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iPad ‘inking demo’: Stick with a Tablet PC if Inking Matters



The iPad is simply not a good device for inking and I doubt that any third-party software’s going to improve the experience much. One of the problems is that the iPad uses a capacitive multi-touch display that lacks palm rejection. While this is all fine and dandy if you want to consume content, it creates some challenges if you actually want to create content.

Kevin Purcell posted a demo on of what it’s like to write with a Pogo stylus on an iPad. As you can see in the video below, Kevin’s hand creates a lot of unwanted ink on the iPad. He does have a solution though- just throw an old sock under on the iPad.

My suggestion is to always use the right tool for the job. If you really need to enter text with a stylus, pick up your nearest Tablet PC.




    04/05/2010 at 3:51 pm

    odd, one would think that a screen that can tell 11 fingers apart could handle a palm.

    • Xavier Lanier

      04/05/2010 at 4:54 pm

      I’m sure it could potentially figure out the difference between a pen and a palm, but how can it tell the difference between say your thumb and the bony part/heel of your palm? The iPad needs another helping of magic if inking’s going to be a hit on it.

  2. Dan

    04/05/2010 at 4:20 pm

    Inking is not optimal on the iPad. I wanted to use it for an Evernote/Onenote like app, but I have found all I can do is write large and scribble. They should have had something like Penabled Wacom. That would be both very attractive for not takers and artistists. But that again, Steve Jobs doesn’t like using a stylus.

  3. RJ

    04/05/2010 at 6:58 pm

    After hearing a lot of good things about the Sketchbook Pro app, I picked up the iPad and the pogo sketch stylus to see the kind of art I can create.

    So far it has been a horrible experience. Not so much the app itself, but the stylus is dreadful to use, which is kind of ironic for digital painting considering the tip looks and feels more like a paint brush then a pen. It only really works well if your zoomed in a lot, otherwise you have to press really hard, to the point where the foam tip feels like it’s going to rip off. And unless your zoomed in a lot, the accuracy is pretty bad. This thing will never even remotely replace a penabled tablet pc.

    but I’ve only used it for 2 days thus far, so maybe I’ll get used to it, but I’m not too optimistic.

  4. Maruda

    04/05/2010 at 11:31 pm

    is anybody out there who need inking?

    • Fernando

      04/06/2010 at 6:42 am

      YES !!!

    • Brett Gilbertson

      04/06/2010 at 8:01 pm

      Yes! Anyone who says no doesn’t know what they’re missing out on!

      For example, this morning I just filled out a form, signed and emailed it (without the need to print and scan).

      Took another customer enquiry on the phone and wrote extensive notes on it… then emailed it straight to our sales team to follow up.

      Then I use the snipping tool to send a customer some instructions on where to download teamviewer and how to install.

      Inking is an awesome time saver. It is what makes a Tablet PC truly *magical*! ;-)

  5. WC

    04/06/2010 at 5:23 pm

    Why must they put writing sounds? Gahh, so annoying (especially during the eraser). Hopefully, there is a way to turn the sound off.

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