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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The Best Cintiq Alternative - Amazon Fire with apps!

My previous post about a Cintiq alternative was a bit too Rube Goldberg-ish. However with this one, you can't beat ease of use and the price point. If you act now you can get a Amazon Fire tablet this holiday season for only $49.99 and free shipping. Wow!

Beautiful 7" IPS display (171 ppi / 1024 x 600) and fast 1.3 GHz quad-core processor. Rear and front-facing cameras. 8 GB of internal storage. Free unlimited cloud storage for all Amazon content and photos taken with Fire devices. Add a microSD card for up to 128 GB of additional storage.

There are some cool free and low cost art  / drawing apps you can acquire for this device that will do the trick. Here are some with high marks:


Sketchbook (free)

You can't go wrong with an Autodesk product. This is the poor man's version of Sketchbook Pro. This got higher marks than the $4.99 Sketchbook Ink also from Autodesk

Art Flow - Sketch, paint & draw (free)

RoughAnimator - $4.99

Design Creator (Free)


Sketch Guru - Handy Sketch Pad (free)

Animation Desk
(free, but may have ad pop up's)
Cool onion skinning.

Lapse It Pro

Can do stop motion and time lapse with this app.
For fine details use a stylus with these programs. Check the specs to see what files types they output. Some allow direct uploading to Dropbox or offloading in PNG / PSD format.
That means cross-platforming folks!!

Android Apps on PC / Mac
Bluestacks software allows you to run Android apps on your PC / Mac and the download is free.
Check it out:   http://www.bluestacks.com/ 

Check out our two prior posts on apps for artists:



Enjoy and Happy Holiday's!

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