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Briefly: New Griffin iPad Air case, new apps for FiftyThree's Pencil

07/23, 6:23pm

Griffin Technology's Survivor Slim rugged iPad Air case now available

Griffin Technology has announced the release of a new rugged case for use with iPad Air. The Survivor Slim aims to deliver protection for all conditions, featuring a shatter-resistant shell and silicone bumper for absorbing the shock of a drop. Its accompanying screen shield prevents scratches and smudges, and the flexible button covers deflect dust, dirt, and rain from entering vulnerable places on the tablet.

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Briefly: Paper's new iOS 8 feature, Sunrise Calendar app integration

06/17, 8:30pm

FiftyThree announces upcoming iOS 8-exclusive Pencil stylus control feature for Paper

FiftyThree will be adding a new stylus feature for its Paper drawing app for the upcoming iOS 8. Called "Surface Pressure," the feature will allow the Pencil tool's tapered tip to shade, fill and draw according to how much of the rubber tip is in contact with the screen. Fine lines can be created with the nib of the Pencil, and broad strokes as well as shading can be achieved by tilting the stylus to one side. The input feature will also work with Paper's existing digital brushes. The updated Surface Pressure feature will be available this fall upon the release of iOS 8, and will be automatically available for owners of the Pencil stylus. Paper by FiftyThree is free to download from the App Store; the Pencil stylus is available through Amazon starting at $60.

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FiftyThree files 'Paper' trademark, asks Facebook to change app name

02/04, 3:31pm

Facebook board member investor in FiftyThree

Facebook may be formally challenged for the use of the word "Paper" as an app name. FiftyThree, the developers of the iPad drawing app Paper has requested Facebook change the name of its latest magazine-style app, which is using the same name. To reinforce the request, FiftyThree has filed with the United States Patent and Trade Office for a trademark on the name, with a filing of January 30, the same day as the Facebook launch.

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Makers of Paper app announce wooden Bluetooth stylus for iPad

11/19, 10:45am

FiftyThree studios announces Pencil stylus

FiftyThree, the studio behind popular iPad sketching app Paper, have announced the availability of a new stylus the iPad. Dubbed "Pencil," the stylus mimics the look of its namesake, with a hardwood exterior molded to look like a architect's pencil. The new device will pair with FiftyThree's existing app, enabling a number of previously unavailable features for Paper.

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Paper for iPad tops 1.5m downloads, 7m pages in two weeks

04/12, 1:05pm

Paper for iPad gets record interest early on

Fiftythree sent word late Wednesday that its Paper app for the iPad (App Store) has crossed the 1.5 million download mark in its first two weeks. The same interval saw a total of seven million pages created at the same time, suggesting that every user made at least one page. It's not clear how many had paid for extra drawing tools beyond what's free.

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