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Wacom Bamboo Pen and Touch
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- Two sensors for precise pen and Multi-Touch input
- Pressure-sensitive pen tip for natural pen and brush strokes
- Quick access to user-defined shortcuts with four ExpressKeys
- Adobe Photoshop Elements 7.0 Win / 6.0 Mac for editing, retouching, enhancing and sharing digital photos
- Battery-free, ergonomic pen with two switches
- Active Area Touch (W x H) - 4.9" x 3.4" (124mm x 86mm); Pen (W x H) - 5.8" x 3.6" (147mm x 91mm)
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Bamboo Pen and Touch combines the benefits of Multi-Touch with the comfort and precision of Wacom’s ergonomically-designed pen, giving you a powerful new way to work with your computer. Multi-Touch allows you to use simple gestures and finger taps in an area larger than on standard mobile devices or laptop trackpads. Easily move around your desktop, scroll through documents, navigate the web, zoom in and out of photos, and rotate images. For precision work, pick up the pressure-sensitive pen to edit photos, create personal greetings, make sketches, and mark up documents in your own handwriting. The tablet’s generous active area makes it more natural to use. It’s easy - even if you’re new to the touch experience. You can even customize your Bamboo Pen and Touch experience by assigning your own shortcuts to the four ExpressKeys. Bamboo Pen and Touch works with your existing computer: desktop or laptop, PC or Mac. And it’s an incredible value with the included software: Adobe Photoshop Elements and Nik Color Efex Pro. Sleek and black, the tablet makes for a stylish addition to your workspace. Attach Bamboo Pen and Touch to a standard USB port, set it comfortably by your keyboard, and let your intuition guide you.
Combining intuitive design and versatility, the Bamboo Pen and Touch is a powerful creative workstation that lets PC and Mac users create digital art with an organic, hands-on feel. Using an innovative tablet and Wacom's "Multi-Touch" system, users can manipulate images and navigate the Web using simple gestures and finger taps. When combined with Wacom's pen-input technology, Pen and Touch allows you to write, doodle, and embellish with ease.
Large, textured work surface and customizable keys give you artistic control. View larger.
Multi-Touch lets you scroll, zoom, and rotate your screen with simple hand gestures.
Measuring 9.8 by 6.9 inches, the Pen and Touch is compact enough to store comfortably in a laptop case. It features a large and responsive active area, providing enough workspace for even your most ambitious projects. For added convenience, four ExpressKeys provide quick access to user-defined shortcuts.
The tablet comes with a battery-free pen with an easy-to-grip design, so you can have maximum control over your drawing. The work surface is textured, providing a pen-on-paper feel. It's also reversible, so you can use it comfortably whether you're right- or left-handed.
The Pen and Touch is simple to set up. Simply plug the tablet into your computer via a USB port, install the provided drivers, and you're ready to go. You'll be doodling, writing, and painting in minutes.
Enhance Creativity with Multi-Touch Technology
With the Pen and Touch, Wacom has implemented a new technology called Multi-Touch. Typically, tablets require you to use the stylus for navigation, but Multi-Touch provides a comfortable hands-on alternative. It allows you to quickly navigate through your computer with a single finger. You can also scroll, zoom, and rotate your screen with simple hand gestures. It's intuitively-designed and easy to use -- even if you're new to the touch experience.
For precision work, you can use the included pen. When you use the pen, the screen will automatically recalibrate for more precise use. In your hands, the pen quickly becomes an all-purpose art tool. It features 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity, allowing you to perform tasks ranging from fine hand-writing to wide-brush painting. You can add hand-drawn embellishments to your favorite photos, add life to your digital sketches, or provide a personal touch to your scrapbooking pages.
First-Class Visual Editing Software The tablet also comes with a full suite of visual editing software, including Adobe Photoshop Elements 7.0 Win/6.0 Mac and Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0 WE3--valued separately at several hundred dollars.
Pen and Touch is compatible with Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP (Service Pack 2) and Mac OS X (10.4.8 or higher.) It requires a powered USB drive, a colored screen, and a CD/DVD drive.
What's in the Box Bamboo Pen and Touch tablet, Bamboo pen, Quick Start guide, installation CD (includes driver software, interactive tutorial and user's manual), software DVD.
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1) To edit images. It allows me to refine and clean up images much more efficiently because using a pen to touch up selected areas in an image is a lot easier and precise than using a mouse.
2) To stop using a mouse and reduce the risk of Repetitive Strain injury -I was experiencing wrist fatigue when I used a mouse for extended periods of time, but using the pen as a mouse or the tablet as a touchpad now allows me to keep working longer and wrist fatigue is no longer an issue. I would definitely recommend buying this product if you are beginning to suffer from any sort of wrist fatigue while using a mouse. However it does take a while - (4 or 5 days ) to get accustomed to using the touchpad and you have to configure it through the Bamboo software so it suits your input style.
3) Portability - since this is the small tablet, its easy to slip into most medium or even small sized laptop bags. I can take it with me when I'm in the field without being weighed down. However because of it's small size, sometimes when drawing on the tablet, you may find that you're running out of stroke space. It used to happen to me until I got conditioned to the dimensions of the tablet.
4) Because it was cost effective. This is basically the value buy in the line of Bamboo pen and touch tablets. For 85 to 90 dollars, you get a pen and multi-touch enabled tablet along with Adobe Photoshop Elements 7.0 Win/6.0 Mac and Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0 WE3 photo software.
The next model in the line Wacom Bamboo Craft costs $129, is the same size and has no upgraded hardware features except for being a different color. It has some extra software included (Corel Painter essentials 4 and some scrapbooking software) If you need the extra software, go ahead and spend 45 dollars more but if you don't need scrap booking software or Corel Essentials 4 - save your 45 dollars and buy the Bamboo pen and touch. There is no difference in the hardware between the two models except for the color.
The final model in the Bamboo pen and touch tablet line - Wacom Bamboo Fun sells for $165 to $170 , is also silver in color but has a larger active surface to work on. Which depending on your work requirements, could be important. It is also more comfortable to work on because of the larger active area. I own this model also and use it for the times when I'm at my desk and have to work on media for an extended period of time.
If you have to choose between these 3 models I would say look at the Wacom Bamboo Pen and Touch Fun small tablet for portability and a value for money buy or the Bamboo Fun for the larger active area and comfort factor.
Don't bother with the Bamboo Craft unless you really want Corel Essentials 4 and the scrapbooking software.
Hope this helps!
From Mouse to Pen:
You will have to adjust to the cursor moving based on LOCATION instead of drag. The left top corner of the digitizer (tablet) is the left corner of your monitor, the bottom right is the bottom right. I've seen many people trying to use a tablet for the first time and they'll drag it half way and go back to the middle and try to drag the rest of the way (kinda like a mouse/touchpad) instead of moving to pen to the corner.
Yes, you can set it in options so that it acts like a touchpad instead of location accuracy but then why did you get a tablet? Well, Carpel Tunnel Syndrome people aside (a tablet is great for people with this ailment), the point of this tablet is for fast location accurate movement. You'll get used to it. Oh yeah, you can use the "touch" of this tablet to use it as a trackpad, but as others mentioned the Touch aspect is finicky at best, it just doesn't feel and act as good as your laptop touchpad.
Trying to double click at first by tapping quickly 2x with your pen also has a learning curve for some people. You can set one of your "thumb" rocker buttons to "double click" if you have problem (it comes as TOP rocker = Right Click, and BOTTOM rocker = Pan/Scroll, you can change the BOTTOM one to "double click"). Or you can use the BUTTONS on the side for easy double click or right click.
If you get a little more adventurous you can customize every available button (the 4 on the tablet and the 4 on the pen--yes, the tip and eraser count as "buttons") I actually use the BOTTOM rocker = CTRL-Z, so whatever I'm drawing I quickly press the rocker to UNDO my last couple of steps. Every button is customizable so find your best combination of Pan/Scroll, Program Launch, double click, menu launch, etc.
I wouldn't recommend the Bamboo Dock, they are toys really. You can use your pen on Office 2003, 2007, 2010 to highlight, annotate, etc. Photoshop is perfect for this pen as well. The best software for pure pen use (designed from the ground up to use PEN) is the Autodesk Sketchbook Pro 2011 if you're a student go to their website and you can get a student license with your .EDU address or you can download a 15 day trial version.
If the touch is not good, then why not just buy the cheaper WACOM PEN instead of PEN & TOUCH?
Because the cheaper "Pen" has half the resolution and pressure sensitivity.
- Wacome Pen (CTL460) 512 levels pressure sensitivity and 1270 lines per inch (lpi)
- Wacom Pen & Touch (CTH460) 1024 pressure and 2540 lpi
- Wacom Intuos (the professional line) 2048 pressure (and TILT) and 5080 lpi
Of course the price reflects the advantages and if you're going to work on anything that requires pressure sensitivity (sketching, photo editing, etc) then the higher the better. Just to note, my original Intuos was 1024 pressure and 2540 lpi from what I remember, so that's plenty.
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