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There's a lot to like about the new Surface Pen, even for Surface Pro 3 owners! 
Surface Pro 4 demonstration units are now available for testing in Microsoft Stores across the US, so I rushed down yesterday to try to answer some of the questions that have arisen since Tuesday's unveiling. I also wanted to see if I could try out the device with a more reliable or up-to-date paint application than Fresh Paint. The new Surface Pen is N-Trig DuoSense 2 compatible and will work with the Surface Pro 3. It should also w...
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This indie app may be the only Windows Store art application under active development.
Silicon Benders' Sketchable is the most ambitious art app currently available in the Windows Store. Taking many design cues from the iPad, the app demonstrates that Modern UI programs can be just as powerful and flexible as their desktop counterparts. For only $11.99 all-in, it's worth purchasing just to reward the indie developers for their continued dedication to the platform. Below is the press release announcing the latest updat...
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Miss ArtDock on your Surface Pro 3? Check out Toolbar Creator.
Keyboard shortcuts are an absolute must for artists who are in the "zone." But sadly, docked keyboards and tablet pcs don't play well together in comfortable drawing positions. I strongly recommend that everyone who draws on a Windows tablet invests in a compact bluetooth keyboard, but even they can be poor substitutes for easy-to-reach Expresskeys or on-screen buttons. The latter was possible on the Surface Pro 1 and 2 thanks to ArtDo...
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Is Shaper Tool the future for Adobe Illustrator on Surface Pro 3 and other Windows touch devices?
One of the most entertaining sessions during Adobe MAX is the annual sneak peek at technology that is still in the experimental stages. Many of these technologies will never make it into commercial products, but others may be just around the corner. The Shaper Tool prototype in action: using a circle object to deform a line. Adobe Illustrator Principal Product Manager Anubhav Rohatgi trotted out a Surface Pro 3 for his demonstrati...
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Will Surface Pro 3 giveaway convince hard-core Apple fans of the virtues of Windows platform?
For much of this morning's Adobe Max keynote, it looked like all the company's innovations had been created exclusively for Apple users. But starting with the introduction of Adobe Illustrator's Touch Workspace running on the Surface Pro 3, the presentation took a decided turn. Out trotted Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella with Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen to discuss how the two companies have been collaborating on enriching the touch capab...
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Catching up on all the pen-centric IFA announcements. Did I miss any? http://surfaceproartist.com/
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If you've been waiting for a Wacom-equipped successor to the Surface Pro 2, the Helix 2 comes very close to being that device.
  Just in time for your holiday shopping consideration, Lenovo has released the Wacom-penabled Thinkpad Helix 2, the first Intel Core M device I've had the chance to test. The Helix 2 comes in two flavors: a $1049 5Y10 model with 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB SSD and the $1499 5Y70 model with 8 GB and 256 GB storage. Both versions have an 11.6" FHD IPS LED display with a resolution of 1920x1080 and feature Intel HD Graphics 5300. Alth...
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One less reason for N-Trig owners to feel Wacom envy.
One of the more popular recent additions to Wacom's Feeldriver is the radial menu, a handy set of shortcuts that can be called up with the click of a pen button. The default RadialMenu offers eight commonly used functions that will apply to most applications. Each wedge is customizable and a profile can be created on an application-specific basis. The radial menu had only been available on Wacom's professional devices until May of...
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Surface Hub, the Surface Pro 3 pen pressure control app, is now available for download in the Windows Store.
Is Surface Hub more than a pretty face? The long-awaited Surface Pro 3 pen pressure control panel app just went live in the Windows Store under the vague name Surface Hub. I've only had a couple of minutes so far, but here are my first impressions. The app is very pretty, clearly the product of the Microsoft marketing team.  When I first loaded the app, it couldn't find my pen although the pen was clearly working. The instruct...
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Surface Pro 3 pen pressure app coming soon. 
The long-awaited Surface Pro 3 pen control panel should finally be available in a couple of weeks according to Surface Audience Marketing: Creators manager Markus Weickenmeier. I had a chance to catch up with Markus during this week's Adobe Max and when he wasn't busy either shepherding executives to media briefings or helping new users set up their shiny new Surface Pro 3s, I pressed for an update regarding the much needed pen utili...
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Latest update introduces Surface Pro 3 and Windows 8.x tablet pc improvements to Adobe Illustrator.
Just hours before the opening of the Adobe MAX 2014 conference, Adobe has unveiled major updates to most of its Creative Cloud 2014 offerings, including an important new tablet-centric workflow for the popular Adobe Illustrator. Called Touch Workspace, the new interface will launch automatically when the keyboard is removed from your Surface Pro 3. It can also be accessed from the Workspaces menu. As described in the Adobe blog, t...
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A few rough spots can't dampen our enthusiasm for Huion's new pen display.
Huion’s new 21.5-inch Interactive IPS Pen Display, the GT-220, is close to a dream come true. This is the third pen display I’ve tested after Yiynova’s MVP-22U (v2) and Monoprice’s Interactive Pen Display (which is functionally the same as Huion’s earlier model, the GT-190). My issues with the Monoprice are well documented but mainly had to do with its inferior TFT display. The Yiynova is a much better device, but aesthetic and bu...
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