ppInk is an on-screen annotation software under Windows, forked from gInk.
ppInk introduces new features compared to gInk, greatly inspired by another screen annotation software Epic Pen, but even more easy to use. ppInk / gInk are made with the idea kept in mind that the interface should be simple and should not distract attention of both the presenter and the audience when used for presentations. Unlike in many other softwares in the same category, you select from pens to draw things instead of changing individual settings of color, transparency and tip width everytime. Each pen is a combination of these attributes and is configurable to your need.
A set of drawing tools are introduced: Hand Writing, Line, Rectangular, Ellipsis, Arrow, Numbering Tag, Text Left/Right aligned
In order to reduce the number of buttons, some buttons have multiple functions, selected my multiple click on those:
Hand / Rectangular / Ellipsis :
unfilled drawing -> filled with pen color -> filled with white -> filled with black
transparent background -> edit tag Number -> white background -> black background
Arrow : Arrow draw at the beginning -> Arrow draw at the end
(*) : head position when tool is first selected can be modified by option
Text left aligned -> Text Right aligned
Move 1 drawing -> Move all drawings.
Magnetic The magnet activates some magnetic effect :
Alt+ shortcut for temporary commands: When this option is activated (yes by default), when Alt is pressed and hold, the tool/pen/mode is temporary selected, left when alt is released eg : with Hand drawing selected, press Alt and keep it down. Press and release R : rectangle is active, as long as Alt is depressed, and Hand will be reengaged when Alt is released This can be reset any combinaisons of Pens and Tools : eg : press Alt, you can engage Filled Blue rectangle, depressing R twice, and 3 (in any order), and return to previous tools/color releasing Alt This can be also used with Erasor
Option Capture at toolbar opening Capture can be engaged as toolbar is opened. This option is set to false by default.
Long left click/Right click on Pens Open the Modify pen dialog box for that pen
Clear Board (Bin icon):
short click : Delete all drawings and apply last selected background Long click : Delete all drawings and select background surface color (white/black/customed color(modifiable through Options)) In options you will be able to select a default mode at opening , and customed color advice : the created rectangle can be deleted using the erasor next to the border of the screen.
mouse wheel : Mouse wheel allows you to modify the pen width
Start ppInk.exe and an icon will appear in the system tray and possible a floating window(*)
(which can be moved using RightClick) to start drawing on screen.
Inking is started :
(*) activation and position saving are available in options.
Click the exit button or press ESC to exit drawing.
Compact and intuitive interface with customizable hotkeys.
Inks rendered on dynamic desktops.
Drawing tools: Hand Writing, Line, Rectangular, Ellipsis, Arrow, Numbering Tag, Text Left/Right aligned
Stylus with eraser, touch screen and mouse compatible.
Click-through mode. (note : once inking is engaged, global shortcut enters and exits this mode)
Multiple displays support.
Pen pressure support.
Magnetic effect when drawing shapes
There is a known issue for multiple displays of unmatched DPI settings (100%, 125%, 150%, etc.). If you use gInk on a computer with multiple displays of unmatched DPI settings, or you encounter problems such as incorrect snapshot position, unable to drag toolbar to locations etc., please do the following as a workaround (in Windows 10 version 1903 as an example): right-click ppInk.exe, Properties, Compatibility, Change high DPI settings, Enable override high DPI scaling behavior scaling performed by: Application. (only after v1.0.9, which will be released soon)
There are a few hidden options you can tweak in config.ini that are not shown in the options window.
gInk/ppInk supports multiple languages now (ppInk introduces a few new sentences where internationalization has not be implemented.). Here is how you can contribute translation. Simply create a duplication of the file “en-us.txt” in “bin/lang” folder, rename it and then translate the strings in the file. Check in ppInk to make sure your translation shows correctly, and then you can make a pull request to merge your translation to the next version of release for others to use.
Weizhi Nai \@ 2019
ppInk https://github.com/pubpub-zz/ppInk Pubpub-ZZ \@ 2020