Our favorite illustrator/humorist/tech reviewer Brad Colbow is back with what may be his best video yet.

After his M3 Surface Pro 4 let him down due to some stroke anomalies, Brad turned his attention to the new Apple iPad Pro. Without a Pencil available to test, he has instead surveyed the wide array of iOS apps, especially those from Adobe.

I'll let him tell you the rest, but I agree 100% with his observations.

Got my new iPad but it will be a few weeks before I get the pencil and can review it. In the mean time I'm checking out what apps are out there and here are my thoughts on what Adobe is bringing to the table.

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It seems like everything related to Apple must come with its share of marketing hyperbole (and a well-shot video).

Witness Fifty Three's Pencil. The guys behind Microsoft's canceled Courier project founded their own studio and released Paper for iPad about two years ago. It's a very nice and very simple drawing app.

Watch the video below to see the app in action with the company's new bluetooth Pencil. Breathless hype from The Verge's Ellis Hamburger ("the best iPad stylus yet") aside, it's like drawing with a big crayon.

Great tools inspire great ideas. Pencil is the most natural and expressive tool for getting ideas on Paper. Advanced technology meets beautiful design to keep you in the flow, without needing to switch tools. With Erase, Blend, and adaptive Palm Rejection, Pencil puts creative possibility in your hands. Learn more about Pencil: fiftythree.com/pencil Download Paper: itunes.apple.com/us/app/paper-by-fiftythree/id506003812?mt=8 Director: Andrew S Allen Editing & Post Production: Kristofer Martin Original Score: Patrick Cannell (patrickcannell.com) Recording & Mastering: Jeremy Sklarsky (jeremysklarsky.com) Cellist: Dave Eggar (https://www.facebook.com/daveeggar) Recorded at Threshold Studios (thresholdstudios.com) Music Supervision: Good Ear Music Supervision (goodear.tv) Production: Allen Lau, Amy Cao, Denis Kovacs, KJ Chun, Jason Sondhi, Tara Feener Special Thanks: Chana Lee Mitty, Jen Mussari, and Amit Pitaru

AuthorRick Rodriguez

Ars Technica offers an in-depth review of the Modbook 2.0, the third party hack that turns a MacBook Pro into an art tablet with Wacom digitizer. For a quarter of the price, I'd say the Surface Pro compares very favorably.


It's a mystery why Apple has left its dominance over the creative market slip over the last few years. Yes, artists represent a tiny slice of the marketplace, but they were the segment that kept the company in business during its darkest post-Steve Jobs years. Just imagine if Apple were to release an Air with iPad-like touchscreen...

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You may recall the kerfuffle when Oprah Winfrey tweeted that the Surface RT was one of her "favorite things"...from an iPad. Pretty embarrassing (and I hope Microsoft got its promotional dollars back).

So it was with some trepidation that I decided to write this post using the iOS Squarespace app. Yes, the creation of this blog has been 100% Windows so far, but that doesn't mean I won't need to write something on the run in the future.

And most importantly, we're fairly OS agnostic here. We'll use anything so long as it gets the job done. We fully intend to do head to head comparisons between the Surface Pro, iPad, Nexus 7 and any other device that might fit in a professional or hobbyist artist's toolkit.

And to prove it, here's an oldie but goodie speed painting video from iPad artist David Jon Kassan, who works miracles with his finger tips. We're not worthy.