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GBM InkShow: Windows 7 Beta 1 Multi-Touch Video



Windows 7 Multi-Touch Video Back in November, I brought everyone a first look at multi-touch in a pre-beta version of Windows 7 and a pre-beta version of N-Trig’s multi-touch driver. The experience was really lousy, but it showed promise.

With the release of Windows 7 Beta 1 and a new version of N-Trig’s Windows 7 multi-touch driver, I was looking forward to seeing how Microsoft and N-Trig had improved the experience. Let me tell you, I’m very impressed.

It’s not perfect, but it is vastly improved. Watch this video InkShow for a quick demo of typing using the touch keyboard, browsing, panning, zooming, picture zooming, picture rotating, multi-touch painting, Aero Shake, and touch in Media Center. The video is being done on a Dell Latitude XT Tablet PC using the N-Trig capacitive digitizer


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  1. John Harrison

    01/14/2009 at 2:53 pm

    Hello, thanks for the Inkshow, I have just installed the N-Trig update myself, I have gain auto-rotate but lost pen support, I like the device, but disappointed it did not work out of the box, rotate did not work (XP), again thanks.

  2. Ben

    01/14/2009 at 2:56 pm

    This still shows that many of the UI elements in windows are too small for fingers–Rob had a heck of a time with that minimize button. I think people will be much less inclined to use touch for anything serious when they feel that it’s hard to click with confidence. I think that’s the main difference between UIs like on the iPhone and windows. Windows needs to address this, in my opinion, if they are taking touch seriously. Their half-way approach to some of these new input methods, like the stylus, might be one reason for their apparent failure. Sometimes it just feels like these new input methods are just laid on top as an afterthought.

  3. Matze

    01/14/2009 at 3:51 pm

    After all a nice comparison between before an after the update. Thx for that, good job, nice vid.

  4. Gulii

    01/15/2009 at 6:11 am

    Pen not works :((((

  5. n

    01/15/2009 at 8:44 pm

    Please Please Please, someone tell all the developers of touchscreen software how big a persons finger is!

    It makes me cringe every time i see a person try to close a program by clicking on that tiny little X and missing it the first 4 times.

    All they need to do is make it bigger. Or set it up to magnify the button when your finger gets close.
    Its so Obvious. Please Please Please microsoft, dell, whoever,stop this nonsense.

  6. tipopilota

    01/16/2009 at 4:20 pm

    How do we get the pen to work once we install the ntrig driver??????????

  7. Rob Bushway

    01/16/2009 at 5:54 pm

    unfortunately, the pen is not supported that win 7 driver. You’ll need to install the non-beta version to get pen working.

  8. Mike

    01/27/2009 at 7:55 am

    The window controls can easily be resized. Also, some of Rob’s trouble came, I think, from there being no support behind the screen. You’ll see tradeshow people always encourage testers to put the touch device down on a hard surface.

    You can see that he has the most trouble at the top of the screen where his leverage to move the screen-lid is greatest. When he touches near the bottom he has much better results.

  9. Brendan

    01/27/2009 at 3:18 pm

    One nifty feature that should help out with touch is that if you drag the window to touch the top of the screen, it will maximize. And if you want to restore it you just have to pull it away from away from the top. This is handy for moving maximized apps between two monitors.

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