Inking directly into Outlook 2013 - Surface Pro 3 - 'Writing' Email

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  1. sharpuser

    sharpuser Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Was writing an email today using Outlook 2013, and had my Surface Pro Type Cover stowed away. So I inked the whole thing.

    The built-in keyboard widget handled the Subject line, but for the body of the email, inking was direct.
    Check out the handy menus.

    Ink tools are built in.
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    Plenty of pens, colors, highlighters, and an eraser. Ruled lines, which will not appear to the recipient.
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    Highlight as needed. Undo button and palm rejection worked perfectly.
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    Use the inking keyboard widget for the Subject line, or type with that keyboard. Note that ruled lines disappear when moving focus away from the Body of the document.
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    Colors can be used as highlights.
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    How it looks to the recipient. Nice and clean. And personal.
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    Nice! I have used it sometimes in the past. Now I mostly ink in the keyboard like you did to write the subject.
     
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    sharpuser Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Here is how such an inked message looks to an iPhone recipient. Personal touch.

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    Tried it but postmaster@hotmail.com rejected it.

    Postscript
    It was rejected because of a typo in mail address, not because of the ink.
     
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    All Office 2013 programs allow inking.
     
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    I just tried inking in an Outlook calendar appointment but the pen options were all grayed out. Han anyone been able to ink directly in an appointment?
     
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    Doesn't work in Calendar, Franklin Covey used to produce a add-on called "Plan Plus" that allowed true inking throughout Outlook, unfortunately that program hasn't been updated in years.....
     
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    You may still use your keyboard widget, handwriting to do that, as with all other non-inking interfaces.
     
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    But the thing it's that the pen ribbon appears when touching the area with a stylus, it is just greyed out. Why make the ribbon available if you can't use it. Doesn't make sense to me, but maybe I'm just daft.
     
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    I'm still anxiously waiting for the day I'll be able to use Lenovo's inking program, WriteIT, on my SP3. On screen inking in any field that can accept text is what a tablet was designed to do!
     
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    Thanks for the info. Frankly, I never knew what how a tablet is suppose to function as compared to a laptop that has a touch screen. I had just assumed tablets came along to be much easier to transport than laptops. Whatever they're suppose to do, I think the various Surface's do a great job, especially the Surface Pro 3.
     
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    As to replying about Colorado's use of inking in Outlook, I figured out that when you do it in Outlook it actually creates an embedded graphic file. I think it's in a png file format. When you think about, that's about the only way it could work to replace typed text in Outlook. I'm sure it's the same if you add notes with the pen in Word or any program that accepts inking.
     

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