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PhatWare PenCommander 2.0 supports Vista and adds more functionality

PenCommander 2.0 has been launched around the Vista release and includes support for Windows Vista, which is timely since I plan to put Vista on my Q1 this weekend. PenCommander 2.0 also includes an updated scripting engine to allow for new user-level functions and improved performance, new customizable user interface for Visual PenCommander, new PenCommander skins, ability to select a handwriting recognition engine (important if multiple languages are used), and the ability to make the input panel semi-transparent so you can work on applications with PenCommander sitting on the desktop. IMHO, a gesture/shorthand command application like this is essential for UMPC and Tablet PC users as it improves productivity and makes using the pen a much more enjoyable experience.
Written by Matthew Miller, Contributing Writer on

I have been using PenCommander 1.5, from PhatWare, on my Samsung Q1 UMPC for the last month or so to launch applications, quickly go to my favorite websites, and insert common text (like my signature). I have used ActiveWords in the past, but am also really like PenCommander 1.5 and plan to most a detailed review of PenCommander in the next couple of weeks.

Megan sent me an email yesterday announcing the launch of PenCommander 2.0 that includes support for Windows Vista, which is timely since I plan to put Vista on my Q1 this weekend. PenCommander 2.0 also includes an updated scripting engine to allow for new user-level functions and improved performance, new customizable user interface for Visual PenCommander, new PenCommander skins, ability to select a handwriting recognition engine (important if multiple languages are used), and the ability to make the input panel semi-transparent so you can work on applications with PenCommander sitting on the desktop. IMHO, a gesture/shorthand command application like this is essential for UMPC and Tablet PC users as it improves productivity and makes using the pen a much more enjoyable experience.

I also just saw on their website that they have a special deal of US$10 off so you can pick up PenCommander 2.0 for only US$19.95. If you are a current owner of PenCommander then you can upgrade to PenCommander 2.0 for free and while it is compatible with Vista it also works with Windows XP. Version 1.0 owners need to send an email to support-2@phatware.com to get their free upgrade code since the registration coding system has been updated.

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