Posts Tagged ‘tablet pc’

Things I Hate About Windows XP Tablet PC

Monday, June 18th, 2007
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For whatever reason, Microsoft didn’t build this option into Windows XP Tablet PC, but the Hold Tool for Tablet PC wont give you an alt click for certain form and window elements, such as scrollbars, buttons, check boxes, radio buttons and so on. Of course this tool doesn’t work in Firefox, perhaps to it using a seperate UI?

Hold Tool Powertoy

Also the Ink Desktop takes ages to load up, and usually ends up with the Eolas bug (where outlined hashmarks appear ont he edges of an item when you hover over it). I believe if you check the option to “allow active content to run in files on My Computer” in IE’s settings this will fix the problem. And speaking of Ink Desktop, why can’t we save them as a file and scroll through them as list or print them out later?

Ink Desktop Ink Desktop Options

Although Microsoft got ArtRage 1.3 rebranded as Ink Art for inclusion, I still would of like to have had a nice drawing program similar to what the Snipping Tool 2.0 has. Granted I can use Windows Journal, I’d like to have an easy one with no background. Which reminds me the Snipping Tool needs an option to scroll down the window, like a document or a web site. It also would be nice to bring up the Snipping Tool’s editor without having to do another capture. And the Power Paint Tool PowerToy is not a good replacement at all, often I can’t get the UI to respond to my pen, its like once the button has focus it will no longer respond to changes, so you have to pick another and go back.

Windows Journal Windows Journal Options Windows Journal Options Windows Journal Options Ink Art (Art Rage 1.3)

The Tablet PC Input Panel wont let you erase what you are writing (if its in handwriting mode) with the top of your stylus, instead it writes more text.

Tablet PC Input Panel

Firefox Extensions for Tablet PC Users

Sunday, June 17th, 2007
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Here are some handy extensions to make your Tablet PC experience better on Firefox.

  • GeckoTIP – Makes the Tablet PC Input Panel work in Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, also has an option for a left-handed scrollbar
  • MenuX – Minimal Toolbar buttons designed with Tablet PCs and Laptops in mind
  • Grab and Drag – scroll without scrollbars, it works like the hand in Photoshop and Adobe Reader, but it has physics added, allowing the page to scrolll a little bit or a lot based on your pen “flick”, it also has momentum and it slows down instead of stopping abruptly.

The next bunch are Gestures, which will do tasks based on how you move your mouse on your screen. You might give each one a try to see which one you like the best.

Drawing Animator Toy for Tablet PC

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007
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Microsoft has several PowerToys for Windows XP Tablet PC, but this one is probably the worst one. You draw in a ugly picture frame and as soon as you let pick up the pen the line starts to move until it hits a wall and bounces around. I was hoping this was going to be some kind of flipbook or something but it wasn’t.

Free your imagination and enjoy colorful animated images you create. The Drawing Animator Toy for Tablet PC lets you draw your own doodles and animate them, including picture rotation, bounce, and more.

Drawing Animator Toy for Tablet PC Drawing Animator PowerToy

Acer Launch Manager

Wednesday, April 11th, 2007
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I recently restored my Acer TravelMate C200 Tablet PC with the restore disks given to me. However ever since doing so it would no longer rotate the display with the buttons on the bezel (the Fn and Esc buttons on the bezel also did not work). I tried reinstalling several drivers from the System Disk that came with the computer, but nothing seemed to fix it. Out of luck I finally got the Launch Manager v1.10.1e off their drivers web site and installed it and rebooted. That corrected the problem and I noticed the “Change Tablet and Pen Settings” showed up again in my task manager. Not sure why the version on the Restore and System Disks didn’t work. I don’t ever recall Windows Update giving me a newer version.

RTHDCPL.EXE – Illegal System DLL Relocation.

Thursday, April 5th, 2007
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I got this on my Tablet PC (running Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005).

The system DLL user32.dll was relocated in memory. The application will not run properly. The relocation occurred because the DLL C:\WINDOWS\system32\HHCTRL.OCX occupied an address range reserved for Windows system DLLs. The vendor supplying the DLL should be contacted for a new DLL.

rthdcpl

Microsoft has posted a fix for it.

This problem may occur after you install security update 925902 (MS07-017) and security update 928843 (MS07-008). The Hhctrl.ocx file that is included in security update 928843 and the User32.dll file that is included in security update 925902 have conflicting base addresses. This problem occurs if the program loads the Hhctrl.ocx file before it loads the User32.dll file.