Hey Sketchpad users—there’s a new version of Sketchpad available! It’s Sketchpad version 5.05, a free upgrade for Sketchpad 5 users. For you early adopters, Sketchpad 5.05 is fully compatible with Mountain Lion and will also be compatible with Windows 8 when that comes out. To update to version 5.05, select Help | Check for Updates from within Sketchpad and follow the instructions.
This week we’ve also unveiled some new features in Sketch Exchange, our community site for sharing Sketchpad resources, hints, and tips. We’ve incorporated a Search box and the ability to find activities by selecting multiple topics from the Level and Topic choices. As always, you can use the Tag cloud to browse serendipitously. And now you can also select a user name to see all of the resources posted by your favorite Sketchpad rock star.
But I think my favorite new feature is—well, “My Favorites”! When you find a resource that you love and want to find easily again, click its heart to add it to your Favorites collection. And when you click on the My Favorites tab, you’ll see that you can create an Exchange Key. Once you create and activate your Exchange Key, you can access all the sketches in your Favorites collection directly from Sketchpad. First though, you’ll need to download Sketchpad Version 5.05, a free upgrade for registered Sketchpad 5 users.
You can browse and download resources even if you don’t have an account. But if you want to upload resources, and create a Favorites collection and an Exchange Key, then you’ll need to register for a free account at Key Online. Here’s a short video that shows some of the features of Sketch Exchange:
Check it out!