Call for testers

As previously announced, I’m working on an All-in-one Windows 7 DVD.
As work is going well, I wanted to start calling for some testers. I’m near a first beta, so the RC will come also very soon.

I don’t know yet how many people will be able to try this before the official release, but I’m calling for some help already.

If you’re interested and available, please post a comment with:
– your name
– your mail (private, I’m the only one to see it)
– your current OS : win7 or other ? do you plan on testing a free install or updating your current system (if you already have win7) ?
– your configuration (be as precise as possible: CPU, HDD, RAM, Graphic Card, Screen resolution, … )
– your multitouch hardware: setup, capabilities, screen size


I will get back to all the lucky choosen one as soon as the RC is ready.
Thank for your help!

Some announcements

Sorry for the fans, I wans’t very active on my blog for quite a long time now (at least for the non-VIPs) but it won’t last…
I’m heading for the end of my big exams and I will be completly free on July 10th.

So I won’t post many things until this date, of course any new VIP user will recieve a code for the VIP section and support on my blog and on the forums are still very active.

BUT after that, here I come again !!!
I will publish some things from the VIP section for the public (that’s not a good reason to stop the donations guys, new stuff will come along…) and I’ll probably make some announcements about the next release of CCV in July (I’m now working closer with Christian Moore). Maybe even some pre-release like I did for the 1.3 version, can’t be sure at this point…
And of course, my Win7 DVD is still on the tracks and I hope to release a RC in July… This DVD will include the latest CCV with the Windows 7 Driver as Service, the M$ touchpack, and many others applications I have gathered… There will be probably two versions, one with all the developper stuff needed, one with only the basic tools to get started… Of course, it wil be compatible with any version of Windows 7. You will have two options (I hope to manage that) : fresh install or updating your current win7 installation with my release.

I hope you are as excited as I am about this one because it will be a huge step for beginners and for those who want to switch for a new computer without reinstalling everything…



Here is a quick post because I don’t have time to do more, but I didn’t want all my beloved readers to be helpless without any news from me…

I don’t have time right now because of exams but I wanted to tell you what was planned for the summer…

Here are some surprises I will unveile this summer :
– CCV 1.3 mod with dual TUIO port broadcasting and all-in-on com mode (dual tuio + flash, dual tuio + flash +binary).
– CCV 1.3 with broadcasting features from previous mod, and fiducials capabilities.
– Windows 7 Driver with changed input port to get TUIO apps working while using the driver. This combined with the CCV 1.3 Fiducials let us use the driver with fiducials at the same time.
– Windows 7 Service Driver fixed (for me it doesn’t run automaticly on start up without the fix) : automatic launch will be available, no need for anything to launch after driver and service install are complete.

I hope you can wait until this summer… 😉

If you want to support my work, fell free to donate with the Paypal tool at the right of the screen, everything will go for MT developments.

Have a nice day !

Touch Pack officially released

(did you noticed I start all my post by “hi” ?)

Anyway, here is a quite good news for all of us : Microsoft has released offcially its Touch Pack for Windows 7, this means two things :
– now you can fully play with it, install it, reinstall it, put videos of it on the internet and so on.
– you don’t need to ask me for any tips on how to find it !!!

Here is the official link for it on Microsoft website :

and here is a copy of the installer “someone” hosts (shhhh don’t tell anyone…) if you don’t want to install this annoying Genuine Verification Tool from M$ website :

Be sure to remove all previous version of the TouchPack, of Virtual Earth 3D and of the XNA 3.0 framework (all can be done from the control panel on Windows 7).

Enjoy !!!

Surface Applications installation guide

Now that you have the Surface SDK installed, we can install some nice apps in the launcher. Once again this is for a x64 computer as x32 users don’t have any trouble to install those applications.
First you have to download the surface applications you want from the surface site.

1°) Extract the content of the package. Then as you did before in order to install the SDK, open the extracted msi file in Orca.

2°) Select LaunchCondition from the left pane. In the right pane, select the row labeled Installed OR NOT VersionNT64, right-click, and select Drop Row. This will remove the check for a 64-bit OS. If you can’t find LaunchCondition in the right pane then just ignore this step.

3°) Install the msi. (PS : some apps require that you install other softwares first, please install all exe/msi contained in any apps folder before installing the app msi)(PSS : the concierege installation won’t work for the moment if you enable remote acces to the database).

4°) Now we have to patch them to run it as an x32 applications.
As you did before for the SDK installation, launch an elevatd Visual Studio 2008 command prompt.
Change to the directory of the application you’ve just installed. If you just installed the Photo application, this path would be “C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Surface\\Photos”…
Then type in :

for %i in (*.exe) do corflags %i /32bit+ /force 

5°) You’re done. After each installation, a new icon should show up in the Surface Shell.


Surface SDK installation guide

I won’t release a x32 how to because the Surface SDK SP1 is Win7 friendly so you have just to install it and then install the samples or other applications to get it running (see my post on customsurface input to know how to do that).

But if you are running x64, you may have to technical difficulties to get it working.
Here are some tools, msi, and tips to get it working.

First, you have to get some softwares. You’re going to need Visual Studio 2008 and the Windows 7 SDK to get this patch working. You’re also going to need patched msi to get the SDK and the applications installed. Unfortunatly, I can’t distribute all the msi patched for two resons : in one hand, it would be against the EULA, in the other hand, it would represent a file over 1.5Go and you would become crazy downloading it.
So here we go :
Please install Visual Studio 2008 with full installation and the Windows 7 SDK.

1°) Create a folder called “surface” in c:\\ . Copy the Surface SDK exe installer in this folder. Rename it to “Microsoft Surface SDK 1.0 SP1, Workstation Edition.exe” if it isn’t so.
Go back in c:\\, right click on the “surface” folder while holding shift. Click on “launch a command window here”. Now type/paste this

"Microsoft Surface SDK 1.0 SP1, Workstation Edition.exe" /extract c:\\surface  

And hit enter.

2°) Launch an elevated command prompt, navigate to the previous folder by typing “cd c:\\surface”. Now type/paste this

msiexec /a SurfaceSDKWE.msi /qb TARGETDIR=c:\\surface 

and hit enter.

3°) Now we are going to patch the msi in order to be able to install the SDK on a non Vista x32 computer. Now that you have the Win7 SDK installed, you have somewhere in your pc a mis called “Orca”. Search it and run it. You should get Orca installed. Then type in the start menu search box “orca” and launch it.
Now open the SurfaceSDKWE.msi from the c:\\surface\\ folder. Select LaunchCondition from the left pane. In the right pane, select the row labeled Installed OR NOT VersionNT64, right-click, and select Drop Row. This will remove the check for a 64-bit OS.
Save the MSI using the standard File –> Save menu option.

4°) Go in the start menu, then launch an elevated Vistual Studio command prompt (shortcut located in the Visual Studio 2008/Tools folder. Change to the c:\\surface\\Microsoft Surface\\v1.0 directory and then type in :

corflags setupcustomaction.exe /32bit+ /force 

5°) Install the SDK with the SurfaceSDKWE.msi in the c:\\surface\\ directory.

6°) Go in the start menu, then launch an elevated Vistual Studio command prompt (shortcut located in the Visual Studio 2008/Tools folder.
Change to the “C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft SDKs\\Surface\\v1.0\\Tools\\Simulator” and run the following command :

corflags SurfaceSimulator.exe /32bit+ /force 

Now change to the “C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Surface\\v1.0” and run the following command :

for %i in (*.exe) do corflags %i /32bit+ /force 


Surface SDK and Applications download

Here is a big news : MS Surface SDK is available for download for everyone at this adress :


You can find a lot of informations here :


Here are the direct links :





Game pack

Financial Services

Mobile Connect Demo

I didn’t try those yet but I’ll post some explainations and feedbacks as soon as possible (but I’m so excited it won’t take long)…

Surface SDK and so on… {UPDATE CUSTOMSURFACINPUT 06/09/2009 08:08}

Here are some news regarding the Surface SDK and its implementation under Windows 7.
I want to thank first Daniel D. because it would not be possible to play with the SDK today without him…

So lets get started.

Fisrt, you need a copy of the Surface SDK (Workstation Edition SP1, or the one from the Surface table if you have one… ^^). You can find the Surface SDK Workstation Edition SP1 on Microsoft Partners website or on Microsoft Academic Alliance program if you have access to it. You also need Vistual Studio, the XNA Framework, Windows 7 with the HID Driver, and a multitouch hardware.

Install all that stuff and the SDK.
Then download this amazing piece of coding from Daniel :

Extract the content of the archive and launch the .reg file from the archive, and allow the keys to be included in your registry.

To install sample apps in the Surface Shell, you need to go in the Start Menu, Microsoft Surface, Samples… an explorer window opens, then extract the content of the Sample Apps zip in this same window.
Launch Install.bat in admin mode. Type Enter and wait,… type enter to quit when it is done.

So now some sample apps are installed (I’ll do a tuto on how to install other applications when I’m done trying it), we juste need to run Surface.
Have your multitouch hardware ready, with ccv and the HID Driver running…
From the CustomSurfaceInput archive extracted somewhere at the beginning, launch CustomSurfaceInput;exe (a hand tray icon should appear).
Now go to %Program Files%\\Microsoft Surface\\1.0\\ and launch SurfaceShell.exe
You should have Surface “booting”
Voilà, it should work…

If you want to run Surface in full screen, you need to set your resolution to 1024*768…