We’ve got some exciting news to share with you today. We’re announcing - and releasing - a new app: Fonts. You may be wondering how this is related to our recent retirement of Fontcase. If so, read on.
Last month in our blogpost we were explaining how Fontcase was being crippled by the sandbox, whilst trying to do things that were in fact less and less relevant. Starting with a clean sheet and leaving out all these obsolete features we were able to make a much simpler, cleaner, faster and overall better app, and we hope you will really like it.
Font (auto-) activation is gone, and so are several of the font management features. If you’re one of those people who has thousands of fonts, this app may not be for you. However if your needs are simpler, we think you’ll enjoy Fonts a lot. And because of this simplification we were able to implement a long-requested feature; Collections in Fonts are now synced with Font Book and all the standard Mac apps that use the font panel.
We’re very much approaching this new app, Fonts 1.0, as a reboot. We’ve left out certain features, but are open to adding others back now that we have a stable and solid foundation again. Let us know what you think about the app, and what you’re missing, and who knows where Fonts will end up in a few years time.
In a way this reminds us of the release of Sketch 2.0 almost two years ago. We rebooted the app then, removed some functionality and completely changed the UI. With a fresh start we were able to iterate faster and with the help of our customers we’ve made Sketch immeasurably better these past two years. With Fonts we hope to do the same. A fresh clean start and an open future.
As you’ve no doubt noticed, we’re trying a bit of a flat UI for Fonts. We wanted something that would really put the focus on the content of the app; the fonts themselves. When iOS7 came out, we saw an opportunity here to apply what we already had thought about, and like Sketch, we did our best to build the interface in a way that would allow the user to focus on the content.
Just as we think Fonts’s usability relies a lot on its interface, the same goes for Sketch’s - albeit in a different way. And because of that, Sketch will remain exactly as it is; a good mac citizen that blends in with the rest of the system, putting the focus squarely on the canvas.
With that said, we hope you guys will enjoy our new app. Fonts will be available later today for only $9, exclusively on the Mac App Store.
We’re very happy to announce yet another update to Sketch. While there are no major new features, we have a number of nice updates and many many smaller improvements and bug fixes.
So let’s visit a few big ones:
- We’ve fixed masking. You’ll never again have a case where at the edge of a mask the semi-transparent edges leak colors.
- Speed: Selecting, moving, resizing, grouping and ungrouping large numbers of layers is much improved.
- Text editing had a few weird quirks in 2.3.1 and we’ve solved them.
- Color accuracy. We’ve improved color accuracy and should now cover all ranges of display calibrations, monitors, color profiles and variations thereof.
Besides that, there’s a ton of smaller improvements and fixes. It’s a great update, and best of all, it’s completely free. So head over to the app store and get your copy now.
Fontcase saw its first light in 2009, and the Mac landscape has changed a lot since.
The App Store came along and we jumped in enthusiastically, but with the advent of enforced sandboxing, and the tightening up that every OS release brings, things have become rather difficult.
One of the main functions of Fontcase is font activation, and from the day we introduced the app we’ve had a large percentage of our customer base who just didn’t get the idea of font activation and why such a thing was ever needed.
That was already a support problem for us, but with the advent of sandboxing, font activation simply doesn’t work properly, and the problem is magnified greatly.
As a result, we’ve come to the realisation that Fontcase’s main features are just not needed or appropriate in this day and age, and the time has come to retire it.
Therefore, we’ve made the difficult decision to remove the app from the store. We will offer non-sandboxed copies to anyone who’s experiencing problems, but this will be the last Fontcase release.
We would like to offer our heartfelt thanks to the many customers who bought Fontcase over the years.
We aren’t necessarily done with fonts yet though. Fontcase had other features that are still relevant, and we’re thinking hard about what to do with them. Watch this space.
We’re pleased to announce that Sketch 2.3.1 is now available. It’s mostly a bugfix update on the recent 2.3 update, but the list of changes is nice.
A few highlights:
- Fixes Dropbox saving compatibility
- Improves stability when using Sketch Mirror
- You can once again tweak x/y/width/height values of subpaths in the inspector
- Zoom-tool click to zoom in has been improved
- When frequently zooming in and out you can now tell Sketch (via the preferences) to maintain the viewport
And it fixes a few general minor issues. The update is of course free for existing customers.
Last night, we received reports from a small number of our users who have lost the contents of their .sketch files while editing them in a Dropbox (or similar cloud service) folder. We are looking into the issue now and we will do all we can to have a solution out as soon as possible. We apologise for the inconvenience this is causing.
In the meantime, we advise you not to edit your documents directly in Dropbox or any similar services. Instead we suggest either:
- Pausing syncing until your work is finished.
- Working on files outside of Dropbox, and copying them in manually to share or backup.
If you have been affected by this issue already, you can fix your affected documents by restoring the individual files in the .sketch folder online to a previously known working date. Please contact our support team for further help if you need it.
Some of us here thought this day would never come, but the long wait is finally over. We’re incredibly proud to tell you that Sketch 2.3 now available for all.
So what’s so great about this release? Glad you asked. I suppose you could say that 2.3 is our ‘Snow Leopard’ release. We’ve spent a great deal making everything just better, faster and more reliable. To start with, we’ve done amazing work on general responsiveness and performance. For example, panning and zooming is now fluent and instant. Basically everything is faster, and if you previously had a document that Sketch was choking on, chances are it’ll zip right through them now.
Document saving and loading has improved spectacularly as well by the way, in some cases up to 10x.
PDF and EPS
Secondly, we’re adding PDF and EPS import to Sketch. Vectors and text in these files now get converted to native Sketch layers where you can work with them to your heart’s content. Naturally we’ve also improved our existing SVG import and export. With all of this it’s now much easier to get content in and out of Sketch.
Our next major focus was on improving our Boolean operations; union, subtract, etc. They work really well overall, but had a nasty habit of failing for very small sizes. Our new engine does much better there and if you ever ran into the limitations of the old way, we’re sure you’ll appreciate the changes.
A nice little other feature is our brand new iOS-7 style Background Blur. We’re sure this will come in handy when designing for iOS 7. As the name implies, Background blur blurs the background behind a shape and not itself nor anything around it. You asked for this en masse, so enjoy it. :-)
Another big feature is our new companion app to Sketch; Sketch Mirror. For all of you who want to view the designs you make on your Mac on one of your iOS devices; this app is for you.
Sketch Mirror is that it’s integrated directly into Sketch 2.3. There’s no setup, and no ugly hacks; Sketch sends the data directly to one or more iOS devices and is smart about which areas of the canvas have updated, so it transfers the minimum amount of data, making Sketch Mirror very fast, even when sending Retina assets over the network.
Sketch will also automatically scale your artboards up or down depending on the device’s resolution. For example, if you design an iPad app at 1x resolution, Sketch will automatically send the @2x version to your iPad, or vice versa if you want to test your designs on both an iPad Mini and a Retina iPad.
Sketch Mirror is now available in the iOS app store for only $4.99.
What’s left is a ton of smaller improvements to the app. For example, Pages now have live previews and you can add/remove/duplicate pages without having to go elsewhere. Another small but much-requested feature is that we now support blending modes on shadows and inner shadows too.
And of course, Sketch 2.3 will be a free upate for existing users, so if you haven’t tried Sketch yet, get your copy now at …
Our new Website
Besides the launch of Sketch 2.3, we’ve also unveiled our new website - with some amazing new artwork done 100% in Sketch. Please give it a look.
We’re incredibly excited to announce that Sketch 2.3 and Sketch Mirror will both be released on Monday. We’re very proud of how both apps turned out. Sketch 2.3 especially is a big improvement over the previous version. I suppose you could say that 2.3 will be our ‘Snow Leopard’ release where we’ve spent a great deal making everything just better, faster and more reliable. Secondly, we’re adding PDF and EPS import to Sketch. Thirdly, we’ve spent quite a bit of time improving our Boolean operations; union, subtract, etc.
And of course, Sketch 2.3 will be a free upate for existing users, so if you haven’t tried Sketch yet. Find out more about it our new website; www.bohemiancoding.com/sketch