InkCollector class

Represents the object that is used to capture ink from available tablet devices.

Creating the InkCollector control behind a transparent control (such as a GroupBox with the WS_EX_TRANSPARENT property set) will prevent InkCollector from collecting ink.

InkCollector has these types of members:

Events

The InkCollector class has these events.

Event Description
CursorButtonDown Occurs when the InkCollector detects a cursor button that is down.
CursorButtonUp Occurs when the InkCollector detects a cursor button that is up.
CursorDown Occurs when the cursor tip contacts the digitizing tablet surface.
CursorInRange Occurs when a cursor enters the physical detection range (proximity) of the tablet context.
CursorOutOfRange Occurs when the cursor leaves the physical detection range (proximity) of the tablet context.
DoubleClick Occurs when the InkCollector object is double-clicked.
Gesture Occurs when an application-specific gesture is recognized.
MouseDown Occurs when the mouse pointer is over the InkCollector object and a mouse button is pressed.
MouseMove Occurs when the mouse pointer is moved over the InkCollector object.
MouseUp Occurs when the mouse pointer is over the InkCollector object and a mouse button is released.
MouseWheel Occurs when the mouse wheel moves while the InkCollector object has focus.
NewInAirPackets Occurs when an in-air packet is seen, which happens when a user moves a pen near the tablet and the cursor is within the InkCollector object's window or the user moves a mouse within the InkCollector object object's associated window.
NewPackets Occurs when the InkCollector object receives packets.
Stroke Occurs when the user finishes drawing a new stroke on any tablet.
SystemGesture Occurs when a system gesture is recognized.
TabletAdded Occurs when a Tablet is added to the system.
TabletRemoved Occurs when a Tablet is removed from the system.

Interfaces

The InkCollector class defines these interfaces.

Interface Description
IInkCollector This object implements the IInkCollector COM interface.

Methods

The InkCollector class has these methods.

Method Description
GetEventInterest Retrieves the current state of a particular InkCollector object event, that is, whether the event is being listened for or used.
GetGestureStatus Retrieves whether the InkCollector object is interested in a particular gesture.
GetWindowInputRectangle Retrieves the window rectangle, in pixels, within which ink is drawn.
SetAllTabletsMode This mode allows the InkCollector object to collect ink from any tablet attached to the Tablet PC.
SetEventInterest Modifies a value that indicates whether a specific event should be listened for or used.
SetGestureStatus Modifies the interest of the InkCollector object in a known gesture.
SetSingleTabletIntegratedMode This mode allows the InkCollector object to collect ink from only one tablet. Ink from other tablets is ignored by the InkCollector object.
SetWindowInputRectangle Modifies the window rectangle, in pixels, to use to map drawn ink to the window.

Properties

The InkCollector class has these properties.

Property Access type Description
AutoRedraw
Read-only
Gets or sets a value that specifies whether the InkCollector repaints the ink when the window is invalidated.
CollectingInk
Read-only
Gets a value that specifies whether ink is currently being drawn on an InkCollector object.
CollectionMode
Read-only
Gets or sets the collection mode that determines whether ink, gestures, or both are recognized as the user writes.
Cursors
Read-only
Gets the Cursors collection that is available for use in the inking region.
DefaultDrawingAttributes
Read-only
Gets or sets the default InkDrawingAttributes object, which specifies the drawing attributes that are used when drawing and displaying ink.
DesiredPacketDescription
Read-only
Gets or sets interest in aspects of the packet associated with ink drawn on the InkCollector object.
DynamicRendering
Read-only
Gets or sets a value that indicates whether ink is rendered as it is drawn.
Enabled
Read-only
Gets or sets a value that specifies whether the InkCollector object collects pen input.
Handle
Read-only
Gets or sets the handle of the window to which the InkCollector object is attached.
Ink
Read-only
Gets or sets the InkDisp object that is associated with the InkCollector object.
MarginX
Read-only
Gets or sets the margins along the x-axis, in pixels.
MarginY
Read-only
Gets or sets the margins along the y-axis, in pixels.
MouseIcon
Read-only
Gets or sets the current custom mouse icon.
MousePointer
Read-only
Gets or sets a value that indicates the type of mouse pointer that appears when the mouse is over a particular part of the object.
Renderer
Read-only
Gets or sets the InkRenderer object that is used to draw ink.
SupportHighContrastInk
Read-only
Gets or sets a value that specifies whether ink is rendered as just one color when the system is in High Contrast mode.
Tablet
Read-only
Gets the tablet device that the InkCollector object is currently using to collect input.

Remarks

This object can be instantiated by calling the CoCreateInstance method in C++.

The InkCollector object collects only ink and gestures that are input into the specific window with which it is associated. The sole purpose of the InkCollector is to collect ink from the hardware (for example, through an IInkCursor and IInkTablet object) and deliver it to an application. It essentially acts as the source that distributes ink into one or many different InkDisp objects, which act as container that hold the distributed ink.

To use an InkCollector, you create it, tell it on which window to collect drawn ink, and enable it. After it is enabled, it can be set to collect in only one of three modes (the mode is specified in the InkCollectionMode enumeration):

  • InkOnly, in which an IInkStrokeDisp object is created.
  • GestureOnly, in which an IInkGesture object is created.
  • InkAndGesture, in which a stroke, a gesture, or potentially both are created, depending on how the application handles events.

This means that, for every movement of a cursor that is within range of a tablet, the InkCollector always collects either a stroke or a gesture and sometimes both. Gesture support is built in using the Microsoft gesture recognizer.

An InkCollector handles all tablet input. Ink can be collected from all attached tablets (including the mouse) simultaneously. Changes in the IInkCursor and IInkCursorButton objects can cause InkCollector object to fire an event.

An InkCollector also manages the list of cursors that it encounters during its existence. When the InkCollector encounters a new cursor, the CursorInRange event fires with the newCursor parameter set to VARIANT_TRUE. Applications use the InkCollector to manage new cursors.

More than one InkCollector can be associated with a particular window handle, even if their collection areas, set in the constructor or with the SetWindowInputRectangle method, overlap. However, the only way this scenario works is if each InkCollector calls SetSingleTabletIntegratedMode and uses a unique tablet. This behavior makes it easy to store ink in a separate object for each tablet.

An error occurs if the window input rectangle of one enabled InkCollectors (set with the Enabled property) overlaps the window input rectangle of another enabled InkCollector.

Note

Overlap can occur without an error as long as only one of the input rectangles is enabled at any known time.

The MouseDown, MouseMove, MouseUp, and MouseWheel events return x and y-coordinates in pixels, and not the HIMETRIC units that are associated with the ink space. This is because these events replace the mouse events of pen-unaware applications and these applications understand only pixels.

Note

The InkCollector object cannot be safely released on a non-UI thread.

To improve your application's performance, dispose of your InkCollector object when it is no longer needed.

Requirements

Minimum supported client
Windows XP Tablet PC Edition [desktop apps only]
Minimum supported server
None supported
Header
Msinkaut.h (also requires Msinkaut_i.c)
Library
InkObj.dll

See also

InkEdit Control Reference

InkDisp Class

InkOverlay Class

InkPicture Control Reference