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I'm Feeling Some Pressure

I'm Feeling Some Pressure
by Gary Woods

These days my iPad is never more than an arm's length away. When I first got it I felt the need for a keyboard and so I went out and got the Zagg. It was pretty cool and since then a number of companies have come up with great Bluetooth keyboards for the iPad but usually I just use my fingers and ditch the keyboard.

There are occasions however where I use a stylus for drawing on the iPad. I've used a couple of them and they are particularly handy if you have people sign on your device instead of having them use their finger.

The problem with all the styli I know of is that there is no subtlety with them. If you press hard or press soft what appears on the screen looks exactly the same but then I found what has been called the "smartest iPad pen" showed up on my doorstep.

The Pogo Connect is a Bluetooth pen that allows you to draw with different line widths and pressures on the iPad. It's very easy to set up and works with many drawing and note taking applications. The pen works at all angles, requires no calibration and provides hundreds of levels of pressure and best of all there are no moving parts.

I saw some particularly interesting results with the pen using the free app "Paper by FiftyThree." So if you use your iPad to draw Pogo Connect by Ten 1 Design is a useful product. It retails for $79.95 on their website but I found it on Amazon for $63.86.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc