As previewed in the video released last week, StaffPad is now compatible with Surface Dial. StaffPad is a professionally designed application that puts composing at the user’s fingertips. Musically inclined are able to draw their notes and scores naturally with the Surface Pen.
The update released yesterday is one of the biggest yet, with a slew of new features and added improvements to help composers. Windows Central summed up the list of additions quite nicely:
- Support for Surface Dial
- Addition of drag to move or copy selected bars
- Direct addition of tuplets
- Additional print scaling options, including lyric scaling
- Improved support for printing of sketch layer strokes
- Bar number offset for score can be set
- When sharing scores in the app, email subjects are populated with score title
- When dragging to resize tuplets, the number auto-adjusts
- Pedal retakes can be erased individually
- Added keyboard shortcuts (cut/copy/paste/delete, playback controls)
- Improved file type deduction on import when file extensions are misnamed
- Various UI updates
StaffPad’s announcement blog also mentioned that they will begin releasing new tutorial videos to correspond with the new options.
This is one of many strides that developers have made recently as we move forward towards the Windows 10 Creators Update announced a few weeks ago. App devs have been encouraged to use the newly released Surface Dial as a haptic device for a more natural touch surface experience.
If you’re looking for a hands-on experience with Surface Dial and music is your art of choice, be sure to check out StaffPad. It is available from the Windows Store for $70.