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Hacking a Way To Better Touch Controls



oe-touch-settingsJames Kendrick is enjoying touch on the Lenovo x200T Tablet PC, just as I am. It looks like he came across a method of making the touch experience a little better by using the Origami Experience. You might remember the Origami Experience as the shell that Microsoft created for UMPCs that enhanced scroll bars, title bars, etc… to improve the touch experience on the UMPC. That seems so long ago, but in reality it was laying the groundwork for what we are seeing now. jk is also working with the Viliv S5 and sees adding OE as a potential benefit there as well on that small screen.

Be warned though, the Origami Experience is intended for use with Vista and jk points out a couple of things you need to do in order to get around that. I’m not having much difficulty using the “two-finger touch” on the x200T with scroll bars and menu bars as they appear in Windows 7, but that might be different for different folks. So, you might want to take a gander at jk’s post. Also look at the comments to that post. Kevin Tofel points out that you can do some of this natively in Windows 7.

Look for an InkShow later today or this evening about using touch on the x200T.



  1. Rob

    09/21/2009 at 11:09 am

    that is odd – you’d think Win 7 would include a touch theme or easily set options to increase buttons, controls, etc.

    I don’t think I’d go to the extent James did and install OE. Just go to Personalize / Windows Color / Advance Settings and change the size of the Active Title bar and you get the same old controls to modify the title bar, which affects the min / max / close buttons – all without the headache of downloading and installing OE.

  2. DaveTN

    09/23/2009 at 5:09 pm

    I’ve been running OE 2.0 on my HP TX2500z for the last year; even posted about it here on GBM. It works good but is more like “icing on the cake”. It has some cool features but nothing groundbreaking.
    However, I have ALSO been running the HP Touchsmart suite and MS touchpack on my TX2500 quite nicely! Now THATS some cool mobile touch.


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