It’s doubtful whether Napoleon would have considered the pen mightier than the sword, but we’re about to find out whether a mighty pen is mightier than a pencil. Let me explain...
The graphics software giant that is Adobe is aiming to make pencil and paper drawings obsolete with its new Internet connected Project Mighty smart pen, and its companion smart ruler, Project Napoleon. They’ll be available beginning in 2014 are targeted at creative professionals such as architects and, or anyone whose job entails drawing. By inscribing directly on a tablet, they’ll be able to instantly share your work with others, eliminating the need for image scanning, importing, exporting, attaching to an email, etc.
Both the pen and ruler are being released in conjunction with Adobe’s drafting iPad app, Project Parallel. All three are designed to interface with Adobe’s larger Creative Cloud subscription service, which features all of their other design software such as Photoshop, InDesign, Dreamweaver, and the rest. The goal is to make digital creativity accessible and more natural by combining the familiarity of pen and paper with the ability to copy/paste your digital assets across all of your (and others’) devices.
The Mighty Pen features a very thin tip that allows for precision not usually associated with tablets, considering that their screens were designed to be drawn on by a big, fat finger. You can choose from different pen types which are modeled after actual pens and other tools that designers often employ in their work. The pen is ergonomically designed for both right and left-handers.
The Napoleon ruler allows you to draw perfectly straight lines between points by sensing where it is on the screen and pulls its power directly from the small amount of electric current created by the interaction of your fingers and the touchscreen. It also features pads on is bottom to prevent surface scratching and allow for smooth movement.
If a picture’s worth a thousand words, then video’s worth a million. Take a look at them in action:
How cool is that? Adobe hasn’t yet said how much they’ll cost, but they are sure to be priced to move. They are currently offering some great discounts on their Creative Cloud service and special deals on Project Mighty and Project Napoleon are sure to pop up soon. After all, what’s the point in getting great new tech to the market if no one can afford it? None.
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