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Stylus maker Adonit releases its first iPad drawing app

Stylus maker Adonit releases its first iPad drawing app

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Adonit makes some of the best iPad styluses out there, and now it's starting to make an iPad drawing app to help you sketch with them. The app, called Forge, is being released today. It's specifically designed to work with Adonit's pressure-sensitive Jot Touch stylus, but it'll work with any generic stylus and even your finger, too.

Forge is set up to let you iterate on designs and ideas

Forge is a fairly straightforward drawing app with five tools, a quick color selector, and most of the screen left empty for you to sketch on. All of the tools work well and do a good job of translating your marks into smooth and stylish lines, especially when you're using the Jot Touch. Forge's interface has a minimal aesthetic that tries to streamline the process of getting you from opening the app to starting to draw — it should look really familiar to anyone who's used Adobe's Line and Sketch apps before. For the most part, it's as simple as you want it to be while still allowing you to quickly change brush sizes and adjust your color choices.

What Adonit sees as Forge's speciality is how it handles layers. For one, support for layers isn't something that you often find in a lot of these simple drawing apps, so that's already a step up. Forge also makes it really easy to move a layer from one page to a new one, allowing you to continually iterate on designs, sketches, and ideas. That's how Adonit believes that a drawing app should be used — though, depending on your work habits, that may be more or less useful.

Forge is free to use, but you'll be limited by how many files you can save unless you pay $3.99. Owners of a Jot Touch will want to give Forge a try to see if it's worth the money; though other apps — including Sketch and Zen Brush — integrate support for the enhanced features of the Jot Touch, Adonit's app is likely to present some of the best results you can get. In our initial testing of the app, the stylus worked well as long as you held it at the right angle. Given the iPad's limited ability to handle styluses, any improvement might be worth it.