Last fall, the folks behind the iPad drawing app Paper introduced a standalone iPad stylus that integrates with the app appropriately called Pencil. FiftyThree’s Pencil is designed to not only look like a good old-fashioned pencil, but the stylus even talks to the Paper software to decipher which end of the stylus is for drawing and which end is for erasing… like a digital pencil.
Today FiftyThree showed off in a blog post a new feature coming to current and future Pencil and Paper users that the company calls Surface Pressure. In short, FiftyThree’s Pencil stylus is getting even more like a real artist’s pencil: the Paper app will soon be able to distinguish various sides and widths of the Pencil tip as well as recognize the amount of pressure applied. Video and details below…
This allows for more realistic manipulation of the software through techniques like shading and width changes for line drawing without having to manage on-screen toggles.
The Pencil’s eraser will enjoy this same improvement allowing you to use it to more accurately and intuitively remove material from the drawing on Paper.
As far as availability goes, FiftyThree says Paper users will receive the software update alongside the release of iOS 8 later this fall. In the mean time, Paper users in the United States and Canada can order FiftyThree’s Pencil stylus on their site as well as on Amazon (prices range from $59 to $74 depending on the material). International customers can sign up here to be notified of broader availability.
FiftyThree notes in their release that their Paper stylus already has a number of core features like flip to erase, palm rejection, and blending capabilities.
Paper by FiftyThree for iPad is available as a free download with additional content to be unlocked via in-app purchase on the App Store.