Random Thoughts

Tech, words and musings from an Englishman in Seattle

Another reason I love my TabletPC

This might seem obvious to most, but the pen itself and the ability to ink over an image is incredibly useful.

Yesterday, I received a form in a PDF document that I needed to print, fill out, scan and email it back to the person that sent it to me.

With the tablet I just printed it to a tiff, opened up the tiff and filled it out by just writing on the image using the pen and then just emailed back the resulting document.

So simple and no hassle.

Faxes (remember those?) are just as easy as our corporate email system is tied into a fax system: the fax arrives and gets emailed to me. I then ink all over it and fax it back via email.

Magic.

Reason - A Killer TabletPC Application

Reason (be sure to watch the trailer to get a feel for the product) is a phenomenal music composition application that I've been using for quite a few years. The other day I received an email from the developers, PropellerHeads in Sweden, saying that a new upgrade was available.

At that point it hit me, Reason should be an astounding Tablet application, and here's why.

Reason on the TabletPC

Reason mimics in a very graphical sense and rack of equipment. You add items to the rack like sequencers, mixers, synths, samplers, effects units, etc... and hook them together just like you would in the studio - by switching to the back of the panel and connecting them all together using cables. And the cables sway to and fro as you move them.

Reason on the TabletPC

It's all very tactile. All the knobs and switches move; the buttons all work, and it sounds astounding - you typically do everything with the mouse. With the Tablet of course, you do everything with the stylus and it really starts to feel like you're using your hand.

And if that's not enough, here's the kicker. Racks are tall, switch to tablet mode and way more of the screen is covered by the rack.

It's a wonderful thing...

So there you go Robert, another area in which the Tablet could start to make dramatic in-roads.

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