Monday, 09 August 2004

Over on Channel 9 there's a cool short video of an interview with Bert Keely, an architect on Microsoft's Tablet PC team. He shows how the Tablet PC can be sued so much more quickly with XP SP2 applied. This is a great little demo of Bert using the TIP (Tablet Input Panel) to make things happen quickly in the SP2 version of the operating system. It's amazing how fast you can work with the new TIP, compared to the original version - and the handwriting recognition is really pretty darn amazing.

For those who don't already know, when you upgrade your Tablet PC to SP2, you'll get all the nifty 2004-version (code-name was "Lonestar") tablet software right along with the SP2 security fixes. I've been using these features for several months with beta versions, and now-a-days every time I pick up a Tablet with the original software and try to use it, it just makes me crazy... That's how much better the new version is: It's well worth the (free) upgrade!

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Monday, 09 August 2004 16:40:44 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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Monday, 09 August 2004 18:20:23 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Sure, but can you tell me why you can't write in ink in the Powerpoint notes section?? That just doesn't make sense to me...
Monday, 09 August 2004 22:10:10 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Do you mean write and have it appear as handwriting in the notes section? That doesn't work for me, but I am able to do handwriting conversion to typed text in that area okay. Do you mean you would like to be able to annotate in ink there, without converting to actual text?
Tuesday, 10 August 2004 13:12:07 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Yep. I was working on my notes for a presentation while sitting on a plane Fri, and didn't want to worry about text conversion. Would be nice if PPT "thought in ink" a bit better.
Tuesday, 10 August 2004 14:17:36 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Yeah, I tend to agree. I have also noticed that word docs with form fields when in "protected" mode won't allow me to ink a signature - more of an inconvenience than anything, but still...

We'll see if we can get some traction on the PPT deal.
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