Alias has released SketchBook Pro 1.1, its newest application for Mac OS X.

SketchBook is pen-driven sketching and annotation software that works with a Wacom tablet. It offers fast, reactive, pressure-sensitive artistic tools accessed through an easy user interface. Tools include pens, markers, paintbrushes and airbrushes, and can be used to create production grade artwork or simple sketches.

The company released the product for Windows in 2002, and since then it has "received numerous requests from the Mac community to release a version for the Mac," said Alias product manager Colin Smith.

Apple vice president of worldwide developer relations Ron Okamoto welcomed the release: "By taking advantage of the performance and strong graphic capabilities of Mac OS X, Alias SketchBook Pro eliminates the need for scanning and retouching drawings and enables Mac users to complete more work in less time."

Alias SketchBook Pro 1.1 offers a number of enhancements in comparison with its previous non-Mac-friendly iteration. These include the introduction of 26 hotkeys, a new single layer copy tool, a redesigned brush editor for building custom brushes and an enhanced user interface.

Key features include:

  • An intuitive, pen-driven user interface specifically designed for Wacom tablets.
  • Marking Menus software allows remarkably fast access to key tools such as colours, brushes, zoom and pan.
  • The capacity to create and save custom brushes, erasers, airbrushes or smear brushes, varying size, transparency, roundness and slant.
  • The Screen Capture tool lets users capture a snapshot of any application screen for use in a sketch with a single click. A useful workgroup feature lets users email others from within the application.

Alias SketchBook Pro 1.1 for OS X is available for download here for £120. A CD is also available for £135. A trial version of the application is available now.