1. unni_kmr's Avatar
    I am not an artist or a student. So, I don't find myself using any of the drawing programs or OneNote that much. I wanted to use the Surface Pen for other text input activities such as commenting on this forum. But in my experience, writing a comment on Firefox with pen input is somewhat frustrating. Most of the time, I face one of these problems:
    1. The text field loose focus. So, whatever I write won't get posted. When that happens, I have to start over.
    2. If the text field is towards the end of the page (such as comment reply), the input panel will appear all the way down leaving no place to rest my hand. Even when I try to drag it up, it sometimes refuses to move.
    3. Sometimes, the input panel will jump around for some reason that only it knows.
    4. Sometimes, the suggestions provided by autocorrect aren't what I wanted, and it doesn't give me any option to choose what it recognised.

    There are few other minor issues as well.

    I wanted to find out with what other software do you use the pen for text input? I know some of these issues are because Firefox is a traditional desktop app and it doesn't do justice to blame the problems exclusively on the pen input. But I have faced issue 3 with Word 2016 (desktop version) a lot as well.
    01-08-2016 09:47 AM
  2. Sharon Kay's Avatar
    I am NEW to the Pro 4 having just got it about 10 days ago. I use it for the windows clipping function for watching videos for college; I clip a screen shot and then save it and use the pen to write additional notes on the jpg before I resave it...great for working with graphs and having to add notes!!
    unni_kmr and Kevin Rush like this.
    01-30-2016 10:48 AM
  3. arnonuem's Avatar
    Take a look to Lenovo's WRITEit app (I am not allowed to post links, yet. But you should find it via Google). Should be released February 19th to work also on other devices than Lenovo's. Maybe that improves the pen experience on the surface.
    unni_kmr and saintforlife like this.
    01-31-2016 01:27 AM
  4. unni_kmr's Avatar
    WriteIt looks like the app I was looking for. Thanks.
    01-31-2016 08:58 AM
  5. jrhurley's Avatar
    and how do you install Writeit? will only install on a Lenovo device
    02-02-2016 02:25 PM
  6. unni_kmr's Avatar
    The website says

    Expanded device support coming soon.

    The poster above says it could be available on Feb 19th. Let's see.
    02-02-2016 08:42 PM
  7. arnonuem's Avatar
    There is allready a beta version of WriteIt available that is not limited to Lenovo devices anymore. I didn't test it, yet.


    You need to change the hxxp back to http in the link above, as I am still not allowed to post links.

    Here is the related thread in the XDA Developers forum. In the latest post there is already a link to a newer beta version than in the link above:
    Last edited by arnonuem; 02-03-2016 at 03:34 AM.
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    02-03-2016 03:14 AM
  8. unni_kmr's Avatar
    Wow! Didn't know this software was released one year ago. I hope that means lesser bugs in this new version. Thanks.
    02-03-2016 09:57 AM
  9. arnonuem's Avatar
    Unfortunatly, it is not working on my SP4. Hope for a future release.
    02-03-2016 01:03 PM
  10. RichBrown68's Avatar
    I use Drawboard a lot....an app that allows you to write directly on PDF files.
    unni_kmr and Delirious D like this.
    02-07-2016 07:38 AM
  11. unni_kmr's Avatar
    I recently come across people recommending another app called Xodo (similar to Drawboard I believe). I am trying both.
    02-09-2016 09:42 AM
  12. unni_kmr's Avatar
    Lenovo released WriteIt 2.0 today. But no support for non-Lenovo devices yet.

    There were some reports over on redid that the company was going to release WRITEit 2.0 for all touchscreen PC, which would have been fantastic for Surface users. However, for now, that is not the case. The WRITEit page does mention "Expanded device support coming soon." so perhaps it is still on the roadmap (people who used it on the Surface reported some accuracy issues due to the extra hi-DPI did not account for in the app).
    Source: Lenovo announces WRITEit 2.0 for their Windows PCs and tablets
    02-19-2016 07:37 AM
  13. arnonuem's Avatar
    Let's hope they will also release it for other devices as they state in the FAQ section:

    What devices are supported?
    All devices that have a touch screen and/or active digitizer pens will work. This includes models that have been equipped from vendors such as Wacom and N-Trig. Basically, if you can touch your screen or write today, then WRITEit will work perfectly with your device.
    02-19-2016 09:30 AM
  14. BGrewer's Avatar
    Drawboard PDF!
    02-19-2016 04:23 PM
  15. billyboyblue's Avatar
    drawboard crap load of contracts for various things, and it's amazing.
    02-20-2016 01:06 AM
  16. Delirious D's Avatar
    I have a note 5 and samsung tab a, so Im used to using stylus. Currently using an app on my Tab (squid) as scratch paper for algebra homework or patterns for my hobbies. I tried using onenote and msword (lets you write with pen) but both had to many restriction, i ended up troubleshooting solution instead of doing homework.

    Would be great to use something similar as squid on the sp4. Till then im still carrying around both sp4 and tabA.
    02-28-2016 06:57 AM

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