Tracy Hooten, of the Student Tablet PC, recently wrote this detailed post about the power in the simplicity Journal as a tool for note-taking with digital ink. (I had the privilege to work with Tracy last year during our 8-week paperless challenge. Details here.)
Tracy blogs about how she's returned to Microsoft Journal and she offers four reasons why:
1. StabilityTracy's article describes both the beauty of the Tablet PC platform and the power we can find in simplifying our tool set.
Software vendors, especially vendors that understand digital ink and the power of the Tablet PC Platform, would do well to read Tracy's comments and consider them. The rest of us would do well to keep Tracy's four points in mind as we select our preferred tools.
You can read Tracy's post, here.
Update: As a follow-up to Richard Schwartz's comments on embedding Ink application files in Lotus Notes,the Microsoft Journal .JNT files can be attached to a Lotus Notes document and replicated elsewhere. I've found that you can attach a Journal .JNT file to a document or email in Lotus Notes. If you are using R 6.5x or R7, you can then use the Edit-In-Place feature of Lotus Notes to annotate an existing Journal file. Unfortunately, the create object function does not see the Journal .JNT file type so you'll have to first create the .jnt file outside of Lotus Notes and then attach it. I'll have to experiment further to determine if the recognized text in Journal files will be searchable in a Notes database. [Richard, any ideas here?]
Of course, all of this violates Tracy's fourth principle: Simplicity. Still, it's a useful step in the right direction.
Now, if I could only get IBM to add the simplicity of Journal to the Lotus Notes interface - even if it was simply to embed a Journal object - that would be sweet! Perhaps the success of the Lenovo X40 and the new X60 Tablet PC will wake them up to the opportunity to increase the productive Potential of Lotus Notes with digital ink..