Surface Pro, Windows 8 finally gets promised Wacom driver

When the Surface Pro was launched by Microsoft in early February, some users complained that the included stylus did not work completely with Adobe's Photoshop application. Specifically, features such as pressure sensitivity and eraser functionality could not be used with the pen.

At the time, Microsoft said it was "working with the necessary partners to make advanced features of the Surface pen available across a number of applications in the near future." Three months later, it appears that time is over, if you know where to look

On Thursday, Surface leader Panos Panay posted word on Twitter that he was testing a beta for the Wacom driver on his own Surface Pro, adding, "Cool to see Pen pressure in #Photoshop. Releasing soon." Later that day, ZDNet reported that a Windows 8 Wacom driver is now available to download directly from Wacom's website.

While the driver is designated for Windows 8, the Wacom software should work with the Surface Pro and its pen to enable features such as pressure sensitivity while using Photoshop and other applications. Microsoft might release its own firmware update for the Surface Pro this Tuesday during its regular monthly software releases so that its owners don't have to download a separate driver.

Source: ZDNet

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Can anyone confirm that this will work in PS, and any 3D paint/model app that uses Wintab?

It would be great if all this works properly, as now we can almost get the SP here in Europe :-)

Major Plonquer said,
Stylus? If Steve Jobs was alive today, he'd be turning in his grave.

Yeah, because steve jobs always did graphics work on the go... wait the finger is a good enough device to do graphics work right?... we have Wacom devices for a reason, and the fact MS has always used Wacom digitizers in their slates has always been a plus since you can use them for portable graphics work, sketching, etc

Steve Jobs got that one dead wrong; the right way to do a tablet is touch+stylus. There are 1001 third party "styluses" for iPad because people want to have the option and ability to draw and write on their tablet. It's the most natural and intuitive thing in the world.

Major Plonquer said,
Stylus? If Steve Jobs was alive today, he'd be turning in his grave.

Wait, if he was alive today, he wouldn't be in a grave.

WOW, new Driver is awesome. Not quite a good as the Wacom Tablet, but that stays home on the desktop anyways.

This is a huge step forward, making the Surface that much better on the road, then any other device, PERIOD.

Love the Wacom update, but still not a full replacement for Wacom tablets, for example it still doesn't seem to recognize the tilt of the pen. Pressure sensitivity is a much more important feature though and so happy to have it working!

incendy said,
Love the Wacom update, but still not a full replacement for Wacom tablets, for example it still doesn't seem to recognize the tilt of the pen. Pressure sensitivity is a much more important feature though and so happy to have it working!

This is essentially a Penabled stylus -- and Penabled styluses have never sensed tilt.

Wacom has historically reserved tilt for the professional lineup, in order to help segment the market. For example, Graphire and Bamboo didn't have tilt, but Intuos and Cintiq did. This is one of several features that allows Wacom to charge 5x as much for the professional tablets.

I've had my Surface Pro since release. No signs of wear and tear, except one tiny tiny scratch - and I'm fairly rough with the thing. It is a great device/laptop/tablet.

SpyderCanopus said,

This is a scan of the back. I had to "enhance" the image a couple times because it was so dark, but you can easily see what I'm talking about.

http://imgur.com/Zepvo7p



Wow, that's bizarre. I've had mine since release date and there are no visible signs of wear anywhere on the tablet.

SpyderCanopus said,

This is a scan of the back. I had to "enhance" the image a couple times because it was so dark, but you can easily see what I'm talking about.

http://imgur.com/Zepvo7p


umm.. did you clean that with something? because those swirl marks sure are indicators of a cleaning product... some things like isopropyl alcohol / windex products / etc will hurt these finishes

neufuse said,

umm.. did you clean that with something? because those swirl marks sure are indicators of a cleaning product... some things like isopropyl alcohol / windex products / etc will hurt these finishes

I thought he had thrown it into the water, left it there for 20 years and fished it up again.

siah1214 said,

Wow, that's bizarre. I've had mine since release date and there are no visible signs of wear anywhere on the tablet.

Same here, only my logo shows abit of fade and marks, the rest of my unit if in great condition

SpyderCanopus said,

This is a scan of the back. I had to "enhance" the image a couple times because it was so dark, but you can easily see what I'm talking about.

http://imgur.com/Zepvo7p


Looks like it's been scrubbed or rubbed with something quite a lot. Not a smooth finish at all. I might see if the MS store would consider replacing it? Maybe this unit has a faulty finish?

neufuse said,

umm.. did you clean that with something? because those swirl marks sure are indicators of a cleaning product... some things like isopropyl alcohol / windex products / etc will hurt these finishes


Yeah... definitely looks like this person didn't think before using harsh chemicals.

I wiped with with a damp paper towel before scanning it. The discoloration is because I enhanced the photo to brighten it up. The back looks normal except for the chipping.

SpyderCanopus said,
I wiped with with a damp paper towel before scanning it. The discoloration is because I enhanced the photo to brighten it up. The back looks normal except for the chipping.

That looks far from discoloration from contrast enhancements... first odd there is an odd red/brown spot on it... the patterns on it indicate liquid damage... if I do the same thing to a brand new one and increase the brightness and contrast you do not get those patterns its pretty much a constant black

My surface is in immaculate condition from a day one buy, you treat your electronics well and it will last. This thing looks like it was brought up from the titanic. How about you show a untouched photo rather than doctoring it so we can feel bad for you. This looks entirely user fault to me.

What the heck is that huge blotch? Why wipe it down to begin with, I spy a coverup!

Am I the only one wondering why the surface backing is blue o_0

I have had my surface for two weeks and the metal finish is flaking off around the hinges and edges. It just sits on my desk when not in use. I hope they release a fix for that. -_-

SpyderCanopus said,
I have had my surface for two weeks and the metal finish is flaking off around the hinges and edges. It just sits on my desk when not in use. I hope they release a fix for that. -_-

not sure if serious or not?.... we have a few hundred of them in the field and not a single sign of wear yet

SpyderCanopus said,
I have had my surface for two weeks and the metal finish is flaking off around the hinges and edges. It just sits on my desk when not in use. I hope they release a fix for that. -_-

I have this only on one corner; a corner that it fell on from a desk.

SpyderCanopus said,
I have had my surface for two weeks and the metal finish is flaking off around the hinges and edges. It just sits on my desk when not in use. I hope they release a fix for that. -_-

I call rubbish. I've had a Surface RT since the day of launch and it doesnt have any sign of wear whatsoever. I take mine from home, to work, to school, to my programming lab.

Maybe you cleaned it with some abrasive product that stripped away the coating on it?

When I clean mine, I simply use a dry microfiber cloth. If it's really dirty, i'll moisten one side of the microfiber cloth and then dry it with the other.

My Pro has some scratches and what not but I use the hell out that thing, so it is expected. My RT on the other hand looks new, but I never really use it.

I use my Surface Pro daily on work, and heavily since launch day and I have absolutely no signs of physical wear on mine -- unless you count oils from my fingers on the type cover.

I use mine daily at home and at school, I also shove it into that little case I got with it. Not only is the paint flaking off the corners of my Pro, the edges of my touch cover are completely frayed all the way around.