This blog entry was supposed to be my promised Surface Book review. But fate intervened and I received a device that was highly unstable, suffering from frequent lockups and even a few BSODs.

If you follow my Twitter feed, you’ll know that I tried everything I could think of to correct the freezes, but after three days of utter frustration, I decided to return the Surface Book to my local Microsoft Store.

The new Microsoft Surface Pen and replacement nib kit retails in the US for $60. A standalone nib set is available for $10. The pen is compatible with the Surface Pro 3 and other N-Trig DuoSense2 devices. The nibs will not fit in other pens.

The new Microsoft Surface Pen and replacement nib kit retails in the US for $60. A standalone nib set is available for $10. The pen is compatible with the Surface Pro 3 and other N-Trig DuoSense2 devices. The nibs will not fit in other pens.

Ignoring telephone support may have been a mistake because several others who were having similar issues were able to get replacement units after troubleshooting via phone. By the time I decided to try to swap out my machine in person, I was told that the soonest I could expect a replacement was mid-December.

I opted instead to ask for a refund and will sit on the sidelines to see how quickly Microsoft can address the lingering issues with their new flagship product.

There’s much to like about the Surface Book and I’m fairly certain that my review would have been relatively glowing were it not for the hardware issues I encountered. Although all reviews I’ve read have mentioned some niggling problems, no major reviewers have complained about frequent lockups. So I will assume that mine was an isolated, though not entirely unique, case. The "Surface Book is Freezing" thread on Microsoft’s support forums is currently well over 300 posts long. http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/surface/forum/surfbook-surfperf/surface-book-freezing/9889417d-32ff-46c7-8be5-5ce8b92799b6

So despite my frustration with the Surface Book, I was despondent to let it go. To console myself, I decided to apply a small portion of my refund to a new Surface Pro Type Cover ($130) and Surface Pen ($60).

The new Type Cover is outstanding: a huge step up from the last generation. I’ll have more to say about it during my Surface Pro 4 review.

Although I still have the new Surface Pen that came with the Surface Pro 4, I was eager to try the new nib set bundled with the replacement pen.

On the basis of my in-store testing, I’ve already advised several readers and Surface Pro 3 users to skip an upgrade to the new tablet and opt for a peripheral upgrade instead. Although the new pen won’t give SP3 owners any additional pressure sensitivity, I do believe the new nibs and eraser tip are worth the money if, like me, you like a little more “tooth” or friction from your pen nib.

The replacement nib set (right) includes four nibs of varying hardness, from 2H (very hard) to B (very soft). The standard nib in the Surface Pen is HB. The H nib approximates the hardness of the Surface Pro 3 pen. The replacement pen included in the set is also equipped with its own HB nib.

The nib set includes four nibs of varying hardness. The pen is supplied with its own HB nib.

The nib set includes four nibs of varying hardness. The pen is supplied with its own HB nib.

That standard nib is such an improvement over the slippery "plastic on glass" response of the Surface Pro 3 that I believe most users will be very happy with it. However, I found the B to be even better, approximating the toothiness of the Wacom Stylus Feel nibs I still recommend for the Surface Pro 1 and 2 and other Wacom EMR tablet PCs.

The 2H and H nibs are so hard that I don't see ever using them myself. Perhaps artists doing very fine line drawing may appreciate the hardness. I tested the nibs on one device with a Photodon MXH film screen protector and found the H was acceptable on it, but I still preferred the HB. This is all a matter of personal preference of course. You may reach an entirely different conclusion.

When the Surface Pen is used against a new Surface Pro 4 or Surface Book, it provides naturalistic feedback as pressure is applied. You can feel the sensation of the nib moving slightly into the pen body the harder you press.

This isn't the case when you use the new pen on a Surface Pro 3 or other N-Trig DuoSense2 device. Although the nibs feel great, pressing harder doesn't provide feedback. I don't know how Microsoft achieves this trick with their new hardware, but it's very convincing.

Most reviewers have already mentioned the Surface Pen's eraser tip, which really feels like a rubber eraser on both new and older devices. If you like to erase that way, you should really enjoy the sensation.

The sculpted Surface Pro 3 pen nib (top) and the new Surface Pen nibs are not interchangeable.

The sculpted Surface Pro 3 pen nib (top) and the new Surface Pen nibs are not interchangeable.

Since the only advantage of the new pen for Surface Pro 3 users is the new nib texture, you may wonder if you can just replace your current pen's nibs with the new generation replacements. Unfortunately, they're very differently sculpted (see above) and the new nib would have to be tapered in order to seat properly into the older pen's body.

Swapping nibs is very straight forward. The nib case itself cleverly doubles as an extractor (see below). Make sure to apply a lot of pressure between your index finger and thumb or the nib will slip. I lost my grip as I was pulling out a nib and lost an HB nib against the gray-black patterned carpeting in my office and it hasn't turned up since.

I hope that Microsoft eventually offers sets of same-hardness nibs. I would hate to pay $10 for a new replacement set when I'm only ever going to use one or two of the nibs.  If any of you reading this prefer the hard nibs to the soft ones, message me and let's create a nib-swapping club!

The bottom of the replacement nib holder doubles as a nib extractor. Apply heavy pressure with finger and thumb or the nibs will slip!

The bottom of the replacement nib holder doubles as a nib extractor. Apply heavy pressure with finger and thumb or the nibs will slip!

The Surface Pen (middle) is compatible with N-Trig DuoSense2 pens like the Sony Active Pen (top) and the Surface Pro 3 pen (bottom). The new pen has a single side button that is hidden under the tip end of the raised rubber strip located along the pen's flat edge.

The Surface Pen (middle) is compatible with N-Trig DuoSense2 pens like the Sony Active Pen (top) and the Surface Pro 3 pen (bottom). The new pen has a single side button that is hidden under the tip end of the raised rubber strip located along the pen's flat edge.

The new Surface Pen is slightly longer than the Surface Pro 3 pen and it has a flat edge where the single side switch is located. That button is hidden at the tip end of the raised rubber accent strip. As much as I would have liked Microsoft to have kept a second programmable button, the flat edge and rubber strip really make it comfortable to grip the pen and move it with my index finger. Not trying to be cheeky, but the pen really does feel more like a pencil now. 

Unfortunately, the side switch is not programmable; it will only function as a right click.

The eraser tip button has three functions: single-click launches OneNote, double-click triggers a screenshot (a fantastic new feature!) and clicking and holding calls up Cortana.

If any of this functionality is important to you, you'll need to pair your pen via your Bluetooth settings. You won't need to pair the pen in order to just draw with it on your Surface Pro 3 or other N-Trig device.

At the Surface Pen's unveiling, Microsoft indicated that the pen would hold a one year charge. Following that confusing statement, many users who've tested the new pen at a local Microsoft Store or Best Buy have come away convinced that the pen is disposable. That's absolutely not the case. The Surface Pen contains a AAAA battery that should last a year between replacements.

Microsoft has inexplicably changed the the cap design so that the pen is nearly impossible to open unless you know the magic combination. And even doing so, I really worried I was going to break the pen trying to pry off the cap.

As illustrated below, the cap requires an 1/8 of a counter-clockwise turn in order to align a notch in the cap with a contact in the barrel. And it still will require significant force to pull the cap off when it's properly aligned. Putting the cap back on requires carefully aligning the cap notch and  contact.

The bottom line is that this process is so finicky and precise, that I recommend you just bookmark this article now so that you can come back to it in a year's time when you need to replace your pen battery!

Opening the Surface Pen's battery compartment requires turning the cap about 1/8-counter-clockwise before pulling.

Opening the Surface Pen's battery compartment requires turning the cap about 1/8-counter-clockwise before pulling.

The blurry barrel opening (bottom) contains a notch that must be aligned with the silver contact in the pen cap (right).

The blurry barrel opening (bottom) contains a notch that must be aligned with the silver contact in the pen cap (right).

In addition to testing the pen on the Surface Pro 3, I also tried it out on the VAIO Z Canvas and the Sony VAIO Flip 15A. In both cases, I vastly preferred the quieter soft nibs of the Surface Pen vs. the hard tapping of the VAIO and Sony pens. As I mentioned earlier, screen protectors will interact with your nib texture, so the softness you prefer on glass may be unacceptably draggy on screen protector film.

I really didn't encounter any meaningful difference in drawing results using the new pen and nibs. On the Surface Pro 3, the added friction provided a bit more confidence in my strokes. Conversely, on the VAIO Z Canvas, the added drag introduced a bit more wobble in slow strokes that I ended up rectifying with brush stabilization.

UPDATE: I was asked by a Twitter follower whether the new nibs are susceptible to the same wear as the SP3 nibs. I'm not sure whether later model Surface Pro 3 pens exhibited this issue, but in the early days, the nib would fray around the edges as an outer coating peeled off. The tip wouldn't continue to deteriorate at that rapid rate but that initial impression was very troubling. After about ten days of use, none of my new nibs show any signs of wear.

Ultimately only you will be able to decide whether you like the new nib textures and whether the pen is worth the steep price. But think of it this way: the Surface Pen costs $40 less than an Apple Pencil and the eraser and flat edge are much closer to the feel of a pencil than any pen on the market!

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UK-based illustrator and concept artist Lawrence Mann has a terrific YouTube channel called LawrenceCanDraw that regularly features work produced on the Surface Pro 3, Corel Painter and Photoshop.

But recently Mann has been experimenting with the indie Windows Store app Sketchable and he's already produced some enviable work.

In his latest video, Mann provides a sneak peek at the new UI and tools included in an alpha version of  Sketchable 3.0. I'm a big fan of Sketchable and its young developers Silicon Benders. Their program is without a doubt the most robust Windows Store painting app available. I can't wait to try these new features myself.

In this video you can watch me using the awesomely powerful Microsoft Surface Pro 3 to Alpha-test (Like Beta-test but an earlier stage of development) Sketchable 3.0. I'm giving the app' a good test run and really trying to make sure that I use a fair number of the tools here.

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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 work with every N-Trig equipped device released over the last couple of years. In fact, I was also able to use the Surface Pen on the new VAIO Z Canvas (more on that device in a separate post).

The pen is AAAA battery powered and Microsoft is claiming that the battery will last at least one year. If you purchase a standalone Surface Pen you will also get an assortment of four nibs (pictured below) which mimic the feel of different writing instruments. This nib assortment will also be sold separately for $10. I wasn't able to test anything but the default pen nib. 

OneNote and Fresh Paint are the only relevant apps pre-installed on the Surface Pro 4 demos, but I was able to convince the helpful store staff to allow me to install the free Sketchable demo from the Windows Store. I would ideally like to test with Clip Studio Paint or another popular desktop application, but due to security concerns I wouldn't allow customers to be installing a bunch of random software either.

The free version of Sketchable only installs one brush and an eraser, but it was more than enough to provide a better sense of the pen experience on both generations of Surface Pro tablets.

Although the new Surface Pen won't add additional pressure levels or reduce the initial activation force on the Surface Pro 3, it does make a world of difference and I can absolutely recommend that all SP3 owners consider upgrading their pens.

The resistance offered by the new nib is just right (your mileage may vary!). The pen eraser feels exactly like a rubber eraser. As you press down harder on the screen, you receive tactile feedback as your stroke thickens.

To make sure I wasn't just imagining things, I went back and tried the original pen on the Surface Pro 3 and the difference was very dramatic. No feedback whatsoever as I increased pressure. Drawing on the SP3 had never felt so glass-like.

Turning to the Surface Pro 4, the lower initial activation force was immediately evident. Even the lightest strokes are recognized (and this is without any pressure curve tweaking in the Surface app). The increased pressure range is apparent as strokes move from light to heaviest.

The hover distance appears to have increased and is certainly larger than on Wacom Active ES devices I've tested. The hardware cursor still lags as you hover the pen, but it is absolutely aligned with the pen tip as it touches the display.

According to Microsoft, parallax has been improved on the Surface Pro 4. I haven't been bothered by parallax on current gen Surface Pros, and I didn't notice any issues here.

The brief video below illustrates the performance I saw. Apologies for the shaky video. It's hard to shoot and draw at the same time.

Unfortunately, diagonal jitter, the bane of slow inkers everywhere, still exists on the Surface Pro 4. It appears to have been reduced somewhat by the new pen. Using the SP3 pen on the 4, I got much worse results. However, as the video below demonstrates, speeding up the strokes eliminates the problem. I suspect that the Surface Pen will require much lower levels of brush stabilization in software that offers that feature.

Shown here in Sketchable but evident in every app I've tried so far. Solution? Use stabilization settings if available or speed up your strokes.

These are obviously preliminary reactions based on one application. And for the record, during the course of my tests I discovered an odd bug that I reported to Sketchable's developers. I won't describe it, but if you choose to play with the app on a Surface Pro 4 near you, let me know if you encounter any issues. (I sometimes think I'm a bug magnet. I also know a reproducible issue that I can call up on any N-Trig device running Fresh Paint. But why beat a dead horse?)

Let me know if you have any further questions and if you have a chance to perform tests of your own, please let us all know in the comments section below.

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UPDATE 8/3/15: With the release of Windows 10, Microsoft has once again moved the location of the Wintab driver. It is now found within a collection of other Surface drivers and utilities here

You won't need to download the entire set. Just click download, then scroll down the list of available downloads and select Wintab-1.0.0.18-64-bit.zip .

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Reader Dawn Griffin recently bought herself a shiny new Surface Pro 3. But when she tried to download the N-Trig Wintab driver to enable pen pressure in her Adobe CS 5.5 software, she was greeted by a rude error message.

Although the N-Trig site has been flaky before, this error appears to be different. Microsoft recently completed the purchase of the Israeli company's digital pen technology featured in the Surface Pro 3 and the Surface 3. The blog post announcement here is unclear whether N-Trig, Ltd. would continue as a separate company.

Judging by the disappearance of its website, it appears that N-Trig is no longer a consumer-facing operation.

When Griffin alerted me that the site and Wintab link were gone, I reached out to Surface Brand Marketer and Community Evangelist Markus Weickenmeier, who scrambled to find a new home for the Wintab download.

According to Weickenmeier, the Wintab driver will be available in the Microsoft download center from now on. "The URL will change with each update, but searching for Wintab will always get you to the latest version." Look for further information soon on the Surface blog.

As more and more software adopts Microsoft's RealTimeStylus model for pen pressure sensitivity, you may never need to install this legacy driver. But if you use older applications, it's comforting to know that Wintab support is still available. 

And even if you don't install it, you may want to download it now and put it away for safe keeping. http://download.microsoft.com/download/2/0/7/2073C22F-2F31-4F4A-8059-E54C91C564A9/Wintab-1.0.0.17-64-bit.zip

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Anyone who reads this blog regularly knows that I'm an unabashed fan of Celsys' Clip Studio Paint, known outside Japan as Manga Studio.

This week both Celsys and western distributor Smith Micro published updates to the software. This brings the English language downloadable Clip Studio Paint to 1.4.1 and Manga Studio to 5.0.6.

The new features aren't earth-shattering, but there is a nifty new contour paint that makes it a little easier to simulate rounded surfaces. And the EX versions allow you to export your creations directly to EPUB for electronic readers.

To celebrate the new updates, both Celsys and Smith Micro are offering deep discounts through July 14. The Pro version which normally retails for $50 is only $15 and EX is $84.  To buy via Celsys visit http://www.clipstudio.net/en/purchase or to purchase via Smith Micro visit http://my.smithmicro.com/manga-studio-comic-illustration-software.html

The updates require a valid serial number and are available here from Smith Micro http://my.smithmicro.com/manga-studio-comic-illustration-software-updates.html and here from Celsys http://www.clipstudio.net/en/dl

For such a low entry price, there's really no excuse not to try this great application on your Surface Pro 3 or other Windows device. It is ideally suited to show off the power of the platform and form factor and I've often mentioned to Microsoft that it should be standard issue on every penabled tablet and convertible laptop sold.

Below is the complete change log:

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Manga Studio 5.0.6 / CLIP STUDIO PAINT 1.4.1 Release Notes
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Manga Studio 5.0.6 / CLIP STUDIO PAINT 1.4.1 Corrections
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[Improvements]

-[Contour line paint] tool has been added. You can make smooth gradient by clicking an area between two-color lines.
-[Next canvas]・[Previous canvas] has been added to [Window] menu.
-[Duotone (Threshold)] and [Duotone (Tone)] have been added to [Expression color] to [Export] of [Export settings] dialogue, which is displayed when executing [File] menu >> [Export]. According to this improvement, the previous [Duotone] has been deleted.
-[Specify by resolution] has been added to [Output size] of [Export settings] dialogue, which is displayed when executing [File] menu >> [Export].
-[Object list] has been added to [Tool Property] palette・[Sub Tool Detail] palette when selecting 3D material. You can switch display/hide  and lock to 3D material in 3D layer. Also, you can select 3D materials and parts to edit from [Object list].
-You can edit by parts when importing 3D item material including pose parts and 3D material in LWS format. You can move and rotate parts with [Tool Property] or drag operation.
-Shape of mouse cursor changes on editable parts and manipulator when editing 3D layers.
-It becomes faster to import 3D materials.
-Settings for camera [Roll] and [Perspective] have been added to [Tool Property] when selecting 3D background materials.
-[For commercial issue] has been added to [Preset] of [New] dialogue. This is available by selecting [Comic] or [Show all settings] in  [Use of work].
-You can operate Tab-Mate Controller by values set with [Preferences] dialogue >> [Canvas] if tipping a stick slightly when rotating or scaling canvas with Tab-Mate Controller. It gets back to normal by tipping a tick to the maximum.
-[PRO/EX] [Text list] has been added to [Tool Property] for editing text. You can enter external characters and signs from [Text list].
-[EX] Setting items of [Page range] have been changed in [File] Menu >> [Export] >> [Batch export]. You can export separating cover page and main text.
-[EX] [Export in Kindle format] has been added to [File] menu. Work made with CLIP STUDIO PAINT can be exported in Kindle format.
-[EX] [Output range] has been added to [Export settings] dialogue, which is displayed when executing [File] menu >> [Export].
-[EX] EPUB data can be exported. It is exported from [File] menu >> [Binding export] >> [Export EPUB data].
-[EX] [Gap with default border] has been added to [Folio] in [New] dialogue. You can adjust position of folio by setting gap between folio and default border.
-[EX] [Change basic page settings] has been added to [Story] menu. Settings such as canvas size and resolution can be changed all together to a particular page.
-[EX] Items set with [Story] menu >> [Change basic work settings] have been added. In addition to existing settings, you can set [Manga draft settings]. [Story Information] and [Folio].
-[EX] [Resolution] can be selected from several options recommended by printing place if selecting printing place from [Fanzine printing shop] in [New] dialogue.
-[EX] Resolution for exporting can be set for each expression color with [File] menu >> [Binding export] >> [Export fanzine printing data].
-[PRO/EX] [Layer with settings beyond basic expression color] has been added to [Target layer to show] in [Search Layer] palette. You can search layer with colors exceeding [Basic expression color] in canvas.
-[EX] Menu is displayed if right-clicking on [Page Manager] window on [Show binding list].
-Multiple body shape materials can be allocated in canvas.
-Width of palette dock can be fixed.

[Changes of specification]
-In addition to canvas size, binding (Cropped border) size has been displayed in the title bar of [Canvas] window.
-Selection Border has been displayed only in editing [Canvas] window.
Tool shift is canceled if pressing another key twice when executing too shift.
-Category of [Tool Property] in [Text] tool has been changed to a simpler classification.
-When referring to multiple layers including layers inside frame border folder with [Auto Select] and [Fill] tool, frame border is not be referred if disabling mask of frame border folder, which is not directly referred.
-CLIP STUDIO PAINT file format (extension:lip) and page management file (extension:cmc) credibility for saving has been improved.
-Command name of [File] menu >> [Export (Single Layer)] has been changed to [Export].
-[Light Source] of [Tool Property] on selecting 3D layer becomes turned on  simultaneously when importing each file of LWS, LWO and OBJ.
-[Search and replacement] has been added to the menu displayed with right-click of [Story editor].
-[EX] When exporting data from [File] menu >> [Binding export], message to confirm is displayed if there is data in the save destination, which has been exported before.
-[EX] Operation of canvas size has been changed when changing [Binding (Cropped border) size] from [Story] menu >> [Change basic work settings]・[Change basic page settings]. Prevent an involuntary change of canvas size.
-[EX] If there is not enough free space in the disk to save, [Story] menu >> [Combine Pages] is not be executed.
-[EX] Settings of [Folio] and [Blind folio] are not succeeded from another use for [Printing of fanzine] when switching [Use of work] in [New] dialogue.
-[EX] [Set story information] has been deleted from [Story] menu. Setting items of [Set story information] has been moved to [Story] menu >> [Change basic work settings].
-[EX] Default value of [Number of pages] has become [8] in [Multiple pages] in [New] dialogue.
-[EX] [Story] >> [Batch process] >> [Batch export] has been moved to [File] Menu >> [Export].
-[EX] Values set in [New] dialogue or [Change basic work settings] dialogue have been reflected in [Export] dialogue if selecting [File] menu >> [Export] >> [Batch export].
-[EX] Default value of [Edge] of [Folio] in [New] dialogue has becomes 0.3mm. 0.3mm edge is automatically be created when selecting [Printing of fanzine] in [Use of work].
-[EX] [Story] menu >> [Change basic work settings] has not been executed when opening pages of work.
-[EX] [Story] >> [Batch process] >> [Batch import]・[Continuous scan] has been moved to [File] Menu >> [Export].
-[EX] [Cover page] and [Folio] are not be used for fanzine printing data if they are turned off in [New] dialogue or [Change basic work settings] dialogue.
-[EX] Position of blind folio has been changed to get along cropped border frame when adjusting crop mark of spread pages.
-[EX] Message is displayed in [Confirm] of [Show binding list] if resolution of work set in [New] dialogue is different from one of actual page.
-[EX] Settings of canvas and cover page such as resolution and basic expression color are not succeeded when switching [Comic] and [Printing of fanzine] in [Use of work] in [New] dialogue.
-[EX] [Folio] layout in [New] dialogue and [Story Information] has been changed.
-[EX] Font and size of [Blind folio] does not conflict with settings of [Folio]. It is drawn in 6pt with a particular font.
-[EX] [Binding export] has been added [File] menu. [3D Preview for Binding] and [Export fanzine printing data] in [Story] menu >> [Binding process] have been moved to [Binding export].
-[EX] [Use of work] in [New] dialogue prioritizes two rows of layout display when [Use of work] in [New] dialogue is [Comic]・[Printing of fanzine]・[Show all settings].
-[Mac] Color view on CLIP STUDIO PAINT has been changed not to be affected by the color profile settings of display. 

[Corrections]
-When executing [File] menu >> [Export] >> [Batch export], spread pages would not be exported in a correct size if changing export size in [Specify resolution] and setting [Process when scaling] to [Comic]. The issue has been corrected.
-When executing [File] menu >> [Export], the value would not change correctly if clicking the up/down button with the slider of [Export settings] dialogue. The issue has been corrected.
-Settings would not be saved if setting [Expression color] to [Duotone(Threshold)] and [Duotone(Tone)] from [File] menu >> [Print Settings]. The issue has been corrected.
-Binarization of a page, which [Expression color] is set [Monochrome], would be reduced in threshold if exporting data with [Export fanzine printing data] from [File] menu. The issue has been corrected.
-Canvas size after page 2 would not be correct if changing resolution from [Story] menu >> [Batch process]. The issue has been corrected.
-Another side of spread pages would not be included in selection if selecting multiple pages with [Shift] key with click while setting spread pages to start page from [Page Manager] window. The issue has been corrected.
-Layers might not be selected when opening pages if adding cover page to a work without cover page from [Story] menu >> [Change basic work settings]. The issue has been corrected.
-Layout of spread pages would be incorrect if adding cover page to a work without cover page from [Story] menu >> [Change basic work settings]. The issue has been corrected.
-It might be exported in wrong canvas size if executing [File] menu >> [Export (Layered)] after executing [Edit] menu >> [Change Canvas Size]. The issue has been corrected.
-Clipping might not be applied correctly when reverting [Combine mode] to [Normal] after setting clipping to a layer folder with [Combine mode] to [Transparent]. The issue has been corrected.
-It might not be applied correctly if using layer effect to a layer folder with [Combine mode] to [Transparent]. The issue has been corrected.
-A part of line might not be deleted and remain, if executing [Edit] menu >> [Undo] after drawing lines when setting multiple [Affected by] of [Brush Size] or pen pressure graph is complicated. The issue has been corrected.
-Drawing contents might be rough depending on [Combine mode] of tool if drawing with a tool set with [Border of watercolor]. The issue has been corrected.
-Editing layer might be switched when clicking [Layer view] icon in [Layer] palette. The issue has been corrected.
-Content of frame, which is supposed to be void, would be displayed if executing [Edit] menu >> [Cut] and [Edit] menu >> [Paste] to frame border folder where all layers are locked. The issue has been corrected.
-Slider of [Center X] would not displayed in [Tool Property] palette even after setting it to be displayed again if setting not to display [Center X] and [Center Y] in [Tool Property] palette in [Special ruler] category in [Sub Tool Detail] palette. The issue has been corrected.
-Application might be closed when using [Eyedropper] tool with all layers hidden if [Reference] of [Eyedropper] tool is set [Image]. The issue has been corrected.
-You could not obtain color correctly even though paper layer is a subject if [Reference] of [Eyedropper] tool is set [Top layer]. The issue has been corrected.
-A part of image outside canvas would be filled if setting [Content of process] to [Thin width] in [Filter] menu >> [Correct drawing line] >> [Correct line width] and executing with [Leave a line of 1 pixel] on. The issue has been corrected.
-You could set material name only with space in [Material property] dialogue. The issue has been corrected.
-Pull-down menu of [Font list] might not be scrolled when editing text. The issue has been corrected.
-Image within frame would be displayed with lack of a part of it if executing [Edit] menu >> [Copy] to frame protruding from canvas and executing [Edit] menu >> [Pates] in a larger canvas. The issue has been corrected.
-Pages would remain opened if pages cannot be spread because canvas size and resolution does not match. The issue has been corrected.
-obj file, which is created with a particular application, could not be imported. The issue has been corrected.
-[Adsorption transfer] did not work correctly to 3D character material, which was set with motion shell. The issue has been corrected.
-Application might be closed if selecting files, which cannot be imported, when setting icons such as Selection Launcher. The issue has been corrected.
-Void palette dock might be created when reverting to the old version after updating. The issue has been corrected.
-Palette dock would not be displayed in correct size when starting application or importing workspace. The issue has been corrected.
-[Selection Border] of command bar would be disabled if canceling quick mask. The issue has been corrected.
-Number of lines of tone and font size would not reflected correctly if making a copy of layer folder including tone layer and text layer and pasting it to another canvas with different resolution. The issue has been corrected.
-Template might not be allocated in a correct position when adding pages if using default border shifting to left or right. The issue has been corrected.
-Settings of [Edge] in folio would not reflected correctly to new canvas. The issue has been corrected.
-Display might not work correctly when reducing opacity of layer folder if combine mode of layer folder is [Through]. The issue has been corrected.
-Settings would not reflected at the beginning of entering text even if [Italic] is set with [Tool Property] in [Text] tool. The issue has been corrected.
-Settings would not be reflected when executing [File] menu >> [Binding export] >> [3D Preview for Binding]・[Export fanzine printing data] even if changing setting of folio in [Set story information]. The issue has been corrected.
-You might not be able to obtain color of layer for clipping with [Eyedropper] tool after moving the position of layer mask of clipping source. The issue has been corrected.
-There might be a case that Tab-Mate Controller stick would not response. The issue has been corrected.
-There might be a case that work would have different resolution between cover page and main text even if setting [Unit] to [px] in [New] dialogue. The issue has been corrected.
-[Cover page (back)] and [Back cover page (back)] would be exported in [Paper color] set for [Cover page] when executing [File] menu >> [Binding export] >> [3D Preview for Binding]. The issue has been corrected.
-[Undo] would not work when changing angle of symmetrical ruler or moving guide with [Object] tool. The issue has been corrected.
-Folio for two pages and blind folio would be exported in divided page when exporting spread pages separately. The issue has been corrected.
-Command in [Page Manager] menu >> [Binding process] could not be executed if closing [Story Manager] window while opening [Story editor]. The issue has been corrected.
-Preview settings of reducing color might not be reflected if setting preview of reducing color to [Expression color] in [Layer Property] palette and saving file. The issue has been corrected.
-Color of border line might not be displayed correctly when opening file next time if setting preview of reducing color to border of frame folder with [Expression color] in [Layer Property] and saving file. The issue has been corrected.
-File would be imported with preview of reducing color when opening it next time if reducing [Expression color] in [Layer Property] palette to border of frame folder and saving file. The issue has been corrected.
-Layer in frame folder might disappear when pasting in canvas if executing [Edit] menu >> [Cut] to frame folder. The issue has been corrected.
-Shape of cursor would be changed to [Circle] if changing brush size with right-click in [Modifier Key Settings] dialogue. The issue has been corrected.
-Opacity of tone layer would be reflected to layer set with clipping if referring to tone layer and executing [Clip at Layer Below]. The issue has been corrected.
-Error message would be displayed and comment would not be reflected to log if executing [Story] menu >> [Group work] >> [Reflect change on group work data] without selecting [Reflected file]. The issue has been corrected.
-Edge of folio in page that cover page is set might not be applied correctly if canceling setting of cover page of work, which is set as cover page. The issue has been corrected.
-Template set for cover page might not be applied correctly when applying preset registered in [New] dialogue. The issue has been corrected.
-Edge of folio would not be applied correctly even if creating work that [Folio]・[Blind folio] is set off and [Edge] is set on in [New] dialogue, and setting [Folio] on in [Set story information] dialogue. The issue has been corrected.
-[Win] Software might stop operation for a while executing drag and drop of material in [Material] palette and tool in [Tool] palette in pen operation on Windows8. The issue has been corrected.
-[Mac] [File] menu >> [Import] >> [Create New from Clipboard] would not work if saving screen shot in clipboard with Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite. The issue has been corrected.
-Change might not be saved when changing the order of text on [Story editor]. The issue has been corrected.
-Some text created on [Story editor] might not be imported correctly. The issue has been corrected.
-Some text might not scroll automatically and might be hidden if entering text on [Story editor]. The issue has been corrected.
-Operation might be invalid if executing [All replacement] in [Story] >> [Edit text] >> [Search and replacement] under a particular condition on [Story editor]. The issue has been corrected.
-Folio and exported file number would not match if executing [Story] >> [Batch process] >> [Batch export] when setting cover page to spread. The issue has been corrected.
-All pages would be exported in the same resolution as the start page even though resolution is different page by page in [Story] menu >> [Batch process] >> [Batch export]. The issue has been corrected.
-Page might be exported again even if content is not changed when executing [Story] >> [Binding process] >> [3D Preview for Binding] and [Export fanzine printing data]. The issue has been corrected.
-Canvas size, which [Basic expression color] is gray, would be changed upon exporting in [Export fanzine printing data]. The issue has been corrected.
-Position information of [New] dialogue would not be saved. The issue has been corrected.
-There might be a case that [Specify back width] value is not updated correctly when updating [Preset] in [New] dialogue. The issue has been corrected.
-Inappropriate message would be displayed if turning [Check whether to export fanzine printing data] on and [Manga draft settings] off when selecting [Show all settings] in [Use of work] of [New] dialogue. The issue has been corrected.
-Inappropriate message would be displayed if executing [3D Preview for Binding] to work not set with [Bleed width]. The issue has been corrected.
-3D drawing figure and pose material would be allocated in an unusual position if pasting them with [Paste material]. The issue has been corrected.
-Mask would be set [Posterization] if pasting standard tone materials from [Material] palette to canvas that [Basic expression color] is set [Monochrome]. The issue has been corrected.
-Application might be closed if duplicating [Layer Folder] to its own folder. The issue has been corrected.
-Some items of [Tool Property] palette might not be displayed correctly under a particular environment if turning on [Show category] in [Sub Tool Detail] palette. The issue has been corrected.
-Display of [Page Manager] window and [Show binding list] might be corrupted if exporting fanzine printing data while opening pages. The issue has been corrected.
-Folio might be misaligned if switching [Cover page layout] from [Spread] to [Single page]. The issue has been corrected.
-[Win] Software might be forcibly terminated while operating touch and pen in a particular tablet PC environment. The issue has been corrected.
-[Win] Process might remain even after quitting CLIP STUDIO PAINT when inputting with touch keyboard with Windows8. The issue has been corrected.
-[Win] [Settings of font list] dialogue might disappear in particular circumstances. The issue has been corrected.
-[Win] Application might be closed if switching active application with stylus pen when setting [Using tablet service] to [Wintab] in [Tablet] category of [Preferences] dialogue. The issue has been corrected.
-[Win] The issue that menu would not be selected with key operation when accelerator keys in menu overlap.
-[Mac] Dialogue might not be displayed if enabling [Individual operation space by display] with Mac OS X 10.9 or later versions. The issue has been corrected.
-[Mac] Menu might not be displayed correctly with Mac OS X 10.10 The issue has been corrected.
-[Mac] Invalid characters might be entered if confirming with pressing [Delete] key in Japanese with Mac OS X 10.10. The issue has been corrected.
-[Mac] [-] of ten key would not be displayed correctly when setting it to shortcut key. The issue has been corrected.
-[Mac] Operation to maximize might not executed correctly in window allocated between multiple displays. The issue has been corrected.
-[Mac] Window would not be displayed correctly if moving it when using multiple displays. The issue has been corrected.
-[Mac] It might take time until it is ready to enter when changing folder tag of [Material ] palette while opening works with multiple pages. The issue has been corrected.

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Problems confirmed with Manga Studio 5.0.6 / CLIP STUDIO PAINT 1.4.1
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We have confirmed that problem occurs in the following issues and we will make improvement in the next version.
We appreciate your patience for the time being. 

-A part equivalent to lwo file is not displayed correctly when importing lwo file allocating one lwo file in several locations. Operation is applied to all parts with the same lwo file when switching display and moving.
-Color page is always be exported with RGB without profile setting when exporting fanzine printing data. Select normal export function when printing image applied with profile.
-There is a case that you cannot record in [Auto Action] palette depending on command and operation.
-It may not be displayed in correct color depending on profile when executing item of [View] menu >> [Color profile].
-You cannot change font to another one halfway when setting mixing font to text. If you switch to another font, select entered text and change font.
-You cannot operate file correctly if changing folder name for save and file name when editing data under page management.
-Page file and work file made with MangaStudio3.0 or older versions cannot be imported.
-There may be difference between colors of mesh and texture when importing 3D material made with data in Rokkaku Daioh format (extension: 6kt,6kh) and turning off light source.

Microsoft observer and tech blogger Barb Bowman spotted a very interesting exchange in this morning's Surface Reddit AMA session.

Reddit user JonBensonDesigns asked about the notorious pen jitter issue while drawing slow diagonal lines that plagues most penabled devices, but can be especially troublesome on N-Trig tablets like the Surface Pro 3. The response from the Surface team is by Steven Bathiche, a Distinguished Scientist in Microsoft Corp.'s Applied Sciences Group.

So if we're to take Bathiche at his word, then Microsoft is working on a fix that may be applicable not only to future devices but also to current Surface Pro 3 and Surface 3 tablets. This is extremely encouraging news and I'll make sure to inform you here if and when that fix is issued!


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Long-time readers know my frustration with the depiction of the pen's role in Microsoft's advertising campaigns.

If you were to believe every Surface Pro video you've seen until now, pens are only good for circling stuff, crossing items out and maybe highlighting text. 

No wonder most folks seem to think pens are pointless.

Today, Microsoft released a video that takes a big step in the right direction: featuring three users who actually attest to and demonstrate the productivity gains of pen computing.

Let's hope some of this makes it onto the next wave of broadcast ads.

The Microsoft Surface Pen. Write as fast as you think. Get StaffPad for Windows: http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-us/app/ce714f58-1113-4c30-a9a3-f14a0fb5d7ed


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Perhaps to avoid confusion with the soon-to-be-released Surface Hub displays, Microsoft has renamed its Surface Pro 3 app and added some new pressure increments.

You can now choose 12 steps of pressure for the SP3's N-Trig pen.

To achieve the broadest range of strokes (the equivalent of Wacom's firm setting), select the leftmost position, shown above. The curve slope at this setting is not as gradual as you can set in Manga Studio. In fact, a linear curve is only three steps away.

The majority of the new increments seem geared to note-takers who will want to minimize stroke variability and apply the least force while writing. Setting the pressure slider all the way to the right (see above, what Wacom calls soft) provides a very dark stroke with minimal effort.

In addition to the pressure settings, the app allows users to choose between the Modern or desktop versions of OneNote for the Pen Top Button action. And the physical Windows button can be disabled if you find it gets in the way as you draw or ink.

Unfortunately, the app does not address side switch addressability. For that you'll need to use a third party utility like Radial Menu.

The updated Surface app is now available in the Windows Store.

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