Perceptual Organization as a Foundation for Intelligent Sketch Editing

Eric Saund, James Mahoney, David Fleet, Dan Larner, and Edward Lank

This paper discusses the design of intelligent sketch editing tools exploiting intermediate levels of visual interpretation known as Perceptual Organization. Sketches are much more than an accumulation of strokes: they convey information largely through spatial configurations and patterns among markings. We propose that the detection of this visual structure, based on the principles of Perceptual Organization, will make sketch editing tools more useful for a wide variety of hand-drawn and formatted diagrammatic material. We review our efforts which are embodied in a perceptually supported sketch editing tool, called ScanScribe.


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