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What do you use for sketching on your iPad?

I’d like to have an app to sketch out basic mechanical drawings on the iPad..don’t need anything fancy but it would be great to have graph paper and perhaps virtual straight edges for straight lines etc, along with
layering and dimensioning capacity. Is there a basic, and low cost app out there for me that someone can recommend?
 

kazmac

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What do you use for sketching on your iPad?

I’d like to have an app to sketch out basic mechanical drawings on the iPad..don’t need anything fancy but it would be great to have graph paper and perhaps virtual straight edges for straight lines etc, along with
layering and dimensioning capacity. Is there a basic, and low cost app out there for me that someone can recommend?
Not sure about the virtual straight lines, but Sketches Pro lets you choose from a variety paper styles, I did not see graph paper in that.

Procreate has an excellent draw and hold straight line feature, but I do not think they have graphic paper either.

Maybe someone else can chime in?
 
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Yeah, I thought the virtual straight edge might be a stretch..I’ve never used an iPad for sketching so really haven’t any idea of what’s available. I looked at a few apps but they seem to run from overly complex to, too simple. I’ll check out sketches pro..thanks.

And to procreate..it sure seems that’s the app of choice but when I reviewed, as you’ve suggested, it seemed light on the technical side.
 

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Not sure what you consider cheap, but Notability has graph paper and some other styles as well for $10. Not sure about the rulers or other general features. There's a ton of youtube videos about the app though if you want to check it out. I haven't personally used it, just came across it in a video review of iPad Pros the other day
 

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I love sketch club, and have 1,000 plus drawn comics on my iPad, i think i could draw a straight line i think
I can export these comics as a psd to my macmini via airdrop
Fun fun!
 
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What do you use for sketching on your iPad?

I’d like to have an app to sketch out basic mechanical drawings on the iPad..don’t need anything fancy but it would be great to have graph paper and perhaps virtual straight edges for straight lines etc, along with
layering and dimensioning capacity. Is there a basic, and low cost app out there for me that someone can recommend?
Procreate.
 

kazmac

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Checked out all of the various suggestions, and some that weren’t on the list as well. Thanks to all for your suggestions. Sketches Pro is perfect for what I was looking for, and it does indeed, have a very intuitive straight-edge function. Thank you for the recommendation, kazmac
Wow I will have to look up the straight edge function. I did not know that and it could be very useful. Can't wait to see what you produce with it. (My current avatar was a finger painting I did in Sketches Pro on my iPhone). I haven't really used the Pencil in Sketches Pro yet, but I am looking forward to doing that.
 

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Wow I will have to look up the straight edge function. I did not know that and it could be very useful. Can't wait to see what you produce with it. (My current avatar was a finger painting I did in Sketches Pro on my iPhone). I haven't really used the Pencil in Sketches Pro yet, but I am looking forward to doing that.
Open the ruler and invoke “ruler”. A line will appear along with a compass measure of ‘0’. Adjust the angle using the two perpendicular lines left & right of the center to adjust the angle. Now, using the shaded area below the base-line, you can drag the straight edge to draw parallel lines, changes angles, etc. It’s handy.

Also, in the ruler, invoke “grid” - although a graph doesn’t appear, your pencil will now draw to the grid size you’ve chosen..pretty useful tools for drafting quick sketches of fixtures etc. No dimensioning functions that I’ve found, but that’s okay..ez enough to pencil them in. Nice and very intuitive app. Thanks again for the recommendation.

As for freehand drawing & sketching...I’m afraid what I’ve attached is about the best I can muster : |
 
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Open the ruler and invoke “ruler”. A line will appear along with a compass measure of ‘0’. Adjust the angle using the two perpendicular lines left & right of the center to adjust the angle. Now, using the shaded area below the base-line, you can drag the straight edge to draw parallel lines, changes angles, etc. It’s handy.

Also, in the ruler, invoke “grid” - although a graph doesn’t appear, your pencil will now draw to the grid size you’ve chosen..pretty useful tools for drafting quick sketches of fixtures etc. No dimensioning functions that I’ve found, but that’s okay..ez enough to pencil them in. Nice and very intuitive app. Thanks again for the recommendation.

As for freehand drawing & sketching...I’m afraid what I’ve attached is about the best I can muster : |

I just found the ruler and the straight line before you kindly posted this. Thanks for grid tip, so much to learn.

I am happy you found an app that was easy enough to provide some of what you want.

I like the stick figure.