Writing with Apple Pencil

To offer an amazing handwriting experience, Notability is fine-tuned to take advantage of Apple Pencil on iPad Pro. The best way to see how well Notability and Apple Pencil work together is to try it for yourself, but here are the highlights of what you can expect.

Highly Responsive Ink

Notability tracks Apple Pencil's position as closely as possible to make writing fast, fluid, and free of lag. If you've written in Notability before, you can rest assured that Apple Pencil offers the speed and smoothness you've come to know and love.

Pressure-sensitive Ink

Need to make lines thick, thin, or anything in between? Apply more pressure with Apple Pencil to make wider lines in Notability.

Palm Detection

Notability tells the difference between Apple Pencil and your palm, so your notes stay free of unwanted marks while resting your hand on your iPad's screen.

One-finger Scrolling

When you write with Apple Pencil, Notability detects it and lets you scroll through notes with your finger. To write with your finger and other styluses again:

  1. Tap the pencil or highlighter to open the style menu.
  2. Tap "Disconnect Apple Pencil".

When you start writing with Apple Pencil again, Notability will reconnect automatically.

What about shading?

Notability stores handwritten lines as vectors to make handwriting crisp no matter how far you zoom in. This also lets you resize, copy, and paste handwriting with the scissors. To offer shading, Notability would have to store writing as bitmaps, removing these other benefits. As a result, Notability can't add shading when Apple Pencil is tilted.

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