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The HP Touchpad Guide Thread (get help with webOS, preware, video converters, etc)

#545 Strell   LOBSTERS!....IN MY PANTS! CAGiversary!   26583 Posts   Joined 16.9 Years Ago  

Posted 17 October 2011 - 03:45 PM

So, is there any way to increase the sensitivity of the touchscreen? I've got the preware patch for this, but it seems like you still need to apply a decent amount of pressure.

While this normally doesn't really matter to me (as I've used the tablet without issue to do, among other things, play Day of the Tentacle), I bought this stylus from Amazon in the hopes that I could use the device for some simple sketching purposes. I'm not that familiar with stylii for tablets/phones, other than they need to be capacitive.

Anyway, got the stylus and excitedly tried to use it with a free sketching program, but it didn't seem to work well - circles looked very....N64 levels of jaggedness, and it wasn't smooth for line work. I also had to press down with more pressure than I'd like; if I rested the stylus on the surface, the tablet won't detect it at all. This ruins a lot of positioning potential, since I have to be directly pressing downward. Additionally, if I rest my hand on the tablet, it detects that input, and then gets really confused.

So I tried to check sensitivity, but there are no options available, and as I'd already installed the preware patch, there didn't seem like anything else I could do, but I just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing something somewhere.

You can also read this post as either A) the Touchpad doesn't work well for sketching purposes, and/or B) the Gomadic stylii doesn't get my seal of approval. It has a weird, ah, "collapsible" tip - it's sort of like a bubble, as it's not rigid. Maybe this is the normal for tablet stylii? Seems like an odd choice when I come from using things such as a Nintendo DS stylus.

Anyway, whatever. I'm sending the stylus back (unless there's some way to up the sensitivity). I mean, I was hoping for a bit much (by comparison: a Cintiq from Wacom, which is nothing BUT a digital sketchpad, costs a G or two), but it would have been nice to use it for art purposes.

#546 aFrostyONE   Crocketty Year 1 player... where's my Phil Collins overdub&a CAGiversary!   3135 Posts   Joined 12.9 Years Ago  


Posted 17 October 2011 - 07:07 PM

Its probably the stylus more than anything else, though the few cap styli I've used seem to need a break-in period. Use them a bit and you start to get a better response from the tablet

I use an ACASE stylus that was released for the 1st gen ipad, for about $10. I've found it to be pretty sensitive so that you don't have to apply much of any pressure to get the touchscreen to respond. And I personally like the headphone plug as it give you a simple place to store the stylus
I know they have a newer stylus version which has a redesigned tip but I haven't tried that one

On the other hand, I bought some Griffin styli from Frys when they were on sale for $5 a piece. With these I need to always apply pressure to get a response.

#551 eliter1   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   2957 Posts   Joined 13.4 Years Ago  

Posted 18 October 2011 - 06:16 AM

Apparently not. I had not thought about it but there seems to be a patch available if you're willing to install it. I haven't tried it yet so I can't say how good it is.
Adobe with Patch

Edit: Tried it out and it is awesome. You can bookmark pages now! It also gives you the option to display the PDF file in a higher quality which can make quite a difference depending on the file. I give it 2 thumbs up.

Edited by eliter1, 18 October 2011 - 06:31 AM.