Digital Pens and Pads for Vector Scribbling

As part of my ongoing fascination with alternate input devices and especially as a tactile/visual thinker, I’ve been researching digital pens. I’m also intrigued as a designer by the core problems of this kind of device and the range of solutions. Ultimately, I want something I can sketch smart UML and UI diagrams with and have them convert to running software 😉

As a side-inspiration, Sarah Zettel’s excellent novel The Fool’s War includes pen-based UI in the spaceships where a special pen is used to access information and sign the log as an authentication device. Continue reading

Going Quiet and Employed

I’ve been a bit quiet on the blog recently due to being busy doing things I can’t talk about. My port of Mac software to WPF can’t be discussed until the company concerned announces their Windows version. It has been an interesting exercise in legacy code and some of the fringe cases you encounter when writing an emulator for Quickdraw!

I’ve also effectively retired from consulting, taking up a full-time job at Gemcom Software. I’m very limited about what I can talk about there, thankfully there’s an internal blog on which I can vent my need to think out loud. Based on the public job postings, I can say I’m working with WPF, C#, C++ and back in Python land (so much for all the time spent learning Ruby!).

My involvement in the REALbasic community is going to shrink considerably as I’m focussed on other languages and frameworks. I’ll still put some odd time into projects like rbKarel (although it’s mature and works) and further porting of OOFILE to RBRW but that’s about it. It will be interesting to see how hard it is to delve back into RB if I’m living in Visual Studio and C++ and C#.