iPad Pro Pencil as regular stylus?

sjleworthy

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I appreciate the new Pencil and it's new abilities are specially written into the software, and as yet only a few apps can fully utilise it, but can we assume we can also use the pencil on regular apps as a regular stylus without the special options?

any reason why it wont work on non-Pencil apps as a regular cheap style stylus you can buy for a dollar out there?
 
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Menel

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Maybe, but not likely.
The cheap stylus are designed to look like a finger, and the cheap apps are designed to look for fingers.

The applePencil is read different, in order to recognize the different brush strokes, and so that your actual fingers/palm don't show up in drawing.
 

sjleworthy

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Maybe, but not likely.
The cheap stylus are designed to look like a finger, and the cheap apps are designed to look for fingers.

The applePencil is read different, in order to recognize the different brush strokes, and so that your actual fingers/palm don't show up in drawing.

yes, but can all that be turned off and use it as a regular non fancy stylus i wonder, without the special software magic?

would be nice. i hope you're wrong :p
 

augustya

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any reason why it wont work on non-Pencil apps as a regular cheap style stylus you can buy for a dollar out there?
forget non-pencil apps as the moment it wont work on even any other iPad other than the iPad Pro. If you see the Keynote film, the pencil writing impression, comes from a special responsive display and screen including the force touch feature. So I have doubts that the pencil will work to its fullest ability on anything other than the iPad Pro.
 

hovscorpion12

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The Apple Pencil only works on the iPad Pro, but it is a simple stylus. Download a handwriting keyboard and write all your texts and emails without ever touching the screen with your fingers.
 

mpetrides

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Not sure what the OP means by "regular apps." I've tried the Pencil on several apps that allow handwritten input, either using a stylus or a finger, and they work pretty well with the Pencil.

I'm currently using Bamboo Paper with the Pencil, since Wacom's own Bamboo Fineline Stylus doesn't work even in Bamboo Paper on the IPP. The Pencil works great in this app, much better than the Fineline Stylus does on other iPads, although Palm Rejection could be improved a bit by Wacom. One Note works very well with the Pencil. Noteshelf exhibits noticeable lag, but is nonetheless useable with the Pencil. Likewise 53 Paper works pretty well. Procreate works very well. Penultimate is not only a bit laggy, but could do with some improvement in Palm rejection as well.

Summarizing: OneNote, Bamboo Paper, Procreate, and Apple Notes work very well with the Pencil.
53 Paper is pretty good, albeit a bit laggy.
Noteshelf has annoying lag but is useable.
Penultimate his suboptimal, with lag and poor Palm rejection.
 
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