AutoDesk gets on the subscription bandwagon with SketchBook Pro 7

AutoDesk has released SketchBook Pro 7, the latest version of their desktop drawing software for Mac. Additionally, AutoDesk is following the lead of Adobe and others in creating a subscription model for SketchBook. The app is free to download, but you'll need a paid membership to unlock more features.

There are multip tiers of membership. Starter members can create basic drawings using the app's core tools for free without creating an account. When you create a free account, you upgrade to the Essentials membership, which includes layer management, full color palette, basic brush customization, and more. Purchasing a Pro membership for $2.99 per month or $24.99 per year gives you access to all of SketchBook Pro's tools, including perspective guides, Flipbook, Distort Transform, better layer editing, and much more. You can also buy a non-subscription license for $65.

Mac users can pay using their iTunes account. Additionally, downloading SketchBook Pro through the Mac App Store will allow you to save your SketchBook canvases to iCloud, letting you access them through the SketchBook apps for iPhone and iPad.

You can download AutoDesk SketchBook Pro from the SketchBook site, as well as the Mac App Store, for free. What do you think of AutoDesk's new subscription model for SketchBook? Let us know below in the comments.

Source: SketchBook, SketchBook blog

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