Pencil uses besides drawing?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by marlman, May 5, 2016.

  1. marlman macrumors regular


    Oct 10, 2012
    I own a iPad pro 9.7" plus a smart keyboard and I love it, the keyboard is perfect for my needs especially now I have found all the keyboard shortcuts.

    I did not get the Pencil because I cannot draw to save my life!

    Is it worth me getting the Pencil I really want to try it but I do not want to waste £79 on something I might never use after the initial honeymoon period.

    Anyone use it daily besides for drawing?
  2. sjleworthy macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2008
    Penarth, Wales, UK

    I use mine all day for note taking and navigation
  3. ahostmadsen macrumors 6502a

    Dec 28, 2009
    Note taking. But I prefer to navigate with fingers.
  4. Infinitewisdom macrumors 6502a

    Sep 23, 2012
    The easy way to answer this is to ask yourself whether you use a writing device in your normal routines. If not, getting the pencil is sort of a waste of money.
  5. tgara macrumors 6502a


    Jul 17, 2012
    Connecticut, USA
    There are several threads about this already. I use the pencil for annotating documents.
  6. AlliFlowers Contributor


    Jan 1, 2011
    L.A. (Lower Alabama)
  7. 960design macrumors 68030

    Apr 17, 2012
    Destin, FL
    Yep, I use it daily with the notepad. I feel your pain, I can barely write legible, artistic drawing is far beyond my dexterity levels. Unlimited, two finger swipe to continue with your notes makes paper obsolete. I can quickly sketch out a design, annotate with notes ( that only I can read ) in a more natural way than keyboard / touch pad allows for me.
  8. alecgold macrumors 65816


    Oct 11, 2007
    Writing! Endless colleges notes, meeting minutes, doodles etc hardly readable but enough for me. And I like writing on a pad more then typing on a laptop.
  9. Marshall73 macrumors 65816


    Apr 20, 2015
    You don't have bad handwriting, you have 'realtime handwriting encryption' :D
  10. Nhwhazup macrumors 68020


    Sep 2, 2010
    New Hampshire
    I love the Pencil. I use it all the time for note taking.
  11. andyw715 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2013
    I've Pencil since mid December and use it everyday at work to take notes/draw storyboards/etc.

    It's actually cool to see how in the past few months how much my handwriting has improved by writing more.
  12. pmpalmiero macrumors newbie


    Apr 22, 2016
    Sterling, VA
  13. barkomatic macrumors 68040

    Aug 8, 2008
  14. Uofmtiger macrumors 68000


    Dec 11, 2010
    I use it with an app called Astropad to touch up photos in Photoshop on my Mac.
  15. urkel macrumors 68030

    Nov 3, 2008
    It keeps my Apple Watch company in my tech drawer.
  16. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Notes and Drawing is about it. Finger is superior for everything else. I got the pencil but have not used it after the first time os so, it was a waste of money. If I can find it, I would mail it to you to save you the money.
  17. glhaynes macrumors member

    Jun 14, 2012
    I felt like a jerk after spending $99 on a Pencil while having absolutely no drawing talent. (But I had to have one!) Then I discovered GoodNotes.

    I work in software development and have always kept scratch paper and pens at hand to draw little diagrams and notes, etc., as I work to help me understand and keep track of what I'm working on. I had kind of assumed that I'd never find a device that would be able to replace that low-tech solution for me, but I use GoodNotes all day long now. It's basically like working with paper except I can easily move/resize/change color/copy/erase/etc as I work. Instead of ending up with scratch notes that I throw away when I'm done, I end up with something approaching reusable documentation. Couldn't be happier.
  18. johngordon macrumors 68000

    Apr 19, 2004
    I couldn't justify it for drawing, but I am finding it brilliant for a particular thing I need to do - draw routes on top of some maps. I used to use a Wacom tablet and stylus, but it could be tricky doing it by eye with the map on the screen. Doing it directly on the iPad is fantastic. And then I can send it back to Illustrator using Adobe's iOS apps.

    The other app I'm really enjoying is Pigment - an app version of those adult colouring in books you can get now:

    Might not be for everyone, but surprisingly addictive and very mindful - you can get quite absorbed in it to the exclusion of everything else, and works beautifully with the pencil.
  19. frankdogg macrumors 6502


    Mar 24, 2011
    Mid-Wilshire LA
    I use the pencil for note taking and highlighting/underlining when I'm reading stuff via iBooks. The pencil doesn't let you underline per say but it makes it easier to select the things to be highlighted/underlined. I also really appreciate the weight and feel of the pencil.

    But for the cost, I'm not so sure if it's worth it. I got mine using a gift card, so I paid nothing.
  20. RevTEG macrumors 6502


    Oct 28, 2012
    San Jose, Ca
    Count me in, I also use the pencil for highlighting in iBooks and the Kindle apps. I also find it so much better at marking up PDF's for teaching/grading.

    My pencil paid for itself when I was trying to explain, to some overseas contractors, what repairs I needed done on one of the buildings our relief organization oversees in the Philippines. I was having trouble explaining it until i made a simple drawing with color highlights of the repair areas. I was then able to email them the "drawing". Being able to make that drawing saved me a ton of frustration.
  21. mixel macrumors 68000


    Jan 12, 2006
    Leeds, UK
    You can use it as a drumstick for the virtual drumkits in Garage Band..

    (.. Don't do this.)
  22. DougFNJ macrumors 65816


    Jan 22, 2008
    The big reason for my buying the 9.7" Pro was for the Apple Pencil. I am not an artist, I wanted to replace paper and pen.

    I second Goodnotes as a great app for the Pencil. First of all, it gives you the ability to organize content into individual notebooks. So I have notebooks for clients, office meetings, personal, and photos.

    If I happen to be in an industrial area where having the iPad is not a good idea, I bring a pad and paper, and then take a photo of the note into Goodnotes. Then I could draw over that which is funny because it looks like it is part of the photo when doing this. My Boss had given me notes he had handwritten for a project we were working on. I took the photo of it and was able to highlight the important areas, and wrote my own notes in spots below his.

    The most important thing I have found is I am no longer losing notes. I used to write on a bunch of pages, rip them out and tuck them in my pad folio. When I went to find them sometimes they may had fallen out, or II may had left an important note in the office. They are now full time with me.

    If you do not take notes, and you don't draw, then I would probably not get it, but if you can see the value in the multiple posts here from fellow non artists, then you'll see it's worth it.
  23. Precursor macrumors 6502a


    Sep 29, 2015

    Same story, got the pencil , no drawing done whatsoever. Then discovered GoodNotes. Couldn't bring in a laptop to take notes during meetings at work, looked awkward and was impractical, but taking notes with pencil on GoodNotes increased my work efficiency by a lot!
  24. glhaynes macrumors member

    Jun 14, 2012
    Forgot to mention: GoodNotes runs on OS X as well. It also syncs with several services including iCloud and even has a backup feature that exports a .zip of all your notebooks on a regular basis. It's a fantastic app.
  25. Stevi macrumors member


    Sep 25, 2012
    Whiteshell Provincial Park, Mb, Canada
    I use Notability, and I love being able to mark up PDFs and take my own notes. I can't draw to save my life, but my pencil gets plenty of use and I love how my notes are no longer on assorted bits of paper.

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