Adonit stylus maker launches Forge, visual thinking app for iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 25, 2015

Adonit, the maker of precision styluses for the iPad, released its first iOS application aimed at artists and creative professionals in a need of a digital storyboard to form their thoughts, draw sketches, express their ideas and more.

Available at no cost in the App Store, Forge for iPad works with your finger and fully supports the features of the company’s Jot Touch styluses, like pressure sensitivity, palm rejection and custom shortcuts. Read More


Martin Hajek imagines rumored iPad Pro stylus

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 26, 2015

Renowned 3D designer Martin Hajek recently published on his personal blog a batch of nice renderings representing his artistic take on Apple’s rumored creative stylus accessory.

Hajek’s creation “borrows the design language of the iPad Pro” and includes interesting such features as an Apple Watch like digital crown of sorts for additional operations, capacitive +/- slider for adjusting options and a glowing Apple logo. Read More


Revered analyst predicts a creative stylus accessory for rumored iPad Pro

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 18, 2015

The “If you see a stylus, they blew it” line that Steve Jobs famously used during the January 2007 iPhone introduction is about to get challenged in the post-Jobs era.

At least that’s what KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo proposed in his newly published note to clients.

Long story short, the analyst predicted that a rumored ‘iPad Pro,’ expected in late-2015, will include an optional in-house built stylus accessory as a niche product aimed at creative professionals. Read More


FiftyThree’s Pencil stylus comes to an Apple Store near you

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 16, 2015

FiftyThree’s Pencil, a Bluetooth enabled stylus that pairs with the iPad and is activated by pressing on the Pencil icon in the Paper app, is now available at an Apple Store near you. The accessory ships in an all-new packaging created by their in-house designer Becky Brown. Read More


Adobe unveils Ink stylus, Slide ruler, Lightroom for iPhone and Mix iPad app

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 18, 2014

Earlier today, Adobe made a flurry of product announcements and updates, starting with the official unveiling of two long-rumored accessories: the aluminum Ink stylus for iPads running iOS 7.0 or later and the Slide.

Billed as an Ink companion and “a category-defining digital ruler”, the Slide wirelessly connects to an iPad and has been designed for precision sketching of straight lines, perfect circles and balanced shapes.

In other Adobe news, the firm has launched Lightroom for iPhone, introduced brand new iPad apps – Mix, Sketch and Line – added major new features across the whole Creative Cloud desktop suite of apps and reshuffled the Creative Cloud tiers by adding a new Photography Plan.

Don’t worry, I’ve distilled the announcements to a couple easily digestible highlights so hit the jump to learn more… Read More


A quick look at Sensu Solo, the true brush head stylus

By Jim Gresham on Dec 21, 2013

Styli are not the coolest pieces of hardware on the market. In fact, when I think  “stylus,” nothing cool comes to mind. I never wanted a stylus for my iOS devices, but I used one in the past, circa 2004 on a Windows based device. Those were clearly the bad days of my gadget obsession.

Arguably making things much cooler and more useful, Sensu developed a brush-type stylus for artists and amateurs alike. Popularly known for brush head styli, the company attempts to deliver an authentic experience to the digital marketplace. The goal of their endeavor is to create a “spring and restiveness that feels like real painting” and I would argue, there is certain success with this product… Read More


Good deal: 33% off aluminum iPad stand and stylus bundle

By Cody Lee on Dec 3, 2013

Good news today for folks still hunting for holiday gifts. If the person, or people, on your list own an iPad or another tablet, we might just have the perfect accessory bundle for you featuring the Just Mobile Slide Stand and AluPen Stylus.

The bundle includes a Slide Stand, an AluPen—both of which have won iF Product Design Awards—and an AluCube for holding the stylus. All 3 products are made of high quality aluminum and being offered at a discount for a limited time… Read More


Fifty-Three launches Pencil stylus for iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 19, 2013

Steve Jobs once said, “If you see a stylus, they blew it” in regard to tablets which depend on the stylus as their primary means of input. That hasn’t stopped the accessory industry from engineering dozens upon dozens differently shaped and sized styluses for use with popular tablet brands, Apple’s iPad included.

Fifty-Three, the people who brought you the popular Paper drawing app, Apple’s 2012 iPad App of the Year Editor’s Choice, have been hard at work developing its upcoming Pencil stylus for quite some time. Last month, the gizmo surfaced in an FCC filing. Starting today, the $60 Bluetooth-enabled Pencil goes on sale… Read More


From the makers of Paper: the Pencil stylus

By Ed Sutherland on Oct 21, 2013

A stylus has always been handy for artists needing to work on a design using the iPad. For the rest of us, a pen-based tablet has been more of a pain.

Now comes a new stylus that just might be both attractive and useful. The accessory, dubbed Pencil, comes from the folks who introduced us to the Paper iPad app.

First, Pencil from FifthyThree is flat – like a carpenter’s – so no more chasing a rolling stylus. Secondly, the stylus includes a USB port, making the tool practical beyond simply jotting down a note on your iPad… Read More


Evernote and Adonit introduce new fine-point Bluetooth stylus

By Cody Lee on Sep 26, 2013

Evernote and accessory-maker Adonit announced today that they have teamed up to create a new Bluetooth stylus called the Jot Script Evernote Stylus. With its fine 1.9mm tip, it’s supposedly noticeably more accurate than capacitive styli.

The digital pen uses Adonit’s newly-developed Pixelpoint technology, which utilizes a combination of the device’s built-in accelerometer, Bluetooth, and Adonit’s frameworks to communicate the location of the stylus tip to compatible apps… Read More


Procreate iPad gains 1080p canvas recording and support for Wacom’s Intuos Creative Stylus

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 20, 2013

The winner of the 2013 Apple Design Award, the iPad illustration app Procreate by Savage Interactive has never ceased to amaze me with its natural-looking brushes, deep bench of features, its gorgeous interface and the incredibly accurate and smooth Silica painting engine.

Hot on the heels of Monday’s introduction of Wacom’s pressure-sensitive Intuos Creative Stylus for iPad, Savage has now updated the app with support for the new Wacom hardware.

Procreate version 1.9 also includes a powerful new capability: full HD canvas recording. Go past the fold for the full reveal… Read More


Wacom unveils new pressure-sensitive Intuos Creative Stylus for iPad

By Cody Lee on Aug 20, 2013

Wacom has just announced its latest entry into the increasingly-crowded space of iPad styli, the Intuos Creative Stylus. The accessory uses low-power Bluetooth 4.0 to connect to your tablet, and includes programmable shortcut buttons.

Additionally, Wacom says the Intuos Creative sports a best-in-class pressure sensitivity of 2048 pressure levels, creating a “realistic pen-on-paper feel” when drawing. The high-end stylus aims to deliver “professional grade” performance… Read More


Wacom introduces new 1.85-inch Bamboo Stylus Mini

By Cody Lee on Apr 2, 2013

Who holds the title for the best iPad stylus is still up for debate. There are dozens to choose from, and it seems like everyone has their favorites. But there are a few frontrunners in the pack, and one of them is Wacom’s Bamboo Stylus.

The Verge says the Bamboo is “the best stylus you can buy for your iPad,” and FiftyThree, the creators of paper, endorse it on their website. And today, Wacom has released a new version of the popular stylus: the Bamboo Mini… Read More


The Sensu Brush will change your uncool stylus stereotypes

By Jim Gresham on Mar 28, 2013

When I think of a stylus, I immediately jump to this image in my head of a nerd wearing something like a Best Buy Geek Squad suit with thick glasses and black rims. On the weekend this person likes to configure Punnett squares with the probabilities of his offspring’s hair color instead of actually dating. Obviously he lists Binary as his second language on the resume.

Anyway, I’m here to break this stereotype. Not that I exude coolness or a hip, forward lifestyle, but I like to think I’m not a pocket protecting member of the nerd herd. Sensu is a cool stylus and after about 500 words, I think you will agree… Read More


The Notier stylus utilizes the industry’s finest tip

By Jim Gresham on Mar 9, 2013

The stylus market is a crowded one. They come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and tips and are an integral part of personal computing history. Today, we take a look at Musemee‘s Notier stylus, which just received a product update. Boasting the “world’s finest tip design,” I was interested to give it a go.

As a disclaimer, I last used a stylus in 2004 on my Toshiba e-755 Pocket PC. Makes me sick thinking about it. Sure, I have dabbled here and there with a few styli when my friends have them around, but I have neither set off in quest for one, nor have I dreamed of wanting one. So, here I am reviewing the Notier with a fresh pair of preconceived notions and a nine year break from ever caring… Read More


Samsung doubles down on the stylus, goes into bed with Wacom

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 1, 2013

And just like that, Samsung of South Korea buys a five percent stake of the stylus maker Wacom in a transaction valued at $58.2 million. Samsung of course is riding high on the popularity of its pen-based Note devices and Wacom suggests that Samsung with this acquisition is aiming to incorporate its stylus tech into Galaxy smartphones and tablets.

Note that Wacom also makes digital pen accessories for iPads and Mac-compatible digital tablets that are popular with professional designers and illustrators. I’m holding my breath for an Apple-made stylus because pen-based mobile devices are gaining traction, in spit of Steve Jobs disdain for the stylus… Read More


iPen 2: a pressure-sensitive stylus for your iPad and Mac

By Cody Lee on Jan 26, 2013

Despite Steve Jobs’ public disdain for styli—who can forget the infamous ‘who wants a stylus?’ line—the accessory has proven to be quite popular among Apple users. And if you’ve ever shopped around for one, you know the market is quite crowded.

But the folks at Cregle are hoping there’s room for one more: the iPen 2. That’s right, the team that brought you the original iPen for iPad are back with a much-improved stylus that works on a number of devices, including your iMac and Apple Display… Read More


Apple files for patent on advanced ‘Active Stylus’ for iOS devices

By Cody Lee on Jan 3, 2013

Apple has always strongly opposed the stylus, even though other manufacturers have continued to push for them. Steve Jobs had a number of quotes on the matter, famously saying things like “nobody wants a stylus” and “if you see a stylus, they blew it.”

But despite its public disdain for the touchscreen accessory, Apple obviously sees some value in it. The Cupertino company recently filed a patent for an advanced “active stylus” that works with the capacitive touch screens on its different iOS devices… Read More


Galaxy Note II TV ad sold me on the stylus thing

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 22, 2012

Pundits are holding their breath as Apple is prepping to unleash the iPad mini upon the world, but over at Samsung it’s business as usual. The company’s mobile arm this morning posted to its official YouTube channel an interesting television commercial for the massive 5.55-inch Galaxy Note II phablet.

Now, it’s true the media slammed Samsung over its stylus thing called S-Pen, but I’ll be the first to admit this  30-second ad effectively makes the case for a stylus-based tablet computing. A team of people is seen collaborating on ideas while on the go, using the stylus and apps optimized for it.

It’s not likely Apple will release a stylus-based device in the near future. Remember, Steve Jobs once said, “if you see a stylus, they blew it”. Samsung hardly blew it with the Note: by August, it sold ten million units worldwide. Somebody out there must be loving a stylus on their tablet… Read More


‘Handwriting recognition’ is a good idea, but poorly executed

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 30, 2012

Handwriting recognition is a new $0.99 jailbreak tweak that recognizes hand written text, and converts that text into typed characters.

The cool thing about this tweak is that it uses Action Menu to activate itself, meaning it can be used freely in any app.

It’s an excellent idea, but it’s not without some major issues holding it back from its potential… Read More

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