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What is InkServer?

Postby DaveWT » Fri Feb 15, 2019 11:17 pm

I am starting to get serious about ridding my iMac of 32 bit apps in preparation for whatever comes after Mojave, as they will no longer be supported then.

I have a lot of 32 bit apps still, many old games that can simply be deleted as well as a few critical apps that I hope get updated before the fall.

But one is a mystery to me... InkServer


Version: 10.9
Obtained from: Apple
Last Modified: 12/13/18, 9:11 AM
Kind: Intel
64-Bit (Intel): No
Signed by: Software Signing, Apple Code Signing Certification Authority, Apple Root CA
Location: /System/Library/Input Methods/InkServer.app
Get Info String: 10.9, Copyright 2012 Apple Inc.

It appears to have been updated as recently as December so why has Apple left it as a 32 bit app when they have been warning us to deal with such apps for a very long time?

And what does it do, and am I safe to merely delete it?

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Re: What is InkServer?

Postby chas_m » Thu Feb 28, 2019 12:41 am

I think I’ve cracked the answer to this. The date of 2012 tickled a bit of my brain about an Apple technology called Inkwell, that I once did a demo of. It allowed graphics tablets and their styli to “read” handwriting.

I suspect InkServer is part of that. I’d presume that Apple has deprecated it, so it will automatically be updated or deleted when the next macOS release comes out, so you don’t need to do anything about it.

More info: https://mac.appstorm.net/reviews/utilit ... n-feature/
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Re: What is InkServer?

Postby DaveWT » Thu Feb 28, 2019 10:56 pm

Thanks for looking into this, Chas,

Wow, sort of like writing with your finger on your Apple watch in 2019?
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