The surprisingly capable new tablet is almost undone by its companion pen.
djay Pro, CorelDRAW and Adobe Premiere Pro CC join Autodesk SketchBook, Sketchable and others.
Surface Dial: a must-have peripheral or a novelty act?
I had the opportunity to play with the Surface Studio this morning at the Miami Microsoft Store.
It's even more impressive in person than on video.
The device had Sketchable and Mental Canvas, the new 3D sketching app, pre-installed. I couldn't install Paint 3D.
The screen is huge and the display is beautiful. Pixels are imperceptible even up close.
The pen appears to be exactly like the Surface Pro 4 and Book's pen. If you think the initial activation force is too high on the current hardware, I don't think this will change your mind.
The Surface app is pre-installed so you can also play with your pressure curve settings if you desire.
Drawing in Sketchable was smooth and buttery, though none of the brushes are tuned to display the full pressure range. This is an enhancement that the developers are working on.
I couldn't do much with Mental Canvas besides rotate around and admire the demo scenes.
My experience with the Dial was awkward. I'm not the most coordinated guy and I'm not sure I can get comfortable with the fidgety interface (at least while working in Sketchable).
I did my usual tests of rapidly drawing Cs forwards and backwards and did not spot any quantizing (linear segments).
can't wait to spend more time with it soon.
Update to popular app brings "cohesive aesthetic" and improved usability.
Surface Pro and Windows tablet PC users have an amazing array of great software at their disposal and most of it costs only a fraction of what you will pay for a license from Adobe or Corel.
If you're a regular reader of this site, you'll know that I'm a fan of Silicon Benders' Sketchable, one of the few Windows Store apps that properly shows off the power of the Surface Pro and Windows pen computing.
Cline was clearly having a good time experimenting with Sketchable (our favorite Windows Store app) on his i7/8 GB Surface Pro 4 when Cate recorded this impromptu 8-minute interview. Although it won't come as a surprise to most of you who use your Windows tablets and apps creatively, it's definitely worth your time to remind yourself just how awesome this platform can be.
The quality of Cline's work, the intuitive design of the app and the responsiveness of the tablet and pen all make a fairly compelling case for the creative user to dive in to the Windows 10 eco-system.
What do you think?