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.

UPDATED 11/13/15 with real-time videos. See below.

Thanks to Mashable and Lance Ulanoff's review of the iPad Pro this morning, I discovered this very easy way to capture lag, using my iPhone 6's Slo-Mo feature.

In all four of the applications below, lag is nearly imperceptible in real time. And in each, once captured at 240 fps, the delay is nearly identical while I draw at my typical light pressure. The earlier video I posted showed how bad lag can be in Photoshop if a lot of pressure is applied.

In Ulanoff's test video, the Apple Pencil and iPad Pro delivered slightly less delay, but his Surface Pro 4 strokes were broken up and inconsistent. I have no idea what software he was using on his SP4. To reiterate, in real time at the speed at which I'm drawing these loops, the lag is imperceptible to me.

Thanks to Mashable for posting a slow mo test, it reminded me I could do the same. Lag is nearly imperceptible in real time.

Applying light pressure, this 60 px brush keeps up well on a 3000 x 2000, 300 dpi canvas.

3000 x 2000 canvas at 300 dpi

1368 x 829 canvas at 100 dpi with 14B pencil

I may go back to other devices and see if the lag is better or worse. I'm definitely curious to know how much better or worse the Wacom EMR on my Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga 14 performs. What do you think?

UPDATE 11/13/15 Several of you requested real-time videos. The first one below is in Sketchook Pro and the second is in Clip Studio Paint.

No skipped strokes or problems keeping up. Video requested by reader Trista Tos.

"Creamy" results on a 3000 x 2000 canvas at 300 dpi. No dropped strokes, no major lag. Video requested by reader Richard Moreton.

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Photoshop isn't the only major application getting a big facelift this summer. A release date for Autodesk's Sketchbook Pro update hasn't been announced yet, but several of its new features have been leaked in tutorial videos.

First up is the program's new Perspective Guides tool. In the video below, you'll see how the tool is used to work up this city block scene. And below that, the same artist provides a technical walkthrough of the perspective tool.

We're fans of Paris Christou's work and his entertaining tutorials for Sketchbook Pro 6, so it's nice to see him getting into the act. In the video below, he walks through the software's new blending modes.

Paris Christou of ToonBoxStudio explains Sketchbook Pro's new expanded blending modes, coming this summer.

And lastly, the new version will feature animation capabilities. Here is a walk-through of how to work with Flipbook.

Sketchbook Pro's new Flipbook feature is used to create a walk cycle in this tutorial from Emmy award-winning animator Mike Milo.


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I'm still confused about Autodesk's pricing for the upcoming Sketchbook Pro. Apparently the 2015 edition is only available to certain Enterprise customers as part of one of the company's many subscription plans.

But a consumer update to Sketchbook Pro 6 is apparently on the way in June and judging, by this video, it looks like a major upgrade with Perspective Guides, 3d lighting and even some animation features.

Check out the all-new SketchBook Pro - coming this summer! Get more info and be the first to know what's coming by checking out our blog and joining the email list: also has a blog post featuring more details on the upcoming perspective guides, which include a fisheye mode. Manga Studio users shouldn't feel jealous, artist guru Doug Hills is preparing his own curvilinear rulers for release this week. 

UPDATE 5/12/14: Hills released his ruler set this afternoon. Check them out here:

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