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Inspire — Painting, Drawing & Sketching (Free)

Inspire — Painting, Drawing & Sketching (Free)

       iOS iPhone

Try Inspire and you will quickly see that it is a painting app like no other! The key feature is the simulation of wet oil paint on canvas, allowing amazing blending effects with three real kinds of brushes. You will be stunned by what you can do with a dry brush!

Whether you are a beginner, expert, or somewhere in between, you will enjoy the simplicity and power of Inspire.


"’s like the other painting apps are kids crayons and this is a proper set of Artists oils. You can almost smell the linseed oil."
- Andy Cook (

"Hands-down, Inspire is the most addictive and fun painting app available for the iPhone..."
- Michael Essany (

"Very enjoyable painting app. The blending feature is awesome... To anyone looking for a similar to Painter painting experience on the iPhone, I strongly recommend Inspire."
- Thierry Schiel (

"One of the greatest features of this app is just how much control you have over what your brush strokes look like and what they actually do to the painting."
- David Hayward (

"Inspire was one of my favorites out of all the iPhone painting apps I've reviewed so far."
- Sue Chastain (


● Three realistic paint brushes to choose from: a flat brush, round brush and fan brush
● Each brush comes in many different sizes and can be rotated a full 360 degrees
● Brushes can be loaded with different amounts of paint, including no paint at all for a dry brush
● Amazing paint color blending capabilities with a dry brush — paint colors can actually be mixed together on the canvas to form new colors
● A stippling effect can be produced on the canvas by painting stab strokes with repeated taps on the screen
● The spacing between each application of paint within a brush stroke can be changed
● The bristles of each brush act independently of each other and produce natural brush strokes that never look exactly the same

● The intuitive painting menu completely disappears when dismissed and rotates to accommodate the current orientation of the device
● There are 8 hotspots around the edge of the screen that can be tapped to perform commonly used actions quickly and easily
● 10 levels of undo and redo are available
● A non-realistic paint mode adds versatility to the brushes, allowing you to draw and sketch as well as paint
● Choose any paint color you can dream of right away with the natural color picker
● Transparent paint colors can be chosen to simulate a glazing effect
● The eye dropper tool can be used to select paint colors that are already on the canvas and can be invoked using a tap and hold gesture
● The canvas can be moved around and zoomed in and out up to 6400%

Saving and Exporting
● Paintings are automatically saved in your gallery and easily exported to your Photos
● Paintings can be sent via email from within the app, attached as uncompressed PNG image files
● Paintings can be uploaded directly to Facebook, Twitter and Flickr
● Paintings can be printed directly from the app (iOS 4.2 or later and AirPrint printer required)
● Paintings can be exported at resolutions of up to 6 times the original using the free Inspire Exporter app available for both Windows and Mac OS

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What's new

Painting Engine Improvements
● The OpenGL view of the canvas now runs at a blazing, rock-solid 60 frames per second, up from 30 before — the result is faster zooming, fluid UI animations and silky-smooth brush stroke rendering (4th gen device or newer)
● The algorithm that determines the location of each bristle within a brush during a stroke has been improved to provide a more natural, balanced and unique look to the paint applied onto the canvas
● The maximum level of zoom has been increased from 3200% to 6400% — adding fine details to a painting has never been easier

Faster Performance
● Canvas loading time has been improved by 400% (iPhone 4S or newer)
● Canvas saving time has been improved by 200% (iPhone 4S or newer)
● Brush stroke processing time has been improved by 20%
● Canvas fill time has been improved by 15%

Printing Made Easy
● Paintings can now be printed directly from within the app via the Export menu (only available on iOS 4.2 or later and your printer must support AirPrint)

UI Enhancements
● Improved app icon
● Improved splash screen image
● The background behind the canvas is now a subtle texture instead of just a solid color
● The zoom bar has a new look to match the hotspot and painting menu icons


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Last changed:
Sep 18, 2012
22.5 MB

Current Version Average Rating:
4.00 (263)

All Versions Average Rating:
4.00 (414)
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Inspire — Painting, Drawing & Sketching (Free) 4.00 out of 5 based on 263 ratings.