Review: SketchUp Light turns images into sketched drawings

SketchUp Light combines multiple filters designed to turn your existing photos into hand-drawn variants on your iOS device; but because of slow load times and at times frustrating feature layouts, the app never delivers fully on its promise.

The opening screen for SketchUp is actually very attractive. It shows what pencil sketching can look like, though it may be misleading in that it is almost certainly a unique sketch, not a converted photo from the app. After you open an image and start converting it, the app's issues start to surface. While there are numerous sketch filters, from hand … Read more

Review: InstantPhotoSketch converts digital photos into realistic pencil sketches

While lacking more advanced options, InstantPhotoSketch for Mac successfully converts digital photos into pretty pencil sketches. This application is free and performs only one function, but does so without any hassle.

After installation InstantPhotoSketch for Mac opens to a plain but functional user interface. The main menu offers only some basic functions such as open, save as, create sketch, and zoom in and out. There is also a link to the developer's home page. Once the user opens a desired image, they are able to adjust the black level and white level intensity by moving the horizontal scroll bars. … Read more

Review: Draw amazing pictures with Sketch Pad + Drawing Pad HD

Sketching using the touch screen of a mobile device can never yield the quality you are able to get with a pencil and paper; but it can surely be fun! If you like to sketch on the go, try Sketch Pad + Drawing Pad HD. With this fully-featured drawing application users will quickly find out that they are only limited by their skills and creativity.

For a program of this caliber Sketch Pad + Drawing Pad HD is not terribly big at 9MB. The user interface offers a very elegant design. Aside from a small strip at the top of the screen … Read more

Review: Pencil Sketch Free is free of great features

While Pencil Sketch Free is easy to use, it does lack some great features that its competitors have, and the final outcome leaves much to be desired.

The installation of Pencil Sketch Free takes only a few seconds and the program loads very quickly. The interface is very intuitive and well designed. Upon startup users are presented with the option of selecting an image from the gallery or taking a new photograph. When capturing a new photo, users will notice that the camera window does not have all the same features as the stock camera application. This is a huge … Read more

Review: Create magic-sketch photos with Wondershare PowerSketch

The most impressive thing about PowerSketch is that it works on the fly. There are many photo editing or augmentation apps that allow you to change the features in a photo or make it look different than it should after the fact, but PowerSketch shows the final image as you view it, within the camera screen. Even more impressive, it can do the same thing for videos, making this one of the better photo manipulation apps on the App Store.

PowerSketch is a well-designed app from start to finish. Designed to look like a notebook and featuring a number of … Read more

Sketch-a-Song 1.0 Review

The iPad has made it possible to create some very impressive pieces of music. It's hard to imagine something as complex and deeply intellectual as composition happening on a device used more often to play bird-tossing games, but there are some truly impressive compositions and even more impressive apps to create those works. One such app is Sketch-a-Song, providing a sleek, drag-and-drop interface to create songs with the tap of a button.

Sketch-a-Song starts by requiring you to register an account. You can choose to connect to Facebook, but Facebook integration is deep and the settings are not immediately … Read more

One Touch Draw/Sketch & Paint 1.2 Review

Photo-filtering apps can add artistic or sophisticated flair to all of your favorite photos. True to its name, One Touch Draw/Sketch & Paint lets you draw, sketch, and paint on photos, but it's marred by a messy interface that requires a lot of trial and error to get results.

Before you get started with One Touch Draw/Sketch & Paint, the app asks you to accept an ad agreement. You don't have to accept, but it installs ads on your status bar, browser home page, and more if you do. For an app that's centered around … Read more

Sketch n Draw Pad HD 2.0 Review

Sketch n Draw Pad HD is a free drawing app for Android devices. With a variety of brushes, effects, and other drawing tools, it's a neat, little tool for drawing and painting, editing photos, and other basic image editing chores. It's free, but it's supported by Airpush ads. In the end, the ads are just too persistent and annoying to keep this app. That's a shame because Sketch n Draw Pad HD has potential. We tried it in a Samsung Galaxy S3 running Android 4.1.1.

Sketch n Draw Pad HD doesn't let you … Read more

Picture Editor - Sketch Artist 1.0.1 Review

Photo editors on Android are about as easy to find as a needle in a pile of needles. In its quest to differentiate itself from the pack, this app falls short, though. Picture Editor - Sketch Artist has a few cute features but is riddled with ads.

This app will show up with a different name -- Photo Sketch -- when you actually download it. It shows up with a ton of ads, too. These don't just take up a huge chunk of the app's screen, but hide in your status bar and browser, as well. Sharing from … Read more

Create, view, and modify quickly 3D models with SketchUp Pro for Mac

Drawing 3D models can be a challenging experience, and learning to use CAD can take a lot of time. A powerful and yet easy-to-maneuver tool, SketchUp Pro for Mac, allows you to create new 3D models or modify existing ones in no time.

Available as free to try, at around 65MB in size SketchUp Pro for Mac takes a bit longer to download on slower connections, but it is well worth the wait. The installation is quick and easy, and the program is stable and performs very well. Even though the interface is easy to navigate and very intuitive, if … Read more