Active Ink Software releases SDK

Last night I told you about Active Ink’s new blog, and today Active Ink Software has announced an SDK  for integrating custom forms into 3rd party applications.

From their press release:


Active Ink Software, Inc., a Microsoft Premier Tablet PC Partner announced the general availability of the Active Ink Software Development Kit (SDK) for integrating custom forms into 3rd party applications.
“The ability to include custom forms quickly and present them to users in a powerful way just got a lot easier,.” said Allan Warren, Head of Development for Active Ink Software Inc. “Developers can now concentrate on the business rules of their application instead of the intricacies of collecting data on a Tablet PC.”

The Active Ink SDK is a programming tool that allows software developers to incorporate the Active Ink Client into their application by including a DLL that can be distributed as a runtime client license. The SDK allows you to customize and control the client assembly by modifying the user interface with your own custom menus, buttons and toolbars.  The SDK notifies the 3rd party application when the user takes specific actions allowing the developer to implement business rules.

The Active Ink SDK works in conjunction with Active Ink Form Designer, a form-building application that enables end users and developers to build electronic forms for the Tablet PC platform.  The Active Ink form is an ink-enabled document that can be used to collect data, drawings, images and signatures for 3rd party applications.  The form can be filled out using a digital pen with the handwritten ink automatically being converted to text. The form can then be saved as an XML, PDF, JPG or TIF document and exported to an Excel spreadsheet or saved and retrieved from an Access or OLE-DB database (Oracle, SQL Server, etc.).