In a seminar in Nottingham in June this year, Birgit Loch demonstrated her approach to using tablet PC’s and recording classes. It was very interesting to see some alternative approaches, and I can see that both OneNote and PDF Annotator could be very useful.
[Note added October 29 2011: In fact I usually use Bluebeam PDF Revu these days. This has all the advantages of PDF Annotator but, at least in my opinion, produces superior inking when you view the final product.]
In view of the problems I have had (well-recorded in this blog!) importing PDF files into Windows Journal and obtaining reasonable on-screen results, I am now trying out (the trial version of) PDF Annotator. The immediate and big advantage is that you can work with the PDF file produced by pdflatex immediately, without having to first “improve it” using Acrobat (or equivalent) and then exporting to a Windows Journal document (and even then with imperfect results).
PDF Annotator looks to be very user-friendly, and can do most of the things that I would want. There are a few features missing, or that I have not yet found a slick way to do. For example, I don’t think that you can change the default new page/appended page from blank paper to lined/squared paper. However, you can pre-prepare lined /squared paper in a document, and insert/append that instead.
There does not appear to be the equivalent of Journal’s “Add/Remove space” tool, but selecting all the objects to move should be adequate.
I have not yet managed to make “pressure-sensitivity” work for the pen. I am probably doing something wrong, because it is supposed to work!
I don’t think that there is an equivalent of the “chisel” pens that I like to use in Journal. But you can specify exactly your preferred thickness of pen nib, and that is very handy.
I will report further as I find out more! (See comments below)