I draw on a Wacom Bamboo pill every single day, and whereas digital artwork is fast and environment friendly, typically I miss the sensation of drawing on paper. I’ve tried out a number of “sensible writing pads” that digitize textual content written on paper, however the iSKN Slate was among the many first I attempted in 2016 that was geared towards artists. The follow-up Slate I briefly examined at CES this 12 months is a giant enchancment.
The unique Slate was distinctive in that it let the person match magnetic rings on their very own pens and pencils, which might work with the magnets within the pill to transform strokes onto a companion app in actual time. You would then place any type of paper on high of the pill, clip it in place, and begin drawing. Again then, I used to be left upset by the pill’s bugginess and fickle sensitivity. The French startup’s fourth-generation product, referred to as the Slate Repaper, fixes a number of points along with including strain sensitivity.
The Imagink companion app, which works on iOS, Android, Mac, and PC, provides a few completely different brushes like a pencil, pen, chalk, and airbrush to select from. So though you can bodily be drawing with a pencil, the strokes you see on-screen could possibly be a unique brush and shade, relying on what you select. The identical goes for if you happen to slide the ring to the tip of the pen and make an erasing movement on the paper. The strokes on-screen might be erased, however the marks in your paper would possibly stay if you happen to weren’t truly utilizing a pencil with an eraser on the finish.
What’s neat concerning the Slate Repaper is you could additionally use it as an everyday pill if you happen to don’t really feel like drawing on paper. It comes with a stylus with 4,096 ranges of strain sensitivity, so you possibly can return to drawing digitally ought to the temper strike. On the facet of the pill are 4 shortcut buttons that may redo, undo, and alter brush measurement, plus an influence button.
There’s additionally a Screenless Mode which helps you to unplug the pill from the pc and use it anyplace. Your drawings might be saved internally on an SD card, they usually’ll be uploaded to the app while you plug the pill again into the pc.
The Slate Repaper will launch someday in September of this 12 months for round $200. That’s about the identical worth as a medium-sized Wacom Intuos pill, however with the added perk of getting the artistic freedom to attract on paper.