Any good software to turn doodles into neat diagrams?



  • What I basically expect from it:

    1. I draw my stuff on paper or a whiteboard. With pencil, marker, whatevs
    2. I then scan the stuff or take a photo in MS Office Lens or the like (which will clean and deskew it)

    1. I then feed the image into the piece of software in question
      4. I get a SVG file where quasi-straight lines are straight lines, funny blob shapes are circles or ellipses, and the funny bread loaf-like shapes are rectangles
      5. I don't want it to OCR my handwriting, but it could at least recognize that this is handwriting (Gooseberry Mark I-mode, I think) and paste those blocks as they are so I then turn them into text

    The thing is: I've tried it all. I tried mice. I tried Galaxy Notes with S-Pen. I tried iPhone. I tried the recognize-shapes-as-you-doodle apps. They are all shit. I want to be able to sketch a diagram on paper as a whole (and not on the screen) and let the machine do the dirty work of making it look good and editable.

    The thing is — is such software a thing? All I can find is

    1. software where you draw stuff and it tells you what you think you draw
    2. papers on how some academic dudes think it could be possible

    P. S. The first list is not nested. NodeBB fucked it up. I won't work around it.

    P. P. S. Another thought, what could unfuck the existing drawing-recognizing software for me. When I draw a shape which the software thinks should be a circle, it should not run and replace my stuff with a circle right away. It should instead remember that "this set of funny shapes must be replaced with an ellipse of such and such parameters" and keep it to itself until I complete the whole thing. Then I tap a button "Make it neat", and it replaces shapes it recognized.

    My peeve is that otherwise the software interrupts me every fucking time, just when I'm in the flow, making me switch from drawing to adjusting all the time.



  • (I think that exactly per my signature, I'll need to shell out some dollars on a big-ass iPad Pro and the Pencil thing, and stick with shape-as-you-doodle stuff.)



  • @wft said in Any good software to turn doodles into neat diagrams?:

    The thing is — is such software a thing?

    Yes.

    It's called.... a secretary.



  • @xaade said in Any good software to turn doodles into neat diagrams?:

    @wft said in Any good software to turn doodles into neat diagrams?:

    The thing is — is such software a thing?

    Yes.

    It's called.... a secretary.

    Or a graphic designer



  • @e4tmyl33t said in Any good software to turn doodles into neat diagrams?:

    @xaade said in Any good software to turn doodles into neat diagrams?:

    @wft said in Any good software to turn doodles into neat diagrams?:

    The thing is — is such software a thing?

    Yes.

    It's called.... a secretary.

    Or a graphic designer

    Intern.



  • Funny thing is that it exists for sheet music.

    StaffPad



  • @marczellm except sheet music has strictly defined format. Freeform diagrams are freeform.


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