Windows Ink

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Windows Ink Workspace
A component of Microsoft Windows
Windows Ink Workspace icon.png
Details
Type Pen computing tools
Included with Windows 10 Anniversary Update and newer

Windows Ink is a software suite in Windows 10 that contains applications and features oriented towards pen computing,[1] and was introduced in Windows 10 Anniversary Update.

The suite includes Sticky Notes, Sketchpad, and Screen sketch applications. On a Tablet PC that supports pen input, the Windows Ink Workspace icon in the taskbar is enabled by default, otherwise, it can be enabled manually by the user.

Applications

The Windows Ink Workspace menu contains links to (from top to bottom):

  1. Sticky Notes
  2. Sketchpad
  3. Screen sketch
  4. Recently used (applications)
  5. Suggested (applications available on Windows Store)

Sketchpad

Described as being "a simple blank canvas where you can quickly and easily draw an idea, doodle, create, and solve problems", it is a place where the user can sketch out whatever comes to their mind without launching a full blown drawing program such as SketchBook or Clip Studio Paint. It includes a small subset of features from full-blown drawing programs, such as a digital ruler, and pen options. When it is first run, it loads an image of an unfinished landscape.

Screen sketch

When the user opens the Windows Ink Workspace menu, a screenshot is taken of the screen and shown as the preview for the "Screen sketch" item in the menu. When the user taps it, they can draw over that screenshot using the same controls from the aforementioned Sketchpad. This feature is similar to the "Screen write" feature of Samsung Galaxy Note devices.

References

  1. ^ Miller, Li-Chen (22 April 2016). "A closer look at Windows Ink". Windows Experience Blog. Microsoft. Retrieved 14 November 2016. 

External References

  • Annotated Bibliography of References to Gestures, Touchscreens, and Tablets (cites references to other electronic-ink annotation and editing systems)
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