There's a great idea behind Adobe Ideas--simply whip out your iPhone or iPad, and you can draw vector illustrations of your own at will, all without the cost of spending a small fortune on Adobe Illustrator. Until now, it's largely been limited by its reliance on touch-based input, but creatives can now use a stylus with the freeform app as of the newest patch and take advantage of options for stroke smoothing, exponentially increasing its usefulness.
Need a stylus? If your answer is "meh, not really, but sort of, I guess," let me submit that maybe you'd get some good use out of a stylus, but you're probably not gung-ho enough to drop $30 on one. Luckily our favorite destination for dirt-cheap cables-n-more, Monoprice.com, sells this great pen-slash-stylus for under $7.
Wacom’s Inkling is a fabulous concept: draw in your own notebook, with a real pen, and easily download digital versions of those drawings onto your computer. In theory, it improves on existing digital tools--support for layers makes it more flexible than a scanner, and real ink and paper offer better feel and control than a tablet. The Inkling should be a perfect bridge between digital and analog art. Unfortunately, the product still has a few kinks to work out before we can truly sings its praises. The Inkling certainly does what it sets out to do--it effectively captures a digital likeness of anything you sketch. We just wish it did a better job.
Why is it that you can never find a pen when you need one? And though the iPad doesn’t ship with a stylus, if you do much sketching or digital note-taking, they’re handy to have around. But it’s annoying having to carry around a pen and a stylus at the same time, and constantly switching between the two. The Kensington Virtuoso Metro Stylus and Pen solves this conundrum by combining both into one handy do-everything writing utensil.
The first time you pick up the Hard Candy Stylus and Pen, you’ll be struck by how it feels in your hand. It’s solid and has great balance—and sure enough, it levels perfectly on your index finger. By the time you put it down, though, you’ll be struck by how smudgy your silver stylus has become. That’s the nature of the chrome beast, we’re afraid, and this one is so great-looking that you may never want to touch it.
Unwiredview.com added more
fuel to the Apple tablet rumor mill today with their report that Apple has
filed a patent application for improved digital ink recognition
techniques. The patent covers
techniques for improving the recognition and interpretation of digital ink phrases.