Pena Contents
Introduction
Control Pane
Brush Pane
Texture Pane
Effects Pane
Color Picker
Save/Load Pane
Selection Pane
Preferences Pane
Intelligent Canvas
Wacom Bluetooth Stylus
Jot Bluetooth Stylus
  • iPad Setup
  • Stylus Setup
  • Using the Stylus
  • Stylus Status
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    The Effects Library
    Effects Introduction
    Color Source Effects
    Procedural Source Effects
    Color Filter Effects
    Spatial Filter Effects
    Math and Logic Effects
    Special Effects
     
    Artists Gallery
    The Artist Gallery
     
    Pena Support
    Troubleshooting

       

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      Using a Jot Bluetooth Stylus

      Pena supports the Jot line of Bluetooth Stylus for iPad, such as the Jot Touch 4 Stylus.

      Note: The Jot bluetooth stylus is only compatible with iPad Mini, iPad3, iPad4, iPad Air, or higher.

      Using a Jot Bluetooth Stylus has several advantages:

      • Painting Style - Using a stylus to paint, instead of your finger, offers you better control over your painting and the styles you can produce.
      • Pressure - The stylus transmit information about how hard you are pressing on the tablet. We translate that pressure into the brush size so you can make subtle changes to the brush size while painting.
      • Color 1 / Color 2 Exchange - This is a Pena feature that only works while using the Stylus. By pressing a button on the Stylus you can switch which Color you are drawing to the screen. Normally Pena draws Color 1 to the screen. By tapping the switch on the Stylus you can switch to Color 2. This lets you load up two Effects or Colors and quickly switch between them while painting.
       

      iPad Setup


      Prior to using your Bluetooth Stylus, follow these steps on your iPad:

      1. Turn Bluetooth ON on your iPad. There is no pairing process needed, just turn Bluetooth ON.
      2. In Pena, open the Preferences Pane and set the Jot Bluetooth Stylus choice to a Green Check Mark.
      3. Look just below the Jot Bluetooth Stylus words in the Preferences Pane to see the Stylus Connection messages:

        • Off - No stylus detected or bluetooth is turned off.
        • Disconnected - The stylus is currently disconnected.
        • Scanning... - The software is looking for an active stylus.
        • Pairing... - A stylus has been found and is being paired.
        • Connected! - A stylus is active and being used in Pena.
       

      Stylus Setup


      Refer to the photo at the top of this page for the location of various controls on the Stylus.

      The Jot Bluetooth Stylus uses an advanced Bluetooth which is very low power and requires no pairing. Make sure Bluetooth is turned on in the iPad, and Pena is set to use the Jot Bluetooth Stylus (via the Preferences Pane).

      Once the iPad is setup correctly, follow these instructions for the Stylus:

      1. Battery - The Jot Touch 4 is rechargable. Make sure it has a full charge by inserting the end of the stylus into the charger and plugging the charger into a powered USB port.
      2. Hold the Stylus - Hold the Stylus near the iPad with the toggle (rocker) switch near your index finger, as you would hold a pen.
      If the Stylus has not been powered up, push Button 1 (nearest the tip) until you see the LED on the stylus turn green.

      Observe the connection messages on the Preferences Pane, if you see Pairing... as the message, tap the stylus to the screen. The device should then automatically pair and connect.

      Note that the Stylus has a LED just above the toggle (rocker) switch. If the Stylus has not been discovered, this LED should be flashing green. Once the Stylus is discovered the green LED should go solid green for a few moments, then turn off. If you do not see the LED light at all, again try the bottom part of the toggle switch. If you still do not see the LED light, check the power.

      To turn the Jot Stylus off, push and hold both buttons on the stylus (or in the middle of the toggle switch) until you see the LED turn red. When it turns red, release the button and the stylus will turn off.

       

      Using the Stylus


      The toggle (rocker) switch on the side of the Stylus has predefined functionality in Pena.

      When using the Stylus, the toggle (rocker) switch on the side of the stylus has two toggle positions. Pressing the switch on the Tip-Side is what we will call Button 1. Pressing the switch on the Cap-Side is what we will call Button 2.

      Button 1 (the Tip-Side button) is very useful. It gives you a capability in Pena that you can't get any other way. Button 1 lets you swap Color 1 and Color 2 when drawing. It is a toggle. By default you are painting Color 1. If you tap Button 1 you will switch to be painting with Color 2. Tap it again to switch back to Color 1.

      This is very useful as you can put two different effects, or use two different colors and toggle between them while painting by tapping Button 1.

      Note that if you use different Effects, one outputting to Color 1, and a different one outputting to Color 2, both Effects are run (assuming both are turned on in the Effects Pane), though only one (Color 1 or Color 2) will be output. If your Effects are fast, this is no problem. However, if one or both of your Effects are slow, the one that is not being painted with will slow down your overall painting (because the Effect is still generated, but the result is thrown out).

      Note that if you stop Pena and start it up again, Color 1 will automatically be used.

      Button 2 (the Cap-Side button) lets you toggle whether or not Pressure changes the brush size. Tap Button 2 to toggle Pressure On, tap it again to toggle Pressure Off. You will get a confirmation message telling you that Pressure is ON or OFF.

      When Pressure is ON, the harder you press the Stylus the larger the brush will get. As you let up on the pressure of the Stylus, the brush will begin to return to its original size (or its current size if it was being modified by Brush Taper).

      When you are done using the Stylus, simply turn off the Jot Bluetooth Stylus choice in the Preferences Pane. Because the Stylus uses very little power you don't need to recharge it often. To turn the Stylus off, follow the directions above.

       

      Stylus Status


      While using a bluetooth stylus with Pena, the Control Pane shows a variety of messages about the current status of the stylus.

      The messages appear on the very left and very right side of the Control Pane, above and below the Move Pane Arrows:

      • Button 1 Mode - The very upper left corner of the Control Pane shows the current mode of Button 1. Button 1 controls whether or not the color output to the Canvas is Color 1 or Color 2. If Color 1 is being output, this area will read color 1 in white. If Color 2 is being output, this area will read color 2 in black. If the stylus has disconnected the message will appear in red.
      • Button 2 Mode - The very lower left corner of the Control Pane shows the current mode of Button 2. Button 2 controls whether or not stylus pressure is being used to change the brush size. If Pressure Sensing is turned on, this area will read press on in green. If Pressure Sensing is turned off, this area will read press off in yellow. If the stylus has disconnected the message will appear in red.
      • Battery Percentage - The very upper right corner of the Control Pane shows the stylus battery power as a percentage. 100% means full, 0% is empty. The color reflects how close to empty you are (50% and greater is green, 20% and greater is yellow, below 20% is red). If the stylus has disconnected the message will appear in red.
      • Connection Status - The very lower right corner of the Control Pane shows the stylus connection status as the word stylus in a color. The colors have the following meanings:

        • Black - (Off) No stylus detected or bluetooth is turned off.
        • Red - (Disconnected) The stylus is currently disconnected.
        • Yellow - (Scanning) The software is looking for an active stylus.
        • Blue (Pairing) A stylus has been found and is being paired.
        • Green (Connected) A stylus is currently being used.

        If the stylus has disconnected the message will appear in red. To see the actual connection mode as text, rather than a color, open the Preferenes Pane. The connection status will be shown under the option text.

      Note that the above status messages only appear when you are using a stylus. When the stylus is turned off in the Preferences Pane, no messages will appear.

       

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