We have been noting just how much Apple has been utilizing the popularity of its products amongst architecture professionals, particularly its iPad line of products. Add another dedicated app for architects to the list of key drawing tools for creative professionals.
This month Urban Design Ltd, has released Archisketch 2.0, now with support for Apple Pencil, Adobe Creative Cloud, smart one and two-point perspectives, “Share Extension” and other advancements to the scale-aware sketching app for architects and designers.
Archisketch 2.0—The Details
“Finally, I can keep designing on the plane,” exclaimed Pierre Baillargeon, managing director, Mixity Design Ltd. “Archisketch works great for me to keep ideas flowing, creating sketches to scale. Now I can just send my sketches back to the team in the correct scale, and not feel like those long-haul flights set me back a couple of hours. 5 Stars!”
“Architects mastered iteration far before software was ever invented,” explained Reza Farhad, founder of Urban Design Ltd. “Archisketch lets you solve problems and iterate designs on an iPad, with the feel of using a traditional tracing pad, but with modern amenities, like Apple Pencil and Adobe Creative Cloud. In some ways version 2.0 massively iterates on version one, yet its new features absolutely change the game.”
Archisketch 2.0 leverages the new added precision and versatility of Apple Pencil, complete with a palette to set the opacity and set or change the color. Optimized for the iPad Pro 12.9 inch screen, using Archisketch 2.0 with Apple Pencil puts the high resolution and barrier-breaking performance of iPad Pro to work.
New Adobe Creative Cloud support, which Urban Design included in Archisketch by integrating Adobe’s Creative SDK, let’s Archisketch users import images from their Creative Cloud Library for use directly in Archisketch, and export images from Archisketch to their Adobe Creative Cloud Library.
“Adobe Creative Cloud has redefined what creatives should expect from their software, delivering an industry-defining set of tools and services across desktop and mobile,” said Drew Endick from the Creative Cloud Ecosystem team at Adobe. “But we’re not the only company with good ideas and through our Creative SDK we aim to connect other great mobile apps to our Creative Cloud platform. Archisketch’s support of Adobe Creative Cloud allows designers of all types — from interiors, landscapes, and products to buildings — to access essential creative assets and integrate them into their work.”
Working in Perspective
Archisketch 2.0 adds a flexible system for working one and two-point perspectives. The app deploys an intelligent grid system in perspective that users can sketch over. The grids can be arranged by the user to change the standing point, view point, and vanishing point; when drawing the lines automatically snap to the grid in perspective.
Version 2.0 also provides new dimension lines, a new Scrapbook to manage images and receive images from other apps via the new “Share Extension,” and an new infinite canvas size for infinite zoom without losing quality. Overall, Archisketch 2.0 is easier to use, reducing steps necessary for an action, or access to features. When completed, users can now add text or images, such as a company logo, to an exported file, or print directly from the iPad up to A1 size.
Archisketch 2.0 requires iOS 9.2 or later, and is a recommended update available free of charge to all Archisketch customers. For more information on Archisketch, visit: http://www.archisketch.eu
Pricing, Availability and Compatibility
Archisketch is available immediately from the App Store as a free download for use with up to 30 shapes in two projects, with an in-app purchase for unlimited shapes and projects for an introductory price of US$9.99 (regularly US$14.99).
Archisketch 2.0 requires iOS 9.2 or later on an iPad, iPad Air or iPad Pro. Support for Apple Pencil requires iOS 9.2 on an iPad Pro.
Archisketch is a scale-aware sketching program ideal for Architects, interior and landscape designers, product designers, design students, or anyone working with design on an iPad.
Inspired by the tradition of sketching on a tracing pad, Archisketch brings sketching into the modern era on an iPad. Archisketch helps architects and designers visualize, capture and explore their ideas using layers, symbols, colours, dimension guidelines, 2D grids, isometric and axonometric 3D grids, and even smart one- and two-point perspectives for 3D. When finished, drawings can be printed to scale directly from the iPad up to A1 size, or exported to PDF, into a CAD application, or to Adobe Creative Cloud.
Urban Design Ltd. is a privately held company headquartered in London. Urban Design can be found at the website: http://www.ud-ltd.com
Archisketch 2.0 looks like the most refined vision of a sketching solution for architects specifically due to its focus on adding a few features that take this app beyond other leading sketch apps that architects have already praised. These two features are its ability to aid the perspective sketching process in both one and two-point perspectives as well as the addition of real dimensional qualities applied to the sketching interface.