Steven Frank stevenf at panic.com
Wed Jul 15 20:32:01 EDT 2015

My experiences with at least a half-dozen iPad styluses has been that they are not great for drawing and terrible for handwriting.  Even the fancy ones that connect via Bluetooth and purport to have palm-rejection technology.  It's not even close to an active digitizer like the Surface or a Wacom tablet, or even a resistive one like the Newton.  There's no accuracy at the size you would normally write, so you're looking at 1-3 words taking up the width of the screen.

There are some handwriting apps where you write at that gigantic size at the bottom of the screen and it re-renders at scaled-down "normal handwriting" size in a box somewhere else on the screen, but it's kludgey at best.  There's not even anything like Ink Text (at least, not that I've ever found).


> On Jul 15, 2015, at 5:18 PM, Tony Kan <tonykan at xtra.co.nz> wrote:
> My colleague has an iPad and often gets a little envious of us as we scribble down notes in meetings with our Surface and ThinkPad tablets.  
> He says he wants to do the same too and explains that he doesn't want to get a stylus for the iPad because it can't tell the difference between an accidental brush with his hand and an intended contact with the stylus.
> Our Windows tablets use active digitizers that turn off the capacitative touchscreen when the stylus is within a few millimetres of the screen.
> I'd be interested in hearing from other iPad users if they use a stylus regularly and whether my colleague's misgivings are unfounded.  TIA
> Tony

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