Pen & Ink Jumps to #1 Productivity App in China

[] San Francisco, California – Stepping Stone Mobile is proud to announce that Pen & Ink 2.4.1 is now the #1 Productivity App in China for the iPad(R), having been featured by Apple in the New and Noteworthy section of the App Store. Pen & Ink is the simplest way to create beautiful watercolor paintings and drawings on the iPad.

Apple chose to feature Pen & Ink in China, its second largest market after the United States. Pen & Ink is a unique art app because of its ease of use and professional quality. Its Asian brush style painting is particularly popular in China, where artists can create new pieces replicating the look of ancient ink wash paintings. The brushes change size and pigment load in concert with the user’s motion, to produce the fluid, dynamic strokes necessary for this simple but powerful style. For example, a plant with bold stalks that taper off into delicate wisps are painted in one deft stroke. For more information about Asian style ink wash painting, please see the online video tutorial.

After being featured in the App Store, Pen & Ink rocketed to the top of the charts in China and remains the #1 freely downloaded iPad(R) Productivity App. It is also one of the top-grossing apps in China due to optional in-app purchases. Pen & Ink remains #1 in Productivity in 10 other countries including Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines and Hong Kong.

Pen & Ink, which is receiving 5-star reviews, includes all of the art essentials – numerous paintbrushes, pens, pencils, watercolor palettes and zoom. For people who want to take their art to the next level, the full version offers powerful artistic features such as smudge tools, layers, custom color palettes and 25 unique, realistic brushes. The full version of Pen & Ink is easy to use for both professional artists and novices, and can be purchased within the app for $2.99 USD.

The art can easily be downloaded onto various size canvases from CanvasOnDemand online and framed on a desk or hung on a wall.

“In many cases, the art is so beautiful that it’s difficult to discern whether it was created with real paint or an iPad,” says Jennifer Emerson, a Board Member of the San Francisco Art Institute.

Language Support:
English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish

Device Requirements:
* Requires iPad with iOS 5.0 or later
* 40.6 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Pen & Ink 2.4.1 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Productivity category. The full version can be purchased within the app for $2.99 USD.Stepping Stone Mobile
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Headquartered in New Haven, Connecticut, Stepping Stone Mobile is a development studio founded in 2012 by Matt Feiszli, PhD. With expertise in image processing, computer graphics, and machine learning, Stepping Stone aims to use modern mathematics to enhance the mobile experience. Copyright (C) 2013 Stepping Stone Software LLC. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

###Matt Feiszli
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