Display Tablets for Business

Display tablets have many applications for business, from creative to collaborative to interpretive. From architecture to information systems to emergency response, find out how display tablets can be used by your business.


Sketching and drawing with a display tablet pen combines the artistic feel of traditional design tools with the benefits of a completely digital workflow.


  • Digital workflow mimics a traditional artistic experience
  • Faster design iterations
  • Share designs more quickly
  • More realistic renderings
  • Improved communications through markup and annotation
  • Reduce paper, scanning, tracing and cleanup

Architects sketch and draw with a pen directly on an interactive pen display or graphics tablet to generate digital designs and renderings in a natural way. An architect sketches initial concepts quickly with a pressure sensitive pen, with realistic pencil and brush strokes. Incorporating client feedback is dynamic and easy by building upon prior renderings to create multiple iterations of a design. Photo-realistic final renderings are created more quickly using digital drawing and painting tools and high impact presentations are enhanced by using a pen to highlight and markup renderings directly on the screen in real-time.

Architecture, Engineering, and Construction

Display tablets help architects, engineers, contractors and developers benefit from a digital workflow while preserving the familiar experience of pen on paper.

Reaping the benefits of a completely digital workflow are only realized when all phases of an architecture, engineering or construction project embrace digital technology. Precise pen input solutions enable architects, developers and contractors to quickly and easily interact with digital designs and related software tools. From initial concept sketches to final renderings and from plan reviews to estimating, a digital pen provides a natural way to draw, mark up, measure, and write in digital form to deliver all of the benefits of a digital workflow while retaining the familiarity and ease of pen on paper.


Presenting and collaborating with a pen display is simple, elegant and effective.

Collaboration is all about effective communication, and it’s hard to argue for a more powerful communication tool than the pen. We’ve all been conditioned to use the mouse and trackpad for controlling a computer, and we’ve all experienced how poorly they perform in the simplest tasks of drawing, writing or even signing your name. The pen gives you this ability in the digital world, and the impact that a simple sketch, underline or annotation will have on your ability to communicate effectively will be significant.

This helps improve the effectiveness of your corporate conferencing sessions as well as helps make your presentations more interactive, visually engaging, and impactful.


Improve the effectiveness of your conferencing time by highlighting and annotating directly on the data you are sharing using a pen display.

Benefits for Conferencing

  • Improve effectiveness of communication during data conferences
  • Intensify the focus of your group’s attention to specific information on the screen with the pen
  • Clarify the area of interest via highlighting and redlining
  • Capture feedback, suggested edits, and action items via markup and annotation easily with the pen
  • Reduce costs of travel as well as costs of printing and time spent on coordinating edits

Engineers, project managers, and product managers in different locations review the latest bill of materials online while teleconferencing. They each use a pen display to view the data and each can provide their updates and lead the discussion by writing with the pen directly on the screen to highlight issues and make recommendations that everyone can see quickly and easily.

Emergency Response

Drawing on live, geographic data with a digital pen is the quickest and easiest way to communicate changes in real-time. When seconds count.

Benefits of Digital Data Creation and Sharing for Emergency Response

  • Improve situational awareness of command center and field resources through the interactive use of geographic data
  • Improve effectiveness of communication by drawing on digital maps as opposed to describing paper map drawings over the radio
  • Easy-to-use for a non-GIS professional to plan an incident response in real-time because using the pen on screen is as simple as drawing on paper
  • Optimize and update resource deployment based on most current geographic data


Construction estimators perform takeoffs more quickly and easily using a pen directly onscreen which combines the simplicity of a pen with the benefits of a completely digital workflow.

Benefits for Digital Estimating

  • Enjoy all of the advantages of a digital workflow while simulating a traditional paper experience
  • Faster and more natural control of estimating software using the pen directly on an interactive pen display
  • The pen makes identifying the target perimeter, measuring lengths, and calculating areas easy by simply tracing the boundary with the pen.
  • Hand tracing with a pen is much quicker and more efficient than with a mouse

General, commercial, and residential contractors can quickly input and manipulate takeoff data using the pen on screen in a natural and easy way. Once plans are digitized and a scale reference is created, the pen can be used to trace critical dimensions and measure distances quickly and easily to generate accurate estimates.

Geographic Information Systems

The natural input experience of the interactive display helps GIS disciplines transform their workflows from paper-based to completely digital.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and geodesign professionals benefit from improved digital workflows, analog-to-digital transitions, and visual communications. Digital workflow is enhanced through the use of a pen directly on the screen for greater cursor control and immersive use of data. Natural pen input, which closely matches the familiar paper experience, helps you move easily from paper-based to completely digital workflows.

Many GIS disciplines benefit from enhanced visual communications delivered by augmenting digital maps with hand-drawn annotations and sketches using a digital pen. This technology delivers meaningful workflow benefits through user-interface innovations with specific pen and touch features. A few examples are pen and palette editing, pressure-sensitive annotation, and gesture-based navigation.

It helps to improve visual communication for emergency responders and planners, as well as improve the productivity of geologists and geophysists with interpreting seismic data. Managers and designers of utilities systems also benefit from the efficiencies of using this technology.

Plan Review

Improve the speed and effectiveness of collaboration during plan review by using a pen to redline and annotate directly on digital drawings.

Benefits for Electronic Plan Review

  • Minimize learning curve for adopting a digital workflow due to its ease-of-use which closely mimics a pen-on-paper experience
  • Communicate change orders and revisions quickly and easily with hand drawn annotations using digital ink and a pen
  • Conduct blue line reviews in less time by marking up the digital plan with a pen directly on the screen
  • Reduce time and costs associated with paper, scanning, tracing, cleanup, and document delivery by implementing a digital plan review workflow

Lead architect communicates quickly with the entire team using a pen to draw and write directly on the screen, project manager conducts an all-digital review with no more faxes or overnight packages required, technicians and engineers make revisions quickly and assures quality with digital communication and change tracking, general contractor views comments in change orders, subcontractors mark changes in the field with a tablet PC, the owner/developer quickly visualizes and provides visual feedback and signs off on the design.


Using the pen directly onscreen is a natural and easy way to create plans and communicate changes by drawing and editing geographic data in a visual manner.

Benefits for Visual Planning

  • Cut production costs by digitizing new GIS data by drawing the data with a pen instead of scanning or digitizing using a mouse.
  • Optimize iterative planning methods by sketching Alternative Plan Scenarios integrating  pen-on-screen input with palette-based GIS drawing and drafting tools.
  • Incorporate planning stakeholders and improve collaboration between planning team members and public respondents in Participatory Land Use Planning utilizing interactive technology for GIS.
  • Easy-to-use technology opens up GIS editing to end users who haven’t been trained in GIS because working on digital maps with a pen on the LCD display is as natural as drawing on paper maps.

GIS technology can help both land-use organizations and planning departments simulate and model multiple planning alternatives and communicate the effects of proposed modifications to planning team members and the public. Integrating GIS software with


Improve audience engagement and communicate more effectively by using a pen display to mark-up and annotate your presentations dynamically.

Benefits of Interactive Presentations

  • Engage your audience through interaction
  • Draw attention to your point
  • Face your audience at all times
  • Easy to use so you can focus on your content
  • Mark up and advance slides with a single pen
  • Works with any projector or direct view display

Presenting monthly reports in the corporate boardroom using a pen display, projector, and Microsoft PowerPoint. Using the pen directly on the screen to highlight key metrics, circle important percentages, and write down action items on the slides in real-time results in a more interactive working session that encourages active listening and audience attention.

A surgeon at one of the nation’s largest pharmaceutical and medical supply companies instructs employees and customers on the proper utilization of a product that is used during surgery. He uses Microsoft PowerPoint to present prepared diagrams and images and then uses the pen directly on the screen to highlight, markup, annotate and help field questions from his audience to ensure an interactive learning session. At the conclusion of the training, he prints and distributes the slideshow notes including annotations for the audience’s future reference. His use of the pen display is critical for him to describe the dynamic nature of the surgical procedure in a way that the audience can visualize.

Seismic Interpretation

Using a digital pen directly onscreen provides a faster and more comfortable way to analyze data during the exploration of future energy sources.

Benefits of Pen Input for Seismic Interpretation

  • Increased speed of operating seismic interpretation software
  • Enhanced precision and control of the cursor due to direct eye-hand coordination of the pen on the screen
  • Greater comfort while working with the ergonomic pen compared to using a mouse for extended periods of time
  • Improved productivity of geologists, geophysicists, and engineers due to speed improvements and fewer distractions due to fatigue


Designing, building, operating and maintaining utilities infrastructure is simplified by using a pen to control the cursor.

Benefits for Utilities Design and Planning

  • Optimize efficiency through improved speed of modeling and assessment of corridor alternatives in design phase of new construction.
  • Increase accuracy of GIS data by speeding the workflow for updating GIS from as-built drawings and field notes.
  • Improve outage management response for dispatchers with GIS dashboards that are easily queried.
  • Increase visibility into GIS data for managers and staff who aren’t trained in GIS with ease-of-use for visualization and queries.

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