Microsoft Working With Adobe To Bring Full Support for the Surface Pen to Photoshop

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Early adopters of the Microsoft Surface Pro tablet have discovered that Adobe Photoshop doesn’t fully support the stylus that comes with this tablet. That might change soon.

Adobe PhotoshopZDnet was sent the following statement by a Microsoft spokesperson:

“Surface Pro uses Windows Inbox Drivers and APIs (application programming interfaces) for the Surface pen, which support advanced features such as pressure sensitivity and eraser functionality. There are a number of apps in the Store that leverage these new Windows APIs and can take advantage of all that the Surface pen has to offer.

“The Surface pen does work with Photoshop, which runs on Surface Pro, though advanced features such as pressure sensitivity and eraser functionality may not be available at this time. Microsoft is working with the necessary partners to make advanced features of the Surface pen available across a number of applications in the near future.”

Because it runs the regular version of Windows 8, the Surface Pro can handle software written for previous versions of Windows, including Photoshop. This is not true of the Surface RT, is it runs Windows RT. 

Tablets make ideal platforms for graphic artists, as they can draw directly on the images they are creating, without needing a mouse or Wacum tablet. It’s likely there are quite a number of Surface Pro owners eagerly awaiting an update to Photoshop.

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