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Friday, 26 May 2006
Audio InkShow with Chris Pratley

- Rob Bushway

In this inaugural edition of Audio InkShows, we are thrilled to bring you our interview with Microsoft’s Chris Pratley. Chris is the Group Manager for Office Authoring Services, which includes OneNote, Word, and Publisher. He co-founded the OneNote team in 2001.

Chris and I talk about his OneNote team, the new beta, OneNote Mobile, insight into why OneNote uses ink the way it does, and more. He also lets us know that OneNote Mobile not only works with SmartPhones, but also with Windows Mobile 5 Pocket PCs and Phone Edition.

Thanks to Aubergine for the rocking intro music, Pursuit, and a special thanks to James Kendrick for letting me know about USB Microphones and

  • Listen to the Audio InkShow ( MP3 format, 20:13, 23.1 mb)
  • Download the Office 2007 and OneNote 2007 beta.
  • Visit Chris’ blog



05/26/2006 17:36:37 (Mountain Daylight Time, UTC-06:00)
Great show. I do take issue with Chris's explanation about OneNote 2003's ink handling. He mentions particularly my application as using the standard ink control. He is confusing the control with the underlying ink collection and rendering technology. TEO has never used a standard ink control (InkPicture, InkOverlay, etc). The controls are custom, but I did use the ink collection and rendering API's. OneNote 2003 should have done the same. His argument about being limited by the operating system components sounds like a "do what I say, not what I do" cop out. If everybody had that attitude about using platform API's then every application would look like Photoshop and Microsoft would NOT have a dominant operating system because such apps that don't use these API's are easily portable to other operating systems. Sorry but as a Microsoft centric developer, I have a big problem with this explanation.
05/26/2006 18:40:22 (Mountain Daylight Time, UTC-06:00)
Oh sorry if I sound irritated in my last post. I'm still stewing over a completely different matter. I'm not a big Microsoft fan right now.
05/26/2006 20:28:34 (Mountain Daylight Time, UTC-06:00)
Very impressive !
05/29/2006 16:07:55 (Mountain Daylight Time, UTC-06:00)
If Chris used Journal or TEO instead of OneNote then perhaps he would use his tablet more for taking handwritten Notes. OneNote 07 is much improved over previous versions but still not quite above Journal in handling ink.
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