Microsoft has announced a couple of significant improvements coming to the inking experience in its Edge browser. This update is now available in the Microsoft Edge Canary and Dev channels, and it brings some new features for Edge Insiders.
“We have heard feedback about the writing experience in Edge especially on PDFs where writing feels a but jittery. There were also complaints about Edge not being able to distinguish pen and finger to allow scrolling with touch while inking with pen. We have addressed these issues while continuing our commitment to provide the best inking experience on the web,” the Edge Insider team explained.
The main new feature in this update is the ability to disable inking with touch. This means that the browser will automatically turn off inking with touch if an Edge Insider uses a digital pen for inking, allowing users to scroll or pan pages with their fingers.
In addition to this, the company is adding a new “Draw with touch” feature. Thanks to this update, users will now be able to enable or disable inking with touch manually. Microsoft says that the browser will this option has been designed for users who want to control inking on screenshots and PDFs.
Lastly, Microsoft Edge is getting some ink strokes quality improvements to improve the writing or drawing experience on PDF documents. The browser will now leverage the power of the Microsoft inking library on the web to provide smoother ink strokes.
Microsoft noted that the Edge Insider team will keep listening to the feedback while the feature is in preview, and we hope to see the new inking experience land soon in a future Edge Stable release.