updated 03:00 am EST, Tue November 26, 2013
New look for iOS 7, streamlined gallery, improved performance, more
One of the most well-regarded illustration apps for the iPad, Procreate, has now been upgraded to version 2.0 with a new iOS 7-inspired UI redesign and GPU-accelerated filters and adjustments as the primary new features. The program, which offers realistic digital pencils, inks and brushes, offers layer compositing and a work environment as similar as possible to the traditional paper-based drawing workflows. It utilizes a "4K" canvas size (4096x4096 on the iPad 3 and higher) and 1080p video capture.
Users of the new version will now see real-time adjustments, including Gaussian Blur, Sharpen, Noise, Color Balance and Curves. The improved gallery now offers faster document loading, a new group design, and sharing of groups alongside new orientation memory and bug fixes.
Procreate 2 is also now optimized for 64-bit, taking advantage of the new A7 processor found on the iPad Air and Retina iPad mini. The update also includes optimization for all the supported styluses using the latest SDKs from each stylus manufacturer. The redesigned gallery now features drag-and-drop organizing, the ability to export to Photos and iTunes as well as share with services like Twitter, Dropbox, Facebook, Weibo and email. Files can be exported as Photoshop files, transparent PNG files or JPEG.
In addition, the interface now features a charcoal, translucent and blurred UI to help keep focus on the artwork until tool interaction is needed. There is now more multi-touch capability in the program, and brush size and opacity can be easily adjusted on the fly. The updated version is available now, and costs $6.