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Concepts is a free drawing app designed to make precision drafting and sketching simpler thanks to its intuitive interface and easy-to-use toolbar.

What's New

INTELLIGENCE AND ACCURACY - Concepts has always been the most precise drawing app available, and today we take it to a new level.

Snap-to Sketching is like auto-complete for your strokes. While sketching in Precision Mode, start and end points connect automatically to nearby strokes, making your drawing flow faster and more accurately than ever. To use it, turn on Precision Mode and Snap, then start sketching!

Smoothing Adjustments are now available via slider. Select any stroke (or group), then slide to remove slow stroke bumpiness or reduce to a straight line. Strokes look better, and cleaner drawings equal cleaner vector and CAD exports. Combined with Snap-to Sketching, you can now quickly and accurately sketch floor plans, circuit schematics, line diagrams, or anything that requires precision. Sketch them out, and sharpen them up... all with your finger.

Performance Enhancements. Rendering time has been reduced by 2-3x, making the app much more responsive with larger drawings.

Notable fixes include printing support, web sharing of SVG files, a few crashes, and black can now be a favorite color. Not sure how we missed that one.

Your feedback is important to us. Drop an email to concepts at tophatch.com, check out our support page, or talk with us on Facebook/ConceptsApp or Twitter/ConceptsApp. And if you're feeling generous, please leave a nice review -- it's both motivating and helpful.

Happy Holidays, and Happy Creating!

App Description

Concepts combines the precision of technical drawing with the elegance and style of artistic sketching. Use an infinite canvas, flexible multi-touch shape guides, after-the-fact stroke adjustments, and powerful export options to bring all your ideas to life.

Precision Mode features flexible multi-touch Shape Guides for creating perfect lines, arcs, angles, ellipses, and rectangles; perfect for layout and perspective, creating structure, and anything you'd use a ruler for. Snap-to Sketching enhances your accuracy, while Scale and Measurement let you create accurate representations of anything in your head.

Pen and paper don’t offer the flexibility of picking up a line and moving it, scaling it, or changing the ink weight and color. Select any stroke at any time, or select groups of strokes by dragging a finger. Add, duplicate and merge layers, and enjoy the best of both traditional and digital worlds.

When you're ready, export your work to dozens of professional applications for further use or send to colleagues via email, web link, or cloud backup solutions. Now supporting high-resolution (300dpi+), vector (SVG), CAD (DXF), Adobe Photoshop (PSD), and standard formats.

Infinite canvas with sharp zoom and rotation, real-scale paper size guides, layout guides, transparency, graph paper and isometric grids, pressure sensitive styli (Adobe, Adonit, HEX3, Pogo, and Wacom), and all pens, brushes, and paper types are free. Import multiple (manipulable) images, add text labels, use an adaptive interface inspired by game design, and get extreme flexibility with all lines and layers.

If you use Adobe Creative Cloud, you'll be excited to know you can import and export PSDs, use your Adobe Ink stylus, and instantly use thousands of free images from the Adobe Creative Market.

• Architects, Engineers, Surveyors, and Landscape Designers enjoy the easy flow and technical precision of the shape guides, snap, scaled measurement, and the 300dpi+ printable output options.
• Product Designers and Makers can easily sketch an idea, make tweaks at a stroke level, then export right to SVG or DXF for laser cutting and other forms of rapid prototyping.
• Educators and Creative Professionals create mindmaps and brainstorm on an infinite canvas, manipulate individual pieces, then present to the classroom or audience via AirPlay.
• Use personal photos for layouts, tracing, and visual reference. Add markup and annotations to images and send them anywhere.
• Kids love exploring their ideas using Concepts' simple interface and cool tools.
• Find your own unique uses -- Concepts is as flexible as your imagination.

• Award Winning: Apple selected Concepts for the Best Apps of 2013 in 12 countries! Tabby Awards 2013: Best Creation & Design App.
• Nancy said "I use probably 15 to 20 drawing and photo apps in an average week. This is without a doubt, one of my favorites, made by and for professionals. The options are many and are not typical, but are smart. Totally worth the purchase."
• John says "This has the potential to be the ultimate design tool - the freedom to sketch with the power of vector manipulation."
• Dave said "So much power with a simple, stylish interface. A tool for makers to design and build their dreams."
• Grim says "This is the future in design."

TopHatch is enabling the next generation of creatives to design and build their dreams.

We're dedicated to quality, and we update often. If you experience any problems with this release or have suggestions for improvement, please contact us directly so we can quickly address them!

COPIC is the trademark of Too Corporation. Special thanks to Claudine Zafra, Ray Chen, Evan Bronstein AIA LEED GA, Taylor Lane, and Erica Christensen for cover art!

App Screen Shots

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App Changes

December 22, 2014 New version 3.1
November 14, 2014 New version 3.0.2
October 19, 2014 New version 3.0
August 05, 2014 New version 2.3.1
February 28, 2014 New version 2.2.2
January 29, 2014 New version 2.2.1
November 30, -0001 Initial Release