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Windows 7 Compatible Tablet/Touch Applications

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hi W7 tablet folks

i would like to know if MS has the equivalent, ofiicial packages for Windows 7 against the following packs for XP Tablet, as it seems my favourite tablet applications, such as Ink Desktop, Snipping Tool and Ink Art, are missing in Windows 7 Ultimate.

Microsoft Experience Pack for Tablet PC
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/tabletpc/experiencepack/default.mspx
http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=13797

Education Pack for Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/tabletpc/educationpack/default.mspx
http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=1153

i DO know Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7, though in my understanding the included applications are mainly for fun and demonstration rather than daily usage. i have installed them, but they are rarely used.

additionally, i am more than happy to know if there are well-recognised third-party alternatives for free. :) of course, Windows 7 compatible is a must.

thanks heaps,
bbao
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by:ednetman
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The snipping tool is included as part of Windows 7, so no worries there.

I would start by downloading this:

Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7
http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=17368

Most of the other apps have been updated for Vista and should have no problems running on your tablet:
Microsoft Experience Pack for Windows Vista
http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=7529

Microsoft Ink Desktop for Windows Vista
http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=6023

Let me know if there any ither apps you are looking for.

~Ed
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thanks for your feedback Ed.

unfortunately, MS Ink Desktop is not comptiable with my version of W7 (see the link below), and the Experience Pack does not include the applications that i need. :(

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/compatibility/windows-7/en-us/Search.aspx?l=en-us&type=Software&s=ink
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I was hoping you could run in compatibility mode.  For a replacement you could use Microsoft OneNote or EverNote.  Both allow input from a stylus and do handwriting recognition.

Also, there is Windows Journal which is built in to Windows 7, and allows for the handwritten notes to be indexed and search-able from the Windows 7 search bar.  It is a very basic tool, but may fit your needs.

For Ink Art, I believe that MS Paint was upgraded to allow for touch input an became the official replacement.
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Did the options I gave work for you?

Are there other apps you need as well?
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i do have OneNote installed as a component of Office 2010 x64, and it can be a replacement of Windows Journal.

i don't think MS Paint can be an upgrade to replace Ink Art as they are totally different in final effect. i am still looking for something allowing me to scratch like *real*.

as per my experience, Ink Desktop and Snipping Tool can be *half* replaced by the built-in Sticky Notes and Snipping Tool of Windows 7, thought, to be honest, not that perfectly.

another tablet application is still outstanding: Pool for Tablet PC, a part of PowerToys for XP Tablet. any thoughts on that?

Microsoft PowerToys for Windows XP Tablet PC Edition
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/powertoys/tabletpc.mspx
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I did a little looking around, and these programs may work for you.

-Art Tools -
Autodesk SketchBook Pro Paint
http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/pc/index?id=6848332&siteID=123112

Artweaver
http://www.artweaver.de/

ArtRage Studio / Studio Pro
http://www.artrage.com
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Snipping Tool - This is basically the same tool that was in the Windows XP Experience Pack.  It was updated a little for Vista and then Windows 7, but it hasn't really changed.

You can always try Snagit for a more feature loaded screen capture program.
www.techsmith.com/Snagit 
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-Ink Desktop-
There is a discussion about alternate programs for Ink Desktop and even a few workarounds to make them work on Windows 7 in this forum.
http://forum.tabletpcreview.com/software/27951-ink-desktop-windows-7-a.html

Here is how to make it work:
http://tabletgeek64.co.cc/2008/12/how-to-make-ink-desktop-work-on-vista.html

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Pool for Tablet PC - I wasn't able to find an updated version, but maybe tablet geek can help you make it run.
If not, then try one of these.
http://www.download-free-games.com/download/cat/pool/
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How did these apps work for you?  Any update?
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How did these apps work for you?  Any update?
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There has been sucess with getting Surface Apps to run on Windows 7 and Windows 8 touchscreens.

Here is a surface paint app: http://apps.after-mouse.com/fiche-produit/paint-touch.html

Another Paint App: Corel Paint-it! touch
http://www.corel.com/servlet/Satellite/us/en/Product/1254516039425#tabview=tab1

Here are a few other Windows 7 specific apps, including eCards, Presentaions, and even Pong!
http://apps.after-mouse.com/windows-7.html

http://blog.laptopmag.com/8-touch-apps-for-windows-7

http://www.techradar.com/news/software/applications/12-best-touchscreen-apps-for-windows-7-650185
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I recomend that I be awarded the points with a grade of "A" since I was able to find alternatives for all applications listed, show websites where workarounds were available to make the older applications work, and I even gave links to Surface apps that have been known to work under Windows 7 on a tablet.
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to be honest, except those in Microsoft Touch Pack, i didn't use any applications recommended above as they were not equivalent replacements, and not for free too.

i found the following free MS application can be a replacement for both Ink Desktop and Snipping Tool. it works well on my Windows 7.

InkSeine from Microsoft Research
research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/redmond/projects/inkseine/

i am still looking for a free alternative to replace Ink Art.

i do appreciate ednetman's comments and would like to award all points to him, though i prefer accepting my own solution as the answer.

regards,
bbao
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found another alternative myself.
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