The Input Visualizer tool enables you to see the contact data that the Microsoft Surface Vision System returns in the context of your application. This tool runs on top of your application and displays information about the contacts that the input system detects.
Input Visualizer can help you test and debug the following scenarios:
Input Visualizer is installed with the Microsoft Surface SDK and runs only on Microsoft Surface units. If you are developing on a separate workstation, Surface Simulator provides contact visuals, reducing how much you need a visual representation of input.
The following illustration shows Input Visualizer running over the XNA Scatter sample application.
Before you start using Input Visualizer, note the following facts:
To start Input Visualizer on a Microsoft Surface unit, click Start, click All Programs, click Microsoft Surface SDK 1.0 SP1, click Tools, and then click Input Visualizer.
Input Visualizer displays data about the contacts on a Microsoft Surface unit. A shape identifies the type of contact that is recognized:
Input Visualizer also shows an arrow to indicate the orientation of the contact and an identifier that is unique to each contact. This identifier is the Contact.Id property.
When you run Input Visualizer, a floating control panel appears on the Microsoft Surface screen with three buttons.
From top to bottom, the three buttons are: