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Teach Your PC Natural Gestures with High Sign

You've got a lot of processing power under the hood of your computer going to waste. Let's be honest; even if you double the speed of your CPU, Word ain't going to run one iota faster -- at least not that you'll ever notice. Instead, divert all that raw horsepower to making your computer easier to use, such as with High Sign's gestures.

Gestures are as old as the Apple Newton MessagePad. The basic idea: Instead of tapping out commands in buttons and menus, just use gestures like swirls, slashes, and swipes that represent actions you want to take. There have been a number of attempts to bring gestures to Windows, but High Signs is already among the most polished, even in its early beta. (It's also free.)

Installation requires Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5, which, if you don't already have it, will give you some time to settle in with a good book. After it's installed, though, High Signs is easy to use -- just click and hold the right mouse button, then draw a gesture on the screen with your mouse. A right to left swipe, for instance, tells your browser to go back to the previous page. A slash from the upper right to lower left minimizes the active window. High Signs comes with a slew of built in gestures, and you can easily train your PC to recognize new ones.

If you have a Tablet PC, High Signs will finally make your investment feel like it might have been worth the money. But even on a mouse-bound desktop computer, the speed and efficiency that comes from gestures is impressive. I know -- I've used High Signs on both. Bottom line: Color me gestured.

[Via CyberNet]

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