I just found this - Microsoft SharedView - it's free, supports up to 15 users over the Internet, and from what I can see, I am going to be using it a great deal.
It seems to work as well as Windows Meeting Space (see Use Windows Meeting Space to Mirror Your Tablet PC to a Projector ) but unlike Windows Meeting Space, SharedView will work with Windows XP and across the Internet. For that second point - this means that unlike Windows Meeting Space - you do NOT have to have both machines on the same subnet.
This is was a great find as I am doing some presentations this week. I am mirroring my Tablet PC onto another computer that is attached to a projector.
I was having trouble with Windows Meeting Space because there was no way to be sure that two machines would end up on the same subnet. Also, the computers that were available to connect to the projectors are running Windows XP. I had to bring my own second machine so that I could be sure that the one attached to the projector was running Vista. Microsoft SharedView has made this all so much easier.
Definitely check this out. I will be using it for some distance conferencing over the next few days.
Mike Tholfsen - Test Manager of the OneNote Team has kicked off his blog, OneNote and Education.
I am interested in how OneNote can help enhance the learning environment and I believe OneNote will be a primary tool for 21st century education. We also plan to have other guest bloggers from the OneNote team and from other Microsoft teams post education-related entries here. John Guin is still writing the OneNote Testing blog so even though I'm the test manager, this blog will be about OneNote and education.
Because there are so many things happening right now with OneNote and education, we wanted to start this blog to have a dialog with the education community, as well as share ideas, resources, and gather feedback from teachers, students and faculty. We also hope to point to examples of great things that educators and students are doing today with OneNote and education. In addition to K-12 and Higher Education, you can also expect to see topics on eLearning, training and on-boarding with OneNote. Many companies, including Microsoft, are delivering eLearning solutions using OneNote...
Mike's blog entry continues
OneNote strikes me as the main application in the Microsoft Office suite that seems to have been designed to really use ink, but I am sure that I have missed some great opportunities to better utilize it in my Education related activities.
I am looking forward to Mike's ongoing thoughts.
Link: OneNote and Education.
I use my Tablet PC when I do public speaking. I like to use it to display and build MindMaps using MindManager or draw diagrams with SketchBook Pro. This should be very straightforward, but it gets interesting when I want to display my Tablet PC with a projector, and to walk around the room at the same time. (Try that with at conventional laptop machine).
I have been using MaxiVista for this application for years. (see: Wireless Presentations with a Tablet PC with MaxiVista)
MaxiVista has been great but there are some issues with Vista. You can work around them, but when I got an Toshiba M700, I thought it would be worthwhile to consider some Vista based alternatives.
Just a note: MaxiVista works well on XP or in an environment where one machine is running Vista, and the other is not. You have to been running an XDDM video driver on the Tablet PC if it is running Windows Vista.
Windows Meeting Space
If you are running Windows Vista on your Tablet PC and have Vista on a desktop PC attached to a projector then consider using Windows Meeting Space to connect the two machines and mirror your Tablet PC on the Desktop PC and from there, display it on the projector. It is very quick to set up, and in my testing it has been really stable.
The quick overview:
- Start Windows Meeting Space on both PCs.
- Create a meeting and "join" it.
- On the Tablet PC - Share your desktop
I have set out more detailed notes for this in: Windows Meeting Space to Mirror Your Tablet PC on a Projector
Brandon LeBlanc has just published part 2 of 4 of his preview of the Origami Experience 2.0.
In this installment he covers RSS features in Origami Central, one of the three applications in the Origami Experience 2.0 software.
To start at the beginning of the series see: Taking a Closer Look at the Origami Experience 2.0
I have had mixed success integrating a UMPC into my mobile life. But Origami Experience 2.0 has come a long way in making this more viable. With a touch optimized experience designed around a smaller screen, this is worth investigating again.
John Hill, owner of Tablet PC Buzz has announced a major overhaul to the forums there. This is very exciting news as it speaks to John's commitment to the site and to the community.
We are very excited to announce that as of Monday, May 19th, TabletPCBuzz is in the process of receiving a MAJOR UPGRADE to vBulletin forum software.
DURING THIS TIME, AS WE MIGRATE THE DATABASE TO THE NEW SOFTWARE, ANY NEW POSTS WILL NOT TRANSFER. YOU MAY CONTINUE TO USE THE FORUMS.
It is estimated that this process will take 3-4 days (hopefully less), so please be patient. In the meantime, you can check out our test site here: http://126.96.36.199/
The test site is fully searchable (check out how fast the searching is!) and is current as of about a week and a half ago. Keep in mind that any new posts or replies on the test site will be overwritten once the new site goes live.
If you have any questions or comments, please email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and thanks for your continuing support of TabletPCBuzz.
Would that be to subject an audience to a presentation done in one's own handwriting?
Last week I found myself having to be in two places at once. I couldn't do that of course so I fired up Camtasia Studio and opened my presentation MindMap that I had prepared in MindManager. I walked through the map recording my comments and adding branches and diagrams as I went along. Knowing that this was going to be presented to a live audience, I paused several times- asking for participant discussion.
I didn't have a lot of time to do this so I basically did it in a single pass, much as I would have done if I had been able to do the presentation live.
The presentation was scheduled to run for an hour, and it took very little more than that to record, render and upload it to a server. Because of a limitation in Flash (maximum frame count) I had to split the presentation into a four sections. The whole process was done in a couple of hours. It would have taken far more time if I had travelled and done the presentation live.
The organizers played the presentation for the live audience. They also took notes during the discussions that arose during the planned pauses. I have since taken those notes and added them to the MindMap and republished it.
I have had several messages from individual participants telling me that they really enjoyed the presentation and that the combination of voice and ink made seem that I was there with them.
My MindMaps always start out in ink so when I pulled out my outline it was in ink. There was very little time to get all of this done so I didn't give a lot of thought to converting the MindMap to text. In the end, it was better that I didn't. I am still getting positive messages from people where were there.
As a person who is rarely out and about without a Tablet PC and EVDO access to the web, I really wasn't interested in data features in a mobile telephone. But that didn't stop me from getting an HTC Touch with Windows Mobile 6.0, when I needed to replace my eight year old cell phone recently.
As I get better acquainted with the features of my Windows 6 Pro smartphone , I am realizing that it can be so much more than just a phone - even though that's all I really wanted from it.
I just came across this announcement in Brandon LeBlanc's entry in the Windows Experience Blog: Put Windows Live on your Windows Mobile phone
I am am gong to try to syncing up my contacts to Windows Live for a shorter list of keyboard accessible contacts instead of the hundreds of contacts in my Outlook contacts. Anyway - here is more information about Windows Live Mobile.
Windows Live for Windows Mobile is now available to download for your Windows Mobile phone. Windows Live for Windows Mobile lets Windows Mobile users sync their email from Windows Live Hotmail as well as their Windows Live Contacts.
To download, just head on over to this URL on your Windows Mobile phone:
UPDATE: Folks wanting a shorter URL to access Windows Live for Windows Mobile can go to the following URL - http://wl.windowsmobile.com/
Just download the .cab file for the version of Windows Mobile you are running (Standard or Professional). Windows Live for Windows Mobile works on phones running both Windows Mobile and Windows Mobile 6 (and 6.1).
Let me explain how I use Windows Live for Windows Mobile today on my BlackJack II. Because Windows Live for Windows Mobile syncs up my Windows Live Contacts - I encourage many of my contacts to edit their profiles and make sure their email addresses and phone numbers are correct. When their Windows Live Contact is synced to my phone - their name appears under my Contacts on my Windows Mobile phone (Windows Mobile has a centralized "contact directory"). Information my Windows Live Contacts fill out in their profiles appear on my phone. Users can have multiple phone numbers entered into their profiles for a variety of locations such as Mobile, Home, or Work. When I choose to call a Windows Live Contact - I choose any of the numbers they provided to me that is in their profile. Of course I can also edit their contact information either in Windows Live Messenger, Windows Live Mail or via the web in Windows Live Hotmail.
Read the whole blog post: Put Windows Live on your Windows Mobile phone
PC Mag does a quick roundup of several of the heavy hitters in the current Tablet PC landscape. The introduction is pretty positive.
Slate tablets and convertible tablets have the portability of a light laptop, with the added flexibility of a touch screen. Here are a few of our favorites.
Not all workers have the luxury of being able to sit down in order to use a laptop. If you have to input information or write notes while on your feet, a tablet PC may be the way to go. You have your choice between a slate tablet, which has no keyboard—you write or input data with a stylus or fingertip—and a convertible tablet, with an integrated keyboard and a screen that can be swiveled between laptop and tablet mode.
It is nice to see Vista get a positive acknowledgement here.
... All of the convertible tablets here run Windows Vista, which integrates tablet functions and provides particularly good handwriting recognition.
Read the whole article: Top Tablet PCs
John Hill has just announce this on TabletPCBuzz
Motion Computing and Allegiance Technology are sponsoring educational webinars to teach you about the capabilities of the Motion F5 Field Service Tablet PC.
By participating in this webinar, you are eligible for a $1,000 discount off the list price of a single unit for yourself or your organization.
Our next webinar is May 20th at 2pm EASTERN STANDARD TIME. Just click the link below to sign up, attend the webinar (about 30 minutes followed by a Q&A session) and you are eligible for this limited time discount.
Sign up here: https://motioncomputing.webex.com/motioncomputing/j.php?ED=102298632&RG=1
Pete at ActiveWords support spotted one of my postings about this conflict and wrote to me to suggest turning off the ActiveWords Buffer. Did you catch that? This was a proactive support response. I was going to wait for a response from the Inker developers before troubling the folks at ActiveWords. They were onto this before I asked.
Pete wrote:To turn off the ActiveWord buffer -
From the ActiveWords MonitorBar Menu, select "Options...".
- Select the tab "Operating Mode".
- Press the "Advanced..." button.
- Check "Disable ActiveWord buffer".
- Close the "Options" dialog.
NOTE: When working with the ActiveWords Buffer turned off, you may need to pause your typing when executing a "Text Substitution" ActiveWord to avoid character overlapping.
In some limited testing this morning, this seems to be working.
Thanks to Pete at ActiveWords.
I should mention that the Tablet Input Panel (TIP) works fine with ActiveWords running (without the modification) I was going to wait to see what the people at Inker were going to do about this in their next build. See: Inker Users Discussion.
Inker seems not to work when ActiveWords is running. Specifcally, text that is recognized in the Inker window does not get inserted properly in the target application. This would be a very tough call for me if I had to choose between one or the other. As soon as my account in the Inker discussion group is approved, I will post about the incompatibility there.
I have been using a Toshiba M700 and for the most part, enjoying having both the Active Digitizer and the Touch Screen. I was having trouble though when using MindManager. This is not a flaw with either the software or the machine. I think the issues was the way I use MindManager. I write all over the screen as as I was brushing the screen as I moved around, I was wreaking havoc. Basically I was dragging topics from one place to another, or causing the screen to zoom in and out. This was particularly embarrassing when doing live presentations.
Dan (dant as he is known at GottaBeMobile and TabletPCBuzz) has written a System Tray applet that allows you to toggle the Touch Screen on and off by double clicking on the icon. This is so much more convenient than the alternative - going in through Control Panel.
Dan says that this should work wtih any Tablet PC that has Touch Screen capabilities, and that is running Windows Vista.
Read more about Touch Control and get it at
Inker - from ATOZED software
This looks very interesting. It is still in beta with plenty of issues being discussed on their Inker-Users discussion on Yahoo Groups.
Here is an excerpt from the website. It certainly bears watching.
What is Inker?
Inker is a replacement for the Windows pen input system. Inker is more efficient to use and more customizable than TIP.
Inker includes all of the functionality of TIP and more, however Inker and TIP can run side by side. Installing and using Inker does not disable or remove TIP, however we suggest you turn off the automatic pop up features of TIP.
Inker uses the same writing recognition engine as TIP does, however Inker focuses on reducing pen clicks for input and corrections through a streamlined user interface. Inker is written in C# and WPF.
Wacom has released new drivers for Vista. These address some stability and compatibility issues.
Read about Wacom technology on Tablet PCs and get Drivers