ppInk is a fork of gInk but with more annotation options including a text tool


Again in December 2019, Martin wrote a couple of good annotation instrument referred to as gInk. PpInk is a fork of gInk and it brings some extra options to shine this system additional.

Word: ppInk is about to make use of French because it’s default language. So, except you like utilizing it as such, you might wish to change it to one of many different choices. Proper-click on the tray icon, and choose “Choices.

ppInk French interface

Use the Language drop-down menu and alter the language, for e.g. English. Click on on the button on the backside of the window to save lots of the adjustments.

ppInk French GUI

PpInk makes use of gInk’s icon. However the distinction between the 2 instruments is immediately noticeable, because the fork provides many new helpful choices within the bar.

These are the choices out there in gInk: Pen, Eraser, Pan, Mouse Pointer, Ink Seen, Snapshot, Undo and Delete (Pen Width is hidden by default).

Not like the unique which depends closely on freehand drawing, ppInk has instruments for rapidly including varied components (consult with the first picture). These embody a hands-free drawing instrument with fill choices, Ellipse and Rectangle instruments. All three of those have shade choices that may be accessed by clicking on their icon a number of instances. The default mode is normal/clean crammed, a second click on toggles color-filled, the third time switches to white-filled, whereas the ultimate click on permits black-filled mode.

PpInk comes with choices so as to add Traces and Arrows, and the latter has an choice to change the path of the arrowhead.

For those who’re marking varied areas on the display screen, you might discover the Numbered Chip to be a worthwhile instrument. Choose it and click on wherever so as to add a chip with the number one in it, subsequent clicks increment the quantity by +1.

ppInk numbered chips

GInk has one flaw (in my view), it does not have a textual content instrument. Freehand drawing is suitable for drawing customized shapes. However attempt scrawling some textual content utilizing the freehand pen. You will most likely be spending extra time undoing the adjustments, and re-drawing it, till you discover it to be acceptable. ppInk addresses this drawback with the inclusion of a textual content instrument.

ppInk text tool

It is a easy but actually necessary characteristic, at the least for me. You may align the textual content proper/left, and likewise edit the contents of the textual content instrument and the numbered chips.

Magnetic Impact is finest defined on this system’s official GitHub web page. However, let me offer you a fast instance. Draw a field utilizing the built-in rectangle form instrument. Disable the “Magnetic Impact” choice. Transfer your mouse cursor subsequent to a facet of the rectangle, however not too shut. Draw one other field from the pointer’s location, discover the hole between the two packing containers?

ppInk Magnetic effect example

Now attempt the identical however with the Magnetic Impact enabled. There can be no hole between the packing containers, i.e. the instrument attaches the 2nd rectangle to the primary one, type of like how two magnets stick collectively after they’re too shut, therefore the identify.

(An instance annotation made with ppInk)

The Choices in this system additionally differs in comparison with the unique. Toggle any instrument that is out there from the Basic tab. Along with the choices out there in gInk, PpInk additionally has choices to start out a screenshot seize when the toolbar is opened. Not like the unique software program, the floating icon (close to the tray), might be moved while you right-click and drag it. It’s possible you’ll select to disable the floating window, save its place from the Choices.

gInk vs ppInk settings

The opposite settings that you would be able to tweak embody choosing the default font sort, dimension, arrowhead’s aperture, magnetic radius.

gInk vs ppInk pens

PpInk has 9 pens enabled by default, and whereas this may occasionally appear to be it has extra choices than gInk (has 5 pens), it isn’t the case. The latter has the identical variety of pens, however solely 5 are pre-enabled. Likewise, the Pen Width instrument isn’t enabled in gInk, however enabled in ppInk, they’re functionally an identical.

gInk vs ppInk hotkeys

The Hotkeys web page in ppInk has extra settings, however that is as a result of it has extra instruments.

GInk is an efficient program, however ppInk makes it extra user-friendly. In case you are horrible at freehand drawing, I feel you may just like the latter over the previous. Current gInk customers can change over to the fork with out lacking out on any options, whereas gaining the benefits of the brand new instruments.

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