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I’ve been a massive fan of the ‘Concepts’ app since it was first launched, and asked to be a beta tester. I’m now testing version 3.3 and continue to be blown away by just how brilliant it is.
If you design for a living, or sometimes need to work out your thoughts in sketch form, or especially if you just enjoy putting ink/pencil on paper – give this app a try.
It builds a beautiful bridge between pen/paper and Photoshop and technical drawing packages such as Illustrator, and in my view is the ONLY app which can claim this with pride. Adobe lost this magic long ago, IMHO.
All designers will recognise this workflow: you can take a photo using your iPad, call it in to Concepts as an underlay (remember the days of photocopiers and marker pads?), set the transparency, then doodle away to your hearts content on as many layers as you like. Once you’ve got a sketch that works, you can copy it, paste it, resize it, and draw over it with precision lines and tools using exact measurements. Then you can output them for further development elsewhere. Pencil looks like pencil, marker looks like marker, colours are gorgeous.
This is an old video, but shows just how quick and intuitive it is:
Due to my efforts in getting Plinth off the ground, I don’t get to play with this app as often as I’d like, but am now getting back into designing my next project (news of this soon, Kickstarters!), and it has reminded me of just how great this program is.
..And before you wonder, there’s no kickbacks or anything going on here, I’m just a fan of the guys who continue to work to make the App as good as it can possibly be. I have sent them many requests for features and improvements over the last year or so, to make it quicker and better able to cope with the way a product designer works, and they have not only listened to ALL of them, but have integrated them into making Concepts what it is today, and it does just keep on getting better. Some people work hard to make things just better, and I think they deserve recognition.
Well done Ben, and all the team at TopHatch.
Try it for free on the App store – full version is only £5.99, which is a gift.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]