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Window apps to maximize your Surface pen’s ability

A Surface Pen is a handy tool that lets you do cool and creative things on your Surface PC. It adds a layer of productivity and makes your work easier on a traditional desktop or laptop. To add a perfect functionality to your pen, some third-party developers have created innovative apps. There are several features into these apps such as signing documents, taking notes, painting or editing files. Look at the following Surface pen apps that maximize the productivity of your Surface pen.


No matter what you need a PDF if you want a document to look the same everywhere. PDFs are ubiquitous for all kinds of documents, eBooks, and forms. You can easily highlight text or add some basic annotations, but things get complicated when you want to edit the PDF. Xodo, one of the highest-rated PDF annotators, has a large number of annotation tools. It can help you fill out PDF forms, add images, highlight or strikethrough text, and add text boxes, shapes, signatures. However, the existing texts and photos in PDFs can't be edited or replaced. Like Google Docs, you can share PDF files with friends and colleagues by signing up for an account in Xodo and inviting them via email or sending them a link. And there is no subscription fee needed to use Xodo.

Autodesk SketchBook

Sketching and drawing are something that creative people do for fun or for professional purposes. You may be an amateur or a professional artist, but Autodesk SketchBook offers you a large selection of tools, brushes, surfaces, and features according to your competence and need. The best thing is that you can now get the full version of this drawing app, including some Pro tools for free. It has a clean and uncluttered workspace for quick access to the tools. Graphic professionals and architects can get greater control over their artistic projects as SketchBook offers over 190 customizable brushes and proper precision and speed.


Do you know the feeling of messing up on an art or your precious calligraphy piece? Or are you too obsessed with proper stroke-matching? Then Plumbago is something that you would like to try. It is a digital notebook with a special technology called "handwriting beautification". This technology involves over thousands of efficient stroke-matching written by users. Plumbago appropriately adjusts the smoothness level in your handwriting. It is also a note-taking application and there is a variety in the pages. These can also be other hues besides white such as yellow ruled paper with pink margin lines, music sheets, grid paper, and so on. Try this free app to enhance your drawings with calligraphy and make creative notebooks.


There is no doubt that whiteboards are a staple of classrooms and offices. CollaBoard takes the concept of the whiteboard and extends it to anyone who has an internet connection. It is like a virtual whiteboard with a good set of inking tools and upload options. You can add and edit information on the whiteboard along with your friends and colleagues in real-time. This virtual workspace lets you to do brainstorming sessions with your team, hold virtual meetings, create and modify mind maps, and share proofs of concept or prototypes. Unfortunately, this app is only free for 30 days. After this period, you need to pay a subscription fee.

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