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Surface Book Pen on small strokes in Adobe Animate

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May 05, 2019

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I've had a problem in Animate that has yet to be fixed, ruining my animation workflow.

When making small strokes with the pen (and not just the brush tool), the stroke will lag and make a dot instead. This means small details are impossible to do without zooming in. Drawing small circles will only register as a dot, or will start with a line instead of a curve. Using the free transform tool, making small adjustments only work when zoomed in or I use the arrow keys.

This happens with the Surface book Pen and touchscreen input. Using a Wacom Intuos or mouse is fine. It also only happens in Adobe Animate. Photoshop and Premiere work fine.

The problem must be with N-Trig or Wintab drivers. Is Adobe unable to fix this, if it has not been fixed after all this time?

Hi mate,

Yes, unfortunately it has been an issue for a very long time and it is still the case.

There have been literally hundreds of reports, but Animate still does not work well with MS Surface Pen.

Various other non-Wacom digitizers also seem to have all kinds of troubles.

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Surface Book Pen on small strokes in Adobe Animate

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May 05, 2019

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I've had a problem in Animate that has yet to be fixed, ruining my animation workflow.

When making small strokes with the pen (and not just the brush tool), the stroke will lag and make a dot instead. This means small details are impossible to do without zooming in. Drawing small circles will only register as a dot, or will start with a line instead of a curve. Using the free transform tool, making small adjustments only work when zoomed in or I use the arrow keys.

This happens with the Surface book Pen and touchscreen input. Using a Wacom Intuos or mouse is fine. It also only happens in Adobe Animate. Photoshop and Premiere work fine.

The problem must be with N-Trig or Wintab drivers. Is Adobe unable to fix this, if it has not been fixed after all this time?

Hi mate,

Yes, unfortunately it has been an issue for a very long time and it is still the case.

There have been literally hundreds of reports, but Animate still does not work well with MS Surface Pen.

Various other non-Wacom digitizers also seem to have all kinds of troubles.

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Hi mate,

Yes, unfortunately it has been an issue for a very long time and it is still the case.

There have been literally hundreds of reports, but Animate still does not work well with MS Surface Pen.

Various other non-Wacom digitizers also seem to have all kinds of troubles.

- Nick: Character designer and animator, Flash user since 1998
Member of Flanimate Power Tools team - extensions for character animation

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