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Surface RT support for HP F4230 printer and Olympus VG 160 camera

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Hi considering buy a surface rt for a client.

Question is will printer and digital camera be usable with it.

The printer is HP F4230

The camera is Olympus VG 160
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I think my RT is really great.  I was down about it a couple days ago because I found out the Powershell scripting is limited.  RT is set for "ConstrainedLanguage" not the "FullLanguage" of other 8.1 installations.   I have to remind myself how much I paid and how much utility I get out of it.  Fabulous built-in cams for low light situations.  A Desktop with Office, etc.  If you have to make or run any VB in Office that's a no go too.  But you can PS script the keystrokes for any automated repetitive tasks, using the "Alt+key" shortcuts.  I don't think that falls under "ConstrainedLanguage" but I suppose it might.  Or just use the Steps Recorder if you're into that.  Photo file format conversions come to mind.

After upgrading to 8.1, I can no longer find a way to turn off Automatic Upgrades. It disappeared.   I want them pretty much all anyway, so didn't look too far.  Some are creating their own backup partition and restoring it after automatic updates.  I get updates often enough that this would be far too time-consuming for my life.

A couple weeks ago at a client's house, I signed onto their network.  Just wanted to do email.  Later when printing to disk, I noticed that my Surface had loaded the printer drivers automatically for the client's printer since it found it on the net.  I remember something asking me if I wanted to sense all the peripherals on the client's net, once I signed in and I must have clicked yes.  Didn't do anything else.  My Surface still has their HP Officejet Pro 8500 A909n listed as a printer.  HP site says there is no F4230 but suggest I use F4235 for a deskjet printer.  Here is their link about it, but it's over a year old and lots has changed.  Needless to say, you probably won't have a problem.
http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/ePrint-Print-Apps-Mobile-Printing-and-ePrintCenter/How-Can-I-Print-from-my-Microsoft-Surface-Running-Windows-8/td-p/2325249

On your camera, here is Uncooked, a new ARM Metro app (not the desktop ones, the ones on tiles that float around in Start) and I haven't figured out how to screen grab from the Metro apps yet so took photo of screen.  You can see (or I hope you can through the dimness)
LeftScreen Uncooked at the Windows StoreRightScreen Uncooked at the Windows Store that Uncooked obviously handles RAW, and also lists Olympus ORF.  The one review was disappointed it only saved in jpg, but convert somewhere else.  The apps available for graphics are more numerous just since Christmas when I got this.  There is another Metro app for photo file format coverting for many of the formats you may like.  It is missing a robust photo editing package though.

Considering the issues with RT, I have to still conclude I enjoy the heck out of it. It's small and lightweight and fits in my Daytimer portfolio with my Daytimer.   Its a lot of stuff for not too much money.  Still would be nice to have "FullLanguage" in PS though.

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