The stylus has a cult following on Android. There aren’t a ton of people that use them, but the ones that do love it. Samsung Note devices famously come with S Pen and devices like the Nvidia Shield Tablet have come with them as well. Luckily, there are plenty of apps that can take advantage of the stylus. The stylus is a little bit down compared to a few years ago. Development of stylus apps is at a bit of a standstill right now. Still, there are some great apps out there for them. Let’s take a look at the best stylus apps and S Pen apps for Android!
Adobe apps make for excellent stylus apps. Some of the apps include Adobe Photoshop Sketch, Illustrator Draw, and other creative apps. There is also a document scanner, Adobe Fill & Sign, and other business oriented apps. These are all excellent apps for stylus and S Pen users. They get frequent updates, work fairly well, and most of each app is free. Some Adobe apps may require an Adobe Creative Cloud for all of the features.
AutoDesk is a popular developer of various creative and professional apps. They work well with a stylus as well. The Sketchbook and AutoCAD series of apps are both very useful and powerful applications for designers and artists. The Sketchbook series of apps have also done well on mobile. All these apps include advanced tools, professional level appeal, and even some fun quirky features. For instance, AutoCAD 360 lets you orient yourself around your drawing using your GPS. The Autodesk collection has well over a dozen apps for you to check out. We have all of Autodesk’s apps linked above at the button. These are all fantastic stylus apps!
Character Maker is a series of drawing apps. There are a few apps in the collection, including instructional apps for kids, pixel art, and and a general tutorial app. Drawing is doable with a finger. However, these are much easier with a stylus. The apps include a ton of tutorials, The apps range in price from $1.68 and $3.68. However, they don’t have any in-app purchases or ads to otherwise bother you. They all make for great stylus and S Pen apps.
DocuSign is a popular app for PDF forms. It lets you sign forms and send them where they need to go. The app complies with the eSign Act so documents are legally binding. You can also send unsigned docs to other people to have them sign it. You can use PDF, Word, Excel, and even some types of images as your medium. There are well over half a dozen subscription options. They range from $2 per month to $40 per month. It’s easy to find details about them on DocuSign’s official website.
Google Handwriting Input is one of many handwriting keyboards. These are perfect stylus apps. They let you write your messages to people through the usual array of messaging apps like Facebook, WhatsApp, Hangouts, and others. Google’s Handwriting Input app is a decent option. Many other keyboards have them as well. Samsung’s stock keyboard has this option too. That makes it great for S Pen users as well. Most of these apps are free.
INKredible is a drawing and writing app. It tries to focus on a no distraction experience. Most of its features are under-the-hood items that include palm and wrist rejection, a smooth experience, and they attempt to make the experience as realistic as possible. They do an okay job of it. Aside from the under-the-hood stuff, there isn’t much to the app and we’re pretty sure that’s the point. If you need a basic writing or drawing app without a ton of bric-a-brac, this is a good way to go. There is a free app with in-app purchases or a full on pro version if you prefer. You can take your pick, they’re all great stylus apps.
Learn How to Draw is an app that helps teach you how to draw. The focus is mostly around how to draw people in a comic book format. It features tutorials for beginners, intermediates, and there are even some expert level tutorials as well. The tutorials are by Will Sliney. Google him, he’s done some good work. There are hundreds of pages of tutorials along with an interface to draw them yourself. The free version is okay. The full version runs for a very reasonable $0.99.
LectureNotes was once, is currently, and likely always will be the hallmark of a great stylus app. It offers a bunch of features including image importing, stylus support, notebook export (for sharing) to your device, Evernote, and OneNote, advanced organization features, and more. If you install LectureVideos and LectureRecordings, you can also insert video and audio recordings into your notebooks right alongside your notes. It’s extremely powerful and popular. There are also additional plugins that cost extra money. They add more functionality.
RoughAnimator is an animation app that lets you animate actual moving pictures. The way it works is you draw something, then add a frame and change things up a bit. Once you’re done, you have a little animated movie. This is one of only a few apps capable of doing this. It has specific features for stylus users and direct S Pen support. You can export animation to QuickTime video, GIF, or an image sequence as well. It’s a surprisingly good app despite its lack of popularity. It’s one of those stylus apps that are worth a shot.
When it comes to S Pen support, there isn’t a company out there that does it better than its creator, Samsung. Every note device comes packed with a variety of apps that make full use of S Pen’s features and integration. There are apps for note taking, GIF making, and other productivity and creativity based apps that let you play with the S Pen as it was intended. We recommend that before replacing any of them, we recommend you take a good look at them. Most of their features are either difficult to find in the open market or downright impossible. They are just excellent stylus apps.
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