Tayasui Sketches is a great drawing and sketching app for the iPad that offers a range of tools and the user interface is fast and enjoyable. The application uses pinching and zooming gestures to navigate through the various levels of the app, as well as swiping and tapping for quick and easy access to tools and other layers of functionality. In the latest iteration, Version 2.0, Tayasui Sketches introduced online sharing options and some added features to enhance the overall experience.
The dynamic eraser option now shows up on the brush menu. In addition to the range of circular icons, you will now find a tear drop shape, which adds a dynamic function to erasing. For example, when you erase with a slow motion, you get a fine erase line (coinciding mostly with areas that require fine detail) and when you erase with a fast motion, you eliminate a much larger area of the canvas.
You can now add backgrounds to your projects, some of which are available as presets, including the ability to customize a color background. You also have the option to import images from your camera library.
Layers were added to provide that extra level of control when applying various effects and textures to your drawings. The layers are offered as three default layers that come with the option to add a multiply mode, merge layers, and/or hide layers. On the base layer, you have the option to import a brand new background to begin a new project.
The application maintains the skeuomorphic design for accessing the drawing tools and the various pinch and zoom gestures for navigating various stages and layers. The simulated tools range from mechanical drawing pens and markers to calligraphy/watercolor brushes, and an airbrush tool. You also have the ability to add dotted and cross-hatching patterns to areas designated by shapes. The application is also super fast, using advanced mathematical formulas to take full advantage of the iPad drawing screen. Some users have compared Tayasui Sketches to Paper (they both offer the ability to sketch, along with pinching gestures), but it should be noted for its unique qualities as an application. Check it out in the App Store.
Algoriddium just released Djay 2 version 2.0 with a brand new UI to enhance the djay experience. In addition to Djay's classic skeuomorphic design with virtual turntables, the app now comes with multiple performance layers, and the ability to rotate the device into a single turntable mode.
Most notable is the new addition of the HD waveforms, which serve as an alternative way to edit and mix tracks. In addition to the sound effects that enable you to add flanger, echo, and looping effects, Djay now comes with drum beat pads to add complex rhythmic effects and nuances to your mixes. The effects include horns, bullets, cymbals and drum beats.
Overall, you will find the app a lot more intuitive and richer to use. Unfortunately, this new upgrade is not free. You must pay for a new app, but the price is only $4.99 - well worth the price. Djay 2 is now available in the App Store.
Bazaart, a universal app made for the iPhone and iPad just received the biggest update to date. The famous collage app that syncs with Pinterest now comes with the ability to manually cut out images and add photos from your camera library. If you never used Bazaart before, the app enables you to pull images from Pinterest and reassemble them in the form of a collage. Prior to the update, users were limited in terms of what they could actually do with the images. For example, a cut tool was available that enabled you to potentially cut out the background of an image, but this functionality was limited to one tap. In some cases, the background was never entirely removed, and you were left with a partial removal of the background. Or, in other instances, the image itself would be cut away. Some of us who were a bit more clever found a way to make this work by choosing images with a solid background.
However, you don't have to worry about that anymore. The newest update to Bazaart, version 1.8.0, now enables you to cut out images manually, giving you higher levels of customization. And, while this is great, the update also comes with the ability to import photos from your camera roll. While Pinterest is a great resource for images, it was the only resource for importing images into your collage projects. If you had photos that were not on Pinterest, you had to manually import them into Pinterest and then add them to your project. This was time consuming. Now, if you have images that are not stored on Pinterest, you can import them straight from your library.
Bazaart is arguably the most fun and exciting way to create art and to share your work online with others. Pinterest offers a plethora of images, and now with access to your camera roll, the sky is the limited. If you haven't tried it, I highly recommend it! Below is a gallery of some Bazaart collages I created. Download Bazaart today!
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