The Microsoft Surface is a class apart, one of its kind PC which lets you do a lot of new things. Combined with the power of the latest tools, the Surface Pen and Surface Slim Pen, this PC can do just about anything a regular notepad or drawing board does. Take a look at all the apps you can use on this particular device.
Pro Drawing Tools: Autodesk SketchBook
Drawing and sketching are the most essential requirements for any designer in any field who is trying out the Surface experience. Autodesk is one of the most extensive apps out there for sketching. It has a wide array of tools and surfaces to try out. And the one thing that was keeping people from using the Autodesk SketchBook was the price, which now you can forget about as the full version is available for free. This will also include some Pro tools, but basically, it will make life way easier for anyone wanting to sketch.
Bamboo Paper: Authentic paper feels
As the name suggests, it gives you the experience of actually writing on paper. First-time users will be amazed by how real it feels—an excellent app for writing notes, scribbling or making storyboards. There are six writing tools to choose from. You can add images to your records and write on the pictures. Or share them with people using Bamboo Paper anywhere in the world.
Drawboard PDF: Simplifying PDFs
PDFs can be a necessary hassle. If you want to be able to take control of your PDF, consider Drawboard PDF for your official needs. The application carries annotations that can be calibrated for scale. There is a wide range of grid and line templates to choose from, or you can even merge different PDFs.
StaffPad: For the music-writer in you
An exclusive Surface app that lets you easily annotate music. It automatically converts your handwritten music into a score. As you finish, play it back on StaffPad’s full orchestra. This is very easy to use and a precise app that will go on ways to help you with your music. It is available on Microsoft at $90.
Sketchable: The way of the sketcher
A free-to-use drawing app, it lets you bring your imaginations to life. You can sketch or paint, or even take notes. There are abundant tools available for the craftsperson in you. You won’t be able to set it down without creating beautiful artwork.
Index Cards: Organize Optimally
This app gives you an option to have an unlimited number of cards with as much information as you want. Write on any side of the card and zoom in to fill it up to its optimum. At the same time, you can get the feeling you’ve not missed out on anything. Which most organized people are wary of happening. It is priced at $14 plus on Microsoft.
Leonardo: The Infinite Canvas
This app is as of yet in the beta stage. However, you can find a wide array of tools and features. It does not matter if you’re a pro or an amateur, you can try out the fantastic features like the infinite canvas. With an interface that is far easier to work through than its competitors, there isn’t a lot of learning required. For now, they’ve cut the price down in half to $40, with the commercial version yet to be launched.
CollaBoard: Virtual Whiteboard
This is the best app for people working remotely on team projects. If you’re collaborating with multiple members of your team and need access to a shared whiteboard, this app should be on your list. All users can contribute in real-time and it is compatible with all kinds of add-ons like PDF, pictures, movies, and more. It helps a lot when you can dive into one place for your vast pool of ideas and plans.
OneNote: Microsoft’s own
How could one not include this easy note-taking app? Plus, it syncs all your devices with your notes. Coupled with Surface Pen, it is a deadly combo. There is an option to take notes on grid backgrounds, use the various tools, highlight your essential points. It lets you keep your notes on 24×7.
Xodo: Edit PDFs for free
This is a PDF editor and reader that comes completely free without any in-app purchases. Once you open a PDF, you can do whatever you want with it. Filling up tedious forms online has never been easier than with this app.
These applications can come in handy when you’re working in a cut-throat professional environment. The margin for error in our workspaces is seldom shallow. So, these apps can boost your efficiency in another plane. And you can make the best out of the Surface experience.
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