Autodesk took the awesome functionality of Alias Sketch and brought it into the folds of the Sketchbook Product line as ‘Autodesk Sketchbook Designer 2011’.

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Business Wire reported Buzz Kross, Sr. Vice-President of Manufacturing Industry Group at Autodesk as noting that the Sketchbook applications are now in use by Millions of professionals. Millions, that’s crazy, and in less than a year.  I do have to say that after playing with Sketchbook Pro on the iPad this spring, and testing the creative power of Alias Sketch (what is now Sketchbook Designer), I can see how.

Sketchbook Designer will be available in English on PC as of October 15, 2010.  Still no port for the iPad, but I’m hopeful.

In addition, Sketchbook Mobile and Pro received updates. Key customer requests were introduced, including 20 new brushes, UI enhancements and a SketchBook News page was added.

The SketchBook Mobile App (iPhone and iPod touch) and SketchBook Pro App (iPad) are available from their respective App Stores and the iTunes App store online. To celebrate the launch, special pricing for both apps will be available starting October 7, 2010, for a limited time.