morpholio digitally refines drafting pens in 100+ sizes for the iPad
morpholio digitally refines drafting pens in 100+ sizes for the iPad morpholio digitally refines drafting pens in 100+ sizes for the iPad
mar 22, 2016

morpholio digitally refines drafting pens in 100+ sizes for the iPad

morpholio digitally refines drafting pens in 100+ sizes for the iPad
technical pen history
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for generations architects and designers have relied on line weight to describe space, detail, section, and hierarchy, granting legibility to three-dimensional space within two-dimensional drawings. with a single line weight of a 3D box could look open versus closed, up versus down. to take advantage of next-generation touch sensitive screens and styluses, morpholio delivered ‘ScalePen’, an advanced way to draw on apple’s ‘iPad’ tablet in morpholio’s already popular ‘trace‘ app. ‘we see this as an entirely new opportunity for architectural drawing,’ explains morpholio co-creator anna kenoff. ‘rather than setting or keeping records of your own pen weight, morpholio makes the software do the work for you.’

a sample of different line weights use the ‘trace pro’ app on the iPad 
image courtesy of morpholio




the ‘ScalePen’ feature checks the drawing scale and zoom level continuously to automatically assign a calibrated set of technical pens. the result is simple but powerful array of pen sizes that dynamically responds as you move around, through and into the drawing. it yields an enormous reduction in time for the designer, brings precision and clarity to line weight, and gives architects the ability to make sketches at multiple scales, within a single drawing, set of layers or layouts.

‘trace pro’  zoom diagram for ‘ScalePen’ feature
image courtesy of morpholio




start with a site plan and get ten pen sizes. zoom in to a house plan and get another set. move back out to your site plan and your original pens will return. creatives can now draw a detail and within seconds zoom out to an overall elevation without having to adjust their pens. architects can finally take full advantage of the benefits and magic of digital hand drawing with this essential and time-honored tool added to their mobile arsenal. as a bonus, the morpholio ‘ScalePen’ feature works on eight pen types, including pencil, charcoal, and brush, bringing it’s unique ease to digital rendering and design drawing of all types.


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scaling the floor plan adjusts the pen ‘weights’
image courtesy of morpholio

‘ScalePen’ line weight plan study 
image courtesy of morpholio


 the ‘ScalePen’ feature works on eight pen types, including pencil, charcoal, and brush 
image courtesy of morpholio


‘ScalePen’ brings precision and clarity to line weight in a digital format 
image courtesy of morpholio

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