If there is one criticism that could be leveled at the Anoto Digital Pen it would be pointing squarely at a distinct lack of finesse in the looks department. This, of course, is not a factor when choosing such a product for your enterprise but from time to time, when using the Digital Pen, the question of looks superficially scrolls through my procession of thoughts. These perfunctory reflections may never have occurred were it not for products such as Adobes Mighty or indeed the glamorous Jot range from Adonit. Granted they are different products that perform different functions in different environments and most of these stylish note taking devices have something in common… They are all pomaceous at heart!
Whilst I have nothing against Apple and I am a lover of all things aesthetic I sit firmly on the other side of the functional fence with Google and Android (who are not unknown for stylish creations). I also happily kneel before my Operating System overlord that is Linux but do however recognise that Apples OS runs on a Unix kernel which is why I get so bothered by the fact that I don’t see, in the area of multimedia (more specifically graphics and audio), the same number of quality products, in this category, released for Android. Ok, enough about my likes and dislikes we are here to talk about the stylish digital digit device that is the stylus.
Let’s briefly take a look at the Adonit Jot mentioned above. The Jot uses Adonits Pixelpoint™ technology that has enabled the first fine point stylus on the market with a 1.9mm tip. This will be great for Digital Artists, most of whom will be firmly entrenched in the Apple camp, but it remains to be seen how these stylish devices will stack up against the power of its older, flexible, tech savvy yet slightly prosaic sibling. For now, at least, I have yet to see such a product as versatile or enterprise ready than the solution we are providing but there are some grounds being made in this area and it won’t be long before we see a product that can co-exist in the enterprise and the studio.