Inkpad: Vector Drawing on the iPad Done Right

Inkpad by Taptrix (creator of the hugely popular Brushes drawing/painting app for iOS) is an excellent vector drawing app for the iPad.

I’ve given most of the other major iPad vector drawing apps a try, and while most have potential, they all fall short in some area that eventually made me abandon them. Inkpad has changed all that.

For a measly $1.99(!), Inkpad gives you the closest vector drawing experience to a desktop vector application.

Inkpad supports paths, compound paths, text, images, groups, masks, gradient fills, and an unlimited number of layers.

The real key to a vector drawing app is path creation workflow, especially with the Pen tool. Inkpad excels in this area, where most other vector apps for the iPad fall short.

Besides the very welcome floating tools palette, Inkpad’s Pen tool works as any desktop vector software user would expect, which is key for being able to create vectors on the iPad. Using a second touch as a sort of modifier key, one is able to create compound joints on a path, and with a double click on an anchor point or handle, one can convert points to corner or smooth, and add or remove handles independently.

My biggest complaints about Inkpad 1.0 will be addressed in a extremely fast 1.01 update, namely: add anchor tool, split path tool, and path joining, outline editing mode, a much improved freehand tool, and export/import the native file format via email. I’d really like to see import via Dropbox as well.

Email your drawings as SVG, PDF, PNG and JPEG. Send SVG, PDF, PNG, and JPEG directly to your Dropbox. The SVG files open perfectly in Adobe Illustrator.

With an impressive 1.0 release, super-fast turnaround on a 1.01 update incorporating user requests, Inkpad is the iPad vector drawing app to watch. Developer Steve Sprang seems motivated and determined to make Inkpad not just a great vector drawing app, but a vector drawing app suited for professional users.

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About George Coghill

Cartoonist, artist and illustrator specializing in vector art cartoon logos & cartoon character design. George is also a huge Mac geek and the founder of The Apple Artist blog and podcast.
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