Jot Script Ever­note edi­tion

Sty­lus coun­cil Adonit’s tech-packed writ­ing im­ple­ment ful­fils prom­ises made by a com­pany con­tin­u­ing to cre­ate the best sty­luses

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We see if Adonit’s tech-packed writ­ing im­ple­ment ful­fils prom­ises made by a com­pany con­tin­u­ing to cre­ate the best sty­luses.

Where most sty­lus mak­ers are happy to at­tach a bit of rub­ber on to the end of a vaguely pen-like metal tube, Adonit has turned the touch­screen in­ter­ac­tion de­vice into a piece of ex­quis­ite en­gi­neer­ing, pack­ing it with tech­nol­ogy and work­ing the shaft to near-er­gonomic per­fec­tion.

We were rather im­pressed with the com­pany’s Jot Touch, re­viewed back in is­sue 91, but thought it had some draw­backs. While its pres­sure-sen­si­tive pre­ci­sion tip worked well, the lit­tle plas­tic disc that sur­rounded it some­times got in the way, and its USB charg­ing dock that mag­net­i­cally held the sty­lus, though a great idea, was un­gainly. With the Jot Script, Adonit has shed both these fea­tures to of­fer a stream­lined sty­lus.

At first glance the Jot Script re­sem­bles a nor­mal pen. It doesn’t have a squidgy, marker-sized tip like other, cheaper sty­luses. In­stead there’s a tiny 1.9mm di­am­e­ter nib that makes it look more like a ball­point pen, and be­hind this lies a lot of clever tech. The iPad and iPhone have al­ways been de­signed with chubby fin­ger­tips rather than pre­ci­sion-en­gi­neered metal in mind, but Adonit has found a crafty way around this is­sue: the Jot Script mim­ics the low-volt­age ca­pac­i­tive na­ture of touch screens, en­abling it to deliver a more fo­cused touch point.

It mim­ics the low-volt­age ca­pac­i­tive na­ture of touch screens, en­abling it to deliver a more fo­cused touch point

Be­cause of this tech­nol­ogy, which Adonit dubs ‘Pix­el­point’, the Jot Script re­quires a sin­gle AAA bat­tery, and it won’t work at all with­out be­ing turned on. We were con­cerned that the bat­tery would off­set the sty­lus to the rear, but it’s ac­tu­ally bal­anced and light. How­ever, un­like its pre­de­ces­sor the Jot Touch, which has a bat­tery that can recharge on the mag­netic dock, the Script opts for non-recharge­able bat­ter­ies. This feels like a bit of a step back, un­less you’re paint­ing out­doors .

The Jot Script’s full ti­tle in­cludes ‘Ever­note Edi­tion’, al­though at time of writ­ing there isn’t an­other edi­tion that we can see. As such, it ties into Ever­note’s Penul­ti­mate note-tak­ing soft­ware, and as a re­sult it’s pro­moted as a hand­writ­ing tool rather than one for artists. It’s re­spon­sive and fluid, and it in­cludes clever palm re­jec­tion so you don’t end up doo­dling all over the page with your wrist. Penul­ti­mate is limited to sim­ple line draw­ings and notes, but the Pix­el­point tech­nol­ogy also works with Sketch­Books Pro and Ink, Pro­cre­ate and Adobe’s Ideas.

The big omis­sion, though, is the pres­sure-sen­si­tiv­ity of the Jot Touch, which worked in­cred­i­bly well. For now it’s a trade-off be­tween a high level of ac­cu­racy and ink flow con­trol, but we’re sure Adonit has some­thing more suited for iPad art up its sleeve. This is the most com­fort­able and ac­cu­rate sty­lus we’ve used, but we’d hold out for a more ar­tis­ti­cally in­clined ver­sion.

The Jot Script’s bul­let-like de­sign is a joy to hold and use, and it feels like a pre­mium ball­point pen.

More that just a sim­ple tube with a hefty nib on it, the Jot Script has been er­gonom­i­cally de­signed to sit com­fort­ably and bal­anced in the hand.

The Jot Script’s nib is a rev­e­la­tion, trad­ing in the tra­di­tional marker pen chunk for a more re­fined piece of rub­ber to draw with.

This ver­sion ties in with Ever­note, but we’d

love to see a ver­sion de­signed for Pro­cre­ate.

Make it so, Adonit!

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