Microsoft Announces Creativity App Support for Surface Dial

Microsoft today announced that a number of third-party creativity apps have been updated to support Surface Dial and its unique capabilities.

“Empowering the creator in all of us is the purpose behind our products and initiatives at Microsoft, and supports our mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more,” Microsoft’s Rui Li wrote in a new post to the Windows Devices blog. “We are thrilled to announce that partner applications like CorelDRAW, Autodesk’s SketchBook, Silicon Bender’s Sketchable, and Algoriddim’s djay Pro are adding unique capabilities to their software that enable Surface Dial offering customers a new spin on creativity.”

The following apps have been updated to support Surface Dial.

Algoriddim djay Pro. Available now in the Windows Store for $49.99, Algoriddim djay Pro includes unique location-aware Surface Dial integration. “With Surface Dial, users can browse their music library, scratch, scrub, loop, and precisely adjust knobs and filters on screen and for each deck individually, providing a truly innovative interaction paradigm to DJs,” Microsoft says.

CorelDRAW. When you put the Dial on the screen, your favorite tools will appear right there. You can find out more from the Corel website.

AutoDesk Sketchbook. Made for artists and designers who want their work to feel natural in a digital environment, Autodesk SketchBook gains additional choices and control when used with Surface Dial. You can control the canvas, brush, and color, zoom in and out, and access other controls. Find out more from AutoDesk.

Sketchable. This sketching app, available in the Windows Store, was demonstrated at the Windows 10 event in October. But it’s been updated to support additional Surface Dial features and streamlined navigation since then.

Adobe Premiere Pro CC. While this app is not yet available with Surface Dial support, Adobe has unveiled a technology demo that shows how it will work. “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,” Microsoft says. To learn more now, you’ll have to check out Adobe’s booth at NAB 2017. Cute.


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  • BinBinLives

    10 April, 2017 - 1:39 pm


    • Simard57

      10 April, 2017 - 1:50 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#97080">In reply to BinBinLives:</a></em></blockquote><p>why do you feel that way?</p>

    • dcbCreative

      10 April, 2017 - 2:28 pm

      <blockquote><a href="#97080"><em>In reply to BinBinLives:</em></a></blockquote><p>I disagree.</p><p>As an artist who for years has utilized a 3dconnexion SpaceMouse Wireless for 3D project work I found it natural to adopt the Microsoft <span style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Surface Dial for 2D project work, and general navigation.</span></p><p><span style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Sadly until now </span>Sketchable was the only 2D drawing application to truly embrace the Microsoft Surface Dial. So I'm very h<span style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">appy to learn that </span>AutoDesk Sketchbook is now supporting Microsoft Surface Dial as it<span style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"> is m</span>y prefered drawing application.</p>

    • chaad_losan

      10 April, 2017 - 3:48 pm

      <blockquote><a href="#97080"><em>In reply to BinBinLives:</em></a></blockquote><p>troll.</p>

  • gregsedwards

    Premium Member
    10 April, 2017 - 2:03 pm

    <p>Meanwhile, Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book owners are <em>still</em> waiting on the promised ability to use Surface Dial directly on the screen.</p>

    • dcbCreative

      10 April, 2017 - 2:36 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#97083">In reply to gregsedwards:</a></em></blockquote><p><br></p><p>A promise is a promise, but I honestly can't see myself actually placing the Surface Dial on my Surface Book screen while working. Then again, maybe if I could I would. Though I just find it hard to imagine working with a 2.32 inch diameter puck sitting directly on a 13.5 inch screen.</p>

      • gregsedwards

        Premium Member
        11 April, 2017 - 11:14 am

        <blockquote><a href="#97094"><em>In reply to dcbCreative:</em></a></blockquote><p><br></p><p>Understood, but I'm the kind of user who pairs a Surface Dial with my Windows 10 Mobile device. Because I can.</p>

  • rfog

    10 April, 2017 - 3:03 pm

    <p>Very interesting but Surface Dial, for example, only is sold in USA. Bad for MS, bad for customers. </p>

    • VancouverNinja

      Premium Member
      10 April, 2017 - 3:33 pm

      <blockquote><a href="#97096"><em>In reply to rfog:</em></a></blockquote><p>It is releasing in Canada on April 20th.</p>

    • Jules Wombat

      11 April, 2017 - 8:10 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#97096">In reply to rfog:</a></em></blockquote><p>And the UK</p>

  • rameshthanikodi

    10 April, 2017 - 3:06 pm

    <p>I'd say with COREL, Audodesk, and Adobe support you pretty much have like 90% of pro apps covered.</p>

  • lvthunder

    Premium Member
    10 April, 2017 - 4:40 pm

    <p>Too bad Photoshop isn't on the list. That's what I'm waiting for,</p>

    • Polycrastinator

      11 April, 2017 - 9:38 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#97135">In reply to lvthunder:</a></em></blockquote><p>I thought Photoshop was already supported?</p>

    • rameshthanikodi

      11 April, 2017 - 1:43 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#97135">In reply to lvthunder:</a></em></blockquote><p>Adobe has demoed support, I guess it's coming soon ™.</p>

  • nbplopes

    10 April, 2017 - 5:27 pm

    <p>I think MS is on to something with this. If only they get the details right. I could see even in the video some lag with the pen, its quite visible. </p><p>Apart from that please a Surface display with a integrated Hub, rather than then an all-in-one non upgradable system. Just the display supporting USB-C full spec.Let someone come in dock-in their Surface unit or laptop, or some other desktop station.</p>

  • Chris_Kez

    Premium Member
    10 April, 2017 - 7:31 pm

    <p>I think you buried the lede:dj Pro is an iOS app that was ported using Islandwood.</p>

  • jgoraya

    11 April, 2017 - 7:39 am

    <p>I would like to see Microsoft inventing ways for the way the dial and pen can be used to help developers write code. That would open it up to another group of users that Microsoft wants to attract.</p>

    • Jules Wombat

      11 April, 2017 - 8:09 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#97169">In reply to jgoraya:</a></em></blockquote><p>Microsoft lost its developers at Build 2011, when it dumped on .NET developers in favour of Javascript and C++. We have moved on, not comming back to the zig zaging Windows platform, which is why UWP is such a flop.</p><p>But admit its good to see the major Desiner Apps, adopting the Dial, this will hopefully upset the Apple cart. </p>


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