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GBM InkShow: Inking in Windows 7 pre-Beta Build



Here we go. The pre-Beta build for Windows 7 is in the hand of testers, and I’m lucky enough to have a shot at checking it out, along with several other members of the GBM Team. Rob has already posted some screenshots and to continue our exploration of the next generation of Windows, here is an InkShow that takes a look at Inking in Windows 7. Not much has changed in Windows Journal, but the Tablet Input Panel has undergone quite a bit of work. There is also a new version of Sticky Notes. I’ve loaded the pre-Beta build on the Lenovo X61, and the clean install took about an hour and a half.

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  1. tabletlawstudent

    10/29/2008 at 6:15 am

    Warner – very cool! Are there any extra discs of this laying around available for GBM members? :)

    Seriously though, if there were a place to get just a standalone TIP update, I would like to have that new TIP. Did they say whether they would be posting anything like that in the windows downloads or windows update? (strongly doubt it, but I thought I would at least ask)

  2. Warner Crocker

    10/29/2008 at 6:19 am

    Given the clamped down approach so far, I doubt it we’ll be seeing any of that.

  3. Steven

    10/29/2008 at 6:38 am

    This looks super nice.

    Do you think you could try a chemical reaction in the Math Input panel. I’m not good with html code, so I can’t put subscripts in here, but hydrogen + oxygen —> water

    2H_2_ + O_2_ —> 2H_2_O

    Make sense? I can use the rich text format in the forums maybe.

    Thanks for showing this preview.

  4. Warner Crocker

    10/29/2008 at 7:11 am

    I’ll give it a shot.

  5. Loren Heiny

    10/29/2008 at 9:12 am

    @Steven, the Math Input Panel I hear works for simple reactions like you show pretty well. However, if you try the reactions on this wikipedia page things stumble a bit: The hard part is around the symbol recognition of lets say this reaction:

    NaCl(aq) + AgNO_3_(aq) —> NaNO_3_(aq) + AgCl(s)

    I don’t know if there’s a way to correct individual mis-recognized characters in the reaction. Maybe Warner can check this out?

  6. Steven

    10/29/2008 at 11:08 am

    I noticed when he wrote in the “2 +” the TIP started recognizing an exponent, so that made me wonder if it the TIP can recgonize some kind of space relations.

    Thanks for the comment.

  7. leonidas333

    10/29/2008 at 1:21 pm

    Windows7 looked a little bit slow to me, are there all drivers installed, or isn’t the x61 fast enough to run the new OS smoothly? Maybe it’s just the prebeta, but microsoft said, that they want the new OS to be lighter and faster than Vista.

  8. Warner Crocker

    10/29/2008 at 2:05 pm

    @leonidas333: It seems to run fine on the X61, but I’m sure it will be faster on later gen hardware.

    I’ll try to do some testing tonight on the Math Reco stuff folks.

  9. Snowii

    10/29/2008 at 8:20 pm

    Warner, could you please try if the recognition already offers Czech language? It’s been “promised” that Czech would be supported in Win 7 so I am just wondering if they’ve got somewhere with that up till now :) thanks!

  10. Medic

    10/30/2008 at 5:57 am


    Many questions are being asked about the recognition of chemical formulas.

    @Steven: I think your question can be answered by a recent post by Rob in which a snapshot is shown of quite an impressive Math equation where the recognition of a number as an exponent is recognized.

    Perhaps a nice little experiment for Warner could be the testing and perhaps demonstration of two formulas: a Math and a chemical formula equation where all items one wants to see can be demonstrated.

    _ = subscript
    – = exponent
    =><= [HCO_3–] + [H-+]

    Random Math formula:

    Perhaps it would be nice to see a snapshot of Rob’s largest formula and see if an exponent can also be recognized simultaneously below the division line (2a-(x-2)) and also see this for x: (x-(x-2)). I think this could the potential of what kind of forumulas could be written in the Math Panel, as apparently both letters and numbers can be recognized in a spacial relation.

    To take it a step further, algebra was also use to portray lines in 2D or 3D diagram, using the x,y, and z axis. Can these also be recognized when drawn? (e.g. y=x+2).

  11. Medic

    10/30/2008 at 6:04 am

    Oops, I think I just did a kind of Html coding. The formula is missing!!!

    Then I’ll write it in simple terms:

    C6H12O6 + H20 –> CO2 + H20 –> HCO3- + H+

    (in which the operator would be reversible, thus arrow to the right and arrow to left, one under the other, all numbers in subscript and the minus and the polus of the bicarbonate and proton in superscript).

  12. Medic

    10/30/2008 at 6:18 am

    Wow, so much to discover in Windows 7!:

    1. Is the extenstion .com programmable or changeable to a different extension (e.g. .net, .nl, .eu?)

    2. Can the Math Panel be placed as a floating panel, like the TIP?

    3. Is it known if the Math Panel will be integrated with the TIP into one Panel?

    4. Is it possible to manually increase the word (recognition) library of the TIP?

    5. Can the video demos on the TIP be disabled?

    6. Will the Math Panel and Windows 7 be eventually be accessible as updates for Vista users?

  13. Warner Crocker

    10/30/2008 at 8:43 am


    I’m a theatre guy and not a math guy so I need a little help here to give you the results that will answer your questions about recognizing formulas. Trying to translate what you’ve given me to enter is like me trying to understand an alien language. Could you send me what you want this to look like in some form or the other and I’ll give it a try.

    Also as to your list of questions, we don’t have specific answers yet on this but are researching to get them for you. We’ll post them up as soon as we know.

  14. Joe

    10/30/2008 at 10:17 am

    Wouldn’t get your hopes up for chemistry. This wasn’t run on my tablet but on a virtual machine on my desktop, but still.

    It seems to mainly only recognize a, b, c and x, y, z as variables, and that might be why its not even considering the h there as an h.

  15. Joe

    10/30/2008 at 10:19 am

    Oops the h thing I was referring to was mentioned in the other post about the math panel, not anything in my post.

  16. Joe

    10/30/2008 at 10:34 am

    And a couple more math ones:

    I know my handwriting is horrible in these, (like I said, done with the mouse on my desktop) but still, its pretty horrible at recognizing them.

  17. tabletlawstudent

    10/30/2008 at 12:09 pm

    I like that new TIP. Is there any kind of Onenote add-in or power toy that would auto recognize and put ink into a handwriting-ish font?

  18. Hi

    11/06/2008 at 3:22 pm

    leonidas333 complaining about slowness of Windows 7 alpha code… nice!

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