September 26, 2020

Sketch 3.6 Comes With Better SVG Support

Sketch 3.6 is already here, and it comes with better text rendering and SVG improvements. This update is free for existing Sketch users, so yeah, you have no reason not to download it.

But just in case you are wondering what can Sketch 3.6 do for you, well, here it is!

Sketch 3.6 now comes with better rendering for text layers — when you add a text layer, the line height is now automatically adjusted. You can also set the character spacing to auto — this is allow the font’s native kerning to be applied. Definitely a handy feature when you want automatically adjusted spacing for your text layers!

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Furthermore, you can now create Masks in a more intuitive manner. Sketch 3.6 also comes with better SVG handling. Consider this:

Sketch now exports much more compact SVG files, by doing away with unnecessary prefixes. In addition, SVG importing and exporting now supports blend modes and includes shadows on groups when exporting.

Even more so:

You will notice better performance when zooming, scrolling, and moving shapes and Artboards in the Canvas. This is especially true when using large documents or when working with an external display. This update also boosts general drawing performance and reduces CPU power consumption.

High-DPI images are now automatically scaled down to a logical size.

Sketch 3.6 also offers many bug fixes and other minor tweaks. It requires Mac OS 10.10 or higher to run.

What do you think of Sketch 3.6? Share your views in the comments below.

Sufyan bin Uzayr is a writer, developer, and coffee-lover. He has authored several books and writes for various publications. Sufyan blogs at Code Carbon; you can learn more about his work at his website.

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