I am quite sure that many of us have heard of Wacom before, the company that churns out digitizer tablets (an example which you can see in the image above) for digital artists and the like. Apparently, the company is working on a new protocol known as WILL, where it will be cross platform in order to play nice across computers and mobile devices. WILL is the acronym for Wacom Ink Layer Language, as Wacom claims the industry needs is “a universal and open standard for digital inking which will allow users to work across OS, hardware platforms and Cloud services.” It is believed that this effort will eventually result in a greater degree of collaboration and information sharing when it comes to pen-based input data.
WILL was specially intended to be delivered by Wacom to partners in the form of a Software Developer’s Kit (SDK), where it will be integrated into hardware or software so that everyone is able to “speak” the same universal inking language. Apart from that, WILL will also feature an ink engine that boasts of a wide range of graphical tools, running on majority of the platforms out there consistently. Wacom hopes that WILL will include the integration of metadata, in addition to a possible security certificate for DRM or other concerns. There is no word on availability as at press time.