Drawing difficulty on the IPP 9.7?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Joell27, Apr 4, 2016.

  1. Joell27 macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2015
    how much more difficult is it to draw on the IPP 9.7 than the 12.9?
  2. MaulRx Suspended

    Aug 27, 2012
    I'd say it has more to do with your actual artistic skill then the size of the display. It's not real paper or canvas, you aren't limited to its physical dimensions.
  3. wetcanvas macrumors regular

    Jan 7, 2014
    Havent had any issues yet. Just something to be aware of is the 12.9 inch ipad pro is 16:10 ratio and ipad pro 9.7 inch is 4:3 ratio. This actually matters for usable screen space with astropad. For instance if your using an 13 inch retina macbook the larger ipad pro will use the full screen in astropad. On the smaller ipad you have to adjust a 4:3 window area so you only have partial view of the screen. This is actually better then mirror on 4:3 because mirror will cut off huge bars on the top and bottom making a much smaller workspace.

    Its not bad though you can scroll and move the photoshop around.
  4. Joell27 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2015
    So did you choose the 12.9 or the 9.7?
  5. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    What? I think all iPads have the same ratio, 4:3.
  6. haruhiko macrumors 601


    Sep 29, 2009
    Not sure if I'm wrong but isn't 2732 x 2048 4:3?

    2732 / 4 * 3 = 2049
  7. jamesrick80 macrumors 68020


    Sep 12, 2014
    All ipads are 4:3 ratio. ...have you seen the 12.9 inch and how large it looks in person.....so much usable screen space on the large ipad pro.
  8. TheMustacheBandit macrumors newbie

    Apr 1, 2016
    It took about 30 minutes of testing it in the Apple Store to realize the pencil isn't a good match with the 9.7. Anything outside of making a short grocery list would feel constrained on the smaller canvas. The pencil was made with the 12.9 in mind. It feels awkward using it on the 9.7.
  9. MaulRx Suspended

    Aug 27, 2012
    I disagree. Works like a charm for me.
  10. ahostmadsen macrumors 6502a

    Dec 28, 2009
    That doesn't make any sense whatsoever. So, all the people using a notebook/sketchbook about the size of a 9.7" ipad (which is typical) only use them for grocery lists? That's a whole lot of shopping people need to do considering how much they write down at meetings.
  11. TheMustacheBandit macrumors newbie

    Apr 1, 2016
    You are welcome to your own opinion, I stick by mine, sir.
  12. OneMike macrumors 603


    Oct 19, 2005
    Owning neither but extensively using both. I have to disagree with you.
  13. Meever macrumors 6502a

    Jun 30, 2009
    After using both for a bit I'm partial to the 12.9

    Using the smaller 9.7 works just as well from a performance standpoint but juggling UI elements and having more workspace is easier on the larger iPad.
  14. BitSlap macrumors member

    Mar 31, 2016
    For drawing, the 9.7 is very limiting. The pencil was designed with the 12.9 in mind.
  15. Commy1 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 25, 2013
    More realestate is always nice but ultimately it doesn't matter. I'd rather slip 9.7" into a smaller bag than have to carry it around in a backpack.
  16. stevemiller macrumors 68000

    Oct 27, 2008
    For people who paint on 8 foot canvases the 12.9 is very limiting. It's all relative, and if you don't mind a smaller art pad, it's great. And so is the 12.9. :)
  17. masotime macrumors 68020


    Jun 24, 2012
    San Jose, CA
    Injecting some facts into this thread....

    A4 paper - 8.27" x 11.7"
    US letter - 8.5" x 11"
    iPad Pro - 7.74" x 10.32"
    iPad - 5.82" x 7.76"

    A4 and US Letter are within 4% of each other.
    The 12.9" iPad Pro has an area 85% of US Letter.
    The 9.7" iPad (Pro) has an area 48% of US Letter.

    i.e. the 9.7" iPad is roughly half the size of your typical US Letter page, or "A5 size"
  18. borgusio macrumors regular


    Jul 22, 2011
    My usual paper notebook is an A5 Moleskine. Since the iPad 2 I use the iPad as a notebook replacement. On top of that I draft PowerPoint slides and comment documents with the stylus. I used for years a bamboo stylus, which is quite crappy if you look for something precise. Therefore, the new apple stylus was a quantum leap for me. I originally ordered an air 2 (coming from air 1), but after trying the stylus I immediately changed my order and went for the pro. 300 bucks more are a massive amount of money for the honor of using the apple stylus, but after two days of use... Absolutely worth it. It's amazing, basically now my iPad is really better than my paper notebook. Today is my first 100 % paperless working day. Period.

    By the way, many laugh about the high quality camera and flash. It is amazing how faster it scans business cards, travel receipts, and documents. Almost no need for a professional scanner anymore!
    You can take a photo of a contract, edit and send it in pdf within seconds. With the bamboo stylus was quite painful to fill quick a form on a pdf document.

    This iPad has many small improvements that make a big difference for those that really use it for work.
  19. jmeas macrumors regular


    Jun 30, 2015
    San Jose
    I have both, and I prefer drawing on the 9.7". So I'm selling the 12.9".

    I've been drawing digitally for years, but I've never had too much fun drawing on a canvas the size of the iPad Pro (I'm not a fan of the 13" Cintiq, which I also own). In addition to liking drawing more on the 9.7", I also find that its size is more suitable for taking notes.

    I'm sure different artists have different preferences. With the return policy at Apple, you should be able to try both out and see which works best for you!
  20. mgipe macrumors demi-god


    Oct 6, 2009
    ...and a steno pad is 6" by 9"
  21. redman042 macrumors 68030


    Jun 13, 2008
    The artist who drew this sure wouldn't find the 9.7 limiting...

  22. mixel macrumors 65816


    Jan 12, 2006
    Leeds, UK
    It depends on your drawing style. I have a friend who draws with big strokes and the 12" is most suited to him.

    In contrast, I draw most of my stuff in tiny moleskine sketchbooks and the 12" is too big for me. I draw like I'm using a biro, so it's mostly be dead space and prohibitively in-portable in comparison.

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