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Use of Stylus with DOCViewer

Use of Stylus with DOCViewer

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This idea has been developed and deployed to Canvas

This idea is applicable to any 2-in-1 / hybrid device with stylus capacity eg Chromebook, Surface Pro 4, Yoga, ASUS etc.

Microsoft's recent education event (May 2017) highlighted the increasing opportunities for schools to invest in low cost 2-in-1 hybrids running Windows 10. Since then at least 5 new devices have been released - 5 Budget Windows Hybrids 2-in-1 Tablets and Laptops for Schools – Colour My Learning . Many schools, including our own, are now looking at these as viable alternatives to 1-1 iPads.

The potential of inking is huge, not just in the hands of students but for teachers and marking.

Canvas has just released DOCViewer in Beta. As yet it is not possible to annotate work inline using the stylus (at least on my Surface Pro).

We would love to see inking/hand-written/stylus based annotations being available for those using Canvas via the browser.

This idea has been added to our product plan for Q1 2019 and will influence development within Canvas. Follow this idea to receive updates as they are available.

:smileyinfo: Adding this idea to our product plan means we will be working on it, but it does not guarantee that it will be developed exactly as defined by the idea, or that it will be added to the production environment.

Read more about the feature idea process:

Comments from Instructure

For more information, please read through the https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-16291-canvas-release-notes-2019-02-16 .

137 Comments
RobDitto
Community Champion

 @GideonWilliams , check at the top - your idea's been picked to work on this quarter! Congratulations, and here's hoping it materializes as a feature.

GideonWilliams
Community Champion

Huzzah!

GideonWilliams
Community Champion

Woke up this morning to this - https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-16291-canvas-release-notes-2019-02-16 

Stunning news and one that could have significant impact! Now to try it out.......

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team
This idea has been developed and deployed to Canvas 

For more information, please read through the Canvas Release Notes (2019-02-16) .

dhallstone86
Community Member

I discovered this whole issue since our college is closed today and when i got frustrated once again with trying to do comments, i found this and realized it wasn't just my surface pro pen.  (An apple person has told me over and over again it must be my pen since it works well for him. )  I hope this update is the answer. Smiley Happy

locke
Community Member

It works on my school's Canvas with my Surface Pro and my Stylus in Chrome (my browser of choice)!!!

I'm very thankful to the 267 people who voted for this, to Canvas for getting it implemented, and to you (Gideon Williams) for posting the idea a couple of months before I encountered it when I went to grade homework in Fall 2017!

GideonWilliams
Community Champion

Just in time to complete the homework grading then :O)

I cannot get it to work for the moment and did not think it would be ready until Feb 16th. If you have time to post a quick screencast/video I would be very grateful indeed.

gharbor
Community Participant

So I'm a little confused? I saw this in the production release for Feb 16th, so I went to Beta to see if the new functionality was working there but Beta's Stylus functionality in SpeedGrade has not changed??

My assumption here is that once working you should be able to use a stylus to do free form writing on documents directly through the browser with a pen enabled device. (Rather than having to go through an App)

Please let me know if I'm missing something here.

Thanks,

Grant

GideonWilliams
Community Champion

I have been told that it will be available directly on 16th Feb - it will not go on to beta - some sort of Magic wizardry?

luc_vancauwenbe
Community Participant

In the release notes it is mentioned there is indeed no beta environment support.

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GideonWilliams
Community Champion

Good spot. Must remember to look at this more closely!

locke
Community Member

My apologies.  I did get my surface pen to work on the first document I test. Later, I discovered that it was only because that full document fit in the speedgrader "window".  Meaning there were no scroll bars.  In that case, my pen worked.  When I tried to make a video/screencapture and used a different document, the pen did the normal "I'll make it seem like you can write, but I'll scroll instead and give you some weird jaggedy line." 

So, it is not actually working for me yet.

The great joy I had felt about this functionality returning after its June 2018 departure left my body.  But, I am eagerly counting down the next 8 days in anticipation.

I'll check on Feb 16 and if it works, I'll make a short screencapture to share with my colleagues and can post a link here.  If it doesn't work....  

GideonWilliams
Community Champion

Good to know - was worried I'd been doing something wrong for ages!!!

locke
Community Member

Hmmm... tried it in Canvas and it is not currently working.  Is there a time of day for deployment?  Or is there something our system administrators need to actively do to get this working in our Canvas?

locke
Community Member

Anyone have this working yet?  It is currently not working in my local Canvas and I checked it in the https://canvas.instructure.com environment where anyone can create a free account.

gharbor
Community Participant

Nope.. I just tested it this morning and the pen functionality still is a mess. as soon as you lift your pen the SpeedGrader completes that text input and displays the "Delete" icon rather than you being able to continue writing..

(Using Windows 10 with latest chrome and Windows Pen.)

#NotHappy

gbaxley
Community Participant

Hello,

I appreciate that Canvas is pursuing a solution to this problem, but things appear to be worse, not better. I used to be able to clumsily draw a few letters or numbers in speedgrader with a pen on my Surface tablet, but now it's more like using an Etch a Sketch after a couple of beers. I tried Chrome and Firefox, Win 10, 5th gen Surface with the stock Surface pen for that model.  

luc_vancauwenbe
Community Participant

I can now annotate with my surface pen, but the experience is still not as it is supposed to be. Indeed, once you lift up the pen, it suppose acting as it schould. Also, the platform makes no distinction between your finger and the pen, it makes using your touch screen not very straightforward... How was this tested by Instructure? They must have noticed themselves that this was not working?

cc_armidale
Community Member

Not working for me either. The stylus on my Lenovo touchscreen is laggy, the lines jagged and the "writing" keeps going even when I lift the stylus from the screen. In short, I think it may be worse than before the upgrade. At least I could create a basic tick, previously.

SpeedGrader needs to recognise that it should stop writing when you lift your stylus or finger. If I use a mouse, right-clicking stops the writing, so I guess I may be able to find a button on my stylus to do the same.

To all intents and purposes, though, this is not yet functional. Oh well, back to the drawing board. (Or not, as the case may be ...)