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FiftyThree Announces New ‘Surface Pressure’ Feature for Pencil [VIDEO]

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FiftyThree, makers of the popular iPad drawing app Paper, have today announced ‘Surface Pressure’, a new feature that uses Pencil’s uniquely-designed tip. For those who aren’t aware, Pencil is a unique iPad stylus from FiftyThree and is sometimes dubbed as “the best iPad stylus” due to its tapered tip, which is inspired by the expressive richness of real pencil points.

“With Surface Pressure you’ll be able to control the lines you create based on how much of Pencil’s tip or eraser is in contact with your iPad. Use the point for fine details or the angled edge for broad strokes. Surface Pressure unlocks new capabilities for each of Paper’s tools—fill faster as you draw, shade as you sketch, or carve away in varying widths as you erase.”

With Surface Pressure, users will be able to change drawing styles simply by changing the way they hold Pencil. The developers note that the new feature is unique to Pencil and will be unlocked for all existing Pencil users with an update to Paper this Fall. “We’re committed to always improving the products we build—not only for new creators, but for everyone who’ve been with us since day one”. 

Surface Pressure will come to the original Pencil as a free software upgrade with the release of iOS 8 this Fall.

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  • Erik Kappel

    Ahhh lol. That trailer had me super jazzed (still am) but then it ended with “Coming this fall”! I have the Pencil and it’s great, but this looks sooo intuitive for drawing. Can’t freaking wait!