StaffPad–Made for Surface Pen

Yesterday I wrote about Killer Applications. The one that grabbed my attention today is StaffPad. Follow the link and watch the video (shown using a Surface Pro 3 pen) and see someone writing sheet music faster than you could do it with pen and paper. This quote from the website captures the heart of pen computing applied to a human endeavour.. From the website: “StaffPad is a brand new class of notation app, designed to take advantage of the advanced pen and touch input found on Microsoft Surface* and other compatible Windows 8.1 devices. As you write notation using the … Continue reading StaffPad–Made for Surface Pen

Surface Pen: Killer Applications

Killer Application – a software application so compelling that it drives sales of the hardware. The Killer Applications that brought me into the world of pen computing were things that let me use a pen, when really – only a pen would do the job. In the early days that was MindManager. It let me create Mind Maps in much the way that I had done for decades only faster and you could edit it later. It was one of the very first Windows  (Tablet PC Edition) applications that was fully pen-enabled, and it remains today, one of the best. … Continue reading Surface Pen: Killer Applications

Surface Pro 3: Is this the One?

It’s May 20th and the big news is the Surface 3. Bigger, lighter, faster, longer battery life, better ergonomics (multiple position stand). Of course, I want one. And I scoured the Microsoft Store for the Order Now button. And now, front and centre, finally, the pen. It looks like Microsoft is embracing the Pen as the strategic advantage of the Surface Pro platform. I’ve often thought that the Pen was misunderstood and under-sold as an alternative to the mouse. It is so much more than that. And this message is coming out loud and clear in the images of the … Continue reading Surface Pro 3: Is this the One?