Gift Idea for Tablet Users

Here’s an amazing – and affordable – stylus that would be the perfect gift for any tablet user – iOS or Android. The Jot Dash charges on a simple USB “plug” with a magnetic catch that holds the pen while it’s charging. Unplug the pen and click the top to activate it. There’s no Bluetooth connection to wait for … just start writing or sketching.

The fine point makes using the repair tool in…

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Gift Idea for Tablet Users

Here’s an amazing – and affordable – stylus that would be the perfect gift for any tablet user – iOS or Android. The Jot Dash charges on a simple USB “plug” with a magnetic catch that holds the pen while it’s charging. Unplug the pen and click the top to activate it. There’s no Bluetooth connection to wait for . . . just start writing or sketching.

The fine point makes using the repair tool in Pixelmator a dream. It doesn’t provide the blur/smudge capabilities of Paper 53’s Pencil, but it writes, draws and paints quite nicely in Pencil 53, Pixelmator and Art Rage apps on my iPad. I’m just beginning to experiment with Graphic, the illustrator app, and it looks promising there too.

The Jot Dash sells for $39.99.

The iPad Stylus – A New Generation

Evernote continues to develop ways to make note-taking easier. Working with stylus maker Adonit, they recently released a Bluetooth stylus called the Jot Script that works with the Penultimate app to make writing and drawing much easier. But that’s not all. The Jot Script will work with a number of other art and note-taking apps like Procreate, Sketchbook Pro, ArtStudio, PDFpen and GoodNotes. A number of other apps are being updated to use it too. This stylus is not cheap at $75, but it can be well worth the price to artists and students. Currently it’s only available via Evernote. Here’s a look.

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I’ve been a fan of the Paper by FiftyThree app for the iPad ever since it was released. It’s a great place to doodle and it’s easy to move those doodles into my DayOne journaling app to give a more hand-crafted/hand-written aspect to a digital platform. Recently FiftyThree announced the release of their new Pencil stylus. This stylus has the look and feel of a carpenter’s pencil but it works via Bluetooth instead of by touch. The FiftyThree app has been updated to put this stylus to work as both a pen/pencil and as a brush. And the programming includes using your finger as a blender.

Pencil is not cheap. The graphite model is $50 and the walnut one is $60. It’s available from FiftyThree. And, right now it only works with the Paper app. See for yourself.