Paper by FiftyThree is one of the most popular apps in the iOS App Store, thanks to its imaginative design, useful implementation of tools for creation and a slick interface that makes drawing, painting or sketching on an iPad surprisingly easy (and fun). The company’s creation was only limited by the stylus that users use, but also in part of the technology that went into the software of iOS. Thanks to the upcoming release of iOS 8, though, and changes that Apple has made under the hood, creativity and expression is about to get even easier — as long as you’ve got Pencil by FiftyThree.
Late in 2013, FiftyThree officially released a self-made Bluetooth-equipped stylus called Pencil, which was meant to make creating in the Paper app so much easier. With Pencil, users could activate palm-rejection, which meant that as you draw with Pencil, you can lay your hand down on the display and don’t have to worry about any extra random marks showing up (or getting erased). On the other end of Pencil was another capacitive area, which allowed a user to use it as an eraser when needed. The Pencil connects with iPads via Bluetooth Smart, a low-power consuming method to connecting devices.
For Pencil and Paper users, the technology built into iOS 8 is going to make creating things so much easier, and provide a bit more detail when it comes to how you want to lay those lines down on the digital canvas. iOS 8 includes variable touch sizing, which allows developers to define a range of touch point sizes. This means that developers can now narrow down to the smallest pinpoint, or to a very large circle. The result is more accuracy for stylus, and it looks like Pencil by FiftyThree is going to be the first to make use of the new technology.
You can check out the demo video to get a better idea how it will work:
iOS 8 is set to release this September, along with a brand new iPhone. There isn’t an exact date for the official update from Apple, and no confirmed dates for the update for Pencil just yet. Have you used Paper or Pencil by FiftyThree? If so, what do you think of the app and accessory? Are you looking forward to this update?