Alias SketchBook Pro

Fri 8th Nov 2002 | News

New York, New York - November 7, 2002 -- Alias|Wavefront™, an SGI (NYSE: SGI) company, today announced Alias SketchBook Pro™, an intuitive software tool that transforms the Tablet PC into a digital sketchbook. Designed specifically for the Tablet PC, Alias SketchBook Pro introduces a new approach to visual collaboration and user interaction, centered on the pen. For the business community as well as artists, Alias SketchBook Pro is a must-have application for any Tablet PC user. It extends the power and versatility of the Tablet PC by perfectly complementing the note-taking features of Microsoft Windows Journal. A free introductory version and further product information is now available at and

The Digital Sketch Book
Harnessing the true power of a mobile digital sketchbook as both a business and personal productivity tool, Tablet PC users will have the freedom to sketch, annotate images, and present their work whenever creativity strikes. Unlike pen and paper, Alias SketchBook Pro will allow users to switch brushes electronically, quickly undo and redo, manipulate image layers and integrate digital sketches into the Windows XP world.

“Alias SketchBook Pro is a great example of the exciting possibilities a Tablet PC can bring to users,” said Alexandra Loeb, Vice President of the Tablet PC division at Microsoft Corp. “Alias|Wavefront has leveraged the pen-based features in Windows XP Tablet PC Edition and the flexibility of the Tablet PC hardware designs to develop a unique sketching application. They've taken the technology that graphic designers have been using for years and given consumers the ability to transform a Tablet PC into a mobile digital sketchbook, ideal for sketching, image annotation and presentation."

Easy to Learn User Interface Designed for Mass-Market Appeal
Intended for a wide range of business users and graphics professionals, Alias SketchBook Pro draws on advanced graphics technology developed for Alias|Wavefront's award-winning Maya® and StudioTools™ software. Supported by a gesture-driven user interface empowering users to change sketching tools and colors, and zoom in on, save and manipulate sketches, Alias SketchBook Pro introduces a suite of sketching tools simple enough for the casual user, yet worthy of the expert's skill.

“The notion of capturing ideas through imagery has been with us for millennia, yet the tools available to the average computer user have been underdeveloped, until now” said Doug Walker, President at Alias|Wavefront. “Microsoft’s introduction of the Tablet PC will help drive behavioral change in the workplace environment as physical and creative barriers are stripped away. And like a traditional sketch book, our latest application will allow these users to create and gather visual inspiration into a well-organized book that enhances the versatility of any Tablet PC.”

In keeping with Alias|Wavefront’s strategy to continuously innovate, Alias SketchBook Pro marks the company’s introduction of a new software specifically created to solve the visual thinking needs of the volume market.

“We believe Alias SketchBook Pro will establish a new category of application focused on allowing business users and artists to capture and share their ideas visually,” said Tom Wujec, Product Manager at Alias|Wavefront. “While existing graphics software packages are complex toolkits designed for production artists sitting at a workstation, Alias SketchBook Pro allows anyone to create and modify imagery anywhere their job takes them.”

Alias SketchBook Pro Features; Full Sketching Functionality
Taking advantage of the Tablet PC’s pen-based input and portability, key Alias SketchBook Pro features include:

  • Production quality sketch and drawing tools. High quality, realistic pencils, markers, brushes and airbrushes respond instantly to pen pressure. A wide selection of primary and secondary colors, via an easy-to-use color wheel, support a full range of color hues, saturations and values.
  • Instant annotation. Mark up any image, from digital photographs and screen captures to high-resolution technical drawings. E-mail annotations back and forth to colleagues.
  • Sketch management and presentation. Create collections of sketches that can be viewed, organized and distributed easily. Deliver impromptu and formal presentations of sketches and images, and record any feedback instantly on annotation layers.
  • Marking Menus™. Created for the pen, a unique ergonomically designed user-interface accommodates natural hand movements to select command options –without the need to hunt through traditional scroll down menus.

Alias SketchBook Pro will be made commercially available in early 2003.

About Alias|Wavefront
As the world's leading innovator of 3D graphics technology, Alias|Wavefront develops software for the film and video, games, web, interactive media, industrial design, and visualization markets. Entertainment customers include: Acclaim Entertainment, Inc., CNN, Core Design Limited, Digital Domain, Disney, Electronic Arts, Industrial Light & Magic, Factor 5 LLC, Midway Games, Nintendo, Pacific Data Images (PDI), Pixar, Sega, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Square Co., Ltd., Warner Feature Animation and Weta Ltd. The company's design customers include: AT&T, BMW, Boeing, Fiat, Ford, Honda, General Motors, Italdesign, Kodak, Mattel, Renault and Timex.

Alias|Wavefront is a wholly owned, independent software company of SGI® with headquarters in Toronto and custom development center in Santa Barbara. Please visit the Alias|Wavefront web site at or call 1-800-447-2542 in North America. International contact numbers include: Northern Europe, Middle East and Africa, +44 (0) 1494 441273; Germany, East & Southeast Europe, 0049 89 31 70 20; France, Spain and Portugal, +33 1 44 92 81 60; Japan, 0120 764 088; other parts of Asia Pacific, 81 3 3470 8282 and Latin America, 770 393 1881.


The Alias|Wavefront logo is a registered trademark and the Alias SketchBook Pro logo, the S Book logo, Alias|Wavefront, Alias SketchBook Pro, Marking Menus and StudioTools are trademarks of Alias|Wavefront, a division of Silicon Graphics Limited in the United States and/or other countries. Maya is a registered trademark of Silicon Graphics, Inc., exclusively used by Alias|Wavefront, a division of Silicon Graphics Limited. SGI is a registered trademark of Silicon Graphics, Inc. All other products or companies mentioned are trademarks or service marks of their respective owners.

Alias|Wavefront, a division of Silicon Graphics Limited
210 King Street East
Toronto, Ontario
M5A 1J7
Tel: 416-362-9181
FAX: 416-369-6140

©2000-2002 Alias|Wavefront, a division of Silicon Graphics Limited.

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