Adonit Pro3 Stylus 

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Artists tend to use a pen or pencil when creating a picture, so why not use something similar when working on a computer screen.

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As the capabilities and feature sets of modern computer devices develop in various ways and directions, so the available tools adapt to take advantage of the changes made to the make-up of our must-have units.  Take, for instance, the humble pointing tool used to provide the user with the means to carry out tactile communication with the computer.  The introduction of touch sensitive screen, whether on laptop or tablet devices, has seen a seismic rise in the appearance and use of stylus like tools as the means of interacting with the screen content.

  Recently I was introduced to a company that specialises in the manufacturer and production of stylus devices.  This company is Adonit.  Judging by the company’s website, Adonit does appear to concentrate all its energies purely on the development and manufacture of different stylus devices.  Included among the range of Adonit products are those named Axel Pro, Snap, Ink, Dash 3, Switch and the Pro3 which I have been trying out recently as my chosen tool for communicating with the various items of screen furniture.

The Pro3 stylus has been designed to work with any device with touch screen facilities.  My review sample is blue in colour and measures 127 mm in length.  The Pro3 adopts a circular barrel pencil shape with the result it fits comfortably in the hand.  A slit at the base of the stylus can be used as a means of attaching the stylus to somewhere secure when the device is not been used while a magnetic cap, at the other end, offers protection for the nib element when it is being stored during times of inactivity. 

Removing the magnetic cap will reveal the combination of dampering stylus tip and a non removable precision disc that provides the tactile connection.  While most of the barrel body of the Pro3 stylus is smooth, an area near the head or tip of the stylus, positioned were many users will tend to grip this devices, has a textured ribbed effect to help when securely holding the stylus.

Adonit does not supply any software or instructions for use with the Pro3.  In fact the company does not appear to have any direct interest in the development of software for use with the Pro3 as far as I could ascertain.  Fortunately the Pro3 can work with a variety of apps created by other third party companies.  A quick check of the Google Play Store revealed various apps such as Photoshop Sketch, Concepts, Pro Create, GoodNotes, Notes Plus, Noteshelf and Zoom Notes.  Some of these titles do have an in-app purchase facility which does tend to be taken into consideration when making a choice.

Depending upon the chosen app, the Adonit Pro3 stylus will allow the user to draw lines of different thickness, apply colours and paint-like effects to the display of their work on the touch sensitive screen.  As mentioned, for available instructions regarding the use and functionality of the Adonit Pro3 you will need to refer to the app that is providing the framework for the stylus to carry out its work.

The Adonit Pro3 is currently available from priced at £29.99.  For many, using a stylus will tend to be a far more natural way, than a mouse, when creating art work on a screen.  Of course you need to supply the creative talent.

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