Good heft, usability for the iPad-unleashing stylus for artists
The iPad has begged to be used as an art device since day one. The ability to draw directly on the screen, as well as its extreme portability, seemed to invite artists to tote it along for whenever inspiration strikes. For the first couple of years, there were artists capable of producing all sorts of fantastic works with the iPad using just their fingers and a handful of pioneering art apps. Fast forward a few years into the future, and people took notice of the iPad's potential, one of which was graphic design giant Wacom. Today in a full review we take a look at the Intuos Creative Stylus 2, the second iteration of Wacom's Bluetooth-enabled Intuos line for the iPad.
Wacom offers well-designed, albeit simple drawing app to pair with stylus lines
Design giants Wacom are known for their line of drawing tablets, which they've been producing for the better part of two decades. Because of this, they've become an industry standard when it comes to graphic design and digital illustration. Seeking to extend their market, Wacom recently made the leap of producing a line of Bluetooth-enabled styluses for the iPad, and with it came Bamboo Paper, a stylus-compatible drawing app designed for the iPad.
New Cintiq pen displays joined by updated standalone Windows tablet
Wacom has added more items to its Cintiq and Cintiq Companion ranges for artists and designers. The Cintiq 27QHD and 27QHD touch are pen displays with 27-inch screens, while the Cintiq Companion 2 is a revamped version of the company's standalone Windows tablet, which can also be used as a pen display when connected to a PC or Mac.
Cross-device copying and pasting, tablet settings now accessible though the cloud
Graphics tablet and stylus manufacturer Wacom announced the launch of its cloud-based services today, Dropzone and Control Room. The new pieces of cloud software expand on the ability of Wacom owners to access settings and photos from any location with an Internet connection, across OS X, Windows and iOS operating systems.
One combination pen and stylus released, two Bluetooth pens shown
Wacom has unveiled a series of new devices at the German IFA show this week. Starting the reveals are the third-generation Bamboo Stylus Solo and Bamboo Stylus Duo as a combination with a traditional ball pen for use on capacitive devices and paper. Also revealed are the Intuos Creative Stylus 2 for sketching, drawing and painting on an iPad. Finally, the Bamboo Fineline is a smart stylus with new "thin tip" technology for precise work with an iPad.
Previously released for iOS in August, turns tablets into notebook, sketchpad
Those looking for a note-taking solution or a sketchbook for Windows 8 and Android-based tablets have a new option to look at today. Wacom has expanded the availability of Bamboo Paper, adding tablets beyond the iPad, including the Kindle Fire, Surface 2 and Galaxy Tab 4, to the mix. Bamboo Paper was originally launched for iOS devices in August.
New protocol should be cross platform, and apply to computers or mobile
Tablet and software creator Wacom has proposed that the drawing-tablet industry adopt a new standard -- what it is calling WILL (Wacom Ink Layer Language). The company claims that what the industry needs is "a universal and open standard for digital inking which will allow users to work across OS, hardware platforms and cloud services," and it believes that its effort will pave the way to greater collaboration and information sharing.
Problem reproduced -- no Wacom supplied fix provides relief
Widespread reports are surfacing of some sort of incompatibility between Wacom's driver package, OS X 10.9 "Mavericks," and Adobe Creative Cloud products. Users are reporting serious lag between input and recognition, crashes from Creative Cloud, and extremely high CPU usage, often necessitating a reboot to regain system stability. As of yet, there is no official fix from Wacom, other than a reinstallation of the driver, which does not seem to fix the problem.
Multi-touch drawing tablet includes four ExpressKeys
Wacom has introduced a new drawing tablet package for Windows and Mac that is designed to appeal to artists and cartoonists. The Intuos Manga Pen and Touch tablet follows on from similar earlier bundles from the tablet producer, combining one of its refreshed entry-level tablets with drawing applications from Smith Micro.
Touchpad supports gestures or stylus input
Wacom has introduced the Bamboo Pad touchpad, along with a new line of Bamboo styli. The pad doubles as a traditional touchpad, capable of registering gestures such as pinch-to-zoom and two-finger scroll, or a graphics tablet when used in conjunction with the included pressure-sensitive digital stylus.
New drawing tablet line aimed at consumer, professional markets
At the IFA trade show earlier today, Wacom has refreshed its Intuos line, adding elements from the Bamboo lineage, and has revealed the new Intuos and the Intuos Pro. The Intous is aimed at the entry-level user, and supplants the Bamboo line of devices, with the Intuos Pro shooting for the professional designer market, and replacing the Intuos5 line of touch-sensitive tablets from the manufacturer.
New pen uses Bluetooth 4.0 for communication to compatible apps
In its second product announcement today, Wacom introduced a pressure-sensitive digital pen, the Intuos Creative Stylus, for sketching, drawing and painting on newer models of Apple's iPad. The new pen allowing users a realistic pen-on-paper feel with the ability to rest the palm naturally on the iPad when using compatible creative apps.
Cintiq Companion runs Windows 8, Companion Hybrid uses Tegra 4
Drawing and artist's tablet manufacturer Wacom has introduced the new Cintiq Companion line of tablets. The Cintiq Companion runs Windows 8 and full versions of creative software. The Cintiq Companion Hybrid is a traditional Cintiq when plugged into a Mac or PC, but when used as a mobile device, works as a stand-alone Android tablet with enough power to do light sketching and run other apps.
Multitouch drawing aid provides wide viewing angles, loses weight
Wacom has revised its Cintiq 22HD display-based input device to include touch controls. The Cintiq 22HD touch, much like the larger Cintiq 24HD touch, introduces multitouch to the stylus-based drawing surface, allowing artists and designers to use gestures for rotating canvases, zooming and panning their work.
Wacom creates 1.85-inch Bamboo Stylus mini with on-device storage
Wacom has created a smaller version of its Bamboo Stylus line for mobile devices. The Bamboo Stylus mini has a brass-plated 1.85-inch body with a nine-millimeter (0.35-inch) diameter and soft rubber coating. The nib of the stylus can be changed for another from the Wacom range, including both firm and soft versions, while a strap and dummy plug allows it to be plugged into the headphone socket of a mobile device for storage. The Bamboo Stylus mini is on sale for $19.
Smaller display to help save desk space, offers full-size performance
Wacom has announced a new, smaller addition to its line of interactive pen displays. The Cintiq 13HD combines a tablet with a 13-inch HD LED display with a 1920x1080 resolution on an adjustable mount, providing the same experience as the larger Cintiq 22HD and Cintiq 24HD tablets, but in a much smaller and cheaper package.
Samsung adds another display size
Samsung chose to delay its Galaxy S IV unveiling until several weeks after Mobile World Congress, though the company did bring along a few new devices to show off this week in Barcelona. We dropped by the company's booth to handle the Galaxy Note 8.0, a new tablet that fits squarely between the Galaxy Note II smartphone and larger Note 10.1 tablet.
Graphics tablet firm to use funds for Samsung part production
Samsung is buying a stake in Japanese digitizer and graphics tablet firm Wacom, effectively ensuring the use of the latter's technology in future Samsung mobile devices. The agreement sees the Korean electronics manufacturer take ownership of five percent of the company, in a deal that is valued at $58.2 million.
Stylus feel uses active pen and sensor technology
Wacom announced today the availability of its new Bamboo Stylus "feel" line, two new digital pens for Android and Windows 8 tablets. The new additions integrate Electro-Magnetic Resonance technology in order to provide a higher-quality, pressure-sensitive writing experience with more precision in note-taking, sketching, and device navigation. The Stylus feel uses both EMR technology and "active" pen and sensor technology to give a writing experience closer to that of a traditional ball-point pen or pencil.
Stylus expands, attaches to tablets
Wacom today announced the availability of its new Bamboo Stylus pocket, a new stylus designed for portability. The new pocket stylus collapses, making for easy stowing in a pocket, and it attaches directly to iPads and Android tablets. The new stylus is also compatible with the Bamboo Paper - Notebook app for iPads.
ASUS' 11.6-inch Tablet 810 with Windows 8 gets the production nod from the FCC
What is believed to be the first of ASUS' promised Windows 8-powered tablets has shown up at the FCC. The Tablet 810 was filed as the TF810C, confirming it is a Transformer-series device. It will have an 11.6-inch touchscreen along with Wi-Fi and NFC onboard.
Improved Cintiq display capable of 1.07B colors
Wacom has introduced a new version of its Cintiq 24HD input device. The 24HD touch brings multi-touch to the display alongside the already existing pen-based input. Gesture controls are included, which is seen as useful to those in certain creative industries, allowing a designer to move around a model more easily when working in 3D.
Sacrifices workspace, multi-touch capabilities
Wacom has launched a new product in its Bamboo line of drawing tablets, the Splash. The tablet is explicitly aimed at newcomers to illustration, as evidenced by a $79 pricetag. To reach that it sacrifices features found on other Bamboo tablets, such as the multi-touch support on the Capture, or the workspace of the Create. It also lacks support for Wacom's Wireless Accessory Kit.
Minor upgrade makes Bamboo more practical
Recently MacNN had a chance to test out the Bamboo Stylus duo, a newer version of Wacom's popular stylus for the iPad -- and by extension, other capacitive touchscreen devices. The duo adds an ink pen into the mix, occupying the tip opposite a rubber one meant for touchscreens. This may make the stylus more practical for some people, since it means always having a pen handy for writing checks or quick notes, or at least one less pen sitting in your bag.
Double ended stylus available later this month
Today, Wacom has launched the Bamboo Stylus duo for capacitive tablet users. The successor to the Bamboo Stylus solo, the duo has the same rubber tip that will work on most tablets and a ball-point pen on the opposite end.
Wacom launches Intuos5 multi-touch tablets
Wacom has launched the latest iteration of its professional pen tablet range, the Intuos5 series. The creative tablets are aimed at professional photographers, designers and artists as a method of fine input for applications including Photoshop. The new Intuos5 series includes multi-touch support, Express View heads-up display software that shows current settings on the tablet, and a new soft-touch matte finish.
3 wireless models submitted to FCC for approval
Wacom may soon be introducing an updated family of wireless pen tablets. The maker of digital pen input devices has submitted to the FCC three new products for wireless radio certification. It is likely that these will update the Intuos4 tablet that the company introduced in February 2010.
Wacom Bamboo Connect, Capture, Create remake touch
Wacom on Tuesday remade its tablets to get the whole range of possible touch input. The Bamboo Connect is its new entry level and is intended for those who just need a moderate amount of input. It relies solely on its wireless, battery-free, 1,024 pressure pen for control and, with a 5.8-by-3.6 inch area, is intended mostly for quick drawing using apps like Autodesk's Sketchbook Express (bundled) or handwritten notes.
Wacom releases its biggest graphics tablet ever
Wacom has announced its largest ever graphics tablet, the Cintiq 24HD. It features a 24-inch H-IPS display with 89° viewing angle and 1920x1200 resolution. The Cintiq 24HD is capable of producing 92 percent of the Adobe RGB color space and can be calibrated for color-sensitive work. As shown in an earlier leak the Cintiq 24HD ships with a highly customizable stand that can extend past the edge of the desk to hover over the user's knees for a more natural drawing position.
Wacom Cintiq 24HD to pack 1920x1200 IPS screen
Wacom's largest-ever tablet display, the Cintiq 24HD, has been sighted before an actual unveiling. The screen wlil run a 1920x1200, H-IPS display that will give it 92 percent of the Adobe RGB color space and the wide viewing angles associated with IPS displays. Input, as shown in the CGE leak, will stem from a passive pen that supports 2,048 degrees of pressure and up to 60 degrees of off-angle tilt.
ASUS outs business tablet with Core i5, Win 7 Pro
ASUS has just introduced its business-oriented Eee Slate B121 PC. The 12.1-inch, 1280x800 tablet is similar to the original Eee Slate but tuned to workers, with security coming from a TPM (Trusted Platform Module) and Computrace LoJack for remote location and data wipes. It likewise ships with Windows 7 Professional, although it still has the Gorilla Glass display and a 1.33GHz low-voltage Core i5.
Wacom Inkling captures pen sketches digitally
Wacom has unveiled its latest graphic design input product, the Inkling. In a video demo of the product (embedded below), Wacom shows how the device allows a graphic artist to sketch images in free-hand on any paper using a pressure sensitive digital sketch pen. The device bridges the gap between paper sketching and digital drawing by giving users the ability to sketch with real ink on paper and capture their concepts digitally so that they can be later refined on their computer.
Accessory helps fill gap in iPad input
Drawing peripheral maker Wacom has announced the Bamboo Stylus, its first accessory for the iPad. The pen is colored black and silver, and said to be constructed with a "satin-textured" metal body. Weighting is balanced for better control. A heavily promoted feature is the tip, which measures just 6mm, in theory making it more precise than alternatives.
Offers highly sensitive note input
ASUS has officially launched its Eee Note EA800 e-reader/note-taker. The device runs a Linux OS and centers on an 8-inch 768X1024, 64 grayscale display. As an e-reader, it can store up to 10,000 books. In note-taking mode, its Wacom touch screen can sense up to 256 different levels of input pressure that allows for highly detailed and accurate input.
Ships with embedded Linux with Google Android 1.6
Entourage has launched its Pocket eDGE dual touchscreen tablet, which Electronista first had a hands-on experience with in early January. It incorporats a monochrome 6-inch Wacom Penabled E ink panel on the left and a 7-inch color resistive touchscreen display on the right. Like the prototype that we examined at CES, it is still running Android 1.6 as well as Embedded Linux, although the trackball on the right has now been replaced by an optical touchpad.
Editorial: MS comparison page is self-destructive
(Editorial) I’m all for companies taking aim at others. In fact, I think it’s a smart move in many cases, since it gives firms the ability to highlight, on their own turf, exactly why they believe their products are better than any others. But Microsoft’s decision to build a “PC versus Mac” page on its Windows 7 site is a huge mistake, even if you’re a Windows supporter.
Tablet to support handwritten notes
HP's upcoming webOS tablet, now referred to as the 'PalmPad,' will reportedly support stylus input alongside standard touch gestures, an unnamed source has told Examiner. The device is said to integrate a screen that is capable of recognizing a Wacom pen or similar stylus.
Wacom updates largest display to get new controls
Wacom used the advent of CeBIT to roll out a refresh of its largest tablet display, the Cintiq 21UX. The 21-inch display revolves around a new stylus that provides much higher sensitivity: it can work at 2,048 different gradients (twice the previous best) and is sensitive enough that it can register input with only the slightest contact. Sketch artists and others that depend on line strength are those most likely to reap the benefit.
Wacom Intuos4 Wireless uses Bluetooth and battery
Wacom today unveiled its first completely wireless tablet controller. The Intuos4 Wireless makes its link to a Mac or Windows PC through Bluetooth and provides the full feature set of a tethered pad without occupying the valuable expansion space on a notebook. A lithium-ion battery keeps it running for up to 18 hours of semi-active use; USB both recharges it and provides a wired option for frequent use.
Dulin's Books intros Wi-Fi enabled 6-inch reader
Dulin's Books announced this week that it will soon ship its Boox 60, an e-book reader that has an integrated Wi-Fi connection and a WebKit-based browser. The browser will let users view news, blogs and wiki sites and download content for the reader. The 6-inch Vizplex display has touch capability using Wacom technology, and an included stylus helps users take notes.
Lenovo W701 to sport quad-core i7 from Intel?
A recent FCC filing reveals that a new notebook from Lenovo is coming soon, powered by a 2GHz Intel chip believed to be the quad-core Core i7-920XM. The FCC filing points to the finished product as the ThinkPad W701 and confirms this with the presence of a Wacom digitizer, which has only shipped as part of the earlier W700.
Genius' low-cost tablet tested
Genius' EasyPen i405 tablet promises to undercut the mainstream in tablets by offering a substantial number of drawing features attached to a reasonable price tag. However, can it compare to the user experience of industry titans like Wacom, whose businesses revolve almost exclusively around pen input? We take a look in our review.
Wacom Bamboo Touch, more launch
Wacom on Thursday morning put out multiple tablets that signal a gradual break away from the company's pen-only approach. The Bamboo Touch, Bamboo Pen & Touch, Bamboo Fun and Bamboo Craft all have a multi-touch surface used for navigation, ranging from basic moves like a basic tap select or mouse-like input to two-finger pinching for zoom and twisting to rotate images. Users don't have to toggle modes when a stylus comes into play, Wacom adds.
Wacom Bamboo tablet gets multi-touch support
An upcoming tablet PC from Wacom has been spotted on the Internet, thanks to an anonymous source. Specs aren't completely clear in the shots given to Engadget, with the text on the box for the device revealing mostly that the Bamboo Touch tablet will support multi-touch input. However, the move would lead to the first Wacom device designed to work with only finger contact, as its previous tablets like the Intuos 4 have always depended on pressure-based stylus control.
Wacom unveils Intuos4
Wacom has released the Intuos4, the latest addition to the Intuos line of pen tablets. The company claims the device offers improved pressure sensitivity capable of recognizing 2048 individual levels, while the new tip sensor offers a near-zero starting pressure of one gram. The Grip Pen also features a pressure-sensitive eraser and two side switches that can be configured for commands such as double-click or right-click. An optional wide-body grip is also available.
Wacom Intuos4 pen tablet
The next-generation Intuos tablet from Wacom has been spotted, though the device itself has not yet been officially announced. The photo of the packaging reveals the new tablet will sport a wide-format tablet area along with a number of customizable ExpressKeys. It also reveals that the tablet will have a user-defined touch ring and the pressure-sensitive grip pen will be new and improved.
Wacom PL-900 LCD tablet
Wacom on Friday introduced its latest LCD pen tablet, the 19-inch PL-900. The device has a 4:3 native aspect ratio that can be automatically switched to a 16:10 widescreen format via an auto-sensing video scaler. The display sports 1280x1024 resolution and has been improved compared to the company's previous products with a wider viewing angle and an anti-glare coating.
Cinema 4D Release 11
Maxon on Tuesday unveiled Cinema 4D Release 11, a major update to its 3D animation suite, introducing an enhanced lighting engine, animation tools, and improved render speeds, among other features. In addition to the aforementioned inclusions, Cinema 4D now offers enhanced compatibility with other industry software, such as the COLLADA file format, and the CineMan Renderman accompaniment. The updated sweet also comes with BodyPaint 3D Release 4, which now includes WACOM tablet support.
New touchscreen technology
Wacom today unveiled a new touch-screen technology, dubbed Reversing Ramped Field Capacitive touch – or RRFC – which uses low-power circuitry and reversing ramped electro-static fields to offer precise performance. The technology supposedly prevents cursor drifting, and can be used as a touch display or as a simple touch surface. Wacom states that the surface used for the technology is tougher than glass, allowing for increased durability, while also being able to recognize softer touches.
Axiotron ships Modbook
Axiotron has begun shipping its Modbook tablet Mac, a modified MacBook with a built-in Wacom digitized pen-sensitive liquid crystal display. The only Mac-based tablet on the market won the Best of Show award at Macworld Expo 2007 after debuting at the event. The Modbook features a 2.0GHz or 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, Inkwell handwriting recognition software, a 24x DVD combo or 8x DVD SuperDrive, GPS support, and Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard. Modbooks start at $2,300 and include a 1-year warranty.