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PenCommander 2.1

"PenCommander is a great value, consumes a modest amount of system resources, and is easy to use. That ease of use does not mean a lack of power though. The scripting language is pretty powerful and you can construct some very sophisticated automation. PenCommander is well worth a test drive to see how it can enhance your productivity and make working on your Tablet PC a more satisfying experience. Highly recommended."
From PenCommander review by Marc Orchant


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PhatWare PenCommander for Tablet PC features a new powerful technology which allows you to use your pen to call up commands that can control your computer in almost limitless ways, such as editing documents, inserting often-repeated text into documents, and launching applications. To execute a PenCommand, simply write a PenCommand name on the PenCommander input panel. PenCommander is the best tool for entering repetitive data, accessing frequently used applications and documents, and overall extending your pen-enabled computer's functionality and productivity. PenCommander runs on any Microsoft Tablet PC or compatible computer and includes the Visual PenCommander Integrated Development Environment (IDE) which provides a rich and easy to use user interface to create, edit, and test PenCommander scripts. The PenCommander Script Reference is available online and can be accessed here.

PenCommander interprets instructions from the command's definitions one by one until the end of the definition. The software is shipped with over 50 predefined PenCommands that allow users to launch standard Windows applications, perform standard editing functions, add their signature and the time and date, and more. There is no limit to the amount of commands users can create with PenCommander. In addition to written commands, users can assign PenCommands to up to 50 custom buttons that can be added to the application's skin. PenCommander online documentation includes skin file definition specifications, so users can create their own custom skins in addition to 12 pre-defined skins included with the application.

New features in PenCommander 2.1
  • Supports Microsoft Windows Vista. To ensure full compatibly with Windows Vista PenCommander has passed certification testing and is Certified for Windows Vista
  • Includes improved scripting engine with optimized performance and new user-level functions
  • Includes new PenCommander UI skins
  • Allows to select alternative handwriting recognition engine to recognize PenCommands
  • Allows to assign PenCommands and keyboard shortcuts to single-stroke gestures.
  • Allows to change transparency of the Input Panel window
  • New Visual Studio 2005 like UI for Visual PenCommander

PenCommander Features

  • Execute scripts by simply writing a PenCommand name on the virtual input pad
  • Seamlessly integrated with Tablet PC environment
  • Includes 50+ predefined PenCommands
  • Allows to assign PenCommands and keyboard shortcuts to single-stroke gestures.
  • Includes 12 predefined skins and skin selector dialog
  • Allows creation of user-defined skins
  • Allows viewing, editing and creation of PenCommander scripts via PenCommander Script viewer dialog box
  • Includes Visual PenCommander IDE for advanced script development and testing
  • Includes PenCommander SDK

IDE Features

  • Provides rich and easy to use user interface for creating, editing and testing PenCommander scripts
  • Visual Studio 2005-like user interface
  • Introduces New PenCommand Wizard
  • Allows to open several PenCommander scripts simultaneously
  • Allows color and font formatting customization of the script editor
  • Supports bookmarks in the script editor
  • Includes Online help and PenCommander scripting  language reference
  • Allows to test PenCommands within its integrated environment
  • Provides advanced editing options (find, replace, bookmarks, keyword lookup, context-sensitive online help, etc.)
  • Supports drag and drop

System Requirements

  • Microsoft Tablet PC, UMPC or compatible
  • Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 or Microsoft Windows Vista
  • 20MB of free disk space for full installation, an additional 25MB required for temporary files during installation.
  • 128 MB of memory
  • VGA with 16-bit color minimum resolution

Installing PenCommander

As with any software installation, it is recommended that you close all open applications and backup your data prior to beginning the PenCommander setup process.

  1. Download and copy PenCommander installation program into a temporary directory onto your Desktop PC.
  2. Uninstall any previous version of PenCommander from your computer.
  3. Run the installation program PenCommander.exe on the Desktop PC.
  4. Follow the on-screen installation instructions to install PenCommander.
  5. If you do not have a registration code, enter TRIAL into the Registration Code when the setup application prompts for user information. When you receive the registration code, you will be able to register PenCommander without reinstalling it. See the next section for details.

Uninstalling PenCommander

  1. Choose Settings/Control Panel menu item from the Start menu to run the Control Panel.
  2. Double-click on Add/Remove program icon.
  3. In the Add/Remove Program Properties dialog box, select the PenCommander entry in the Programs list box and press Add/Remove button.
  4. In the InstallShield Wizard dialog box, select the Remove option and click the Next button.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete uninstallation.