Wacom has been in business for 25 years and as anyone knows, you can't hit a milestone like that without doing something to celebrate it. They have decided to release three new special edition tables to mark the occasion.
For those wondering, this is the old Intuos, no pics yet of the Special Edition
I'm really starting to warm up to the idea of using an e-book reader. I think it would be kind of cool to load up a couple of books and just have one little pad to carry around. Especially if it had more functions than just allowing me to read the book.
If you're serious about electronic art, Wacom will happily reassure you, you'll have a Cintiq display. For years now the drool-inducing mega-displays have woo'd artists and handwriting lovers alike, inciting as much awe over the specs as horror at the ultra-heavy price tag. So what about the serious artists who are also poor? Well, Wacom have decided to throw them a bone too, with the introduction of the PL-521.
I know most guys at one point or another has either thought about it or has in fact attempted to sign his name in the snow. Why not go one step further and create a urinal that you can create your own art while peeing? Of course not with your hands…but with your pee.
People have created all kinds of crazy urinals, having worked at a gas station before, I happen to understand why. Buying one of those fancy urinals means the floor and other areas are much cleaner. It would seem the boys with poor aim pay more attention with all the pretty urinals. If you’ve every cleaned a public bathroom you know what I mean. It would seem they have used the Wacom Tablet.
It was the Barenaked Ladies who sang about Manga classic Sailor Moon "the cartoon has got the boom anime babes who make me think the wrong thing", and I'd like to imagine that graphics tablet-masters Wacom had them in mind when putting together their limited edition Favo Comic Pack.
A set containing a white Graphire4 A6-sized pen tablet, software such as Manga Studio Debut 3.0 and Corel Painter Essentials2, and online resources such as downloadable project files, it's available in European markets for £74.99 ($142.62).
If you're serious about art and you use a computer then it's pretty likely that you'll have come across some Wacom hardware before now. They're famous in their industry for precision and ease of use, with cordless, battery-free pens offering 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity, various programmable buttons and touch-strips around the bezel, and a variety of sizes to suit different needs and budgets.
Astropad is a new app that could change the graphic design industry. It allows you to use your iPad as a sketching board that transfers directly to your Mac. Just load your favorite program, like Photoshop, and use your own stylus to create sketches shown wirelessly on your Mac in real time. Now, instead of having to by an a new expensive design tablet, like a Wacom pad, you can use your own iPad to create new designs or make painstaking edits to the family portraits.
If you thought Microsoft's adoption of N-Trig active digitizer technology in the latest Surface Pro 3 was a one time diversion, this latest rumor would perhaps banish that theory. Microsoft has reportedly fully acquired the Israel-based company, after gaining a 6 percent ownership through an investment back in 2009. Redmond is said to have spent at least $200 million on this purchase, which hints that Microsoft has plans to capitalize on the tech, probably for future iterations of its tablets and maybe even for new types of devices.
If your laptop has a touchscreen and you feel the impromptu need to scribble out notes, all you need is a stylus. If it doesn't have a touchscreen, you can turn to your tablet, and if you don't have a tablet, you can turn to your smartphone (and, of course, there are things like Wacom slates). None of those sound appealing? You can go the old-school route, but who wants to carry about paper pads and pens? Enter the whiteboard laptop sticker.