Auto Reconnect. Now, you only need to Kiss-to-Pair™ once. If Pencil becomes disconnected, it will automatically reconnect to your iPad when you start drawing. Want to use Pencil on a different iPad? Just pair with the new iPad.
Faster. 64-bit support allows faster Paper load times.
Pogo Connect. Now supported on iPad Air.
Version 1.6.3 is now available in the App Store. If you enjoy Paper, please leave a review. Happy creating!
After many months working to lay the groundwork for global shipping and sales, we are thrilled to announce that Pencil is now available for purchase worldwide. To celebrate, we’re offering a special discount on Amazon.com.
Called “the best iPad stylus” by Wired and The Verge, Pencil is the latest in our essential suite of mobile tools for creativity. Pencil’s special expressive features, erase, blend, and adaptive palm rejection, open up a new world of creative possibilities in Paper and other supported apps. This fall, we’re also introducing Surface Pressure, a new feature that uses Pencil’s uniquely-designed tip. Surface Pressure makes expression from every angle possible, and is coming to Pencil with the release of iOS 8.
Pencil comes in two models: Walnut, made from sustainable hardwood and including a built-in magnetic snap, and Graphite in black, brushed aluminum. Pencil is now for sale on Amazon UK, France, and Germany, and is available for shipping worldwide from Amazon.com. You can see all of the places to buy Pencil here. (To redeem the discount on Amazon.com, just click on the “Clip Coupon” link. Offer ends August 4, 2014.)
It’s been a long road to bring Pencil into the world. As we mentioned in November when Pencil first launched to US and Canada-based customers, crafting hardware from scratch is a complex endeavor, and making it available to creators around the world requires people with experience ranging from industrial design and mechanical engineering, to embedded systems and manufacturing management. Not to mention, legal expertise and in-depth knowledge of global logistics and distribution.
Thank you for your incredible support through these past months, and for spreading the love for Pencil far and wide. We hope the tools we make continue to inspire you to sketch, to create, and to bring your ideas to life.
Today our team is proud to announce the latest in our Making FiftyThree series, The Precision Behind Blend. Learn about the precision and ingenuity that went into fine-tuning Blend from our software engineer Denis Kovacs, who, along with our Pencil hardware team, spent many months sweating the details.
Today we’re thrilled to announce the FiftyThree SDK, the simplest way for app developers to integrate Pencil’s powerful creative features into their own apps.
We built Pencil to make creating on the iPad simple and natural with features like blend, erase, adaptive palm rejection, and the simplest Bluetooth pairing with Kiss-to-Pair™. Now with the release of our SDK, app developers anywhere can bring the Pencil experience to new platforms for creativity whether it’s games, document editors, music, or even museum installations.
Developers are already discovering new ways of using Pencil to bring the power of natural creativity to their apps, starting with our partners:
Procreate, an award-winning digital illustration app now has its three key features, Paint, Smudge, and Erase, combined into one intuitive tool. Noteshelf, the best note-taking app, just got better with Pencil’s leading palm rejection technology for easy handwriting. And Squiggle (coming soon), a popular music app that has been exhibited at MoMA, that will let you draw musical strings with Pencil, pluck them with your fingers, and cut them with the eraser.
We’ve worked hard to create an SDK to give developers access to all the powerful expressive technologies in Pencil from touch classifiers to palm rejection to Surface Pressure (coming with iOS 8).
To everyone in the FiftyThree community, we hope you enjoy using Pencil with our partners, and to developers worldwide, sign up today for access to our SDK. At FiftyThree, we build tools to remove barriers to creation, and we’d love to further this mission in collaboration with you.
Last fall, in collaboration with Moleskine, we introduced Book, a handmade, custom-printed journal made right from within Paper. Today, our team is excited to announce that Book received a Gold IDEA in the 2014 International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA). To celebrate, we’re offering Book at a special discounted price of $25 USD through September 30th.
With Book, sketches created in the app are brought to life in a beautiful fifteen-page foldout created exclusively by Moleskine for Paper. Book rethinks print-on-demand, and was selected as an IDEA winner for its “brilliant digital and physical design execution.”
See how creators use Book to capture seasonal flavors, say thanks, share stories, commemorate projects and events, and make others smile. Book is the simplest and most beautiful way to share your ideas with others, and is available worldwide.
Download Paper for free to get started.
Center image courtesy of Michael Rose
Last July, our team was honored to receive a Gold IDEA for Paper in digital design from the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA).
Widely regarded as one of the preeminent design awards in the United States, the International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) is hosted by the IDSA each year to promote design excellence and to foster understanding of design’s impact on the quality of life and the economy.
We’re humbled by the recognition by IDSA and eager to continue developing tools that enable creativity around the world. It’s no small task, but we can’t imagine a more worthwhile goal.
Interested in joining us? We’re hiring.
Pencil, called “the best iPad stylus” by Wired and The Verge, is about to get better. Today we’re excited to announce Surface Pressure, a new feature that uses Pencil’s uniquely-designed tip. Surface Pressure comes to Pencil with the release of iOS 8 this Fall.
Same Pencil, More Expressive
Pencil’s tapered tip was inspired by the expressive richness of real pencil points, which allow creators to change the character of the line with the angle of the tip. With Surface Pressure you’ll be able to control the lines you create based on how much of Pencil’s tip or eraser is in contact with your iPad. Use the point for fine details or the angled edge for broad strokes. Surface Pressure unlocks new capabilities for each of Paper's tools—fill faster as you draw, shade as you sketch, or carve away in varying widths as you erase.
Stay in the flow and change drawing styles simply by changing the way you hold Pencil—no stopping to fuss with the settings menu. This new feature is unique to Pencil and will be unlocked for all existing Pencil users with an update to Paper this Fall.
Commitment to Customers Old and New
We’re committed to always improving the products we build—not only for new creators, but for everyone who’ve been with us since day one. Pencil launched last November with palm rejection, flip-to-erase, and blend as core features. Surface Pressure builds on Pencil’s simplicity by unlocking a new spectrum of expressive possibilities.
Surface Pressure will come as a free software upgrade to the original Pencil this Fall with the release of iOS 8. U.S. and Canada customers can buy Pencil now on our online Store and on Amazon. We’re working hard to bring Pencil to international customers, too. Sign up to be notified when it’s available near you.