Digital tools work best when they allow for ease of use, collaboration, and creativity. The Morpholio Project recently announced the release of Trace 2.0, an update to their original concept released in September of 2012. The program functions as a computerized version of “canary yellow” trace paper and lets users draw on top of photos, templates, blueprints, and documents.

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Trace 2.0 incorporates three new tools that build upon its original framework. The team added 12 filters such as marker, ink, and perforation to make a sketch look realistic and take on more hand-drawn characteristics. Teaming up with Glen Cummings of MTWTF and other artists, The Morpholio Project developers formulated a series of palettes to help take the stress out of color selection. Examples include sets for fashion presentations, automotive projects, and photography work. As for layers, users can now easily move back and forth between stages, making revisions along each step and track the overall trajectory of a project.

“Software design is not simply about presenting the best digital version of an analog process. It should also create an opportunity for something that was not previously possible. The filters fuse drawing and technology in a way that seeks a bit of serendipity, enhanced beauty, and even whimsy in the creative process,” says Co-creator Mark Collins.

Trace is currently available for download at the Apple Store, and is one of a suite of Morpholio applications that enhance portfolios, kiosk displays, and collages. Now, tablets, phones, and computers can act more like real-world sketch pads to capture inspiration as it develops.

+ The Morpholio Project