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The Tools That I Use (Drawings)

Continuing from the previous Tools That I Use post, here’s what I’m using to generate the hand drawings in blog posts and case studies.

Wacom Cintiq 12WX with SketchBook Pro is indispensable for high-resolution drawings I’m using in case studies. I’ve tried to import router symbols in SketchBook Pro and make them look like they would be hand-drawn, but my illustrating skills are almost non-existent.


Typical SketchBook Pro drawing

SketchBook Pro is an overkill for low-resolution blog post drawings … and it forces me to sit down with my computer, so I prefer to draw all other diagrams on an iPad. My fingers are way too clumsy and fat (supposedly rock climbing really helps to make them oversized), so I’m relying on a Bamboo stylus to get some reasonable precision.

Paper 53 is my favorite drawing program, particularly due to its interesting brush-resembling strokes.


Typical Paper 53 drawing

Penultimate is not bad either, but is pretty limited in its drawing options. SketchBook for iPad is nice when I need to zoom in (to write small text) or work with multiple layers, but I’d need a newer iPad to get the most out of it.


The best I could get out of Penultimate

Getting the drawings from the iPad to the laptop where I do all my writing has been a royal pain (the best I could do was sending them via email). Fortunately at least SketchBook Pro and Penultimate started supporting saving individual PNGs directly to Dropbox … where they miraculously appear on my laptop ready to be published in a blog post.

4 comments:

  1. Have you tried the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1? I believe that its digitizer and stylus are licensed from Wacom. I use it for work to take notes, and sketch diagrams. Notes can be shared directly to Dropbox.

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  2. Draw.io, for the win! Integrates with Google Drive. Has all the Cisco icons. Absolutely my fave.

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  3. Check out Notability. It has a brush style similar to Paper and adds drawing features like doodle selection with copy/paste - so you can duplicate a router doodle over and over - and text boxes. It also syncs with the major cloud storage players.

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    1. Thanks for the hint. Looks promising ;)

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