Hoping to spur innovation on its touch-sensitive
HP says the programming guidelines are meant for "experienced, professional developers with WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation) and C# language proficiency," so you'll need to know your stuff before you get coding. You may also want to consider that HP is not following the iPhone/iTunes Store model, and any applications hosted on the TouchSmart Community site will be free to download. HP says that it won't block developers from hosting and charging for applications themselves, which is good news for those who may need a financial incentive to start programming.
Potential TouchSmart developers should also consider the impending (give or take a year) launch of
For current and future TouchSmart users, you have only to be excited by the influx of new TouchSmart applications. HP's own TouchSmart programs are fine (we like the PostIt Note simulator in particular), but limited and HP hasn't added to them.
Following the development guidelines, HP will have two new, third-party programs available for download tomorrow. Proxure will have a touch-based version of its KeepSync program for syncing media files across multiple systems on a network. The other, FreeHand Systems' Solero Music Viewer displays digital sheet music, whose pages you can turn automatically or by hand.