Think Ink contest winners announced


From Robert Williams of Microsoft:

Today Microsoft announced that New Zealand-based Ambient Design Ltd, creator of ArtRage, is the $100,000 grand prize winner of the Microsoft® Tablet PC "Does Your Application Think in Ink?" contest, which attracted 260 submissions from around the world. The intent of the contest was to challenge developers to utilize the Tablet PC Software Developer Kit (SDK) 1.7 to create new applications or ink-enable existing Windows XP-based applications.

ArtRage is realistic paint simulation designed to take advantage of the unique interaction of pen and Tablet PC. It uses the screen of the Tablet to create a virtual canvas on to which users can paint original works or ‘trace’ existing images using oils, pencils, pens, and other real world media.

The first runner up is Agilix GoBinder™, from Agilix Labs, Inc. With Agilix GoBinder, students can take and share notes, organize classes, manage schedules and assignments, and search for any word in their GoBinder – putting everything students need to succeed into a single system.

Read on for the complete list of winners.

In alphabetical order, the remaining ten finalists included (order does not reflect judging scores):

  • Active Ink Forms Designer from Active Ink Software
  • eDrawings from Solidworks
  • EMS Field Bridge from Image Trend, Inc.
  • MathJournal from xThink, Inc.
  • OrangeGuava Desktop from OrangeGuava
  • PDFAnnotator from GRAHL Software Design
  • Pink from XAND
  • SignDoc from SOFTPRO (Software Professional GmbH & Co. KG)
  • TalkWrite from Revelation Computing Pty Limited
  • VisualClip 1.0 for Windows XP Tablet PC Edition from

Initial screening of contest applicants was performed by Tablet PC Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs), customers who are recognized, credible, and accessible individuals with Tablet PC expertise and who carry with them the voice, strength, and value of the Microsoft customer. Independent judges from Ziff Davis Media and the Enderle Group selected the winners based on a number of criteria including usability, innovation and creative use of pen-and-ink functionality.

Microsoft’s press release announcing the contest winners was issued at 6am Pacific Daylight Time on Wednesday, December 1st. It can be viewed on Microsoft PressPass at

An article with details about the competition and links to the winning applications will be featured on the online version of PC Magazine at at 8am Pacific Daylight Time, also on Wednesday morning.

Mobile PC applications, including those tuned for Tablet PCs, are experiencing a great deal of growth as mobile customers seek new ways to access data anywhere and at anytime. The Tablet PC’s superset strategy provides developers with a familiar platform and SDK suited to easily enable pen-and-ink functionality into new and exciting Windows XP-based applications. We look forward to continuing to support the developer community in their innovation for the Tablet PC.

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