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  • FiftyThree Announces Natural "Pencil" Stylus Control for its "Paper" App with iOS 8


    The art-minded app and hardware developer, FiftyThree, recently announced it will be adding an iOS 8-exclusive feature to the “Paper” drawing app that lets users of the company’s “Pencil” stylus change the characteristics of a drawn line by modifying how they hold the tool. The new feature, called “Surface pressure,” will be built into an updated Paper app and allows the Pencil’s tapered tip to share, fill and draw depending on how much of the rubber tip is in contact with the screen.

    The improved granular controls are meant to add a new sense of depth to the digital experience, closely mimicking drawing with a real pencil and paper. For example, fine lines can be created with just the tip of the Pencil’s nib, while users can quickly switch to wide swaths of color, broad strokes and shading by tilting the stylus to one side. Aside from natural handling and speed, the input feature works with each of Paper’s existing digital brushes and opens up a new range of creative possibilities for users of the app/hardware ecosystem.

    The Surface pressure also applies to Pencil’s eraser, a unique feature that switches input from drawing visible lines to erasing by flipping the stylus over just as you would a regular pencil. With the augmented functionality built for Apple’s iOS 8 update, artists will be able to use an expanded set of techniques in their work like subtractive drawing.

    According to the folks over at FiftyThree, Paper will still include the usual palm rejection, finger smudging and loupe tools that made it one of the most popular drawing apps in the App Store. Surface Pressure is due out this fall with the launch of iOS 8 and will be automatically unlocked for all Pencil owners. Paper by FiftyThree is a free download from the App Store while Pencil can be purchased from Amazon in Graphite for $59.95 or Walnut for $74.95.

    Source: Amazon (1) (2), FiftyThree (Vimeo), iTunes via AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: FiftyThree Announces Natural "Pencil" Stylus Control for its "Paper" App with iOS 8 started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 2 Comments
    1. StuG III's Avatar
      StuG III -
      Have they forgotten a real set of drawing pencils and nice thick paper cost less than $60?
    1. swifty7's Avatar
      swifty7 -
      does it kill apple to incorporate a proper f'n digitizer with a wacom pen? I mean Samsung does it why not apple. Artists are dying for a digitizer enabled ipad but nooooooooooooooooooo not apple as always. We probably have to wait for ipad air 12 for that to happen. Also, we want freaking OLED displays or what sony is using quantum dot colors.