Sketch It 4 Beta

Posted on Jul 31, 2012 in Blog, Featured, Sketch It | 2 comments

Sketch It 4 Beta

The beta for Sketch It 4 will be launching early August. This is a fresh start for the program and the first major update in nearly 3 years.

One of the first things that you’ll notice about version 4 is the complete redesign of the interface. Complex keyboard commands, which made using the program difficult on a tablet pc, have been replaced by a small toolbar that automatically collapses when not in use.

The second visual change is how the drawing area is selected. You can now choose any rectangular region to draw on no matter the size or number of monitors that region covers. In theory that means that Sketch It 4 can support an unlimited number of monitors, as long as the layout is in some form of a rectangle.

The third change is the ability to insert images into your drawing ¬†and resize them. This was a feature requested a long time ago and I’m glad to say that it’s finally in there and working. The ability to add basic shapes, such as lines, rectangles, and circles. is being worked on.

The biggest change to Sketch It 4 isn’t noticeable until you use the program. The drawing code has been completely rewritten making version 4 feel much smoother and more responsive. Transparent brushes are now supported allowing for highlighter like lines to be drawn. The improved drawing code also means that Sketch It will run better on slower hardware.

For more information about Sketch It, check out the Sketch It Page below.

2 Responses to “Sketch It 4 Beta”

  1. The list of features and how it would be used I have been unable to find.

    I think I have used a DOS version of this or something with a similar name.

    I am currently looking for a very simple 2d graphics tool to develop displays for teaching (to integrate textbook displays with lecture notes) and professional publications.

    Is this “it”…?

    • I’m not sure if this is the same program that you’ve used in the past.

      Sketch It allows you to draw on top of other programs. This is especially useful for live demonstrations or making annotations during a class lecture, meeting, etc. You can also save your drawing to an image file that will show both the lines you’ve drawn along with a screenshot of your computer.

      If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to ask. Also, if you’d like a more in depth explanation you can reach me at

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