Concepts is an infinite, flexible creative tool for all your good ideas. Available on iOS, Windows and Android.

Concepts 6 for iOS

October 2022 Release Event

Concepts 6 for iOS is here. More colors, more space, more potential to discover your ideas.

We're happy to share a new Concepts iteration that is more about your ideas. Concepts 6 for iOS is simpler, more colorful, and more tuned to how you work. We tried to capture the experience in our new logo; we hope you like it.

Did you know Concepts’ 10 year birthday is this year? With this milestone, our goal was to focus on enhancing Concepts' core strengths that you love - the infinite workspace, the drawing fluidity that lets you think while you draw, and the flexibility of working with your projects. We hope you'll dive right into Concepts 6 and let your ideas unfold.

Here's what you'll find in Concepts 6.

A Modernized Canvas Interface

A minimalist status bar and updated interactive menus on canvas make key workflows simpler and give you more room to work.

  • The updated Status Bar floats on canvas and houses single-tap Import and Export menus for quicker access.

  • New Menu toggles let you add menus onto the canvas when you need them, and remove them when you don't.

  • Objects now live in their own Objects menu that is separate from Imports entirely. Tap Objects to open the library, tap More to find more.

  • A new Measurement menu makes it simpler to rotate and scale your selections precisely. In the status bar, tap the measurement field to choose presets or type exact values. Tap+hold will allow you to inline edit the values as before.

  • You'll find your sketching experience on iPhone is improved with the menu updates - the interface is simpler to navigate and better adapts to the space available.

  • We hope these updates are simple to navigate through, they were based on popular feedback and tested with our incredible beta group (thank you) to make using the app easier while still familiar.

A Freshly Structured Gallery

Our Gallery is rebuilt to work like file systems you know, and is fully integrated with the iOS Files app. You’ll have easier access to files and more organizational flexibility in both Concepts and iOS ecosystems.

  • The Gallery now works more like traditional file management software you're familiar with on your computer. Your drawings are saved to Folders instead of Projects, and Subfolders instead of Sections.

  • Whatever you do in the Gallery will appear in the iOS Files app under a new"Concepts" folder on your device. Any drawings (or notes) that you update or move in Files will be updated and moved in the Concepts Gallery, and vice versa.

  • A new Gallery sidebar lists all of your top level folders. No more swiping through projects, use the sidebar to navigate. Tap on the sidebar button or tap the folder name in the status bar to show/hide the sidebar.

  • Group and sort your drawings in the Gallery with Date Created, Date Updated, Name, Folder, Ascending and Descending options.

  • Folder thumbnails will show the latest three drawings in the folder to help you see your content. Tap the thumbnail to reveal the drawings inside the folder. Go as deep as you like into your subfolders this way. Remember, your top-level folders are always in the sidebar.

  • Courtesy of the Files app, you'll find a bonus "Recently Deleted" folder in the "Extras" section of the sidebar. It's a great way to find any drawings you may not have meant to delete. This replaces the old “shake-to-undo” system.

  • Please note that the file sharing between Files and Concepts is not the same as iCloud Sync, but is the last major step toward making that happen. This is our next big priority so you will continue to have more control over your work.

  • If you have questions about using the Concepts Gallery, please tap Help > Ask Us Anything in the app and we'll be glad to help you get things sorted.

New Colors

We've added new HSL and RGB color sliders to expand your color options in your drawings and design palettes.

  • Tap the color dot at the center of the tool wheel to open the color wheel, as usual.

  • Find new HSL and RGB buttons beside the Copic button at the center of the wheel. Tap to choose your spectrum.

  • As you adjust the sliders, you'll see both the color dot and the active tool button change to your new color.

  • With the HSL slider, remember to adjust your saturation and lightness levels when choosing new color values, or it might appear that your color choices aren't taking effect.

A New Logo

We wanted to capture the infinite sketching experience in a new logo. An idea is the seed of every great accomplishment - it deserves nurturing and will grow with gentle nudges and encouragement. We hope you will discover a greater connection with your ideas in Concepts.

We want to thank you for your insightful feedback and support. It has directly influenced our development cycles and encouraged us to build a better creative tool. Thanks also for your reviews in the App Store, we read them all.

If you have any questions with this update, please tap Help > Ask Us Anything in Concepts to reach our team. You can also connect with us @conceptsapp on social to appreciate amazing creative workflows shared by you, our favorite creators.

Happy creating,

The Concepts Team


New to Concepts? Start your infinite sketching journey with these videos.

Concepts for iOS Quick Start - Start sketching in 5 minutes on your iPad with Concepts.
Concepts for iOS Deep Dive - Learn how to navigate Concepts' infinite canvas and tools in this 15 minute tutorial.

Not an artist? Not a problem.

Drawing isn't just for artists, it's for everyone. Learn how to sketch and communicate visually with our free Learn to Draw Series by TopHatch designer Lasse Pekkala. Find downloadable course materials in the video descriptions and level up your sketching.

Find more sketching tutorials on our YouTube channel @conceptsapp.