04-15-2013 08:34 AM
I was asked by readers to start a new topic on the concerns around the pressure sensitiviy of the digital pen when using programs like Photoshop, Autodesk Sketchbook Pro and Painter. My own experience when using Sketchbook Pro and Painter is that there is no sensitivity to pressure to alter the size or darkness of lines as there should be. As I have previously mentioned, in Fresh Paint, the Windows drawing and Painting App, there is excellent sensitivity to pressure.
In general pen input on the Helix is great. There is no lag at all in writing and drawing. And text recognition in Windows 8 converting handwriting to usable text is very sophistitcated and work amazingly well.
But the deal-breaker so far is that, for those of us who want to use the pad as a drawing surface, for the legacy applications that we all have been using for years and years, the advertised umpteen levels of pressure sensitivty is just not there.