Idea Sketch review

Idea Sketch gives you the tools to create intricate mind maps quickly through its intuitive interface, and then view them in either outline or mind map format. No matter what it is you need to plan out, this app provides you with the platform to do it.


Smooth interface: Adding boxes and moving them around is a straightforward process in this program. Just tap the node you want to add to and the spot you want the next box to appear to get started. You can also select custom shapes and colors for each new box to make associations … Read more

Sketch Arm review

Sketch Arm gives you the tools to design as many closets as you'd like, complete with drawers, shelves, bars, and hangers, and examine them in 3D. Set your own dimensions, and even pick out colors and doors to make the design match your vision.


Thorough tutorial: When you first open the app, a tutorial pops up outlining all of the app's features and explaining how to access them. This is very helpful, and you can bring it up at any time while you're using the app by tapping the book icon in the upper right-hand corner … Read more

Review: Model chemicals in 2D and 3D with ACD/ChemSketch Freeware

Advanced Chemistry Development's ACD/ChemSketch Freeware bundle is the sort of easy-to-use cutting-edge toolkit that chemist Isaac Asimov predicted years ago, only it's not science fiction but real software you can download today. ACD/ChemSketch is an easy-to-use chemical modeling and rendering program with a versatile 3D viewer that lets you specify everything from shapes and colors to Initial Internuclear Distance (in Angstroms). You can drag and rotate 3D models, zoom in and out, record frames, and manipulate the view in many ways. ChemBasic, a chemistry-oriented programming tool, is included.

ChemSketch's layout bears a strong resemblance to … Read more

Review: Pencil Sketch Photo Effect isn't customizable, but it does a neat job

Pencil Sketch Photo Effect delivers you a hand-drawn photo, but you can't do much to edit or alter it once it's finished. There's no way to even change the depth of lines or darkness of the photo. If you don't mind an app that does all the work for you but doesn't let you change the product, this app will give you a fun picture, quickly.

This application takes any picture you give it and makes the lines look like they were drawn by hand. It transfers the photo quickly; it only took about a … Read more

Review: Instant Sketch Free converts your images into comic-style sketches

Instant Sketch Free is designed to turn any photo you take or have stored in your photo library into a sketched image and it does so quite well. The app looks fairly basic, at first, but the filter runs quickly; and with an HD mode that creates more manga-like images than the standard SD filter, you can go above and beyond what most all-in-one photo filters offer.

The key to Instant Sketch Free is the added functionality that you won't find in regular filtering tools. Most single-function photo editors lack the depth needed to merit a download. But Instant … Read more

Review: My Sketch Paper HD offers a number of sketching and drawing tools

My Sketch Paper HD is a free app for the iPhone that provides numerous sketching and drawing tools that you can switch between, on the fly. From using a straight pen to draw out a message that you can then export and share with friends to drawing something carefully with your finger, the app allows you to do quite a bit and includes a range of filters for editing and adjusting how it looks.

When you load up My Sketch Paper HD, you can create a new sketch right away. In the future, all of your sketches will appear in … Read more

Review: Photo Sketch Free provides numerous hand-drawn effects and filters

Photo Sketch Free is a fun photo editing app that manages to perfectly capture the style and theme of the filters it uses in the interface and design. The result is an attractive, well-made, and quick app that offers a number of editing tools with only a handful of issues. If you enjoy filtering your photos and want an app with new and fun options for doing so, this is a good place to start.

When you open Photo Sketch free, you see immediately what you're working with. The interface and design features are all hand drawn and they … Read more

Review: Sketch Pad 3 brings a number of powerful freehand sketching tools to iPhone

Sketch Pad 3 offers quite a few tools to draw on your iPhone, but suffers from an interface that is all but impossible to control easily with adult fingers. The push-and-hold mechanic required to find and use any of the tools, colors, or other adjustments to the basic functions of this app can be frustrating, and for some people very hard to manage. It's a shame, too, because the app, itself, is well made and has a number of great features.

When you open Sketch Pad 3, you can create a new image or view the ones you've … Read more

Review: Photo Sketch is a fun app with lots of filters, but its ads are annoying

Photo Sketch comes with a huge number of cool filters, but the obnoxious ads don't do it any favors. If you can stomach those, it's a very cool app that has style that you won't get in many other places.

This app turns any photograph on your phone or tablet into a sketch. All of the app's filters revolve around making your photo look like it was done with pencil, markers, or other drawing equipment. There are dozens of filters and borders for you to choose from, and most of them look really beautiful. You have … Read more

Getting started with iPad app Tayasui Sketches

If you like Paper and want another sketch app for the iPad that looks and acts like Paper but with a slightly different set of tools, check out Tayasui Sketches. The app offers an impressive assortment of drawing tools for free, and the in-app Pro Mode upgrade, at a reasonable $1.99, is cheaper than any of the upgrades Paper offers.

Launch Tayasui Sketches and you'll be greeted with a blank canvas and nine drawing tools, plus an eraser and a color strip for selecting a color for your brush or pen. Like Paper, Tayasui Sketches is not cluttered … Read more