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Using Touch-Screens with PlanSwift


With the release of new touch-friendly operating systems, such as Windows 10 and 11, more and more people are hopping on the "touch" bandwagon. You may be wondering if PlanSwift products work with Touch-enabled devices.Discussion

This is a bit of a mixed-bag.

PlanSwift works with a touch-enabled screens, however your finger is not as pointy as a pen-type stylus and you cannot perform most takeoff-related activities very efficiently. Many new 'touch' screens use what is called capacitive/resistive technologies (they sense the pressure or electrical charge of your finger or the nub of a stylus) rather than using the signal from an electronic stylus (an 'active digitizer', for you techies) which is more precise.

If your stylus (pen) has a tip that looks like the one on the left (a hard, plastic nib), it will probably work with Windows-based products. These are 'active digitizer' styli and they work fine with PlanSwift.

Active vs. Capacitive Styli

However, if your screen/monitor only works with a stylus with a tip like an eraser-like nub (an artificial finger) or even your finger (middle and left in the graphic above), you need to use a mouse when using PlanSwift to perform takeoff.

You may be able to navigate the program using finger-touch, but many of the tools and functions require far greater precision.

You may have to ask the manufacturer of your Tablet to verify whether they support 'WACOM' type styli or only capacitive models.

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