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Tablet PC owners thread

  1. Apr 23, 2007 #1

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    Hi. I recently got a Toshiba M7, and been playing with it for some months now. What I've found is that the hardware is neraly there (calibration is my biggest complaint), but the software is really lacking.

    Currently I'm using Windows journal because OneNote 2007 is fu**ing slow.

    Anyone know of some hidden goodies?

    My contribution is StrokeIt ( http://www.tcbmi.com/strokeit )

    I'm currently working on a clipboard watcher that will make it easier to use notes on internetforums like this. I'll post it when it's usable.

    And finally, anyone tried using a tablet in linux. From my understanding the software offer is even worse?

    And just for the hell:
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  3. Apr 23, 2007 #2
    people actually use these things? thought they were just toys :smile:
     
  4. Apr 23, 2007 #3

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    :rofl: In 1980 I remember people saying that about my Apple II.

    My daughter an aspiring cartoonist, wants to get a tablet. HP has just come out with a tablet for the home market, but evidently has a different type of screen. She says it simply won't do. Does anyone have any knowledge of the different screen types?
     
  5. Apr 23, 2007 #4

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    I've been an owner [of a Gateway/Motion M1200] since 2003... and have been using it as my "electronic whiteboard" for my lectures, as well as my "notepad" for handwritten calculations [using Journal]. (I didn't like how Journal automatically groups strokes... so I used ResHack to modify some of the GUI menus to make "Ungroup" easier to get to.)


    Check out my blog entry on TabletPC software
    www.physicsforums.com/blog/2006/05/20/tabletpcs-for-science-and-science-teaching/

    By the way, StrokeIt (programmable mouse-gesture recognition) is not exclusively for the TabletPC. I've used it on standard computers since well before 2003. It is freeware.

    Another great freeware tool (not specific to the TabletPC) is ditto-cp, which collects clipboard items [so you can paste something you clipped several clips back]. It can be trained to recognize Ink... it has a nice thumbnail view.
     
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  6. Apr 23, 2007 #5

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tablet_PC#Active_digitizer

    I tried to install ditto, but I got an error: CP_main: error opening database :(

    Why? Have you never whished you could move some ink on paper? (change color etc.)

    You mean Windows Journal? Mine does not (automatically) group strokes (I think)
     
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  7. Apr 23, 2007 #6

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  8. Apr 24, 2007 #7
    I got a viewsonic 1100 in order to run a pair of applications that I had written. They are a Japanese dictionary and a Chinese Dictionary. The software enables you to look up a character not simply by its radical, but by any or all of its radical-like sub-elements. Speed of use is an issue as I use it while I am reading and it is reading, not looking up words, that I am interested in. As I expected, using the stylus is much quicker than using a mouse. If you run an application that requires mouse clicks and for which speed is an issue, I recommend the tablet.

    The Viewsonic 1100 screen is not sensitive to touch. Without the stylus, nothing registers. I find this an advantage as it allows me to rest my hand on the screen without activating it. If this is an issue, then you should make sure that the screen does (or does not) respond to touch without the stylus.
     
  9. Apr 24, 2007 #8

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    Here's another helpful utility: http://www.autohotkey.com/ , a variant of a formerly-related utility http://www.autoitscript.com/autoit3/ , which work on any Windows operating system. These utilities allow one to automate tasks, including moving the mouse cursor and clicking on buttons.

    These are especially useful on TabletPCs, especially the "slates" (which do not have attached keyboards). For instance, I have a simple script that will perform a sequence of keyboard shortcuts to "ungroup an ink selection in Journal". (StrokeIt could be made to do a similar task. However, StrokeIt's use the right-mouse-button interferes with Journal's context menu (via the right-mouse-button). )


    Concerning TabletPC communities,
    http://www.tabletpcbuzz.com/ was a popular forum... but, unfortunately, has since declined...
    http://www.gottabemobile.com/ is much more active now [and discusses UMPCs, as well as TabletPCs]

    http://www.studenttabletpc.com/ caters to students
    http://tabletpceducation.blogspot.com/ is blog directed to educators

    http://www.tabletpcpost.com/ lists some Tablet PC software.
    My blog entry www.physicsforums.com/blog/2006/05/20/tabletpcs-for-science-and-science-teaching/ describes science-related software and projects being developed in academia.
     
  10. Apr 24, 2007 #9
    An application that I would like to see is a PDF file viewer that allows me to add hand-writen notes. I mark up my physics books quite a bit, but I can't do that with e-books yet. Is there already such an application?
     
  11. Apr 24, 2007 #10
    Yeah exactly just a toy :-)

    Perhaps graphic designers ect could have a use for them, but as a day to day work device... ermm no.. Although a few engineers in my company use the hybrid things which make it easier to get around multiple windows while standing beside some rack, then use the keyboard for the acual configs...
     
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  12. Apr 24, 2007 #11

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    Google these:
    PDF Annotator
    Bluebeam PDF Revu
    Jarnal
     
  13. Apr 24, 2007 #12

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    That's why there are two main "form-factors" for the TabletPC...

    the slate [generally, less than 4.5 lbs] (like http://www.motioncomputing.com/products/tablet_pc_le17.asp ) ...
    and
    the convertible [with keyboard, dvdrw... generally, at least 4.5 lbs] (like http://shop.lenovo.com/us/notebooks/thinkpad/x-series-tablet )

    Certainly, the TabletPC is not for everybody.. especially when the applications are relatively few. These days, it seems that the medical field and the education field are the main targets for the TabletPC.

    (Personally, I find it hard to take notes involving equations and diagrams during a lecture using a keyboard... a pen and pad is much more natural [not to mention that using a laptop in a lecture may appear little impolite to the speaker]. When I need a keyboard for my slate, I use the on-screen keyboard for small tasks and use a USB or BT keyboard for harder tasks. Of course, when I write a paper or some lecture notes, I'll use a keyboard.)
     
  14. Apr 24, 2007 #13
    Thanks robphy, Jarnal looks good. I will try it out tonight. If it does what I want, it will increase the value of my tablet immensely.
     
  15. Apr 24, 2007 #14

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    I just recently but very briefly tried the latest version of Jarnal but haven't seen how to access the PDF annotation feature.

    Check out this thread on another forum containing some comments by me
    http://www.gottabemobile.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=2633&PID=18013
     
  16. Apr 24, 2007 #15
    Thanks robphy, I got Jarnal working pretty much without trouble. The pdf file is Srednicki's QFT book. This is a relatively large file and I expected it to be a difficult test file, but it worked fine. Jarnal does not work the way that I envisoned it would. However, it does meet my requirements. The one thing I would fix if I could is to make it easier to jump to a given page. It is a menu choice in Jarnal, while in Acrobat, it is a text box available at all times.

    After I get used to using it, I will make a deeper review. I'm not sure what problem you encountered, but if you tell me, I will see if I can reproduce it here.
     
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