VAIO Pencil Board to block touch input on a specific region of the screen

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  1. lblb

    lblb Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    I apologize if this has been discussed here before but I couldn't find a mention of it...

    After using the VAIO Canvas Z for a few months, a post on Reddit just made me discover a very cool function on the VAIO Canvas Z and Z Flip that allows you to select a rectangular region of the screen on which all touch input is disabled: the VAIO Pencil Board.

    I've used it for about an hour and it works great! You can easily re-position and resize it and adjust its transparency and color (just select white to obtain a fully transparent area). It should render much more satisfying the use of onscreen toolbars/buttons and/or touch gesture programs in combination with non-touch friendly software (such as PS CS6). Also, you can potentially use it to block unwanted touches on the taskbar, etc.

    See post #5 below for instructions written by Steve S on how to enable/use the VAIO Pencil Board:
    http://forum.tabletpcreview.com/thr...cific-region-of-the-screen.69827/#post-475201

    Here is a link to the VAIO page:
    http://support.us.vaio.com/customer...he-additional-function-of-vaio-button-control

    And here's the video showing its use that was linked to in the Reddit post (see around the 9 min 20 s mark):



    After setting it up, I now use the hardware touch button on the Canvas Z to toggle this Pencil Board, and use the tray icon from Tray Touch Toggle to completely toggle touch input on/off. This thing is pretty cool!

    Man, these VAIO people have really figured out what tablet users need (including this Pencil Board, the native editable onscreen shortcuts toolbar, the hardware button to enable/disable touch). If only they were as good for marketing their products...
     
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    surfaceproartist Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    That's awesome. I had absolutely no idea that function existed.
     
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    Steve S Pen Pro - Senior Member Super Moderator

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    ...That makes two of us...!
     
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    lblb Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    More like three then!
     
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    Steve S Pen Pro - Senior Member Super Moderator

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    It took me a few minutes to figure out how to enable Pencil Board:
    • Press the left control button (Short-cut Key Menu)
    • At bottom, touch Tools
    • Near bottom, touch Settings
    • In the Settings dialogue box (if not already selected) touch General and in the next column over, touch Touch Panel
    • Slide the switch right next to Functions of the VAIO Pencil Board
    • Close the dialogue box
    To invoke the Pencil Board, press the right control button (Touch On / Off)
    • The Blue button turns the Pencil Board area on and off
    • The Yellow Button brings up a menu for color, transparency and handedness
    • The Red button closes Pencil Board (i.e., touch is back on everywhere)
    • Touch and drag the lower left and right corners to size / resize Pencil Board
    • Touch and drag the control bar to reposition it and the Pencil Board area
     
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    lblb Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    @Steve S
    Cool, thanks for the writeup. I'll add a link to it in the top post.
     
  7. Selofain

    Selofain Chronic Lurker

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    Oh wow, more reasons why I want a Z Canvas! (Kind of secretly hoping that the next iteration uses AES, but that's not super likely, is it.)
     
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