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Sketch Swap

Online Social Drawing Application


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Published 03/16/2011 and rated Ratingstars3 3 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

Sketch Swap is a unique, fun way to share drawings and see those created by others. The site works by presenting the user with a blank screen. The user can draw as much as they like. The guidelines are simple. The sketch must contain no profanity, questionable content or adult material (anything that is not appropriate for young users). It must also show some effort (no single lines, dots or stick figures). Sketch Swap also asks the user to write in English so they can approve it. The user can submit their sketch, which is approved by Sketch Swap. Once the sketch has been accepted, it will appear for someone else as a random user submitted sketch. After submitting their sketch, the user is presented with a sketch created by another user. The user can also watch the sketch being ‘drawn’ (which is sped up for time’s sake). The user can go back and draw again to swap another sketch if they like.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

The concept behind Sketch Swap was inspired by File Swap created by Markus Renschler. The application was intended to allow users to share a sketch and get one in return. Although there aren’t really many professional users for this type of application, it is a great way to enjoy a popular hobby.

What are the differences to other apps?

Sketch Swap allows users to be as creative as they like and create a sketch. Drawing skill level does not matter, as long as the user puts some time and effort into their sketch. The user can then share their sketch with strangers and get one in return. The concept is unique and makes Sketch Swap an appealing way to spend some time drawing.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

The Sketch Swap website is very simple, focusing more on the user’s drawing than anything else. A newcomer is greeted by the stylish Sketch Swap logo in the upper, left hand corner of the page. A large white box provides the user with a place to draw while a single link in the lower, left hand corner of the page lets the user navigate to the about page. A small Google advertisement is nestled in the lower, right hand corner of the drawing page. The user can immediately start sketching with a tablet or their mouse. When they are finished, a “Submit Drawing” button is found in the lower, right hand corner of the sketch area to send the sketch and generate another one.

How does the registration process work?

Sketch Swap offers a simple, though entertaining service that really doesn’t require an account. Users can start drawing right away and submit their work without signing up. There are no registration forms and the user is not asked to provide any personal information to use Sketch Swap. Users can write words on their sketch, but it must contain a drawing as well. Sketch Swap also provides a button that can be added to the user’s website.

What does it cost to use the application?

Sketch Swap offers a very basic service. It would be difficult to justify a subscription fee given its current capabilities. Users are not required to sign up, so there is no way to bill those who use Sketch Swap. The service is entirely free and there is no premium paid membership option currently available.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Sketch Swap offers a fun way to pass the time drawing for anyone. There is no skill requirement (the user can be as basic or detailed as they like). The application provides users with a little bit of interaction by allowing them to swap what they draw. Of course this is done randomly and anonymously so users are not interacting directly, but they get a little something for submitting a sketch.

  • Create a basic or detailed sketch using a tablet or pen
  • Submit your sketch for others to see
  • Receive a sketch created by another user
  • Place the Sketch Swap button on your website
  • Begin drawing right away without creating an account


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