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FernandoJT
Apr 21, 2011, 10:21 PM
e.stylo in action (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-SBZXNaHLc)



n2n
Jul 1, 2011, 12:34 PM
I bought a few different pens and none seem to be really good and sensitive. looked into making my own and here's the result. Accurate enough that I can use in in AutCAD WS to do my drawings and sensitive enough to write notes......and looks good

materials needed:
1. 25mm brass fastener, couldn't find anything smaller
2. a twist tie or any conducting wire if you have
3. a pen, metal shell best..just an FYI, sharpie makes a stainless steel Sharpie pen!

- strip twist tie to expose wire, wrap wire around fastener.
- remove insides on pen, insert wire with fastener, make sure the wire touches the metal shell of pen. you might need to make your hole bigger or crimp the fastener arms to fit the pen hole. Mine fits perfectly so no need for much. You might need a little glue if its too loose
- bend the tip of brass fastener to fit your writing angle

I love mine so hope that helps some one

Givmeabrek
Jul 1, 2011, 02:32 PM
UGGH... That would surely destroy an unprotected screen. Metal rubbing on the oleophopic coating wouldn't last very long....

n2n
Jul 1, 2011, 03:56 PM
Actually, Apple's specification for the glass on the Ipad and Iphone is quite scratch resistant, besides I also have plastic film on it as well.

Moreover, the fastener has a smooth head (this is not a screw/bolt fastener) so does not scratch, it glides across the surface nicely. Because is has better sensitivity, you don't have to press hard on the screen at all. Its very much like writing normally on paper

jsh1120
Jul 1, 2011, 04:33 PM
Apologies if this has been pointed out. I couldn't put up with all 11 pages of this thread. Bottom line is that a "pointy" stylus won't work on the iPad screen. Period. The capacitive screen needs a distance between two points to identify a "touch."

The best you can hope for is a small dome shaped tip such as the one found on the iFaraday stylus. (www.iFaraday.com). And it works wonderfully. Far superior to any other stylus I've found.

The "solution" to the problem is to choose a note taking app that supports a very thin line for notes.

ipos
Jul 5, 2011, 07:48 AM
any folks using wacom stylus?

Mr.C
Jul 5, 2011, 10:52 AM
any folks using wacom stylus?

If you mean the Bamboo then yes. Although I've not used it for writing or drawing, just navigation.

ipos
Jul 10, 2011, 07:15 AM
If you mean the Bamboo then yes. Although I've not used it for writing or drawing, just navigation.

How do u find it?

Cooolpenner
Jul 10, 2011, 07:47 AM
The best stylus for me is PogoSketch. I'm using it for writing and drawing on my ipad1. Works perfectly for me, don't have any problems...

Mr.C
Jul 10, 2011, 09:58 AM
The best stylus for me is PogoSketch. I'm using it for writing and drawing on my ipad1. Works perfectly for me, don't have any problems...

I got the Pogo Sketch as my first stylus last year as there wasn't a lot of choice back then. It didn't last long and the tip started to fray and become less responsive. After a while it required way too much pressure to use and I gave up on it. Going by my experience I wouldn't reccommend it to anyone.

RossMc
Jul 10, 2011, 10:05 AM
I have been using the Boxwave stylus, Waiting for the MORE/REAL stylus caps to come out which will fit in a Sharpie etc but didn't find out about them until they had gotten there funding on Kickstarter so missed out on them.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/donlehman/more-real-stylus-cap?ref=live

ctbear
Jul 10, 2011, 12:33 PM
I have been using the Boxwave stylus, Waiting for the MORE/REAL stylus caps to come out which will fit in a Sharpie etc but didn't find out about them until they had gotten there funding on Kickstarter so missed out on them.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/donlehman/more-real-stylus-cap?ref=live

That is very interesting...how did I miss that :(

RossMc
Jul 10, 2011, 01:11 PM
That is very interesting...how did I miss that :(

I know I found out about it a day after it had been funded :(

The designer put up a video of the pre production process so hopefully they go into production soon and then once they have filled the orders from the people on Kickstarter they should go on general sale not long after.

AndyUser
Sep 4, 2011, 11:07 AM
Are you really need a stylus? Check "Smart drawings" from the app store. You will forget about stylus...

xraytech
Sep 4, 2011, 11:18 AM
This is a thin as they come...

http://adonit.net/product/6

glen e
Sep 4, 2011, 11:40 AM
This is a thin as they come...

http://adonit.net/product/6

x2:D

APlotdevice
Sep 5, 2011, 10:27 AM
That is pretty cool. Though actually this is as thin as they come:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lWYoMIMMa4

(Too bad it needs a special app.)

xraytech
Sep 5, 2011, 11:54 AM
That is pretty cool. Though actually this is as thin as they come:
http://www.youtube.com/#/watch?v=7lWYoMIMMa4

(Too bad it needs a special app.)

Double check your link.

APlotdevice
Sep 5, 2011, 12:09 PM
Double check your link.

Whoops. I tried to convert the mobile YouTube link. Well it should work now.

xraytech
Sep 5, 2011, 01:23 PM
That is pretty cool. Though actually this is as thin as they come:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lWYoMIMMa4

(Too bad it needs a special app.)

Very nice but yeah, only works with that app.

chrsb
Sep 5, 2011, 01:25 PM
That does look nice, found some more info on it-
http://www.facebook.com/byzero.inc

xraytech
Sep 5, 2011, 01:30 PM
That does look nice, found some more info on it-
http://www.facebook.com/byzero.inc

The App developers for that stylus should hook up with other developers so they can integrate that hardware with other apps like Sketchbook Pro. Very impressive.

redzapper
Sep 5, 2011, 07:17 PM
This is a thin as they come...

http://adonit.net/product/6

I have one of these. It is awesome.

ebonixboy
Sep 12, 2011, 04:20 PM
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/566649187/stylistorm-perfection-for-every-artist

theyve got some cool options and different size tips...its worth a look

xraytech
Sep 12, 2011, 05:57 PM
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/566649187/stylistorm-perfection-for-every-artist

theyve got some cool options and different size tips...its worth a look

I've read their project proposal and I don't think they have any idea how capacitive touch screens work. Anything small than say .5 mm probably will not work on a touch capacitive screen.

LTMK
Sep 13, 2011, 12:57 AM
never tried a stylus before, i thought my finger tips can handle the job properly:D

APlotdevice
Sep 13, 2011, 03:28 AM
never tried a stylus before, i thought my finger tips can handle the job properly:D

For most tasks they are perfectly adequate. A finger just isn't very good for drawing or handwriting.

jsh1120
Sep 13, 2011, 09:00 AM
never tried a stylus before, i thought my finger tips can handle the job properly:D

It's those yellow Cheeto stains on the iPad that I find problematic. ;)

xraytech
Sep 15, 2011, 01:55 AM
Here yah go!!!

What's more pointier than an arrow or in this case a cursor. Oh an a finger makes an appearance also.

:p

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40G3WkTaGN4&feature=player_embedded#!

APlotdevice
Sep 15, 2011, 04:42 AM
Here yah go!!!

What's more pointier than an arrow or in this case a cursor. Oh an a finger makes an appearance also.

:p

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40G3WkTaGN4&feature=player_embedded#!
One problem: Those are Windows cursors (white with black border). :p

matt.m
Oct 28, 2011, 02:58 PM
We're all looking for that perfect stylus that's sharp, but that would work on a capacitor screen. All we have are kludgy pens with fat Qtips on the ends. Dumb. We haven't found what we need yet, but I did notice an interesting phenomenon. Try this if you have Notetaker HD or Penultimate, or Ghostwriter on your iPad.:

Write with your finger as normal, but then roll your finger over (without lifting it off the glass), onto your fingernail and continue to write. You'll notice that it follows your nail exactly. As soon as you lift your finger and lay it down again (onto your nail), game's over. Now, your nail is hardly making a fingerprint on the capacitance surface, yet it continues to follow your nail without trouble. Somehow if you start the contact with your "fat" finger and then "shrink" the contact down to a very fine tip from your nail...hmmm. Maybe there's some answer to all this here?

iOSAngela
May 2, 2012, 06:58 PM
I got a Dagi and I am incredibly pleased with it. They have them on Amazon, but one of the comments I read there said to order form their website cuz they throw in free stuff, and alas, when I ordered from http://www.dagi.com.tw/ they tossed in a second stylus free.

I ordered the P540 and got a P301 free.

I can't speak to it's longevity since I have only had it a week, but it is very nice to write with (wear gloves or sleeves to pull over your hand a bit) and nice for doodling.

Unkei
May 7, 2012, 06:30 PM
The Pogo Stylus and other cheap iPhone styli are great for drawing and such, but for serious taking of notes, they just won't do. It would be like doing your history notes with a piece of chalk.

Image (http://www.atpm.com/15.05/images/pogo-stylus-head-on.jpg)

Is there any styli that work on capacitive screens that are more pencil/pen like in that they're pointy at the end, and therefore more precise? Someone said you can wrap tinfoil around the end of a pencil and it'll work, so I imagine it's possible, just where…

On another note, with Wacom tablets the pressure sensitivity is in the pen, not the tablet, no? Couldn't we have a third party accessory and app that has a pressure sensitive pen that transmits over Bluetooth to the app (hell, or connector if necessary)? This would be like getting an amazing drawing tablet too.

I wonder if the cheap stylus for Palms would work or would they scratch the iPad screen,,,surely not with a screen protector. They sell for around $4.
Unkei

Young Turk
May 8, 2012, 12:51 AM
I got a Dagi and I am incredibly pleased with it. They have them on Amazon, but one of the comments I read there said to order form their website cuz they throw in free stuff, and alas, when I ordered from http://www.dagi.com.tw/ they tossed in a second stylus free.

I ordered the P540 and got a P301 free.

I can't speak to it's longevity since I have only had it a week, but it is very nice to write with (wear gloves or sleeves to pull over your hand a bit) and nice for doodling.

P540? Not listed on that site.

breezyf808
May 8, 2012, 01:17 AM
i just found an home stylus + pen and find it great. it was on the table at a starbucks with no one around.
just used it for draw something
its quite sticking but it might be because of my screen protector.

Yumunum
May 8, 2012, 01:26 AM
If you get desperate, use a sausage (http://www.tuaw.com/2010/02/12/frozen-sausage-as-iphone-stylus/).

artgalgenius
May 16, 2012, 01:59 AM
I've been using the Adonis Jot Pro (http://adonit.net/product/jot-pro/) for sketching in Sketchbook Pro. But for handwriting with it is difficult. I've been looking at this stylus that I just found on Kickstarter:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/hand/hand-stylus?ref=search

Ryler
May 16, 2012, 02:58 AM
So, it's possible? It's not a limitation of capacitive technology? I just don't understand why all resistive screen styli are pointy and more precise while we capacitive people get these thick inaccurate ones?


To the best of my knowledge the limitation is on the iPad itself. it's sensitivity area is just to large because it's designed to work best with fingers.

Technically it is possible, since the HTC Note has a very pointy stylus

bcam117
May 16, 2012, 06:15 AM
I don't know if anyone posted this but maybe the galaxy s 3's c pen would be good? It looks thin and stuff
http://www.mobilefun.co.uk/genuine-samsung-galaxy-s3-c-pen-etc-s10csegstd-p35106.htm

WPSam
May 16, 2012, 11:13 AM
I don't know if anyone posted this but maybe the galaxy s 3's c pen would be good? It looks thin and stuff
http://www.mobilefun.co.uk/genuine-samsung-galaxy-s3-c-pen-etc-s10csegstd-p35106.htm

Does not work on iPhone or iPad:mad:

KylePowers
May 16, 2012, 11:12 PM
I've been using the Adonis Jot Pro (http://adonit.net/product/jot-pro/) for sketching in Sketchbook Pro. But for handwriting with it is difficult. I've been looking at this stylus that I just found on Kickstarter:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/hand/hand-stylus?ref=search
Looks promising! A tad on the expensive side, but then again, it does look to be well engineered and of greater quality than many other styli. Can't wait to see some reviews

bcam117
May 17, 2012, 03:53 AM
Does not work on iPhone or iPad:mad:

Ah sorry. Thought it was just a normal capacitive pen. Shall look into why it only works on the s3,it's interesting.

gpsouza
May 17, 2012, 09:09 AM
http://www.mcbub.com/item/Touchpad-Stylus-Pen-for-Apple-9-7--iPad---Black-117761/

Well, I'm almost certainly that I misunderstood this stylus, but, either sides of the pen seems to be good to write... Can someone tell me, if the thin tip isn't the stylus itself, how could it be a pen? It's to damn small lol

Or may it be a regular stylus and a capacitive stylus?

KylePowers
May 17, 2012, 01:48 PM
http://www.mcbub.com/item/Touchpad-Stylus-Pen-for-Apple-9-7--iPad---Black-117761/

Well, I'm almost certainly that I misunderstood this stylus, but, either sides of the pen seems to be good to write... Can someone tell me, if the thin tip isn't the stylus itself, how could it be a pen? It's to damn small lol

Or may it be a regular stylus and a capacitive stylus?
If you check out the white one - http://www.mcbub.com/item/Touchpad-Stylus-Pen-for-Apple-iPad---White-117762/

The fat end is definitely for the iPad. Good question about the other end though. Maybe it's just a cap over the pen part? Definitely looks like a regular stylus though.

jmc5105
May 20, 2012, 10:25 AM
This is a very cool design with a small tip design that will be perfect for notes and drawing.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/hand/hand-stylus?ref=live

crashnburn
May 20, 2012, 03:27 PM
I got a Dagi and I am incredibly pleased with it. They have them on Amazon, but one of the comments I read there said to order form their website cuz they throw in free stuff, and alas, when I ordered from http://www.dagi.com.tw/ they tossed in a second stylus free.

I ordered the P540 and got a P301 free.

I can't speak to it's longevity since I have only had it a week, but it is very nice to write with (wear gloves or sleeves to pull over your hand a bit) and nice for doodling.

Is this standard these days as a courtesy or a short term special? Anybody else get this?

i just found an home stylus + pen and find it great. it was on the table at a starbucks with no one around.
just used it for draw something
its quite sticking but it might be because of my screen protector.

Which one?

http://www.mcbub.com/item/Touchpad-Stylus-Pen-for-Apple-iPad---White-117762/
About this POINTY white pen.. Does it actually work on iPad?

Rbadowicz
Jun 7, 2012, 10:14 PM
I was checking out demos on YouTube for fine tip stylus and found the Cregle Ipen. I checked Out the pen at the Cregle Store online and they look amazing, but they run around $90. If you got the money they definitely seem worth it.

APlotdevice
Jun 7, 2012, 10:19 PM
I was checking out demos on YouTube for fine tip stylus and found the Cregle Ipen. I checked Out the pen at the Cregle Store online and they look amazing, but they run around $90. If you got the money they definitely seem worth it.

The only major downside to pens like that, besides price, is support must be built into the apps.

crashnburn
Jun 14, 2012, 03:42 AM
The only major downside to pens like that, besides price, is support must be built into the apps.

Maybe all these Custom "SHARP" Pen designers should form a collective STANDARD and set of Functions/ APIs and recommend them to Apple through the Developer Forums etc and ask Apple to put it into their next OS Release.

That way, standardized Accurate Active Pen Support.