Beautifying sketching-based design tool content: Issues and experiences

Beryl Plimmer, John Grundy

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With the advent of the Tablet PC and stylus-based PDAs, sketching-based user interfaces for design tools have become popular. However, a major challenge with such interfaces is the need for appropriate "beautification" of the sketches. This includes both interactive beautification as content is sketched and post-design conversion of sketches to formalised, computer-drawn diagrams. We discuss a number of beautification issues and requirements for sketching-based design tools, illustrating these with examples from two quite different sketchingbased applications. We illustrate ways of supporting beautification, user interface design and implementation challenges, and results from preliminary evaluations of such interfaces.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUser Interfaces 2005 - Proceedings of the 6th Australasian User Interface Conference, AUIC 2005
EditorsMark Billinghurst, Andy Cockburn
PublisherAustralian Computer Society Inc
ISBN (Electronic)1920682228
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2005
Externally publishedYes
Event6th Australasian User Interface Conference, AUIC 2005 - Newcastle, Australia
Duration: 30 Jan 20053 Feb 2005

Publication series

NameConferences in Research and Practice in Information Technology Series
ISSN (Print)1445-1336


Conference6th Australasian User Interface Conference, AUIC 2005


  • Sketch beautification
  • Sketching-based user interfaces

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