Windows 8 – App Highlight: Autodesk Sketchbook Express

This shot shows that there are multiple different brushes and tools you can use, and in many ways this is similar to MS Paint, though obviously laid out a little differently. Then there is the button in the top left corner that shows your current color, clicking it will let you expand the palette and bring out the color of your choice. Finally, right clicking reveals a hidden menu that lets you open a file, start a new picture, or “Export”. This might be nit-picking (okay, it IS nit-picking), but they should simply have called it “Save”, at least in my opinion. Saving is pretty straightforward, but I liked that you can choose two different files – JPEG or PNG. More options like BMP would have been nice, but some choice is better than none. Overall, there isn’t too much to get excited about when it comes to paint apps, but I really think Autodesk did a good job here. It is simple and easy, nothing too over the top and for the most part new users to Metro shouldn’t find it that difficult to navigate. Not everyone will find this app that useful, but for someone with a two-and-a-half year-old, I find it VERY nice to have a Metro painting app she can mess around with. Have you tried Autodesk Sketchbook Express? Do you like it? If not, where would you like to see it improve? Share your thoughts below.]]>

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