Surface 3 Why?

I’m probably not the target audience for a Surface 3.  I’ve had the other Surface devices, my daily driver is a Surface Pro 3, and I’m probably going to get a Surface Book. As it turns out, I really like this tiny marvel.  I’ve always bought top end Surface devices opting for the fastest processors, highest memory and storage capacity. Each decision taken in isolation was on the assumption that the machine I was getting would be my primary and possibly my only device. I didn’t really expect the Surface 3 to compare well with my previous Surface devices. I … Continue reading Surface 3 Why?

Autodesk Sketchbook Pro 7 Windows 10 fix for Surface

I use Sketchbook Pro 7 on all my Surface Pro devices, and now too, the Surface 3.  Under Windows 10 I found that the pen tracked fine for all the user interface points (radial menu and Windows controls) but was offset in the drawing area. Solution: Use the Windows Compatibility Tool. Locate the program file. On my machine it wasC:\Program Files\Autodesk\SketchBook Pro 7 Right Click – click Troubleshoot Compatibility Troubleshoot Program The program opens but doesn’t display correctly Test the program. You have to do this before you click Next. Save the settings for this program Finished

Surface: Restore, Refresh, Reset

Every now and then I come across an article and I just know that I’ll need it someday. Here is one of those. Quoting verbatim from the Microsoft Support site If you’re having a problem with your Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, Surface Pro 3, or Surface 3, you may be able to restore, refresh, or reset it and solve the problem. Before you begin Solution 1: Restore your Surface to an earlier point in time Solution 2: Refresh your Surface Solution 3: Reset your Surface Before you begin To perform a restore, refresh, or reset, you’ll need to check … Continue reading Surface: Restore, Refresh, Reset

OneNote: A Few Thank You Notes

I’ve been using OneNote since it came out in 2003. It was one of the first applications that treated ink as a first consideration in design. It was unconstrained by the traditional concepts of horizontal lines and vertical borders. It could search your ink; Ink that you created using a pen and active digitizer. It was one of the best applications for what we used to call Tablet PCs. OneNote was clearly different in terms of workflow. You didn’t have to save your work and you didn’t have to consciously synchronize  your notes across multiple devices.  It was a great … Continue reading OneNote: A Few Thank You Notes

Ultimate Student Guide To Using Microsoft Surface 3

Great video from Sean Ong. Although this is oriented for students, there are some great hints about being productive with your Surface device. Ultimate Student Guide To Using Microsoft Surface 3   And after you have watched the video here are some more interesting things to explore. Azure Free Trial MSDN Azure benefit CANITPRO at the Movies (English) CANITPRO at the Movies (French)

Surface Pro 3: Pen Can Be Paired With Other Devices

You can pair your Surface 3 or Surface Pro 3 pen to other devices. This is more interesting than compellingly useful, but here’s what I found. I picked up  an HP Stream 7 at the Microsoft Store last week. I was trying to capture a screen shot with the thumb keyboard but trying to do that with the Windows-Volume_Down combination wouldn’t work because pressing the Windows button dismisses the keyboard. Then remembered that a double-click on the Surface Pen button opens OneNote Screen Clipping Tool. I paired my Surface Pen via Bluetooth to the Stream-7. I was actually surprised that … Continue reading Surface Pro 3: Pen Can Be Paired With Other Devices

Surface 3: Hands On

I finally got my hands on a Surface 3. Here it is (red keyboard) beside my Surface Pro 3 (black keyboard) at the Microsoft Store. Keyboard and Typing Experience You’ll notice that the actual keys on the keyboard appear to be the same size.  The difference in width is in the border on the sides of the keys. That border is much slimmer on the Surface 3 keyboard. The Trackpad is about the same width, but not as tall.  They trimmed some of the border between the top row of keys and the screen. Overall the typing experience seemed comparable … Continue reading Surface 3: Hands On

Surface 3: Looking Better By The Day

What do you think of Surface 3? You can read the reviews and most of what I’ve read is that it’s a brilliant little machine. There’s generally some balking at the price, but setting that aside for a minute: I DO need an all-day full-Windows device. That is, something that will run legacy applications.  Previous versions of Surface (not Pro) have given me the all-day experience, and the Surface Pros have given me full-Windows with support for legacy applications. It just seemed that I couldn’t have both. When I need to be completely portable, and by that I mean walking … Continue reading Surface 3: Looking Better By The Day

Surface 3 Review

Surface MVP Frank Garcia shared this review from We Tested the Surface 3 (translation by Microsoft Translator). Here are a few of the pictures that appear in the review. Notice the size of the Surface 3 keyboard. The keys are the same size but the keyboard is a little smaller. And here is a shot of the Surface 3 attached to and on top of a Surface Pro 3 keyboard. This gives you a pretty good idea of the size. And here are the ports. Micro USB for charging and data, USB, and mini-display port. Be sure to read … Continue reading Surface 3 Review

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