketchBook Pro.

Anyone interested in being on the beta program should contact
Chris.Cheung at autodesk.com.

Lynn Miller
Manager, User Experience
Autodesk

16 Aug 2007 - 5:28pm
Chris Noessel
2005

I'd like to raise a hand for OneNote 2007. Aside from its lack of
layers (which is a pretty big lack), it's not bogged down with
"art" tools and functions. Its simple pens and colors are quick to
access. You can customize the grid to help keep lines straight, handy
when drawing screens and square components. The notebook/tabpage
structure enables easy organization of sketches. I dig the
vector-nature of strokes as it makes selecting, copying, and erasing
them much easier and faster than pixel-versions of the same.

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