Sketch (software)

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Developer(s)Bohemian Coding
Initial release7 September 2010; 8 years ago (2010-09-07)
Stable release
55 / 21 May 2019
Operating systemmacOS
TypeVector graphics editor

Sketch is a vector graphics editor, developed by the Dutch company Bohemian Coding. Sketch was first released on 7 September 2010 for macOS.[1] It won an Apple Design Award in 2012.[2] A key difference between Sketch and other vector graphics editors is that Sketch does not include print design features.[3] Sketch is only available on macOS. This problem is partially solved by third party and handoff tools.[4]


The idea of the founder was to produce a simple drawing application to support his income while studying, which became widely adopted by designers.

Program details[edit]

Sketch is used primarily for designing UI and UX of mobile apps and web. The files designed in Sketch are saved in its own .sketch file format. The designs can also be saved in the popular PNG, JPG, TIFF, WebP, etc., formats. The designs created in Sketch are utilised by app engineers to design mobile apps and by website developers convert designs into websites.

Although Sketch was previously sold through the App Store, the developers pulled the app from the store in December 2015 and instead sold it through their own website. Bohemian Coding cited Apple's strict technical guidelines, slow review process and lack of upgrade pricing as reasons for the decision.[5] On 8 June 2016, Bohemian Coding announced on their blog that they were switching to a new licensing system for Sketch. Licenses would allow users to receive updates for 1 year, after which they could continue using the last version published prior to the license expiring, or renew their license to continue receiving updates for another year.[6]


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  1. ^ "Sketch 1.0 finally released". Bohemian Coding. 7 September 2010. Archived from the original on 11 July 2011. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  2. ^ Lowensohn, Josh (11 June 2012). "Apple announces 2012 Design Award winners". CNET. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  3. ^ Sutton, Kelly (21 October 2014). "An Interview with Pieter Omvlee, the Founder of Bohemian Coding". Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  4. ^ Schoenmaker, Martijn (1 February 2016). "How I Started Using Sketch App In Windows". Design + Sketch. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  5. ^ Weinberger, Matt (2 December 2015). "One of Apple's most important initiatives is showing signs of failure". Business Insider Australia. Archived from the original on 28 June 2016. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  6. ^ "Versioning, Licensing, and Sketch 4.0". 8 June 2016. Retrieved 19 June 2016.

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