Essential Tablet PC Software

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Have you ever wondered what kind of software do I need? This guide is for Tablet PC users looking for some of the essential software needed for everyday use. We have compiled user opinions from our forum to create this essential software list. This list is based on opinions, but we believe these opinions will be helpful to you when you are shopping for what you need.

Topping the list is Microsoft’s OneNote, then Dragon Naturally Speaking, Mindjet’s MindManager, EverNote and Microsoft Office. Everyone knows that Microsoft Office gives you the basics like Word, Excel, Access, Publisher and PowerPoint, which are very useful.

Here are some Benefits and Features of our Top Contenders:


Microsoft Office OneNote 2007 is a digital notebook that provides a flexible way to gather notes and information, powerful search capabilities so users can find what they are looking for quickly, and easy-to-use shared notebooks that help teams work together more effectively.

  • Gather your notes and information in one place.
  • Back up your valuable information.
  • Find information more quickly.
  • Work together more effectively.
  • Avoid duplicate work.
  • Organize your way.
  • Prioritize and manage tasks and your to-do list more efficiently.
  • Make meetings more productive.
  • Get up to speed quickly.
  • Improve productivity away from the office.

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Dragon Naturally Speaking has many versions and users speak highly of them all. The newest member of the Nuance family is Dragon Naturally Speaking Preferred 9. It gives small business users and PC enthusiasts the power to create documents, reports, emails and more just by speaking.

It’s fast, easy and amazingly accurate. Dragon Naturally Speaking is over three times faster than typing. Just use your voice to dictate and edit in Microsoft Word and Excel, Corel WordPerfect and virtually all Windows-based applications. You can even dictate into a handheld device when you’re away from your PC or use a Bluetooth microphone.

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Mindjet MindManager Pro 6 and Basic 6 are pen-enabled for Tablet PCs. The powerful combination of digital ink, MindManager classic productivity benefits and Tablet PC specific features enable you to fuse new ideas with information.

You Can:

  • Quickly capture and organize ideas, meeting notes, and concepts on the fly using sketches, handwritten notes or keypad.
  • Use drag-and-drop branches to quickly structure that information.
  • Easily convert from handwriting to text for publishing and distribution.

Tablet PC Key Features:

  • Pen-based intuitive user interface
  • Rapid ink entry for map and notes
  • Text recognition
  • Big toolbar buttons
  • Environment supporting handwritten notes and sketches

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Microsoft’s OneNote software has some competition with EverNote. EverNote is a free note-taking application for users of all desktops, laptops and Tablets. New features include links to notes, new clipping and drag-and-drop capabilities, spellchecker, multiple databases in separate windows, password protection of entire database and more. With all these new features you can easily capture, store and quickly access typed and handwritten memos, webpage excerpts, emails, phone messages, addresses, passwords, brainstorms, sketches, documents and more.

There are a few versions of EverNote including the basic, which you can download for free, EverNote Plus 1.5 and EverNote 2.0 Beta. EverNote Plus is a full featured note-taking application that includes synchronization, handwriting and shape recognition, advanced note recognition (ANR) and ink-note search. These applications are very similar to OneNote, it is just the users preference on which to use.

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