Surface Pro 4 Discussion Thread

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  1. spinedoc77

    spinedoc77 Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    Anyone using the SP3 dock with the SP4 and getting charging issues? I came into my office today and my SP4 was at 1% after sitting over the weekend in my office (it's new home). The power icon said it was connected but not charging, weird. I took it out of the SP3 dock and put it back in and it charged up, but VERY slowly. It's been 4 1/2 hours and its at 49%, although it's been on and used constantly since then at 100% brightness. Is that normal? I seem to remember it charged up faster when I used it as my mobile machine, but maybe not.

    I'm wondering if it's not sitting in the SP3 dock, I recall there being a plastic adapter MS gave out for this situation, will have to research that.
     
  2. dstrauss

    dstrauss Comic Relief Senior Member

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    Need to fess up to a success story today - the SP4 made it through an hour and half meeting of note taking on top of a Word doc without th epen or SP4 locking up on me! I know that sounds sarcastic, but lately it has been a chore to get through a meeting without one or the other requiring a reset of some sorts.
     
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  3. dbrn

    dbrn Scribbler - Standard Member

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    Sad to hear that this counts as a success story. What were you doing? Pen-o-tating a Word doc? It's ridiculous how much worse that is than annotating a PDF in Drawboard.
     
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    dstrauss Comic Relief Senior Member

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    Actually, pen annotating in Word is getting better. What is frustrating is the pen just quittting, or the SP4 locking up - then fubar. Drawboard is good, but there are still no easy to user PDF annotation software. As common as that is, what gives with that.
     
  5. dbrn

    dbrn Scribbler - Standard Member

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    I'll have to take your word on Word, but I'll give it a try at my next opportunity. I gave up on it completely with my SP3, to the point where I'd either copy and paste in Onenote or save as a PDF. What are your difficulties with Drawboard? I find it pretty perfect and reliable. But, maybe lawyers have very specific (read: billable) annotation needs that academics don't.
     
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    dstrauss Comic Relief Senior Member

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    No real "legal" requirement - the design is just complicated and it can slow down like molasses in January at times, even on my 16gb i7. Sometimes I don't have time to convert a Word docx to PDF, so I need to edit as I visit with a client. I also have problems with annotations disappearing at times.
     
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    Guess I've been lucky with it. Either that, or your name is Dale :rolleyes:.
     
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    dunami Pen Pal - Newbie

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    Is anybody using an external pen display tablet with their SP4? Particularly a Huion? Does it require you to remove the surface drivers to use it or can you install the Huion drivers and go back and forth pretty easily?
     
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    convergent Scribbler - Standard Member

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    I agree that Drawboard is a bit confusing from an interface standpoint... maybe you have to have the Dial to solve that. But with only a small number of programs using the dial, I've not bought one. I tried several different ones and came back to it though, because ever other one I tried the inking interface was horrid. The bad part about Drawboard to is that it doesn't come with a preview, so you can't make it the default viewer for PDF if you want previews in explorer.
     
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  10. Bronsky

    Bronsky Wait and Hope. Senior Member

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    I had this problem in one of the early versions of Drawboard but haven't lost anything in quite some time. Is your version up to date? I tend to use the save and exit button. I use drawboard for most everything. It's only the very large files or functions like Bates Numbering that drive me back to Acrobat Pro XI.
     
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