* Posts by stevesx

4 posts • joined 6 Feb 2013

Microsoft 'touches 16k shop workers' to flog Windows 8 hard

stevesx

Re: 3D Design

Perhaps. Although the high costs, CRT's, vector graphics, and functionality relative to modern hardware may have put paid to light pen UI. The wire tethering the light pens would also have been unhelpful. In any case, many different input devices have been tried to overcome the shortcomings of keyboard and mouse alone. With flat screen, high res, and speedy hardware, a touch screen interface can have some very useful UI features. Obviously, it could match all the advantages that light pens would have but without the physical tether. Handwriting recognition would be a bonus. The screen itself could show functions or menus accessible on specific screen locations or context. Being able to use your hands to interact directly with the screen together with the speed of modern hardware should make the experience feel very "natural". In short, a lot of potential.

(PS. I hope I haven't posted this comment twice)

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stevesx

Re: 3D Design

If the software could be optimised for the touchscreen, it could become much more powerful. I'm imagining that with the stylus, one could freestyle in say, Zbrush, or use certain actions to translate, even write the numbers for precise co-ordinates. With the other hand, one could double tap for menus, two fingers for zooms, pans, etc. There is a potetntial for completely new UI's for some applications to make them more intuitive and improve productivity. I may sound like a fan, but I personally would not use W8 until it actually becomes more useful in applications than it is now.

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stevesx

Re: Windows 8 could be great for 3D design applications.

An optional stylus acting directly on the screen would prevent smudges and aid precision. As an example, you can see how useful it is for drawing 2D on the Galaxy Note 2.

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Windows 8 could be great for 3D design applications.

A large screen, high power, Windows 8 kit could be very useful in applications such as 3D Studio or Blender for example. With a few improvements to the software workflow, they could become so much easier and more intuitive to use with a touchscreen. Definitely, they would be a great way to demonstrate the potential of touch-screen computing.

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