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Using Touch-enabled Screens with On Center's Products - OST QB DPC OASIS OTK

Reference Number: AA-00215 Views: 7673 Created: 01/12/2016 04:22 pm Last Updated: 08/09/2018 10:38 am 0 Rating/ Voters

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With the release of new touch-friendly operating systems, such as Windows 8-10, more and more people are hopping on the "touch" bandwagon. You may be wondering if On Center Software products work with Touch-enabled devices.

Discussion

Well...this is a bit of a mixed-bag.

Oasis FieldCenter is designed to be used in the field, using your finger as the pointing device.

Windows-based products (Oasis Takeoff, On-Screen Takeoff, Digital Production Control, etc.) work with a touch-enabled screen, however your finger is not as pointy as a pen-type stylus and you cannot perform most activities very efficiently using 'touch'. Most new 'touch' screens use what is called capacitive/resistive technologies (they sense the pressure or electrical charge of your finger) rather than using the signal from an electronic stylus (an 'active digitizer', for you techies) which is vastly more precise.

If your stylus (pen) has a tip that looks like this (a hard, plastic nib), it will probably work with Windows-based products. These are 'active digitizer' stylii and they work fine with On-Screen Takeoff, Digital Production Control, and Oasis Takeoff.

However, if your screen/monitor only works with a stylus with a tip like an eraser-like nub (an artificial finger...), you will probably need to stick with a mouse when using our products:

You may be able to navigate the programs 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.

Can I Use my Drawing/Graphic Tablet?

Possibly.

On-Screen Takeoff

On-Screen Takeoff supports the following digitizing devices:

  • The original Digital Takeoff TableĀ®
  • The improved Digital Takeoff TableĀ® 2
  • GTCO branded digitizers which support TabletWorks 10

All other digitizing devices are unsupported. That does not mean they will not work with On-Screen Takeoff necessarily, but On Center Software does not provide assistance with installing, setting up, configuring, or troubleshooting these devices.

When using any digitizer or tablet drawing device other than the Digital Takeoff Table, be sure that you set the digitizer option correctly in On-Screen Takeoff. Click Dititizer > Use Digitizer (not Use Digital Takeoff Table).

Oasis Takeoff

As Oasis Takeoff only supports working with digital plans (welcome to the 21st century), it is not designed for use with digitizing devices. On Center Software does not test Oasis Takeoff with external digitizers no provides assistance with their setup or troubleshooting.


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