Got an I5 8GB, 256SSD surface pro 4 today. Very happy to report that it can handle a 4000x6000 image with 10 layers with no issues. However, I discovered that the pen does not transmit angle data to photoshop's brush engine. This is a rudimentary feature of the Wacom intuos tablet that allows for natural brush rendering. With the wamcom, the brush engine interprets the angle of the pen just like it would a real brush so for example as you press down harder and at an angle, the brush's bristles compress out and leave a very natural trail just as if you did this with a real brush. Or with a pencil tool, angling the pen allows you to shade an image as if you were drawing with the side of a pencil tip.
You can control the brush angle manually but it's extremely cumbersome to do compared to just angling the brush and it's akin to trying to draw using the mouse. So basically, the pen in the surface pro 4 acts like a mouse that can sense pressure. Without the angle characteristics that even the inexpensive drawing tablets support, i'm not sure the features of the surface pro 4 are enough to warrant using it over a laptop with a tablet.
Does anyone know if the capability to transmit angle data exists in the pen and will it ever be supported? Because if not, I'll probably just go back to using my notebook computer and the wacom tablet.
I just tried the "Back to drawing board" app and it is really cool. Imagine CAD on a tablet. Works well with touch but really excels when using you cover or external keyboard and mouse. I have tried on both WIndows 8 and RT and it works well. I would not want to edit a super complex drawing on a Surface but it is nice to know you can.
I hope not to be OT,
I am a software developer and I've developed a painting software for windows platform.
The software also supports Wacom's pen sensitivity to vary size and opacity of brushstrokes.
I was wondering if my software works well on Windows Surface pro, since it seems that the software has some issues with hardwares with integrated graphics cards.
The software is available for free here:
I would be grateful if someone could test it and send me a feedback about their user experience with the software.
Thank you all in advance!