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  • Last update: 3 years ago
  • Version: 4.4 and up
  • Size: 17M
  • Compatibility: 4.4 and up
  • Author: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
  • Content rating: Rated for 12+
  • Package name: com.sec.penup
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Penup: Social Network for Artists Review

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Penup is the Samsung app that was created to unite artists from around the world. You can watch drawings made by other people, or you can show your own art created with the Pen. You may get inspired by others or become an inspiration yourself, after downloading Penup.

Functionality 5/5

Penup app is made by Samsung for Pen’s owners. It is a safe place to show your art to the audience. And if you are not ready to do this, just watch drawings made by others. We gathered the best functions of the app in this Penup review:

  • Ability to practice with Live Drawing function. You don’t need to be a professional artist. If you want to learn drawing, follow the video tutorial and repeat the moves of painter one by one.
    There are lots of great tools that allow you to sit and draw. Make a picture in a few easy steps. You don’t have to learn controls for weeks.
  • You can color the pictures. If you don’t feel like drawing, start with coloring pictures. There are various pictures you may color.
  • Do you want to draw the picture from a photo? Now you can do it by using the photo from your mobile. Take a photo and turn it into a beautiful drawing.
  • Take part in a challenge or organize it yourself. If you need a good motivation to draw, take part in a challenge or create one on your own.
  • Enjoy drawings of others and make comments under it. Use the app as social media for artists. You may find lots of new friends there.

Design 5/5

Penup Android app was made for artists. It means the design is simple and focused on the art itself. You will not see the vivid colors of the bottoms or messy interface. This is a perfect place to concentrate on your art. All the tools are hidden in the menu on the bar below the main screen. Press the brush you need or choose the feature and it will jump up on the screen.

Usability 5/5

The Penup app is user-friendly and really intuitive. You will learn how to use it in a few hours. All you need to do is download Penup, install it and open. The app will ask you to create your own profile. It helps you to share your own drawings and write comments to other artists. Penup is a social network where you can exchange your thoughts with others or receive feedback about your paintings.

On the main page, you will see the most popular features. Scroll down to view all your options. If you want to draw after the video lessons, go to Live Drawings, to color the picture enters the Coloring. Once you feel that you are out of ideas, visit Popular Artworks and check them. It is ok to like other people’s drawings and share your opinion. However, the app does not allow you to be rude to others.

There are lots of colors to draw with and brushes of various sizes. They will be available once you choose to start drawings something. You can navigate through them with a tap. It does not take much effort to understand how they work. Besides, you can always train in the Coloring or Live Drawings modes.

Cross-platform use 4/5

The app works like social media. You are able to speak with other people, show your art and follow the artists you like. After you have created something via the app you can download it and save on your phone, share via other social media or send your friends by email. Penup free app does not require something special. It is compatible with Android 5.0 system and higher and needs just 26M of phone’s space.

In-app purchases

The app is free. But, since Penup was made especially for S Pen owners, you need to have one. Samsung created the app to gather a community of artists who use Stylus Pen in daily life. It means you must be the owner of S Pen and Android device that works with it. If you have lost S Pen, don’t worry, it can be replaceable. You will have to contact the official Samsung center and buy the new one.

The Bottom Line

Penup is one of the best art platforms for S Pen users. Millions of people across the world have already tried the app and found it worthy of attention. You can either be an active part of the community after you join it or stay passive. Active means that you will have to share your art from time to time and passive allows you to follow others and watch their art. You can combine both of these modes.

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Penup downloading process takes a few seconds and after that, you can enter the big international community of artists and become one of them.

Pros : Training programs;
Coloring mode;
You are able to turn your photos into drawings;
Follow famous artists.

Cons : You still need to have S Pen if you need to draw there;
This is a community for artists so you have to be interested in art.

Functionality 5

Design 5

Usability 5

Cross-platform use 4

Average : 4.8


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PEN.UP - Share your drawings Version History

  • PEN.UP - Share your drawings v.2.3.07 for Android 4.1+ Sep. 25, 2016
  • PEN.UP - Share your drawings v.2.3.06 for Android 4.1+ Sep. 19, 2016
  • PEN.UP - Share your drawings v.2.1.13 for Android 4.1+ Apr. 04, 2016
  • PEN.UP - Share your drawings v.2.1.12 for Android 4.1+ Mar. 30, 2016
  • PEN.UP - Share your drawings v.2.1.10 for Android 4.1+ Mar. 21, 2016
  • PEN.UP - Share your drawings v.2.0.12 for Android 4.1+ Dec. 20, 2015
  • PEN.UP - Share your drawings v.2.0.09 for Android 4.1+ Dec. 07, 2015
  • PEN.UP - Share your drawings v.2.0.08 for Android 4.1+ Nov. 22, 2015
  • PEN.UP - Share your drawings v. for Android 4.0+ Sep. 07, 2015
  • PEN.UP - Share your drawings v.1.8.3 for Android 4.0+ Jul. 31, 2015
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