Fans of the awesome Paper drawing app for the iPad by FiftyThree and owners of the startup’s companion Pencil stylus will no doubt be looking forward to upgrading to iOS 8 in order to take advantage of a new Surface Pressure feature coming to Pencil and Paper this Fall.
Billed as an industry-first feature, Surface Pressure taps iOS 8’s variable touch sizing and leverages Pencil’s uniquely-designed tip to vary the pressure, thickness and width of lines you create, mimicking the behavior of real-life artistic drawing tools such as dry pastel chalks and charcoals…
FiftyThree explains how Surface Pressure takes advantage of the Pencil’s tip and eraser:
With Surface Pressure you’ll be able to control the lines you create based on how much of Pencil’s tip or eraser is in contact with your iPad.
Use the point for fine details or the angled edge for broad strokes. Surface Pressure unlocks new capabilities for each of Paper’s tools — fill faster as you draw, shade as you sketch, or carve away in varying widths as you erase.
Pencil is a smart accessory: not only does it pack in the eraser and the pressure-sensitive tip, it also does palm rejection, flip-to-erase and blend modes.
Here’s the video.
Again, Surface Pressure is coming to Pencil with the release of iOS 8 this Fall. The feature is unique to Pencil and FiftyThree has promised to unlock it for all existing users with a free software upgrade.
The Pencil is currently limited to the United States and Canada, but FiftyThree is working on bringing the accessory to international customers.
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Have you tried the Paper app or the Pencil accessory yet? If so, what did you think of the features?