Pen Tablet And Stylus Support

Pen support comprises both tablets on desktops (such as the various tablets produced by Wacom), and styluses on mobile devices (such as the stylus on the Samsung Note, the Apple Pencil on iOS, or the Surface Pen on the Microsoft Surface line of notebooks).

Pens generally offer pressure sensitivity, in-range detection (being able to control the cursor while not yet touching the tablet/screen surface), and often the ability to flip the pen for eraser-like behavior.

Pens are represented by the Pen Device layout implemented by the Pen class. Pens are based on the Pointer layout.

You can query the last used or last added pen with Pen.current.

> Note:

* Pen/tablet support is currently implemented on Windows, UWP, iOS, and Android. Support on macOS is coming in Unity 2020.1.
* Some devices support tracking multiple pens independently. Unity’s Input System doesn’t support this currently.
* iOS: The double-tap interaction on the side of the Apple Pencil is not surfaced as input at the moment.

In addition to the Controls inherited from Pointer, pen Devices implement the following Controls:

Pressure, tilt, and twist
Pressure: You can access the pen’s current pressure via Pen.pressure, where 0 means no pressure, and 1 means maximum pressure. However, pressure can go over 1 if the system applies a custom pressure curve where a pressure value of 1 doesn’t require pressing the pen down all the way to the maximum force the hardware supports. If a pen doesn’t support different pressure levels, the pressure Control always returns 1.

Tilt: If supported, the Pen.tilt Control represents the angle at which the pen tilts towards the tablet or screen surface. The X and Y axes correspond to the respective screen axes. A value of 1 on either axis means that the pen is fully parallel to the tablet or screen surface on that axis. A value of 0 means that the pen is perpendicular to the tablet or screen surface on that axis. If a pen doesn’t support tilt angles, Pen.tilt is always (0,0).

Twist: Some pens also support twist detection (the pen rotating around its own axis). If supported, Pen.twist represents the current rotation, where 0 means that the pen is facing up towards the Y axis, and values close to 1 mean that the pen is fully rotated clockwise around its own axis.

In-range detection
A pen might not need to touch the tablet or screen surface in order to be able to control the cursor. You can use the inRange button Control to determine whether the pen is currently in detection range. If inRange reports as pressed, the pen registers with the tablet or screen. For Devices that don’t support this feature, inRange always reports as pressed.

Barrel buttons
Pen Devices often have one or multiple buttons on the side of the pen. These are represented by the firstBarrelButton, secondBarrelButton, thirdBarrelButton, and fourthBarrelButton where applicable.