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February 4, 2012
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ArtDock by Konartist3D ArtDock by Konartist3D

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:

And on adjustments made by tbaldree at:

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:

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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Paleclaw Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Student 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 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  New member Student Digital Artist
hey i also have a slate 7 is there anyway that you can help me step this up.
Paleclaw Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Student General Artist
What do you mean?
rooz3d Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  New member Professional Digital Artist
also very promising 
zbrush Voice Activated Commands to your keyboard keys
by TheEZhexagon…
rooz3d Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  New member Professional 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…

rooz3d Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  New member Professional 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…
Jhill161 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
anyone know how to get the brush size slider to work on slate? it doesnt work for me
titan-kaose Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist 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 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
I've been using this for over a year.
Probably the best piece of software I have on the Samsung Slate.
kozak79 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional Filmographer
This is invaluable. Thank you! I made a Surface Pro version (1920x1080). It can be downloaded from…
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