Ink & Slide

Adobe’s art­ful think­ing

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£150 Man­u­fac­turer Adobe, adobe.com

Pres­sure sen­si­tiv­ity 2,048 lev­els In­cludes mi­cro-USB charger and carry case Re­quires iPad 4th gen­er­a­tion or later

Adobe’s new sty­lus and straight edge is de­signed as a com­pan­ion for their grow­ing col­lec­tion of iPad drawing apps. With its brushed-metal fin­ish and white plas­tic trim, the build qual­ity is su­perb and it has pack­ag­ing to make any Ap­ple fan­boy giddy.

The Ink sty­lus has a twisted tri­an­gu­lar de­sign which feels great in the hand as your fin­gers as­sume a very nat­u­ral grip. The weight is hefty enough to feel sub­stan­tial but not cum­ber­some. The Ink uses Adonit’s Pix­el­point tech­nol­ogy and has a fine point like a biro as well as 2,048 lev­els of pres­sure sen­si­tiv­ity, so you can cre­ate tex­tured art­work and add fine de­tail with ease. Un­like its ri­vals, it has only one in­put but­ton though, which is cal­i­brated to bring up a menu screen in com­pat­i­ble apps.

The real USP is the Slide. By­pass­ing the iPad’s ca­pac­i­tive touch, it al­lows you to draw straight edges (and other geo­met­ric shapes) on your iPad’s screen as if us­ing a ruler or straight edge. It doesn’t work like a tra­di­tional ruler though (it’s not long enough to draw across the full screen for a start), in­stead it aug­ments the shape drawing func­tions in apps such as Illustrator Line and Pho­to­shop Sketch, to make them more in­tu­itive.

Af­ter ac­ti­vat­ing the ruler tool in your app you can draw straight lines or other shapes with ease, while the but­ton on the Slide lets you cy­cle through shapes and in apps like Draw you can utilise tech­ni­cal drawing shapes and shape tem­plates like a Her­man Miller chair.

It’s great to have a solid ob­ject in your hand to make drawing feel more nat­u­ral, but the Slide can be frus­trat­ing. We found if you strayed too close to the edge of the screen it could lose con­nec­tion or even leave un­wanted marks.

At £150 the Ink & Slide isn't cheap, es­pe­cially com­pared to a Wa­com Sty­lus at £65 or Adonit Jot Touch at £80. They don’t in­clude a ruler, but as the Slide only works in a few apps it’s an ex­pen­sive luxury rather than a ne­ces­sity for dig­i­tal artists. Alex Thomas

Ex­cel­lent sty­lus

Fan­tas­tic build qual­ity

Not cheap

Limited com­pat­i­ble apps

The Ink is a wor­thy ad­di­tion to the Adobe fam­ily, but the Slide feels like an ex­pen­sive luxury.

Ink & Slide comes with a cylin­dri­cal protective case and mi­cro-USB charger that opens

with a very sat­is­fy­ing pop.

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