Adobe's Creative Cloud Pen and Digital Ruler
15 July 2016

Adobe's Creative Cloud Pen and Digital Ruler

Adobe has created hardware that makes sketching and drawing more natural and fluid.

Adobe has created hardware that makes sketching and drawing more natural and fluid. Designed to be used with the iPad, Adobe Ink is a fine-tip, pressure-sensitive pen built using Adonit Pixelpoint technology to give you greater creative control and unprecedented precision.

Adobe Slide is a digital ruler that lets you draw any shape on your iPad — including straight lines, perfect circles, classic French curves, and more.

The Ink and Slide, as they're called, are accessories that allow the company's creative-pro customers access to Adobe's Creative Cloud service on mobile devices. The final versions are available in the US, and as you might expect, Adobe has several companion apps they bundle with the gadgers to add value.

The Adobe Slide and digital ruler requires the iPad 4+, iPad Air 1, iPad Mini or iPad Mini with Retina display.

Adobe Ink and Slide are geared more toward the creative professional and serious artist, rather than the casual doodler.

If you’re more of a recreational artist, there are definitely cheaper styluses and art apps, like ArtRage.

This new prodict suffer many of the pitfalls of first-generation devices. The harware isnt super reliable and their apps weren’t always intuitive, with limited in capability.

Ink's overall triangular shape twists allows for a nicer feel in the hand than a straight, wedge-like design would have offered. Not only does it handle nicely, but it also allows you to comfortably rest an index finger on the topside button while working.

The Ink's circular concave-button allows quick access to tools inside the companion apps without the need to swipe through a menu mid-drawing.The stylus is a little larger than a regular Sharpie.

Ink also features a much smaller tip. Ink's point is the size of a ballpoint pen's or graphite pencil's tip

Ink includes Adonit's Pixelpoint tech that allows for a skinnier tip with "thousands" of levels of pressure sensitivity. It also does a better job recreating the feel of a pen on paper as you're gliding across your tablet screen.

Summary

Adobe's first foray into hardware includes a highly capable set of accessories for sketching on the go, but its great design and great companion apps come with a high retail price.

Pros 

  • Premium design
  • Quick and easy setup
  • Access to Adobe's Creative Cloud platform
  • Stellar companion apps

Cons

  • Only sends PNG files to desktop apps
  • Hardware scuffs easily
  • Pricey compared to other styli

Categories

Design