Mighty fine Pa­per, meet Pen­cil. FiftyThree’s stun­ning new sty­lus en­ables you to cap­ture ideas in style

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the iPad has be­come the dig­i­tal sketch­book of choice for many artists and FiftyThree’s Pa­per is right up there with the best apps to use for quickly get­ting down a con­cept or even fin­ish­ing a piece, be it on the move or in the stu­dio. The el­e­gance and simplicity of Pa­per, which com­bines a num­ber of re­fined art tools along with an in­no­va­tive sketch­book-like in­ter­face, has made it a firm favourite among artists. And now, with the ap­pro­pri­ately named com­pan­ion sty­lus – Pen­cil – there’s even more rea­son to love the app.

Pen­cil is a beau­ti­ful de­vice. Square and an­gu­lar yet er­gonomic, it takes the tried-and-tested form of a car­pen­ter pen­cil. And it feels won­der­ful. In fact, it’s as if you’re hold­ing a real pen­cil rather than a Blue­tooth-en­abled dig­i­tal de­vice. After putting Pen­cil’s tip to the screen in Pa­per, the de­vice is paired. You can sketch, scrib­ble and then flip it over to erase with­out chang­ing tools – just like you would with your Wa­com sty­lus. We couldn’t test all the fea­tures be­cause we don’t have iOS 8 yet, but Ap­ple prom­ises it will add sur­face pres­sure, mean­ing you can use the fine tip of Pen­cil for de­tails and the an­gled edge for broader strokes. Also neat is the fact that it knows whether Pen­cil or your hand is touch­ing the screen.

Pen­cil is tool-sen­si­tive in Sav­age In­ter­ac­tive’s Pro­cre­ate 2.1, with other apps com­ing soon. And of course it will work as a nor­mal sty­lus with any art app; you just won’t be mak­ing the most of it. Charge-wise, you sim­ply pop out the bat­tery and plug it into a USB port. Ninety min­utes will give you about a month of use. We’re im­pressed.

Pen­cil is com­pat­i­ble with the Pa­per app as well as Pro­cre­ate 2.1. But it will work as a nor­mal sty­lus with any art app.

Pen­cil is a beau­ti­ful sty­lus – it feels like a de­vice built for artists.

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