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ParSketch: A Sketch-Based Interface for a 2D Parametric Geometry Editor

  • Ferran Naya
  • Manuel Contero
  • Nuria Aleixos
  • Pedro Company
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4551)

Abstract

ParSketch is a software prototype to evaluate the usability and functionality of a sketching interface aimed at defining 2D parametric sections. Currently, ParSketch interprets strokes which can be recognized as geometry (line, arc, circle, ellipse, or composed entities that are automatically segmented into those basic entities), or graphic gestures representing constraints (dimension, parallel, perpendicular, tangent, concentric, horizontal or vertical). From the functionality point of view, ParSketch compares to current commercial parametric CAD applications, as it offers many of the features provided by such applications. A theoretical analysis of the efficiency component of usability is provided that justifies the potential capability of sketching interfaces to compete with classical WIMP applications. Finally, a usability study is presented, which makes special emphasis in the satisfaction component of usability.

Keywords

sketching parametric drawing usability of sketching interfaces 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ferran Naya
    • 1
  • Manuel Contero
    • 1
  • Nuria Aleixos
    • 2
  • Pedro Company
    • 2
  1. 1.Polytechnic University of Valencia, Camino de Vera s/n, 46022 ValenciaSpain
  2. 2.Universitat Jaume I, Avda. Sos Baynat s/n, 12071 CastellónSpain

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