Inspired by those many „listicles“ that appear day to day on the Internet, I decided to write my personal listicle about five things, why I love my stylus on the Surface Pro 3.
1: My stylus is more than a pen
Since the SP3 has three buttons I always explain interested teachers in my OneNote workshops, that this tool is more like a mouse. So you can do a lot more than just writing with it! The lower button is for deleting (I use the delete stroke function, not the rubber function, as it is quicker), the upper button is the rightclick, so I can quickly access the context menu.
The third purple button is just a gimmick in my point of view, as it starts OneNote with one click or you can make a screenshot by double-clicking it. In basic it is a bluetooth trigger and you can easily customize it (shown in the following video)
I use flicks for this kind of functionality (see #4)
2: My stylus is very precise and fast!
You can not compare a touch enabled device with a digitizer based device! The precision with the stylus is essential for great written input and the stylus is pixel sensitive, that means, that I can address every pixel of the screen seperately. So it seems that the digital ink is coming right out of the tip of the stylus:
You get also pressure sensitivity, which gives a natural touch to your handwritten notes and feels like writing on digital paper. The hovering is also noteworthy, because you can actually use your stylus as a pointing device. I use the free Software CursorAttention to get a small circle at the cursor position.
You can do some really magical tricks with your stylus. One I discovered only recently ist this: You can draw a shape in PowerPoint and it automatically detects this shape and converts it into a beautiful geometrical object.
In OneNote I can use the strike-through ability to delete handwritten text.
4: and the magic goes on: Flicks
Everytime I show the pen input I come back to the most poweerful thing you can do with a stylus: Flicks
I literally could not live without these stylus flicks, as it is o convenient to copy and paste things without the need of y keyboard or mouse!
5: Switch between stylus and touch
OK, this is not only dedicated to the stylus. There is no need to switch between stylus input and touch input. The N-trig (as the Wacom digitizer) has a dual-sense technology. When I use my stylus it recognizes this as a pen input and I can even lay down my palm to get a really natural writing feeling. When I remove the pen and use my fingers, I can use all the dragging and dropping and multitouch features (up to 10 points), so panning and zooming around in OneNote ist very easy.
As the Surface Pro 3 is my fifth digitizer tablet I will never ever go back to a PC without a stylus! I get used to the functionality and teaching my maths lessons without the stylus is literally not possible!
How do you use your stylus?Tell me about your favorite things of your Stylus!