What is interactivity

Interactive Ink (often abbreviated as iink) is a technology from MyScript to develop UI applications holding digital content.

This technology enables a full digital experience as it can combine ink inputs with other digital contents like images. Many devices already support pen or finger inputs. They capture digital ink as the result of users writing on their surfaces. The pen brings a productive advantage in many situations. But the difficulty to re-use the ink prevents it from delivering its full potential.

With MyScript Interactive Ink, the pen is powerful for writing, while the finger manipulates content and triggers global actions. Besides, users actually interact with the ink: they can update, correct or decorate their ink on the flow. They can also access the semantics at any time.

Key principles

MyScript Interactive Ink interprets the digital ink as soon as the user writes. This process is incremental as MyScript Interactive Ink handles new strokes without user action and refines previous result.

A few writing constraints help the engine deliver a good accuracy. The real time recognition feedback provided to users allow them to adjust recognition results on the flow. This makes it possible to get the content required in productive digital workflows.

MyScript Interactive Ink also provides features that come handy in digital content editors. Gestures allow space management, edition, action and decoration. It is thus easy to get and share right away a formatted content.

Main benefits

  • Editable: With MyScript Interactive Ink, handwriting becomes your very own digital font and ink edition is natural. You can manage space like you would do with typeset content. You enjoy intelligent tools that operate on characters, words or shape primitives. It thus makes ink a digital content that can mix with other contents like text, images, diagrams, etc.

  • Productive: The structure of MyScript Interactive Ink allows its transform it to/from many formats. Productivity tools used in personal and professional lives can reference, annotate and/or integrate it in a document. So, the ink content is consumable by digital applications, as there is no need for the user to export or retype it.

  • Responsive: Various form factors can display MyScript Interactive Ink with different device orientations. A note can be taken on a tablet, displayed on a smart phone, searched on a personal computer, etc. Digital ink cannot easily mix with other contents as it needs resize or scrolling to accommodate different screen sizes. But MyScript Interactive Ink reflows to adapt any geometry.

To sum up

MyScript Interactive Ink lets users switch between different types of contents (either handwritten or typeset) at any time while operating on the same stream of content. It thus makes it as simple as writing on paper, but with all the benefits of editing a digital content. Its main difference with digital ink is that it transforms the input ink to an interpreted ink ready for use in your digital workflow.

MyScript Interactive Ink is thus opening the door to future applications that include multimodal experience. Users could choose the input that makes them the most productive in each situation. For instance, keyboard for long text, voice for on-the-go input or pen for non-linear editing, note-taking, review or graphics.

Implementation

Portability across devices and applications is at the core of MyScript Interactive Ink SDK implementation.

So MyScript Interactive Ink SDK targets both on-device applications on mobile operating systems and web applications. The goal is to propose the same set of interactive features in both areas.

For a complete list of interactive features, let’s go to next section.

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