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THIS WILL ONLY WORK ON THE SAMSUNG SERIES 7 SLATE AND ASUS EP121 SLATE.

EDIT: There's some report that ArtDock may not work well with Windows 8. Specifically, the touch on/off doesn't work unless you reboot. There's also a report that it stops working after a touch screen firmware upgrade. Use as your own risk. I don't have Win8 so I can't test this out yet.

This script base on the original RawInputControlTest.ahk found at:
[link]

And on adjustments made by tbaldree at:
[link]

This dock support Photoshop, SketchBook Pro, Paint Tool Sai, MyPaint, ZBrush, Maya, Topogun, Silo and 3DS Max.

Click on Download to try out the script. You'll need to install Autohokey for it to work.

You can find Autohokey at:
[link]

Use version "Installer for AutoHotkey_L" and install as 64-bit.

For the Samsung Series 7 Slate run file"ArtDock.ahk"

For the Asus EP121 Slate run file "ArtDock_EP121.ahk".

I been looking for a mobile ZBrush solution for years now and finally found it in the Samsung Series 7 Slate. It's awesome! I been playing with it for the last few months and probably sold about 20 of these just by showing it around. About 12 of them being my coworkers at Naughty Dog. But there was one big problem: Hotkeys. ZBrush and several art programs requires them and carrying around keyboards and other devices didn't make them truly portable. This is when we stumble across the original virtual hotkey script. It was almost perfect being able to touch the sceen for hotkeys while using the stylus.

At first I was only going to customized it for my personal use with ZBrush but having had convinced several people in buying this Slate, I felt a bit obligated to extend it to other art programs. So I dusted off what little programming I knew and started learning Autohokey scripting. Using some of my coworkers as QA, I think I have a pretty good script that eliminates a need for a keyboard attachment.

New things I've added is a Menu system for going between different art scripts, a horizontal slider button, a vertical slider button with delay (so toggle keys are sent one at a time), a helper dock for multiple docks in portrait view, and an appdock for extra docks to load up such as the Number Pad.

*Update: There's some confusion on the blue buttons. They all can be single tap in addition to flick/sliding. The flick types are light blue and now the sliding type are dark blue.

*Update: Asus EP121 Slate is now supported.

*Update: Silo and 3DS Max are now supported. Included instructions on how to edit MenuDock.
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FabioMorales9999's avatar
FabioMorales9999Professional Artist
But Best free software and open source have many apps kind different Gimp, Mypaint, Darktable, Blender 3D and other more no cost freedom it only linux.I don't need buy Autodesk, Photoshop and other no thank.

Best linux is freedom you get try linux mint website here:  www.linuxmint.com/ ; no windows and mac different it
Fanatism's avatar
FanatismHobbyist General Artist
Hah, installed it on my second hand EP121 and disabled touch per instructions, and now I can't get it back on because the panel eludes me with the pen and touch doesn't work at all..:(
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Unreal-ForeverHobbyist Digital Artist
This is great for use with my Surface Pro:icondragonwant:
:iconthankyoujump::iconthankyoujump1::iconthankyoujump2:
for the great contribution :icondragonhug:
Konartist3D's avatar
Wow.  I stop supporting this after I got rid of my slate.  I didn't know it was still useful.  Hahha.  Your Welcome.
RaymondBui's avatar
RaymondBuiHobbyist Digital Artist
It error,help me,i ussing Samsung Series 7 Slate.i use Zbrush,3DS,PS...
Thanks
RaymondBui's avatar
RaymondBuiHobbyist Digital Artist
SAMSUNG SERIES 7 SLATE not used,help me
rodobor's avatar
rodobor Digital Artist
Hi buddy,
first of all thanks a lot for this.

Second, I've got a Samsung Slate 7 with windows 8.1 on it. Everything installs and runs smoothly but when Zbrush is on the artdock won't "receive" my fingers and if I go over it with the stylus it'll disappear and then reappear.

If I iconize Zbrush the artdock will work.

Any clue?

Thanks!
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T-EightProfessional Digital Artist
hey buddy,

wow that would save a lot of time while I'm working on my SurfacePro but I have a lil problem to run that program.

I downloaded AutoHotKey and also the ArtDock file on the SurfaceProArtist website here:
surfaceproartist.com/blog/2013…

also followed the step-by-step installation text BUT it didn't work on my Surface! :(

I run AutoHotKey and also created a shortcut of the ArtDock.bat file on my desktop
BUT whenever I dobbleclick on the bat file it just opens the text editor and show me the code and now visual station etc.

maybe I'll forgot to do a step or somethin'?!
well I really like to use that tool but after a few days of trying a lot of steps I'm out of ideas now... maybe someone of u guys could help me?!

thx a lot...
T-Eight's avatar
T-EightProfessional Digital Artist
oh and should mention I like to use ArtDock for 3dsMax and Krita.
Mirk217's avatar
:love: +
3d coat will support??? ^_^
Paleclaw's avatar
PaleclawHobbyist General Artist
I absolutely love this. It's been a lifesaver since I got a Slate 7. Any chance of you posting the .psd's, or whatever you used for the icons on the buttons icons? I know that the button backgrounds are already included, but making custom buttons would be much easier if we could use the icons you already made. If not, I'd understand.

Also, I made a makeshift dock for Krita out of the buttons included, and I'd like to share it for other Krita users, but I'm not sure where I should post it, if at all. How would you prefer I did it?
digitalkro's avatar
digitalkroStudent Digital Artist
hey i also have a slate 7 is there anyway that you can help me step this up.
Paleclaw's avatar
PaleclawHobbyist General Artist
What do you mean?
rooz3d's avatar
rooz3dProfessional Digital Artist
also very promising 
zbrush Voice Activated Commands to your keyboard keys
by TheEZhexagon
www.youtube.com/watch?v=89c5Rx…
rooz3d's avatar
rooz3dProfessional Digital Artist
I am also experimenting with eye tracking and speech commands to control zbrush with my SP3
I ll post the results later

type without keyboard
windows.microsoft.com/en-us/wi…

Eyetracking
www.tobiiati-webshop.com/produ…
rooz3d's avatar
rooz3dProfessional Digital Artist
Another solution for iOS users is to use keypad pro App as the keys works with SurfacePro 3  (SP3)
see videos for KeyPad Plus Setup for Windows using TightVNC
vimeo.com/channels/keypad/3829…
Jhill161's avatar
anyone know how to get the brush size slider to work on slate? it doesnt work for me
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titan-kaoseHobbyist Digital Artist
hi  this idea is awsome i simply love it ,but dose this work on serface pro 1 ,and if not do you think you can set it up so it can .also be useful for other programs like manga studio ex 5 . heh this as an app on the windows store would be awsome :3 
bartzis's avatar
bartzisProfessional Digital Artist
I've been using this for over a year.
Probably the best piece of software I have on the Samsung Slate.
Cheers.
kozak79's avatar
kozak79Professional Filmographer
This is invaluable. Thank you! I made a Surface Pro version (1920x1080). It can be downloaded from surfaceproartist.com/blog/2013…
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kozak79Professional Filmographer
This is pretty amazing. I made a Surface Pro (1920x1080) version and it's over at surfaceproartist.com. 
Bokstas's avatar
How to make script work, so that Photoshop could open maximized next to this toolbar rather then beeing hiden behind of it?
bartzis's avatar
bartzisProfessional Digital Artist
I usually just open PhotoShop in window mode, and then resize it to fit just outside of the ArtDock.
Also, it disappears once the pen hovers over it. If you dont mind having it in the way, it is workable but it just takes some time to get used to it.
timelover's avatar
Guys, Will this work on a surface pro?
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