We’re thrilled to announce that Sketch 2.1 is finally available. Time really does fly; the last update to Sketch was already almost two months ago. However, we’ve been far from idle during that time.
Top priority for this update was full compatibility with the new Retina displays. There was quite a bit of code that we had to update and of course more than hundred graphics that needed to be changed as well.
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That is however just the tip of the iceberg. There are a few dozen items on the change log, some of them huge changes, some only small. Probably the biggest change is that we now have support for multiple borders, shadows, inner shadows and glows. Note that we’ve merged the Glow & Shadow sections as they are very similar except for the ‘spread’ option.
Together with that we’ve also improved the rendering of inner shadows and glows and these effects now no longer force pixel mode when you zoom in. They really look a lot better and even render faster.
Another big change is that layers can now sit between pixel boundaries if you want. We went to great lengths to prevent this happening accidentally, but if you want, this is now possible.
Another big improvement is in Speed. Working with any kind of document should feel significantly faster and especially saving documents should be much much faster.
We’ve made great improvements to Artboards in Sketch. There’s a setting in the preference to automatically hide the layers in the layer list that are not contained in the artboard. Likewise, when you move or duplicate an artboard you can choose to move/duplicate the layers inside it with it. We can also adjust zoom the document when you switch from one artboard to the next; perfect for checking multiple resolutions of the same icon for example.
In our previous post we asked you what you would expect from Sketch on a Retina Macbook Pro. Thank you all very much for your feedback. The main thing we learned is that it’s a very confusing topic for everybody. But I think we made the right call.
By default the canvas on the new Retina Macbook Pro will look the same as the canvas on the old models (apart from looking sharper of course). When you export a Slice, and open the image in Preview.app, it will display it at half size (compared to Sketch) because Preview.app shows images at the native pixel size. If you prefer the Canvas to look the same size as the output, you can turn on “Scale down for Retina” in the preferences.
What follows is a list of small changes/improvements that I think will still please a lot of people:
- You can now open a preview of an artboard in a separate window to make it easy to stream to an iOS device for example
- @2x exports no longer go in their own subfolder
- You can now hide the layer list and inspector if you want; especially useful on smaller screens
- Improved behaviour on duplicating layers
- Improves zooming behaviour
- Adds an easy way to see all content in the canvas by going to View > Center Canvas
- You can now double-tap to zoom in/out on artboards & the canvas in general
- Significantly improves SVG import
- Hand tool now also works when inserting shapes
- Now when you include a ‘/’ in the name of your slice, Sketch will put it in a subfolder. For example, naming your slice “nav/tile” will create an image named “tile” in a folder named “nav”
- The inspector now has proper Tab behaviour.
Last but not least we fixed many little bugs and made a ton of small improvements. We’re determined to make Sketch the best app for designers out there and we’re sure this gets us one (big) step closer to our goal.
Sketch 2.1 is a free update for everybody; both App Store customers and volume licensees outside the App Store.
If you haven’t purchased Sketch yet, we also have good news. As we’re really thrilled to have this update finally out there, we’ve decided to run a little sale. Sketch 2.1 will be available for just $29 for the next 7 days, that’s $20 off the normal price!