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Microsoft’s new Surface Hub brings pen customization to the Surface Pro 3

Microsoft’s new Surface Hub brings pen customization to the Surface Pro 3

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Microsoft has released a Surface Hub app this weekend to improve the functionality of the stylus on the Surface Pro 3. After updating the pen firmware earlier this week, Microsoft’s Surface Hub brings two customization options that Surface Pro 3 owners have been asking for: custom pressure sensitivity and button control.

A little too basic for all customization needs

The pen pressure sensitivity control is rather basic in the app, but the uniform line will satisfy those who feel the pen requires too much register. However, Surface Pro 3 owners who want lower pressure sensitivity may feel disappointed with the basic settings, as Surface Pro Artist notes that the resulting curve isn’t shallow enough. For most Surface Pro 3 users these basic settings should be enough to give you a little extra flexibility for inking apps like Fresh Paint.

Unfortunately, button customization is rather basic in the Surface Hub too. You can only set the pen top button to open OneNote desktop or OneNote Windows 8-style apps, and there’s no option to customize the side buttons. Microsoft is planning to add that in future, but for now you’re stuck with the basic customization of the top button. If you’re a regular OneNote user then it’s probably worth keeping the default Windows 8-style setting, as the double tap (top of pen) to screen grab doesn’t appear to work well with the desktop version of OneNote.