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Microsoft dials up Surface Studio

Microsoft has announced that new applications including CorelDRAW, Autodesk’s SketchBook, Silicon Bender’s Sketchable, and Algoriddim’s djay Pro have added Surface Dial capabilities to their software.

These join the growing Surface Dial-enabled apps including Sketchable, Mental Canvas, StaffPad, BlueBeam, Siemens NX, DrawBoard, and Spotify to show what is possible with Surface Dial.

The Surface Dial works with the Microsoft Surface Studio “tabtop” – iTWire has a first look here. Microsoft's US Surface Dial website is here.

The new Dial features are detailed in a blog and include:

  1. Alforiddim djay Pro:
    Algoriddim's award-winning DJ application has been downloaded by over 30 million users. Starting today, djay Pro is available in the Windows Store. Fully leveraging Surface Studio with its beautiful PixelSense display, djay Pro also includes location-aware Surface Dial integration. To learn more about Alforiddim djay Pro check out the video here.
  2. Corel DRAW:
    The addition of Surface Dial is designed to complement the Pen with non-dominant hand, and this is how it was designed in CorelDRAW. By simply putting the Dial on the screen, your favorite tools will appear. Pick what you want, set the properties, select, for example, LiveSketch. Remove the Dial from the screen and create your most beautiful piece of art.
  3. AutoDesk Sketchbook:
    Autodesk SketchBook is made for artists and designers who want their work to feel natural in a digital environment, and Surface Dial provides them with additional choices and control over their creative workspace. Digital artists who like the tactile feedback and two-hand feel of Surface Dial can use it to control three of the most important aspects of SketchBook: canvas, brush, and color. To learn more about Sketchbook and Surface Dial, check out this Sketchbook blog post
  4. Sketchable:
    Sketchable was originally highlighted during the Surface Studio launch last October. Surface Dial capabilities have been updated to take advantage of some new Dial functionalities.Sketchable leverages the new Dial APIs to present a cohesive experience, as well as streamline navigation via press and turn. Check out the updated app here.
  5. Adobe Premiere Pro CC:
    Since announcing Surface Studio and Dial last fall, people have been curious about how Surface Dial could work with Adobe’s suite of products. In a Technology Demonstration of Premiere Pro CC, Adobe uses the Surface Dial for accelerated shuttling through clips and sequences with precision frame selection and immediate stop and start of playback, as well as incremental speed increase, decrease and reverse up to 32X playback.

 Surface Studio and Surface Dial are available for pre-order in Australia and New Zealand via Microsoft Store, Harvey Norman and JB Hi-Fi and will be available for purchase from 27 April. 


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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!