Friday, 19 August 2005

There's a bit of chat about regarding handwriting recognition on the Tablet PC, and the new feature/functionality in the Vista beta version of the OS.

I used to write in block letters or carefully crafted print on my Tablet PC. Then I decided (thinking naively that it would be a miserable failure) to write in cursive script. Much to my surprise, I found it worked much better.

With the Vista Beta One TIP (Tablet Input Panel), the ability to enter text and make changes is greatly improved. I've found it's even more accurate. In fact the whole TIP behaves much better all the way around - not so much in the way, more flexible, and all-around better recognition. I'd post pictures but I'm afraid I'd be breaking an agreement (although screenies of the Vista desktop and stuff seem to be very common on the Internet these days).

It also seems to recognize non-standard characters that are written by hand. Stuff like smilies and whatnot. That's cool. There's similar thoughts over on the Tablet PC Blog. It will also be interesting to see what Beta Two holds.

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Saturday, 20 August 2005 14:28:10 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
How'd you get a hold of the TIP for Vista? I read one of the Tablet guy's blogs saying they were going to releas ethe TIP for Vista on the 15th, so I installed it on my C300 (just happened to be installing a new 100GB drive in it at the time) and still no TIP download that I can find on MSDN. Bummer.

Also, the C300's Intel 855GME graphics doesn't do the advanced UI stuff in Vista...bummer #2.

So I installed Ubuntu over it :)

Maybe I will try again when the TIP bist come out, or when beta 2 comes out.
Saturday, 20 August 2005 17:35:51 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
I'm on the formal beta program (that's in addition to access via MSDN), so I downloaded Vista and the Tablet bits from elsewhere. I hear they'll have the MSDN site updated with the TIP soon, though.

- gh
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