Ink for iPhone, iPad review

photo 1Minimal Tools has released Ink, a sketch app for iPhone and iPad (free, universal). It’s Minimal Tools’ second app, and is as bare-bones as its sibling, Pop. Ink lets users create a black-and-white sketch immediately upon opening the app, which can be saved, shared or deleted with only a tap or two. It’s fast and to the point. Here’s my look at Ink for iPhone and iPad.

UI and Use

Launch Ink and you’re presented with a white screen. That’s the point, really. There’s no login to fiddle with or tags or categories to create. As soon as Ink launches, it’s ready for you to start drawing 1. To begin, put your finger or stylus on the screen and get started.

Ink is definitely a “minimal” tool. Black is the only ink color available. There’s also just one thickness, no speed sensitivity and no erase or undo. As such it’s much like sketching on a piece of paper. Honestly, I would like an eraser, as an error means starting over.

When you’re done, you can either save the result to your device’s Camera Roll, share via email, Twitter or Facebook or clear the page and start again. There are a couple of ways to do this. First, you’ll find a small handle in the lower right-hand corner of the active page. Flick it up to save the current sketch to your Camera Roll and open a new page. It’s pretty nice to do that in one swipe.

Double-tap on that handle to bring up the iOS share sheet (or shake the iPhone). It offers access to email, Twitter and Facebook as well as the Camera Roll, a print option, a copy option and finally a button to clear the current sketch without saving.

Conclusion

Ink’s developers aimed to create the digital equivalent of a “back-of-a-napkin” experience, and I can say they succeeded. Ink gets right to the point and stays out of the way. Those looking for a no-hassle way to capture digital sketches ought to check it out. Here are a few more screenshots.

Main screen, ready for your sketch.

Main screen, ready for your sketch.

Quick driving directions.

Quick driving directions.

Flip up to save and create a new sketch.

Flip up to save and create a new sketch.

Sharing options.

Sharing options.

  1. I am NOT good at drawing.

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