Is this an iPad Pro or Pencil issue? (Notability)

Discussion in 'iPad' started by TorontoJen, May 17, 2016.

  1. TorontoJen macrumors newbie

    May 17, 2016
    I just purchased a 12.9 iPad a few days ago and have been handwriting notes using Notability with no issues.

    Yesterday, I started getting missing lines in my letters, where the pencil just seems to drop out for a second and leave a tiny gap. The pencil is charged, the screen is clean, and I rebooted it. Still get the same issue every so many sentences. It's not a huge deal but it is distracting.

    Not sure what device I should be troubleshooting. Or is it the app?

    Any tips? Or maybe those who use Notability can tell me if this is common?

    Thanks so much.
  2. kevroc macrumors 6502

    Oct 15, 2011
    I use notability every day and have not noticed this. You might want to randomly try another writing app when you notice it happening to see if it might be the app or if it's ipad / pencil related.
  3. alecgold macrumors 65816


    Oct 11, 2007
  4. Thares macrumors 6502


    Feb 25, 2011
    Dresden, Germany
    I also use Notability a lot for a couple of years now. I never experienced such an issue with my regular stylus. As the others said:

    • try to recreate the issue when using other handwriting apps
    • reinstall Notability
    • ask the Notability team for advice

    Good luck!
  5. mostro900 macrumors member

    Nov 14, 2007
    sounds more like the issue I'm having with NotesPlus, not Notability...
  6. Abazigal macrumors G4


    Jul 18, 2011
    I think I experience this issue once in a while, I think. Basically, it's like writing with a pen that seems to run out of ink every few seconds.

    In my (limited) experience, the problem seems to stem when my Apple Pencil comes in contact with water. Bit of background, as a teacher, I use my ipad in the classroom and have a habit of spitting when I talk. If my Apple Pencil comes in contact with the saliva stains on the ipad screen, there is a tendency for the ipad to not register the writing from my Apple Pencil.

    However, the problem only happens very infrequently, and goes away after a short while. You can try writing in another app like Notes or PDF expert and see if the problem replicates itself.
  7. LCPepper macrumors 6502


    Aug 5, 2013
    United Kingdom
    I use notability all the time, and I have to say that I have never experienced this in normal usage.

    I did at one point when I'd been messing with twiddling the tip of the Apple Pencil... This can cause detection issues apparently.

    Make sure that the tip of your pencil is properly screwed in, see if that makes a difference.
  8. Snarl macrumors member

    Nov 3, 2012
    Canada Eh
    I've had a similar issue but in my case the Tip was a little loose, snugged it up and all was okay.
  9. lax28 macrumors 6502


    Sep 28, 2014
    New Jersey
    I use Notabilty almost daily. It has become my favorite note taking and PDF app. (I have a lot of them) Anyway, I have never experienced this at all. I would guess there may be an issue with the pencil.
  10. Wildkraut macrumors 6502a


    Nov 8, 2015
    Heh a spitting teacher, the nightmare of every student. Poor students, poor iPad... ;)
  11. alex_at macrumors newbie

    Mar 19, 2018
    interesting thing - I noticed that behaviour for the first time on my fist gen iPad Pro 12.9 with Notabiliy. I used the iPad extensively the last few weeks and today it's the first time it occured to me ...

    any ideas?

    Today right before I started using Noteability the app updated itself - I doubt that's the cause - but you never know ....
  12. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    If you have an apple store close to you, take your iPad to the store and pair it with a pencil they have there. That will quickly tell you if it is the iPad or the pencil
  13. Precursor macrumors 6502a


    Sep 29, 2015
    I had the exact same problem on GoodNotes, then I found out it was due to one of the iPad settings. I changed the setting and didn't have the problem ever since. This was 2 years ago though, so I can't remember what the setting was :/

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