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31 December 2013

An issue with Wacom's Intuos Creative Stylus and iPad Air

An issue? Well, at least for me there's none.

Already some time ago I started to dream about being able to draw with my iPad and utilizing the feature of pressure sensitivity. There seemed to be some styli with such a feature, but they needed a higher version of bluetooth than I had in my iPad 2. Somehow I managed to wait until the iPad Air came to markets and I put my money to it. Then it was time to buy the stylus. I had already done some searching and I had one specific stylus in my mind... but then I found out that it won't work with iPad Air due to some new technology Apple is using in its latest iPad.

Did I have a new fancy widget without a proper stylus???
Googling > Wacom promises that it's Intuos Creative Stylus will work with iPad Air. Googling > a lot of talk about Intuos Creative Stylus NOT working very well with iPad Air. At that point I was so desperate to get at least some stylus that even the few positive comments about ICS were enough for me. So I bought ICS knowing about the risk that it may not work properly.

Long were the days that I waited for the postman to bring me the stylus. Finally the glorious day came and it turned out to be... a glorious. Everything seemed to work very well.

Some comments say that one need to press the stylus quite hard to produce a decent stroke. At least in my opinion there is no extreme strength needed - and I'm not pending iron rails for my hobby. It's also very easy to get a lot of variation for the stroke thickness. Here's a one single stroke with a simple round brush.

Some comments say that not all strokes are registered. The same happens to me every now and then, but it's so rarely that it doesn't bother me a bit.

By the way, ProCreate is my new favourite of drawing apps. It seems to offer so many things that I couldn't even dream of them before. Here's some samples of its numerous brushes.

Also I need to say that I have NO experience of any other pressure sensitive styli, so I can't compare ICS to them. Anyway I believe I have drawn enough to say that the drawing touch with ICS is very good. I'm not saying that those unsatisfied comments about ICS are pointless, but in my case Wacom has definitely earned my faith.

So far I have posted in my blog a couple of semi speedy samples that I have drawn using ICS:
a sketchy robot painting and a coloured line drawing of villager character.

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