Surface Studio Surface Dial Microsoft Official

Microsoft has updated its Surface YouTube page with a number of new videos regarding the Surface Studio. The company’s frankly stellar all-in-one PC was announced last week as a creative and professional hub. Now the company is expanding on how creators can get to grips with Surface Studio features.

On the YouTube page, Microsoft has uploaded seven video showing creative applications for the PC. Also, the videos focus on the Surface Dial, the accessory that attaches to any Surface screen as a nuanced input device.

The Surface Studio was announced last week and comes with the following specs:

  • 28-inch PixelSense touchscreen with 3:2 aspect ratio
  • Up to quad-core Intel Core i7 processor (6th-generation ‘Skylake’)
  • 8 – 32GB RAM
  • up to 2TB ‘rapid hybrid drive’
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M graphics
  • HD webcam
  • Audio port
  • SD card slot
  • Mini DisplayPort
  • Ethernet port
  • 4 USB 3.0 ports
  • Stereo speakers with Dolby Audio Premium

The Surface Dial is an interaction device to be ‘attached’ on the display of any Surface device. Pushing down on the dial brings up a contextual radial menu which allows rotation and scrolling for smoother interaction. The Surface Dial costs $99.99.

Surface Studio Videos

In its videos, Microsoft shows how the Surface Studio and Surface Dial combine to make a potent tool.

The videos include the apps StaffPad, Sketchable, Mental Canvas, Drawboard, Bluebeam, and Marvel Studios on the Surface Pro 4 Pro:

StaffPad on Surface Studio with Surface Dial

Developer description: StaffPad is a groundbreaking music notation application, featuring advanced handwriting recognition. Write music, using your digital pen*, and StaffPad will transform your handwritten notation into a beautifully typeset score which you can then edit, play back, print and share. For composers and musicians, StaffPad revolutionizes the art of writing music.

Download StaffPad from the Windows Store

Sketchable on Surface Studio with Surface Dial

Developer description: Seamlessly fusing the freedom and romance of your physical notebook with the power and flexibility of the digital world, Sketchable provides the best creative experience on the market. Sketchable’s comprehensive yet clean interface is carefully crafted to harness the full potential of you and your device, making sure nothing comes between you and your imagination.

Part journal, part canvas, Sketchable allows you to scribble a note, snap and edit a pic, import and augment an image, or paint a masterwork—easily sharing it all with your friends and family. Open the app, pick a tool, pick a color, and delve into a limitless world of creativity.

Download Sketchable from the Windows Store

Mental Canvas on Surface Studio with Surface Dial

Developer description: The Mental Canvas Player allows you to view and explore a drawing like you never could before. Immerse yourself in hand-drawn three-dimensional content that brings artists’ sketches to life. Explore the world the artist imagined by playing an animation, or by moving around the scene and discovering compelling moments and ideas for yourself. You never know what could be waiting around a corner to surprise you.

Download the Mental Canvas Player from the Windows Store

Bluebeam on Surface Studio with Surface Dial

Developer description: Bluebeam’s Studio Platform helps teams and organizations manage projects anywhere, at any time, from a desktop, Windows tablet or iPad. Included in Revu, Bluebeam Studio pushes the limits of cloud-based collaboration. Upload and share an unlimited number of PDFs and any other file type, or collaborate with project partners on the same documents in real time—regardless of Internet access. 

Bluebeam Studio homepage