Pity. Samsung could have, and their fans would have attacked Wacom if Wacon dared to sue Samsung over any patents with "[email protected]" pictures to showing prior art of Sumerians using styluses in 3500 B.C.
Nice review. Just ordered one. Because I support FiftyThree's pro-iPad disposition.
I don't have any opinion about this device because I do not own one, nor have I ever tested one. Hmmm. Seems like many of the opinionated commenters may be in the same position.
I mention this interesting thought because I was hoping for report by people who had actually used the product.
snowdog65 wrote: »
So it uses a battery and electronics to power an Eraser?
Because really you don't get anything else of note. It doesn't have pressure sensitivity, it isn't more accurate because it is still using capacitance to capture strokes.
It seems utterly pointless to me.
Ignorant comment. You clearly don't know one stylus from another.
Wait a while first. This thing was launched quite recently.
Yes. I don't spend time there. I have limited time to divert from my job as a software developer. So I focus on areas that interest me (Apple, the sun, Icelandic volcanoes, thedailywtf) to the exclusion of nearly all (digital) 'trade rags'. The exception being when I actively seek information on a particular item that I'd like to purchase/use/understand.
Having reviews here allows me to note it, skip or read.
Good for you. Clearly, some people have not figured out that if you don't like an article, you don't have to read it. Furthermore, you don't have to take more time out of your life to first read it and then criticize it. OTOH, they may be secretly thankful for articles they allegedly don't like because it gives them a chance to do the one thing they are good at - gripe.
Unfortunately it is available only in the US and Canada, and only online. I wish it was available elsewhere (or at least at Apple Stores in the US). I imagine they would sell a lot! I contacted them (I am in Switzerland) and asked if it was available at brick and mortar stores and the answer was no. But I'm headed to NYC, maybe I could figure out something in the week I'll spend there. As an architect I can say that the request for such a tool is incredible. I feel we are among the prime targets of such a product (judging from the requests I got from my colleagues for "If you find one, buy one for me too" I think the market is really big).
Well designed, well crafted and well implemented software wise. It only works with the paper app? For the time being, I think. But future apps might come along that license the tech. Anyway, the Paper app is really good, so there's no particular need for it to work with other apps (my opinion). As long as the ecosystem works. I prefer products that work perfectly doing one thing really well, than half assed solutions (but then again, this might explain why I own Apple products in the first place)
If you want, I will buy a bunch and send them to you to sell in Europe. You'll have to prepay me first, of course.
But seriously, why would architects need a stylus specifically made for Paper?
I am in touch with them, stock has almost been sold out. They told me to let them know prior to departure or upon arrival and see whether it might be possible to get hold of 4 of them.
As to why.
Well, I am not talking about "all" architects, but in our office the ability to create quick drawings in an easy manner is very important (think about constructive details or generally "idea drawing"). The use of a thin stylus (by thin I mean the stylus itself, not the line it draws) conveys less of a feeling and allows less precise drawing. It might seem counterintuitive, but a stylus with some weight is the best to draw straight lines and sketch an idea.
And using a digital device allows for easier archiving, sharing (to the design team for instance) compared to paper.
Architecture is still made of "pencil and paper" especially in the early drawing phases. There's know way you can freely design ideas on a computer with a drawing software.
Imagine this: you are on the go, somewhere in a city, and you see a building that inspires you in some lines. You'd sit down, draw the perspective that interests you and then you have it. You can share it with the office, archive it, print it or do whatever you want.
Now you are at a construction site, you have to explain to a worker how to build something. You can quickly draw it on the iPad (usually you would use the same "pencil" as the one that inspired the designers of 53 and draw it on a wood board or on a wall or a piece of paper) and then keep it for future reference when the building is complete.
Other use: you are in a meeting, try to explain something to a client. Of course you could use paper, then photocopy it or scan it and hand it to the client or sen via email. With this system you can draw it on the iPad and send it right away, archive it and send it to the design team.
Besides saving countless trees, you'd also have a much smoother information flow and a better organization of the drawings "from paper to computer". With AirPlay you can even project the design on a TV in the meeting room, hassle free, for everyone to see. Immediately
Size and weight of this pencil seem perfect (I don't own one, but this review suggests it is so) for sketching, creating. Architect have in their pencils one of the few "manual" tools left today. And they keep it almost as a sacred item. This is almost the only thing that still make architecture design a manual process. Digitalizing it with so little compromises as 53's idea seem to imply, is a big step forward.
Hope I gave you my take on this idea and why it is interesting for architects. Are there alternatives? Yes. Is it perfect? No. Is it "needed"? Nope.
But it is nevertheless a great idea. Especially on the go, where a Wacom tablet is of no use because you cannot see the result.
In our office there are 4 architects who asked me to buy one. So, all in all, it would make 5 sold.
(Edit: added the AirPlay use)
imat wrote: »
neither do I with 53 or any other company. I hope I provided some more insight as to why I will purchase the Pen. It was an interesting thing to do. Explaining why the pen is important to an architect is always nice. I know, half of you might consider architects crazy, and you are probably right :-) But the pen really is a "totem" of some sorts.
anantksundaram wrote: »
What's up with all this pap reporting from AI these past few days!?
There is a lot of serious Apple (and tech) news floating around, and all you can come up with is product placements?
charlituna wrote: »
No one forced you to read it