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Parallels Desktop 12 Update 1 adds even greater support for Microsoft Ink. (You can read an overview of Ink on the Mac here.) In earlier blog posts, I have focused on the use of Ink in the Office for Windows 2016 applications (Word, Excel, etc.). Dec 13, 2016 Alas, as a really longtime Mac user, there wasn’t a way for me to use Ink on the Mac—until Parallels Desktop 12 was released in August. The initial release of Parallels Desktop 12 provided some support for Ink, and now Update 1 increases this support significantly. Jun 23, 2020 The Ink Replay feature is available for Mac and was released to Insider late last year. Please follow the steps listed under the PowerPoint: Apply an Ink Replay animation for a slide show section in this support article. Microsoft unveiled the newest version of Office 365 a few months ago, and tucked inside was a new Ink feature that lets iPad Pro users utilize the Apple Pencil to mark up documents, presentations. The Ink Replay feature is available for Mac and was released to Insider late last year. Please follow the steps listed under the PowerPoint: Apply an Ink Replay animation for a slide show section in this support article.

Parallels Desktop 12 Update 1 was released a few weeks ago. You can read about all the changes in this update here. In this blog post, I will discuss in some detail only one of the Update 1 features: even greater support for Microsoft Ink. As I wrote about in an earlier blog post, Ink is the ability to annotate or add content to documents with a touch screen or a stylus. Microsoft considers Ink to be a significant step forward in natural interaction with computers, and having used Ink for several months now (and having spent a few minutes using the new Microsoft Surface Studio), I wholeheartedly agree with them.

Alas, as a really longtime Mac user, there wasn’t a way for me to use Ink on the Mac—until Parallels Desktop 12 was released in August. The initial release of Parallels Desktop 12 provided some support for Ink, and now Update 1 increases this support significantly. With Update 1, you can use Ink everywhere it is enabled—in Office for Windows 2016, in third-party apps, and in Windows 10 itself. As discussed in my earlier blog post, my Ink setup uses the Apple Pencil, an iPad Pro, and the AstroPad iPad app (Figure 1).

In Office for Windows 2016

Ink is enabled via the new Draw tabs in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote, which are visible now in Update 1 (Figure 2).

Figure 2

Ink

You can annotate docs of these apps, add new content, and in some cases, Office will help straighten up your Ink drawings. You can even turn your Ink-based scribbles into editable text via the new Ink keyboard in Windows 10.

Figures 3 through 5 show some examples of Ink use in Office 2016:

Figure 4

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In Windows 10

Windows 10, in the Anniversary update that was released in August, adds Ink support in a new keyboard and in the several components of a new Ink workspace.

Figure 6 shows the use of this new Ink keyboard for English text entry.

Figure 6

(As a preview of a later blog post, Figure 7 shows the use of Ink for Japanese text entry.)

Figure 8 shows the new Ink workspace. I’ll write about this workspace also in a later blog post.

Figure 8

In third-party apps

Microsoft is encouraging its third-party developers to use Ink in their apps, and has provided a special pane in the Windows Store to show off these apps (Figure 9).

Haven’t yet tested all of them, but most seem to work well in Parallels Desktop 12 Update 1.

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