EDIT 3/30/2018: this was delivered by Box on 3/28/2018, so moving this idea to "delivered"
Users want to free-hand draw on documents.
Yes. This is very important when commenting on drawings students make for homeworks. It's also important that you can do the annotation on an iPad with a stylus. Freehand drawing with a mouse is not fun.
Or a Surface Pro with a pen stylus
Yes! Our STEM subject areas use the assignment feature rather than TurnItIn so they can do this kind of annotation. Here is an example:
Drawing would be useful but I think the Text type was used more often.
What Matthew said
Yes...several math faculty use this feature.
Nice to hear this feature is under development and planned for 2018!
Essential for non-text feedback, such as quickly writing out math or logic equations, simple graphs or diagrams, etc.
This is a comment from one of our faculty members:
Writing out a comment in the "point annotation" is not efficient when grading mathematics. If I want to correct an equation, a math error, etc. I am not going to do this by typing something. In many cases, I can't type it. In others, it is far quicker to do it by hand.
It's not an efficient way to grade writing, either. I don't know what the developers at box were thinking when they downgraded functionality from Crocodoc. I think it's pretty clear they are not educators.
The Drawing annotation type feature is visually more efficient way for faculty to point out specifics when grading a paper.
The ability to use a stylus to write directly on assignments in some situations is much easier than typing and also gives the student more usable feedback at a glance. I am glad this is one of the upgrades scheduled for early in 2018.
Many of my faculty were just getting used to collecting papers through Blackboard for face-to-face courses. They need to be able to strike out text and draw on the papers. Please bring this feature to New Box View or Blackboard asap.
The sooner this is available the better!
I teach math online and require students to turn in their work in a word document. When we had Crocodoc I could use the draw tool to correct their math but now new Box is useless! Instead of quickly striking things out or writing a formula, I have to attempt to explain it in words which is much harder. Math notation exists for a reason!
This feature is so important to math teachers where adding corrections directly on the page is vital!!
Box doesn't even allow a graphic to be selected as a whole for a comment. This is appalling. Grading student-drawn diagrams on homework requires that I find some nearby text that I can select and then enter the comment.
This feature has appeared within the Box View tools now (since 6 March 18). It is limited to a black "pencil line," traced freehand (or "freemouse") with a clicked-down cursor. Its functionality is pretty crude and has not yet been documented/explained. It works OK if you want to circle something or draw lines/arrows on the file. There are functional differences for various browsers, and the steps to edit or delete your drawn lines are peculiar and "evolving."
Yes, I saw the pen icon and got excited, by my hopes were quickly dashed. I hope this is not the final version as it is practically unusable.
Pamela H. Breedlove, Ed.D.
How do these freehand annotations play out for Web accessibility? I have no experience in this area, but I can imagine that the point comments and highlight comments can be interpreted by screen readers, while drawn lines would be completely (?) uninterpretable.
I still do not see the pen icon in the NBV. I'm on SaaS Continuous Updates, release 3300.11.0...?
On my version, it appeared briefly but is no longer available. It didn't work well.
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This is the biggest disappointment of NBV. We should be able to annotate freehand with confidence - like traditional marking. Come on Bb kick Box in to gear and stop conviently patting yourselves on the back with 'delivered' labels. This is far from ready for us. Tim Tomlinson knows how bad NBV is and any day now will be telling us when we can expect a revised and proper version. Any day. Great 'delivered' though from March 2018. Go Bb
Perhaps I need to suggest a new idea "Improve drawing annotation type", as the implementation seen is not what I would consider delivered. The graphic on the page isn't perfect, but at least it shows a potential color option. As of now none of my teachers can really make use of the "draw" annotation type as it doesn't seem to be working with our surfaces, and even if it did the default line thickness is too thick for some of the use cases.
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