Adobe has long been associated with digital products that make recording and presentation of information easier. Their latest products have really changed the game somewhat, with two new products in particular that seem to drag the act of writing and designing on paper into the 21st century. They have just released a digital pen and a digital ruler, that we think will, at the very least, revolutionise the way designers and architects work.


They are calling their new stylus a ‘God stylus’, and it functions as a digital pen, but looks like a pencil. This new device is called Project Mighty and it is big and thick and chunky. This is not a problem though, because it also seems to be the perfect instrument for a designer to use. The aim is to have people pair Project Mighty up with the digital ruler they have created, called Project Napoleon.




We have never seen a digital ruler like this. It is sleek and smooth, and can be used against a tablet by pushing it directly against the screen. This is revolutionary, in that users can now use that digital pen with the digital ruler on a tablet. The possibilities here are incredible, because designers can whip out their tablet and start their work directly on the screen of their tablet.


This further narrows the gap between the traditional pencil and ruler and the screen. The real benefit for designers and architects is the ability to design and draw directly onto the screen. Technology in the world of digital pens has certainly become more developed in recent years, but this has mostly been associated with digital pens for note taking. This new way of doing things means that even this can be enhanced, allowing people to sketch out technical drawings on their tablet. In other words, the combination of the pen and the ruler is a step up from the digital pen.


For many years, and even with the advent of digital pens, creative have been frustrated with the need to use a mouse to draw lines and shapes. This new direction takes away part of that frustration, allowing creatives to work ‘straight to screen’. This means more immediate concept drawings, changes being allowed on the site of work with more technical accuracy, and the ability to save the new designs, as well as share them instantly with other professionals. We can see this really taking off with creative professionals, and it will be particularly useful for anyone who has to work from site to site.


The general idea is that creatives are tired of using their fingers on tablets to make drawings. This new device will reduce the need to do this, and allow for more accuracy. The software also keeps a record of the personal preferences of the user when it comes to the brushes they use, and their usual pen strokes. A truly inspirational piece of hardware that looks like to be part of a new generation of digital pen technology.