Dell has posted a new N-trig DuoSense software update for the XT2 runnning Windows 7 at their support page ( www.support.dell.com ). 32- and 64-bit versions are available. This update can also be installed on the XT running Windows 7.
In a nutshell, this is the software release that all of us have been waiting for. It may have taken a couple of years, but Version 3.118 finally provides a level of touch and pen experience that all of us originally hoped for when we bought our XTs and XT2s. Users will find significantly improved touch response and reliability that begins to approach the level that iPhone and iTouch users have long enjoyed. In general, the whole touch and pen interface simply feels better! Additional comments:
<> This release introduces a revised driver / software structure that N-trig calls MTM2. Users will notice that this release is three times the size of previous N-trig updates (50 MB vs about 15 MB). "Phantom touches" have been vastly reduced, and unexpected interruptions in touch and pen functionality seem to be fixed.
<> Although it is not posted to the XT support pages, Version 3.118 will install on the XT. I have it running on my XT this morning. The improvements noted are fully evident, and my XT now behaves like the tablet that I always hoped it would be.
<> Users will notice that the digitizer mode radio buttons have now returned to the N-trig driver window. (Note that the digitizer mode pull-down menu in Dell ControlPoint (and in Quickset) doesn't work in Win7; this is a known issue. In fact, in the most current version of DCP System Manager, the digitizer mode setting has been deleted.)
<> AUTO mode is back...!!!
<> Although the touch experience has been greatly improved, users will probably notice a slightly less solid experience with the pen. This change was apparently necessary as N-trig worked the delicate balance between touch responsiveness and pen responsiveness. Whatever the reason, I find it an acceptable trade, but it may take just a bit of getting used to.
<> When using the erase button on the pen (especially in OneNote) extra pressure must be exerted to get the pen to erase. The "scratch-out" gesture and the native OneNote eraser (the task bar eraser) are not affected.
<> Pen pressure sensitivity works, but some users, particularly artists, may find it a bit "coarse." It will be interesting to see how other users weigh in on this issue as they gain experience.
<> N-trig's WinTab API applet works with this update. Note that N-trig recently fixed the (formerly) broken link on their Support page and now there is a 64-bit version available, too.
This update is highly recommended.
Note: Before attempting installation, please see this discussion thread:
Last edited by Steve S; 10-31-2010 at 05:17 PM.