Tablet

See Network and Computer Setup.

Open Dental works very well on Windows Tablet PCs. The tablet must run a full version of Windows (not Windows 8 RT), and the screen must have a resolution of at least 1024x768 (1280x768 in version 17.1 and greater) in accordance with our basic Computer Requirements. Interaction will generally be with a stylus, and sometimes with an optional keyboard. See the Wireless section for ideas regarding security.

Tablet PCs can be useful, but because of small size, heat generation, security, charging requirements, replacement cost and other factors, you should try one before buying many. Also consider that although they have become such an integral part of our lives, they may or may not be more effective than stationary devices with larger monitors. Some offices have reported success with laptops mounted to walls, or traditional computers and large flat screens with wireless keyboards and pointing devices.

We have not had any reports of any tablets working better or worse than any other. In general we recommend trying one before buying others. If you would like to share your experience with a particular tablet, please let us know and we will publish it here.

Kiosk

Before using a Tablet PC as a Kiosk device, consider the following issues.

Alternatives: Use notebooks with digital pen/signing capabilities. If you decide to use a Tablet, purchase a suitable keyboard accessory to make typing easier.

iPad and Android

These are consumer grade tablets designed for casual use. Open Dental does not run on these devices. Because they do not have good stylus support, they are not useful for signature capture. Because they do not run Windows apps, apps for these devices must either be web-based or rewritten for each kind of device.

Mobile app

Our Mobile Web Feature feature will run on iPad and Android devices because it's web-based, although the proportions will look odd on such a large screen.

Remote Software

There are software products available for remote connection to one of your office computers over an iPad or Android. The Remote Access page covers some of these products, but there are others.