App Review: Just Draw [for Touchpad] | webOS Nation

App Review: Just Draw [for Touchpad] 3

by Adam Marks Tue, 12 Jul 2011 11:25 am EDT

Just Draw, by Volatile Nuances, is an aptly named app for the Touchpad that will allow you to just draw on the Touchpad.  For the low price of free, you can drag your finger across the screen and draw till your heart is content. The app itself is pretty simple. Upon loading up the app you are presented with a simple white screen, with a closed sliding pane along the right. Slide open the panel and you will be presented with a menu of options. Along the top are three buttons that will allow you to undo up to ten of your previous actions, the ability to clear the screen, and the option to save your picture to the Photos app. Underneath those buttons is an option to change the brush or background color, followed by a brush size selector, and finally a color wheel that allows you to select any color for the brush/background. Once selected, the color appears as a bar just to the right of the wheel.

After you have the background color and brush attributes set, close the settings pane and just start drawing. Overall, the app works pretty well. You slide your finger across the screen and it draws a line. Once you are done, you can save the picture to show off later, or start a new drawing. That's about it. Simple and straight-forward. Unfortunately, there are a few areas of improvements that I would like to see in this app. The first thing that you will notice is that there is often a delay or lag between drawing on the screen and the line actually showing up. I am not sure if this is an app or OS limitation, but it can get annoying. In addition, if you take a screenshot when the background color is the default white, it actually converts the background to black in the saved image. To prevent this, you need to change the background color in the settings pane.  But once you select a new canvas, it doesn't remember that background color and reverts back to the white. It's easy to reset it again, but I hope a future update remembers your background color.

So if you are looking for a drawing app, definitely check out Just Draw. It doesn't have any advanced features (although the developer has mentioned that he will be adding at least an eraser in the future) and the lag when drawing gets pretty bad at times, but it's a free app and works well enough. Just don't expect to draw any masterpieces. Hopefully the developer continues to improve Just Draw--maybe even adding the ability to load up existing Photos on your device to draw on top of--and optimizes the input/drawing.