Pena supports the Wacom line of Bluetooth Stylus for iPad, such as the Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus.
Note: The Wacom bluetooth stylus is only compatible with iPad Mini, iPad3, iPad4, iPad Air, or higher.
Using a Wacom Bluetooth Stylus has several advantages:
Prior to using your Bluetooth Stylus, follow these steps on your iPad:
Refer to the photo at the top of this page for the location of various controls on the Stylus.
The Wacom 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 Wacom Bluetooth Stylus (via the Preferences Pane).
Once the iPad is setup correctly, follow these instructions for the Stylus:
If you already had a Battery installed, or do not see the message, Press the TOP part of the toggle (rocker) switch on the Stylus (the part closer to the End-Cap). When you release the toggle you should see the PopUp that the Stylus is Discovered.
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 blue. Once the Stylus is discovered the blue LED should go solid blue for a few moments, then turn off. If you do not see the LED light at all, again try the top part of the toggle switch. If you still do not see the LED light, check your battery.
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. The effect is ramped... that is, the brush size transitions to the new size over a short period of time. 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 Wacom Bluetooth Stylus choice in the Preferences Pane. Because the Stylus uses very little power you don't need to remove the Battery unless you do not intend to use it for an extended period of time.
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:
Apple®, the Apple logo, iPad, iPad Air, iPad Mini, iPod, iPhone, and iTunes
are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.
Wacom®, and Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus are trademarks of Wacom, registered in the U.S and other countries.