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Tablet Device Input: Ink

Even though Apple hasn't provided a tablet Mac yet, it has done the preliminary work in creating a handwriting recognition system that you can use with popular graphics tablets: Ink. Built on Apple's Recognition Engine (originally the Newton Recognition Engine), Ink requires no special “graffiti” alphabet—although people with messy handwriting might require practice to understand how Ink interprets characters.

Setting Up Ink

When a recognized graphics tablet is plugged into one of your computer's USB ports, an icon called Ink shows up under the Hardware section of System Preferences. The Ink preferences pane, shown in Figure 5.18, gives you the option to turn on or off handwriting recognition and to change several settings.


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