There are a ton of veritable sketching, drawing, and handwriting apps out and about on the App Store, but the one that holds a special place in my dock is FiftyThree's Paper. The app's won many a convert for its excellent drawing tools, previously encumbered by an $8 in-app purchase; as of Thursday, however, those tools are now completely free for everyone and anyone to scribble to their heart's content.
FiftyThree, developer behind popular iPad drawing app Paper, has announced Pencil Gold, a gold version of their Pencil stylus. Pencil Gold is made of anodized and brushed aluminum, and the new color is meant to compliment the gold versions of Apple's latest tablets, the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3.
FiftyThree's Pencil, a Bluetooth stylus originally developed to go along with their popular Paper drawing app, is now available directly from Apple. The accessory is available both on the Apple Online Store and in Apple Retail Stores, with a price of $49.95 for the graphite model, and $59.95 for the walnut. Pencil is currently available in retail stores in the U.S., Canada, U.K., and E.U., and it will soon have a wider rollout across the world
Surface Pressure is a new feature now available in popular drawing app Paper by FiftyThree. If you installed iOS 8 on your iPad you're going to want to grab your Pencil from FiftyThree and try out the new pressure sensing abilities.
FiftyThree has announced a new online art network called Mix, where artists using their signature Bluetooth stylus, the Pencil, and their well-loved drawing app, Paper, can share their pieces and add to existing ones.
FiftyThree now has a software development kit available for devs that want to make use of their snazzy Bluetooth-enabled Pencil accessory. This enables new interactions whereby the app can recognize a fingertip, a palm (which can generally be rejected as input), the tip of the Pencil, or the rectangular eraser head.
FiftyThree, the makers of the Bluetooth-connected iPad stylus Pencil, has commenced sales in the UK, Germany and France from today. Previously, the only way to get your hands on the product was to order directly from the US, likely being hit by import fees and the like. Finally, the company has listened to feedback and the general cries for help and has launched sales in respective markets within Europe.
FiftyThree, the company behind the very popular Paper app, have received $15 million in funding to jump-start the development of their next project. Posting on their blog about the goals for these plans, FiftyThree said that they're working on a suite of mobile creativity tools, focusing on two key area: physical creation and collaboration.