Dustin Hubbard - Demo of Tablet PC Experience Pack

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Hey, Adam Curry, the Tablet PC Team released earlier this week the Experience Pack.

I tell ya if Steve Jobs had this he'd have the Mac fans eating out of his hands. Check out the UI in this video we shot of Dustin Hubbard, group manager on the Tablet PC Mobile Platform team.

The demo starts at about four minutes into the video, and here's a video Table of Contents:

4:10 Energy Blue Theme and Skinned Media Player (designed for pen input)

4:59 Ink Art (new version of Art Rage, drawing program designed for pen usage).

8:44 Ink Crossword Puzzle.

10:55 Ink Desktop (turns wallpaper into inkable surface).

13:18 Media Transfer to take videos/audios from home or Office PC with you.

18:40 New snipping tool (a must have for Tablet PC users).

A previous thread on this topic was posted here on Channel 9 which got quite a bit of discussion.

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      schrepfler

      Does anyone think that Tablet support should be allowed for the "normal" XP editions? I have a Wacom board and I would love to be able to use it under my desktop system. Am I the only one?
      At least installing the Tablet SDK should add that kind of support.

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      FyinsFlip
      I do.  I too have a Wacom board and would love to use these features...
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      MisterDonut
      Mister Scoble, sir, please correct me if I'm wrong, but I think the reason that the tablet SDK / exp pack / etc. is limited to the Tablet PC edition is because Microsoft can't really support all the different combination of platforms which might have "hacked" tablet functionality in it. Kinda like Apple, who can roll out OS's really quick and develop much faster for a handful of hardware configurations, where as the possibility for Windows and *nix platforms are much more plentiful. Much more testing is need, I'd think.

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      schrepfler
      I belive that the PC evolution has proven that the number of different platforms has never been a negative factor in developing a common api for devices, if that was the case we'd have different drivers for each mouse and keyboard that we buy. I'd be more betting that MS is trying to target consumers at the top of the spending pyramid forgetting that there are a lot more possible adopters below. It's time to put the tablet back in all houses again (as I had one on an Apple IIe Wink
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      ezu

      Can we expect a version of the cool Experience Pack on other than english version of the OS?

      I've reinstalled my system with the italian version of XP TPC 2005... even now i've my system speaking my language, i can't access to the faboluos ink art tool that i love (i've use it on another pc with english version of the OS).

      Waiting to can install it on my system...

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      rhm
      That media player skin is horrible. We're supposed to be impressed at that the buttons are bigger and easier to hit with the pen, but look at all the screen area that is wasted chrome on that skin. The buttons could have been twice the size without taking up any more screen space or the overall size of the player could have been smaller with the same size buttons. Another example of a skin that was designed by a graphic designer than never used the product.

      The Inkart application is very cool and I get that it has a tablet optimized user interface, but as far as the actual painting functionality is concerned, Metacreations Painter has been doing all that since the mid-'90s.

      The snipping tool looks really useful though. I am so getting a tablet PC when I've got some spare cash. Then I'll probably waste all my time writing stuff for it Smiley

      by the way, is Dustin's table really slow? I notice there's a lot of lag between the pen and cursor locations. Maybe the digitizer causes it, but I've got a Wacom tablet for my desktop PC and that doesn't have any noticeable lag at all.
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      TheAsher
      Robert....
      I wonder why Dell & IBM which are two of the three important laptop vendors don't have a tablet PC out yet.....

      IMHO, The fact that Dell and IBM don't have a tablet PC is one of the major reason that the digitizer is not a part of every laptop...
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      Invader Zim

      I would like to know why the Energy Blue VS has not been made available for XP Pro/Home?

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      DanielRieck
      At least installing the Tablet SDK should add that kind of support.

      I think it does, to some degree. You can develop Tablet applications on a regular desktop, you don't even need any kind of pen device. Of course, testing the application is no fun when you have to write with the mouse. And since the handwriting recognition engine is missing, you can't test it all.

      I don't know about the Wacom boards, what's their native resolution for the pen? The Tablets' is several times higher than the screen.

      Are they pressure-sensitive? Can they check the 'ID' of the pen so an application can assign different styles to different users working at the same time?

      The Tablet PC supports all this - check out the .NET Show episode about Tablets.

      I agree it would be cool if regular desktops had this functionality, but for what? Tablets are designed to be carried around, and to use them when you can sit down and type or use the mouse. They're very useful to take notes in meetings, but I wouldn't want to have to work with them all day, because I can type way faster than I can write.

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      andrejk
      Are you sure that's a microsoft app? It sure looks like alias's sketchbook pro. Which by the way runs on osx, and on normal xp using wacom tablets, so no need for xp tablet pc...
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      scobleizer
      Andrejk: the app in the video is definitely NOT Alias Sketchbook Pro. The one in the video only runs on Windows XP Tablet PC Edition.
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      andrejk
      Yes i know, i probably should've added a smily Wink

      I was just trying to make a point here: once again microsoft has copied a piece of software. How have they improved it this time?
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      schrepfler
      I know I can get the SDK running but without handwrithing recognition it's no fun (actually the ink seems edgy as well). However, it's far from saying that my tablet is bad, even though it's a lower end wacom tablet. It's primary use is for drawing (as most wacom's products are... this sound almost as ad perhaps I'm violation policy?) and it has pressure sensitivity but no tilt sensitivity (higher end pen's do have it) and resolution of 1016 dpi, 40 l/mm. As far as the comment 'what for', I think that the best use for it is drawing, but also it might be the natural way older and younger persons should approach the PC. Go ahead, sign your digital check with a mouse Smiley

      DanielRieck wrote:
      At least installing the Tablet SDK should add that kind of support.

      I think it does, to some degree. You can develop Tablet applications on a regular desktop, you don't even need any kind of pen device. Of course, testing the application is no fun when you have to write with the mouse. And since the handwriting recognition engine is missing, you can't test it all.

      I don't know about the Wacom boards, what's their native resolution for the pen? The Tablets' is several times higher than the screen.

      Are they pressure-sensitive? Can they check the 'ID' of the pen so an application can assign different styles to different users working at the same time?

      I agree it would be cool if regular desktops had this functionality, but for what? Tablets are designed to be carried around, and to use them when you can sit down and type or use the mouse. They're very useful to take notes in meetings, but I wouldn't want to have to work with them all day, because I can type way faster than I can write.

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      Iain Norman
      Does the snipping tool capture videos that are playing? This is one thing that the printscreen key never does for me ( unless I turn off hardware accelleration on the video card ).

      The clipping tool in OneNote doesn't manage it, just wondering if it's doable on a Tablet?

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      pappnase
      Nice Video, nice tools.

      But why this tools only avalible in english.
      I use an german TabletPC and i cant install this tools.

      to the microsoft guys: there are people in the "real" world uses software from microsoft in funny languages like german. why microsoft exclude non US/english tabletPC user from these cool tools ?



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      pythagoras

      That's what I'm wondering ,too. Is there a way a German can change German Tablet PC Version to Engl. Version??
      I'm also missing engl. and germ. speech recognition :-/

      P.S. How often do Y'all use handwriting recognition and for what?
      I'm still using the keyboard 99.9% of the time Expressionless

      cu P.

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      schrepfler
      I think that I revised my oppinion on what would the best customers be for this kind of equipment. Graphics are great but you SHOULD think about the >1'000'000'000 Chinese and the rest of the world that can't have keyboards for all their characters. Smiley
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      g_braad

      Just do as I did. Install Tablet PC Edition and install the Penabled drivers from the Wacom website. After that, you just need to tweak it a little and voila... you have a Penabled Wacom computer running TabletPC.

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      moofish
      Hey check this for a productivity app:

      http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn7583
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      erik_
      I must say, I've been using this tool for some weeks now and it still ROCKS!!

      Normaly you get the hype use a program for a while and then slowly stop using it. And after a reinstall you forget to install it agian.

      But this one is still rocking
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      jorgen_veis​dal

      It's a great pack for us who have a tablet, the only thing I don't like is that the Media Transfer software can only be used with a pc running Windows XP. This situation for many of us, requires it to run on Windows Server 2003, as alot of us have a Windows Server standing in a corner or another room filled with harddrives which I download all my pictures and movies from. It would be great to have this app to send stuff back and fourth between the server, my tablet and my media center.

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      moofish
      God you people need spoon feeding, I can't believe no one picked up on the movie in that story I linked to:

      http://www.cs.swan.ac.uk/calculators/resources/RealCalculator2.mov
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      Duck
      Very good presentation.  The snipping tool has greatly been improved! 

      I love tablets and show physicians how to use them in marketing my own small EMR and the snipping tool is such a huge asset.  If I can get doctors over 60 years old using it, it's not that difficult! 

      Please keep adding more features to the tablet PC! 

      Tablet Pool is also a blast and I use it to show the fun side of the unit after spending time with a physician on using the serious side of the unit. 

      If you could do a video on tablet pool sometimes with a group gathered around playing pool on the tablet that would hillareous!  I have used it so many times to generated initial interest in the tablet! 
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      Eonnix

      All this talk about hardware abstraction and yet this is only available to Tablet PC users?

      Make this available to everyone please (Home, Pro, Media, Mobile, etc.)!

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