The Breakroom

Linea + iPadOS = BFFs

September 16, 2019

By Webmaster

Linea 2.7 with Rob McCallum illustration of future lady

Today’s update of Linea for both iPad and iPhone includes support for iOS 13, frequently requested features from our community of users, and makes sketching easier and more fun than ever. If you enjoy visualizing your ideas, getting work done, or just doodling, today’s update is right up your alley.

The Darkness and the Light

We’ve been working hard to make Linea fully compatible with Apple’s new operating system. One of the most compelling new features, Dark Mode, is now fully supported in both Linea Sketch and Go. In addition to tool, layer, and color palettes, the dark working environment has been extended to other parts of the app.

Linea's project view running in Dark Mode under iOS 13

This means that the project view, popovers, preferences, and related interface elements all look great when running with iOS 13’s new appearance. If you’re sketching in low light conditions, Linea running in Dark Mode is a welcome sight for sore eyes. We think you’ll be pleased.

One Is Good, Many Are Best

One highly requested feature from our customers has finally arrived – support for multi-page PDFs! With just a few taps, you can now export an entire Project folder of sketches into a single PDF document. Open the main Project view and tap the Project’s actions icon (⋯) and select “Export As PDF…” Linea collects all of the sketches and gives you options to customize the final appearance of the file, including margins, background color, and more.

Linea's project view running in Dark Mode under iOS 13

If you don’t want to save out an entire project, you can open the folder, use Select to choose individual sketches, and use the actions menu to generate your PDF. These all-in-one documents are great for presentations, putting together a storyboard, printing hard copies, or sharing your work with others.

Bigger, Better, Quicker

We’ve added a new feature that let ZipLines snap to 0°, 45° and 90°. This makes it a lot easier to draw perfectly straight lines at fixed angles, without the need for a grid or an enclosed shape. It’s super handy, but can be disabled in Settings if you choose.

selecting the new larger pen sizes in Linea

If you enjoy drawing with Linea’s pen tool, you’ll be pleased to know we’ve also added six larger sizes for sketching. To access these new sizes, open the pen’s options and flick the size indicators to page between sets. These new pens make inking and outlining large illustrations easier; they also work great for calligraphy.

Finally, comes the ability to set app-wide defaults for your canvas preference. The paper type, background, and template preferences from any existing sketch can now be used as the default for new drawings. Simply open an existing sketch and tap the sketch actions icon (⋯), then choose “Set Canvas as Default”. Linea remembers the setup and will use it from then on: quite a time saver!

One More Thing

We’ve also optimized Linea Sketch to work flawlessly with Apple’s newly announced 10.2″ iPad, so if you’re looking for a great sketching device at a great price, we’ve got you covered.

Don’t forget to check out our Tips & Tricks page for some great ways to improve your workflow. There’s also Sketch’s and Go’s version history pages for the complete list of changes.

If you’re not using Linea yet, today’s update is a great reason to get on board! Head on over to the App Store to download Linea Sketch for iPad or Linea Go for iPhone and you’ll be creating in no time!