PHOTOSHOP: Use Microsoft's HID/Ink API for tablets

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The latest Illustrator CC supports MS Ink API. WOO HOO! Great job.

When can we expect to see it for Photoshop CC? Thousands upon thousands of artists are waiting...there are LOTS of ultrabooks and convertibles out there with touch and pen digitizers, but don't support WACOM WinTab. We need DIRECT MS HID / INK api support so that we get full pressure sensitivity within Photoshop!

Please add the same support to Photoshop that you added to Illustrator! Thanks!
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Posted 4 years ago

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Chris Cox

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We have been working with Microsoft for quite some time to resolve the defects and omissions in their tablet APIs.
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Thanks for the quick reply!

Interesting. The development teams for Corel X3, Art Rage, Manga Studio, Sketchbook Pro, and, ahem, Illustrator, seem to have been able to work around these "omissions" and "defects" with no problems, and now support both MS Ink and WinTab side-by-side.

Photoshop is iarguably more popular user-wise than all of those packages put together, yet doesn't support this basic feature.

The MS HID API's were never designed to be a 1:1 match to WinTab. They were designed to be an improvement, and were designed with 15+ years of experience based on applications that had to code to WinTab. That naturally means they do some things differently, because they are are evolutinoary. The "omissions" are by design in some cases (I am familiar with both API's).

As such, it is not a drop-in 1-to-1 replacement for WinTab. Supporting both will take some engineering effort, as other teams have done, successfully.

Regardless, your reply seems to indicate that you are not actively building solutions that other teams have verified are buildable, and are instead leaning on MS to change the API, which isn't going to happen.

Please move on and get it done as others have done.
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Actually, several of those products are just living with the known defects.

But Microsoft actually has multiple tablet APIs, and at this time none of them (other than WinTab) work correctly with the features needed for Photoshop tablet support. Again, we have been working with Microsoft to address these issues in the MS tablet APIs.