Here's a comparison of my notes with the same settings on Notability: Pencil vs generic stylus

Discussion in 'iPad' started by erure, Nov 20, 2015.

  1. erure macrumors regular

    Apr 13, 2010

    One set of notes are taken with the Apple Pencil and the other with a generic microfiber stylus. The Apple Pencil's tip takes a bit of getting used to -- it's harder and smoother than the microfiber stylus that I'm used to. I was surprised that my notes look a little bit better with the microfiber stylus but that's probably because I'm not used to the Pencil yet. Overall writing experience is much better with the Apple Pencil because I don't have to write in zoom mode and my palms can touch the screen. Also I think my writing was a bit faster with the Pencil, and with less "errors."
  2. arminta7 macrumors regular


    Sep 15, 2012
    Portland, OR
    Your handwriting is ridiculously perfect. It looks like it could be its own font.
  3. fanta88 macrumors 6502

    Apr 10, 2015
    I have to agree. At first, I thought I was looking at the font for the skeuomorphic Notes circa iOS5-iOS6.
  4. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    My handwriting looks like a child writing with their non dominate hand compared to yours.
  5. unknown23 macrumors newbie


    Jan 29, 2013
    San Gabriel Valley
    that's how I feel about mine too.
  6. Nausicaa macrumors 6502a

    Jan 11, 2007
    I think the problem with this comparison is you used a zoom mode I presume? If you're writing big letters and then shrinking it to this size that's going to mask where the Pencil excels, which is small quick print that the capacative stylus literally could not capture. Try writing at a similar size with both and no zoom and see how it looks.
  7. erure thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 13, 2010
    That's a very valid and helpful suggestion. Thank you! I added another page into the same album where you can compare the notes with the Apple Pencil and the microfiber tip stylus WITHOUT zoom mode. The difference is super obvious that the Apple Pencil is much better to work with in that situation. I would have added more lines but writing with the microfiber tip stylus without zoom mode was too painful to bear.

    Also, thank you for all the sweet comments about my handwriting. I swear med school trains the good handwriting out of you -- it gets uglier by the day.
  8. maxsix Suspended


    Jun 28, 2015
    Western Hemisphere
    My writing used to be approximately 75% as good as yours. Now years of Apples splendid keyboards have caused my writing to degenerate alarmingly. How am I supposed to focus on the topic at hand after viewing your stellar example ... HA...HA...:D
  9. erure thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 13, 2010
    Aw shucks I'm flattered! Perhaps it's time for you to go back to writing things by hand? :D

    On a side note I added another page with notes and drawings done with the Apple Pencil. I am in love!
  10. JonSarge3108 macrumors regular


    Nov 11, 2015
    Can you please share what hemopoiesis is please?

    Got my brain wondering now...
  11. genomez macrumors member

    Apr 1, 2006
    You mention pressure sensitive ink setting in Notability. Can you tell me where that setting is?
  12. erure thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 13, 2010
    If you click on the pen, there are two styles. The one on the right (the one selected in the picture) is the pressure sensitive one. Hope this helps!
  13. erure thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 13, 2010
    Hemopoiesis is basically the process of making blood! :)
  14. aevan macrumors 68040


    Feb 5, 2015
    Holy crap, you have pretty handwriting :)
  15. MH01 Suspended


    Feb 11, 2008
    All of it looks great to me.

    Need someone with bad handwriting to do this test :p
  16. genomez macrumors member

    Apr 1, 2006
    That did the trick. Thank you!
  17. erure thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 13, 2010
    Thank you! :)

    Thank you! *blush*

    Glad to hear it! :)
  18. SHirsch999 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 19, 2011
    Threads like this make me wish I was back in school so I had a reason to take notes on my iPad.
  19. friedmud macrumors 65816

    Jul 11, 2008
    Yep: zooming is the difference.

    For the past 3 semesters I've been annotating slides during class using a normal stylus with an iPad Air. Because of all of the zooming required to write legibly it makes me terribly slow, and sometimes I have trouble keeping up.

    The Pencil is completely different. I don't need to zoom at all. I can leave the full slide on the IPP and write as small as I like and it comes out looking just like it does on paper.

    I'm super impressed so far!
  20. JT2002TJ macrumors 65816

    Nov 7, 2013
    Well... Go back... I debate with myself all the time about going for a PhD.
  21. ke-iron macrumors 65816

    Aug 14, 2014
    Lol I'll be testing this as soon as I get my pencil!
  22. MH01 Suspended


    Feb 11, 2008
    I realised this morning .... I'm a prime candidate and have the pencil. Though the MR community does not need to be punished with my shocking hand writing
  23. tillsbury macrumors 65816

    Dec 24, 2007
    Lol I agree, that's the most amazing hand printing I've seen outside an architectural office. How long does it take you to write a page of notes like that? Are you doing that live in a lecture? :-O
  24. Beards macrumors 6502a


    Mar 22, 2014
    Derbyshire UK
    Forget Med School... Wait until you have finished and you are in practice. After 20 years your handwriting becomes unintelligible.
    Worse, become a surgeon and your handwriting looks more like hieroglyphics!!
  25. MarcoCapa macrumors regular

    Jun 16, 2013
    Night sweats?
    However Great calligraphy
    P.S. Are you a med student?

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