Windows 8, tablets? No problem!

Feb. 11, 2013

From the initial release of Windows 8, there has been no problem running AnzioWin or Anzio Lite 16.3. Effective today, we have tested it on the new Microsoft Surface Pro. Still no problem! Following are some specific points:

  • Anzio is a "desktop" application, not a "Windows 8" or "RT application". As such, it runs in the desktop area. To reach the desktop from the Start Screen, click the "Desktop" tile, which is usually in the lower left.
  • Anzio does not run on the "Windows RT" platform (the ARM processor), so it does not run on the "Microsoft Surface RT". It is not available in the Microsoft Store.
  • Anzio is a 32-bit application. It runs fine on 32-bit and 64-bit Windows platforms.
  • To make your license registration "stick", you must run "As Administrator" when you do the registration process.
  • Versions of Anzio earlier that 16.2 are not supported on Windows 7 and later.

Anzio on Tablet devices

With the release of Windows 8, a great deal of new hardware has hit the market. At the large end of the scale, many all-in-one units support touch, with two fingers up to 10 fingers. At the small end, many "tablets" also support touch (and possibly stylus), and some have detachable keyboards or no keyboard at all. Instead, these rely on Windows' "touch keyboard". Anzio works well with all of these. Here are some pointers:

  • Anzio responds to touch, either by finger or by stylus, as to a mouse click. All the possible mouse operations are available, as set in Edit:Advanced options:Mouse.
  • Often, the biggest challenge in a touch environment is that the items you have to touch are too small. For example, touching and dragging the edge of a window is tough. In many cases, the best solution is to find a different way to do the same operation, such as with a menu item.
  • The Windows 8 touch keyboard can be switched into several formats. However, it can be hard to find one with Function keys. Go (in Windows) to Settings:General:Touch keyboard, and turn on the switch labeled "Make the standard keyboard layout available".
  • When the touch keyboard is activated, it masks part of Anzio's screen. Unfortunately, we don't have a great solution for that. You may be able to drag the keyboard to a different part of the screen, if it is not "docked". The docking switch is in the upper right (of the touch keyboard), next to the "X" that closes the keyboard. If the keyboard is UNdocked, you will see some background on either side of the keyboard.
  • If you switch the keyboard to "docked", the edges of the keyboard will stretch across the entire bottom of the screen, and will note be moveable. This will cause the Anzio window to shrink, which may not be a good thing. When you close the keyboard, you will need to resize the Anzio window.
  • An alternative touch keyboard is available, called the "On Screen Keyboard", or OSK. It is part of the "Ease of access" suite. Go to Windows Search and type in "OSK" to find it.
  • Most (all?) tablets designed for Windows 8 have a screen orientation sensor. If you rotate the screen to portrait mode, Windows will change the image on the screen to align with that. Anzio will also respond to that. Note that it is possible to lock out this automatic rotation, at the Windows level.
  • Tablets are being shipped with higher density screens, and often they come with Windows configured with its "text size" at 125% or 150% for readability. This should not present any issues for Anzio. Note that Anzio's main screen text is totally configurable, in the View menu.