1. csiguy1's Avatar
    What programs do most of you use the Pen with?
    10-23-2013 12:19 AM
  2. vizagdude's Avatar
    I've used it with MS Word, PDF (comments and filling up forms), Paint, One Note, and believe it or not, even in the email client. I am sure there are a few more... but by far these are the ones I've used the pen with.
    10-23-2013 10:47 AM
  3. thekeeblerelf's Avatar
    I gave Diablo 3 a shot with it.

    It's... interesting, to say the least.
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    10-23-2013 11:11 AM
  4. russmov's Avatar
    I've been using it to write in the forums and it works pretty good I think.
    10-24-2013 07:40 PM
  5. Polychrome's Avatar
    Mainly art stuff, like Flash.

    That said, I've found it oddly useful in games made by Telltale, particularly the Tales of Monkey Island. Go figure.
    10-24-2013 09:07 PM
  6. toddpart's Avatar
    With my original SP and now my SP2 I use it everyday taking notes in OneNote. I also use it in Outlook 2013 to handwritten emails when sitting in an airport lounge or office lobby and don't want to be typing about on a keyboard. People flip out when they get an email from me in my handwriting asking me what crazy font I'm using LOL :-)
    10-24-2013 09:34 PM
  7. Lurchorama's Avatar
    PDF Touch for me; for scribbling all over PDF's
    10-24-2013 09:35 PM
  8. russmov's Avatar
    I've been using it to write in the forums and it works pretty good I think.
    10-24-2013 11:59 PM
  9. calebcre's Avatar
    When using it for one note, does it convert your writing or let it stay as is? Is there any problem with formatting? This is why I would want the stylus most, but I have not really seen it at work.
    10-25-2013 12:09 AM
  10. russmov's Avatar
    sorry im not sure why that double posted.
    10-25-2013 09:32 AM
  11. freshfelicio's Avatar
    First, OneNote. It is amazing what the program can do with that handwriting.
    Second, Windows. For everything that doesnt have a ribbon interface and relies on context menus you better go with the pen because it is more accurate and you can "hover" with the cursor, while using context menus with the finger is always a shot in the dark.
    Third, FreshPaint app. Works very well.

    Sorry to disappoint you, but Photoshop does work, but the controls in Photoshop are small and you always have to switch tools, and overall Photoshop just isnt made for tablets. So better not build on using Photoshop with it. But you can connect a bigger monitor and dublicate the screen and then use it as a Wacom tablet, that works pretty well.
    11-10-2013 09:43 AM
  12. Doctor Pork's Avatar
    Used it for adding some notes in PDF files in scientific articles today, which is one of the primary reasons for getting the Surface Pro 2 for me instead of the RT version. Almost as convenient as doing it on paper but I don't have to print it, and it can then be printed or shared very easily. OneNote could be useful and sometimes in cramped places where you can't use the keyboard and have to hold it , the pen works as both a pointing device and as a basic method of text input for most programs.
    11-10-2013 10:11 AM
  13. 1jaxstate1's Avatar
    Sketchbook pro. Evernote ,freshpaint.
    11-10-2013 12:35 PM
  14. freshfelicio's Avatar
    OneNote (!!!!!!), Photoshop, Flash, Freshpaint, Windows in general. But OneNote is where it shines.
    02-23-2014 02:00 AM
  15. Poirots Progeny's Avatar
    Sketchbook pro is brilliant!!!!
    02-23-2014 02:05 AM
  16. randomscandinavian's Avatar
    Sorry to disappoint you, but Photoshop does work, but the controls in Photoshop are small and you always have to switch tools, and overall Photoshop just isnt made for tablets. So better not build on using Photoshop with it. But you can connect a bigger monitor and dublicate the screen and then use it as a Wacom tablet, that works pretty well.
    I sat with Photoshop yesterday for a while. If you do something where you have to use the same tool in the same area for a long time (like removing a million specs of dust in an old photo) then it really isn't as bad as I had feared. Lack of keyboard shortcuts while I had it flat on my lap using only the screen was really more of a problem than tiny icons. But maybe I can try and find a comfortable position with the keyboard attached as well. The only point for me in usning a Surface for this is if I can work while lounging in a sofa somewhere or in bed. Otherwise I do have a desktop computer.

    As for the miniature tool icons, there was a sort of fix for that which I now cannot find, involving a registry patch on how big the palettes and icons are displayed. Basically forcing them to a smaller resolution than the image you are working on. I have to look for that and read it again.
    02-23-2014 03:13 AM
  17. rocketboy's Avatar
    Lack of keyboard shortcuts while I had it flat on my lap using only the screen was really more of a problem than tiny icons.
    I know what you mean. Consider a portable Bluetooth keyboard that you can put on your lap.

    As far as the OP I use the pen with Sketchbook Pro, Corel Painter, and occasionally Word for mark ups. SBP is just about a perfect implementation of a stylus oriented interface.
    02-24-2014 06:20 PM
  18. randomscandinavian's Avatar
    I know what you mean. Consider a portable Bluetooth keyboard that you can put on your lap.
    That's an exciting idea, thanks! In fact I may already have one that might work.
    02-25-2014 01:38 AM

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