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Live Surface Book

Simply drag surfaces from the Surface Store into your project folder. applies your artwork to the surface and displays a preview in the Live View window, which. The Surface Store is Context's built-in all-you-can-eat library of hi-res, surfaces – every one designed to take full advantage of Context's Live Inks, Plus Book Plus Book Plus Book Book Included. Book We're live in NYC at the company's launch event, where we're expecting to hear more about a refreshed Surface Pro, Laptop and Book.

After two months of exhaustive testing I can finally give my view on the Microsoft Surface Book as a platform for music and audio production. Spoiler — the results are good! All the Windows updates and firmware updates since the testing I did last year have improved the performance for music making tremendously. So check out the video below for all the details. The script I based the video on continues below. So, what have I done with it? I had no problems running any music software or hardware. The Surface Book has a U series processor — these are designed for long battery life, low power but nippy performance for mobile devices — these are the least ideal processors for music production. Music production wants high power, high performance, always on desktop CPU power. So — what I am saying is that you are not going to get desktop performance.

The whole pen and touch aspect is what, for me, makes the Surface range interesting. Let me try to make this clear.

I want to be able to use a fabulous keyboard and trackpad, but I also want to use touch to compliment it — or the other way around. With Surface — I can still single point it all if I wish — but I can also approach it differently, get my fingers in there, get the pen in there — you sit differently, your posture is different, your focus changes — and those things, in a creative space, are awesome! There were a couple of difficulties.

First of all the USB sockets in the super slim chassis made it difficult to plug in dongles.

My Cubase dongle and iLok were not looking very safe and in danger of getting bent. The screen detaching, although very cool, was more of an annoyance for me. So for me, it would be better if you could spin it around like with some other hybrids. And then you have the screen wobble.

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I am used to the sp4 where I use keys, trackpad, touch and pen all at once — whatever works. Reach out and touch the screen and it wobbles — it just does. And this highlights the difference between the two devices.

The Surface Pro 4 was designed as a touch device, as a tablet with laptop performance. The Surface Book was designed as a laptop with touch. So, in fact, the touch experience works better on the Surface Pro 4 — in this form factor — than it does on the Surface Book.

With the SP4 I can clip on the keyboard and deal with it — even in a live situation. Surface Book or Surface Pro 4? So, on reflection, for what I use it for — music production and live performance — the Surface Pro 4 is still the better option.

In a live situation I need the screen there, angled up for touch and interaction. And although the balance of the unit is good enough to resist falling over, the wobble is just as I expected it to be. The SP4 is simply a better design for a touch orientated device — in my opinion. One final thought and a plea to Microsoft. Please, someone, come up with a toolbar for the pen. Created by a designer for designers, Context will change the way you work, again.

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Simply drag surfaces from the Surface Store into your project folder. Context handles all of the downloading and updates so you can just work.

Click your project folder and find the newly added concept surface. Roll over its thumbnail and click Edit. The surface contents will open in Adobe Illustrator.

Apply Artwork.

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Add your artwork and images to the Illustrator artboard, positioned using the built-in guidelines layer. Click Apply Artwork from the Context Link plug-in panel. Context instantly applies your artwork to the surface and displays a preview in the Live View window, which floats over the Illustrator artboard.

Click and go. Context manages the downloading, updating and organizing of your surfaces for you. And you can start applying your artwork before a surfaces is done downloading, so no more waiting. One-click artwork application.

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Context works like a reality preview. Design in Illustrator and click Apply Artwork to see your concept rendered in real-world settings. Context does in seconds what used to take hours.