|12 Feb 2009||#1|
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Enabling Multi-Touch in the Windows 7 Beta
Now that the Windows 7 Beta has been out for a while, I’d like to highlight how folks can try out Windows Touch, Windows 7’s new multi-touch capabilities.
In order to take advantage of it, you are going to need a PC that supports multiple touch points. Today – there are a few PCs on the market to choose from:
To make sure multi-touch is working try our new Paint. The latest version of Paint has some cool new brushes that are designed for multi-touch, click on the Brushes gallery and pick any one (I like the Oil Brush). Now try finger painting – this is also the easy way to see how many fingers your PC supports at the same time, some support two at a time, others support 4 or more.
Once you are done “painting” - try out Internet Explorer 8. The big touch feature here is panning; you can place your finger anywhere on a page and drag up or down to scroll the page – that’s a lot easier than trying to touch the scrollbar. You can also go back and forward between pages with your finger using Flicks: try flicking to your right (as if you were going back in a book) to go back.
You can also use touch to navigate along the taskbar. The new Jump Lists on the taskbar are touch optimized, instead of right-clicking on one of the icons on the taskbar, trying dragging up on it with your finger to literally pull the menu up.
Windows Media Center is also touch optimized. Ben Reed, Senior Product Manager for Windows Media Center, demoed this for Channel 10.
One last tip: To make buttons and controls bigger and easier to touch, you can tell Windows to display everything larger – this has really improved in Windows 7. Go to the Start menu and type display, and then open the Display Control Panel (which should be at the top of the Start menu). Choose the Medium (that’s what I use) or Larger size and you will find that everything is easier to target with your finger.
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|14 Feb 2009||#2|
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AMAZING! Now, If I can just hold off my upgarde from CRT monitor to a touchscreen capable LCD! Thank god I didn't upgrade!
BTW, I think it'll be quite a pain for desktop users. I have read this article:
This was one of the concluding toughts of the reviewer:
"Having used the Eee Top, I can tell you that it is not very comfortable to use it. Using the touchscreen is painful, as strains your arm."
and looking at the conclusion, it made me consider the -ve effects it would have on our health.
Awaiting your views!
Thanks for your time!
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