When it comes to iPad-compatible styluses, even though there’s very large choice available there are just a few truly useful ones. As it turns out, making a stylus designed to seamlessly work with an iPad is a very tough job since this tablet is made to work with your fingers. This means that input is being made in a little bit different manner, so there are a few important technical obstacles in order for a stylus to work and give valid results.
In order for a stylus to be iPad-compatible, there are several important restrictions. One of those is that it needs to use a rubber nip on its top, since this type of input can be seen as a finger touching the iPad’s screen. This is something that was very clear from the beginning, so artists and illustrators needed to accept this. In this article you’ll see a product that’s trying to bring something that looks like a ballpoint pen, but which works with an iPad. This stylus is called the Jot Script and comes from Adonit, a well-known maker of styluses.
I think we all can agree that Jot Script is a nicely looking stylus, even only by looking at its pictures. It’s very elegant and feels nice in hand. Near the top you’ll see Adonit’s logo and you’ll see a subtle green ring which indicates that this stylus is made in collaboration with Evernote, but more about this later. What’s important to say is that Jot Script is made to feel like a pen, and it succeeds in this. Its shape, volume, and weight allows easy transition from a traditional pen to a stylus-controlled iPad, which is usually not the case with most styluses.
Now, a few words on a technology that’s powering this product. In order for this small and fine tip to work, Adonit created something that’s called Pixelpoint Technology. This technology uses the Bluetooth LE, accelerometer, and Adonit’s SDK in order to create the ink point on the iPad’s screen right under this fine tip. What this means is that an iOS application needs to support Adonit’s SDK to fully take advantage of this product, and this also means that this stylus is primarily made for taking notes and drawing fine details.
You’ll be able to use Jot Script with Evernote’s Penultimate, which is the only application that currently supports Adonit’s SDK. On the other hand, many other applications work as well even though you won’t fully benefit from this product until SDK implementation occurs. I’ve tried using Jot Script with applications like Paper by 53, Adobe’s Ideas, and Autodesk’s Sketchbook Pro, and all of these applications successfully received input by this stylus. There were some glitches from time to time, but as I erased misinterpreted input I was able to continue with my drawing/note taking.
Adonit’s Jot Script is probably the best stylus, in case you need one for note taking and if you’re using Penultimate app. It will take some time until other applications decide to support this stylus, if they decide to do this. Even though you can draw using this stylus, it’s primarily made for note taking. This also means that its price of $75 seems very high at the moment, but I hope this will improve in the future once new apps integrate its SDK.