Sunday-Stylus-Run-around: Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus

>So I gave in and bought the Wacom intuos creative stylus

In the Netherlands you can buy them online via either Wacom Europe, multiple 3rd party online stores one of which had a nice discount but middling to poor reviews on customer service, or at the apple affiliate store.
I chose the brick and mortar store because I can easily drop by and exchange pens if there is a warranty issue with the pen.

Some musings after having worked about 1 1/2 months with the pen.


It does two things better than the pogo (pictured above) at this moment: the connection takes less effort to (re-)establish, is more stable (the pen goes to sleep after two minutes of not being used) and the line width and transparency flow is smoother. (Must be those 2048 levels.)

The pens I made for the pogo needed a little tweak and they work fine with the Wacom intuos creative stylus.

If you’ve used the pogo pen or the Wacom bamboo pen, the wacom nib has more bounce and is softer. You can interchange the wacom bamboo nib, which is firmer, with the wacom intuos creative stylus nib. I haven’t tried it yet, so I don’t know what that’ll do to the pressure sensitivity or the drawing sensation.

The wacom intuos creative stylus has quirks that all wacom pens display, that weird bit of give and the clicky sound. According to wacom it’s all fine and within parameters, and my pen pressure sensitivity isn’t affected adversely. Still, if you think the wobble and clicky sound is beyond the scope displayed in the vid, contact wacom or you brick and mortar store to check it out.

Of Note: The Wacom intuos creative stylus is less responsive on an ipad air and mini retina ipad. No word on how and when they’ll fix that. more about the issue on the Wacom forum

Palm rejection isn’t supported in procreate since it relies on gestures for a smooth workflow. Check with the app you love to work with, to see if they’ve enabled it.

Battery life is still undecided. The battery the pen came with, gave out after three weeks of use. Faulty battery or faulty pen? Time will tell, since I’m documenting the daily use of the pen with the new battery. If you have to change it every three weeks that would be less than ideal. (Instead of the mentioned 150 hrs of use)

While the aaaa battery the creative stylus uses is less common, I was able to buy a two pack within a one mile radius of my home at the local radioshack. A hack to harvest the batteries from within another battery. Proceed at your own risk.

So what’s next? I’m going to try the hack I mentioned in the previous Sunday-Stylus run around via Germs770 a hack which has since been expanded on by crabfu follow the link for video of it in action and a how to fix up your pen like so. šŸ™‚

Preliminary conclusion: I’m pretty happy with the wacom creative stylus.

Faffing about with the pen:

Observations based on using the wacom with procreate v2 on an ipad3

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