Posts Tagged ‘microsoft office labs’


Can’t XPerience a canvas


Microsoft Office Labs have launched an exciting new addition to One Note – Canvas for One Note.  This is the same idea as pptPlex for PowerPoint and instead off slides it amalgamates One Note notebook pages into a single canvas.  You can then zoom in and out and edit pages on a desktop like layout.

I was keen to give it a try, but unfortunately it currently only installs on Vista or a newer Windows operating system.  pptPlex will run on Windows XP so this was a bit of a surprise to me when I tried installing it (though in fairness the download page does list Vista as a pre-requisite).  Surely if pptPlex can run on XP OneNote can too….

According to a discussion thread on the Office Labs site there’s an idea that this limitation is actually down to the installer rather than the software so here’s to hoping that Office Labs do themselves a favour and widen their test base by offering an XP compatible installer.


Sticky Note Sorting


Ever sorted sticky notes (affinity diagramming) on a wall and then had to copy it all down?  Well perhaps StickySorter from Microsoft Offics Labs might be just the thing you need.  Combine it with an electronic whiteboard like MIMIO or a projector and a gyroscopic/wireless keyboard & mouse and you can really get to work.  With Microsoft Surface on the horizon it could be even more natural and just ever so slightly Minority Report … but not everything’s perfect.


PowerPoint – Mastering the canvas


Every presentation these days involves Microsoft PowerPoint.  After a while no matter how much multimedia you add to it, your presentation can still look a bit dull and boring.  In order to make your next presentation a bit different why not try pptPlex – a PowerPoint plugin that rebuilds a set of slides into a single ‘zoomable canvas’.

I saw this used by James Senior of Microsoft at the Misco Expo in October 2008 on a presentation about SBS, EBS and MS Server 2008.  It worked really well and added a new dimension to the way in which the presentation was delivered.  It also allowed him to skip around and to show areas that were collections of slide that fit together like a jigsaw but could then be zoomed in.