Microsoft Improves OneNote Inking, Readies Apple Pencil Support
Soon, users of the note-taking app can turn blob-like circles and slightly askew squares into sharp-looking shapes.OneNote will soon allow users to convert their hand-drawn doodles into precise, computer-generated shapes, Microsoft announced. "Ink Shape Recognition is a new mode that will automatically convert your hand-drawn shapes into perfect-looking shapes while inking," wrote Ian Mikutel, a Microsoft OneNote Ink product manager, in an Oct. 20 blog post detailing the new feature. "It recognizes over a dozen shapes including basics like circles, triangles and squares, but also more complex shapes like quadrilaterals, pentagons and hexagons." A new Convert to Shapes button will appear on the Draw tab of the OneNote's main menu. "Once enabled, simply draw shapes with your pen (or press the button to the left of Convert to Shapes to draw with mouse or touch) and watch as your shapes automatically are converted into better-looking versions of themselves," Mikutel instructed. "It's great for everything from basic flowcharts and mind maps to Venn diagrams." Ink Shape Recognition will make its official debut in a November update to the OneNote apps for iPad, iPad Pro and Windows 10. Also in November, the company will release an update enabling iPad Pro and Apple Pencil support.
Announced on Sept. 9, Apple's iPad Pro is the Cupertino, Calif. device maker's long-rumored tablet for the enterprise. Packing a 12.9-inch display with split-screen technology and Apple's third-generation 64-bit A9X mobile processor, the iPad Pro is "the most capable and powerful iPad we've ever created," said Apple CEO Tim Cook.