Bohemian Coding Blog

A Big Thank You

After months of hard work, we have finally released Sketch 3.0 to the world.

It’s been over two years since 2.0 came out, and during that time our number one feature request had been Symbols, so we knew we had to include those. It was also clear that some other elements needed updating; Exporting needed a boost and we felt we found a way to improve the inspector.

Ultimately though, the thing that we think makes Sketch 3.0 a great update is the time and effort we put into the little details. Many of these originated from talking with customers through various channels. In particular, some of our most loyal beta testers have been of tremendous importance, so our first big thank-you goes to them.

Back when we released 2.0, Bohemian was just Pieter and Emanuel, doing everything from development and design of the app itself to making the website and handling support.

Since then, the team has expanded, and without a few extra hands we’d never have been able to get such a big update out this fast. A big thanks to Sam Deane, Christopher Downer and Nuno Rocha for all the hard work they put into this release.

We were also able to outsource some important tasks: Alberto Calvo has been amazing in designing and coding a worthy website to Sketch. Likewise, Carlos Melegrito has made a great video to highlight some of the new features. If you need either of these jobs done, both Alberto and Carlos come highly recommended by us. :-)

The last enormous thank-you goes to all our customers, fans and the various community sites who have supported Sketch over the years and did so much to help make it better.

And with all that said, we’ll be going back to a full inbox and starting work on the next release. To that effect, the first public beta of 3.0.1 has just been released. If you’ve had Artboard preset or QuickLook problems, give it a try and let us know if it fixes them.

And rest assured, if your particular feature request didn’t make it into Sketch 3.0, we have plenty more in the works for the coming months and years. Stay tuned…

Sketch 3 is now available!

All of us at Bohemian Coding have been working hard towards this day for a long time, and it has finally arrived. We can say the words we’ve been longing to say – Sketch 3.0 is now available!

Sketch 3 is a major update, and we think you’ll love it. We’ve been listening to all of your feedback and requests and have strived to make Sketch 3 an even better product. With this new version, we have implemented our number one feature request: Symbols – the ability to re-use the same group in multiple places across your document, and have all copies sync when one is updated. In addition, we have shared layer and text styles, allowing you to share the same style across multiple shapes or text layers, keeping them all in sync.

With improvements to existing features such as the Export tool, loads of UI refinements, bug fixes, and many more enhancements, Sketch 3 is a huge step over version 2.

Upgrades

So where does this leave users who have bought versions of Sketch in the past? If you purchased Sketch 2 on the Mac App Store after March 1st, 2014, you will receive Sketch 3 for free. In order to claim your license key, please email us your Mac App Store receipt and we’ll sort out the rest. Due to the limited quantity of promo codes we have available, we regret that we cannot provide you with an App Store version of Sketch 3 in return, but a serial key that you can apply to our trial to remove any limitation. If you purchased volume or educational licenses for Sketch 2 from us within this time, please email us for details.

For one week only, until April 21st for customers old and new, Sketch 3 will be available at an introductory price of just $49.99! After the 21st, Sketch will return its normal price of $79.99.

If you would like to try Sketch 3 out for yourself, you’re more than welcome to download our free 14-day trial.

To learn more about Sketch 3 and to read about the updates and new features, please visit our brand-new website for more information. You can also follow us on Twitter and join our Facebook group to discuss all things Sketch, receive updates, tricks and tips, and more!

LayerVault extends Sketch Support

The kind people behind LayerVault have always been great supporters of Sketch. They were the first service to add Sketch support - almost two years ago now. Today they’ve announced another great improvement; LayerVault now supports Sketch’s pages and artboards directly; for each version you’ll get a nice overview of all the pages and artboards in your document.

We’ve worked together with LayerVault to make this happen and we’re thrilled to see them embrace Sketch to this level. Head over to their blog to read more about their support of Sketch and sign up for a trial to give to a spin.

Announcing Fonts

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.

Change

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.

Refocus

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.

Clean Slate

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.

Sketch

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.

User Interface

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.