Wacom is introducing a new language to support digitization of handwriting, notetaking and drawing. Its WILL, Wacom Ink Layer Language, will become a new standard that will allow users to work across OS, hardware platforms and cloud services to create a seamless digital inking experience across every mobile device and ecosystem, according to Wacom.
Wacom has been a leading supplier of pen tablets and interactive pen displays. Wacom has contributed to the evolution of creative: digital expressions, digital imaging, industrial design, games and movies. Creative professionals across the world are exploring and pioneering new horizons in digital expression. Wacom's pen technology also enables smartphones and tablets to offer unique pen features for ideation and note-taking in a mobile environment
WILL guarantees cross compatibility of ink data that enables users to freely communicate and collaborate across hardware, ecosystems, as well as the cloud. WILL will bring digital inking to people as the most powerful tool of personal creativity and expression.
WILL is delivered by Wacom to partners as a Software Developer's Kit (SDK) to integrate into their hardware or software, ecosystem or enterprise infrastructure – enabling everyone to speak the same universal inking language. WILL will also come with an ink engine with a variety of graphical tools and features that will run consistently on most existing platforms. Its innovative ink data format is an abstract language that describes strokes independent from any particular input technology. WILL contains a set of development Application Programming Interfaces (API), to make use of hardware features. This, in particular, is one of the strengths that Wacom has developed over 20 years in pen input technology.
WILL: Open for Partnership
Being a high level referential framework - a computer language - WILL is open to different input technologies including finger touch, various Wacom pens, as well as third-party pen technologies. Upcoming Wacom technologies will also include WILL support as an integral part of their feature set.
Wacom has a long history of collaboration with a broad range of industry partners to deliver best in class solutions for business users and consumers alike.
Wacom invites hardware manufacturers, software and service providers, as well as system solution providers; to join the initiative and help their users benefit within the broad range of applications that they provide.
In addition to individual note taking, idea sharing and group collaboration; WILL could be used to create an unlimited canvas space for global brainstorming, collaboration and project management.
As WILL will allow the integrating of metadata, one could also include a security certificate in a solution as well as enhanced ink-based workflow solutions on mobile platforms. Consumers will be able to share and memo on their travel diary, sign POs, integrate pictures and also show their location in mapping applications and services.
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