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11/16/2004 08:45:17 PM · #1
I am thinking of getting one to do editing work. I just cant seem to get the correct effects I want using a mouse, especially when dodging and burning.

Is a tablet worth the money?
11/16/2004 08:48:15 PM · #2
Yes, experience.
Yes, worth the money.

Which one are you considering?
11/16/2004 08:49:24 PM · #3
I use an Aiptek Hyperpen 12000u. Best investment I've ever made. Any tablet is worth it. Next time around though, I'll do Wacom. At the time, the Aiptek was just a better value for me.
11/16/2004 09:01:11 PM · #4
I own a Wacom Volito. It is very small, not good for CAD/CAM but excellent for photography editing and small drawings.

But I plan to sell it and buy a professional one (I'll do some CAD/CAM and need a bigger one)

Anyone interested? It is only 80$. Contact me if interested.
11/16/2004 09:03:02 PM · #5
Got mine as a Christmas present last year -- it took me a while to get used to the pen but now I can't imagine ever going back to a mouse, ever. Go for it. You won't be sorry.
11/16/2004 09:07:42 PM · #6
I have a small one and I like it. I use both. Generally I use a mouse. For detail work I pull out my Wacom. It is great for painting out selections and similar work.
11/16/2004 09:14:23 PM · #7
Originally posted by KaDi:

Yes, experience.
Yes, worth the money.

Which one are you considering?


Not sure yet, I wanna go someplace that carries them and see them upfront. What stores carry them?
11/16/2004 09:26:02 PM · #8
Originally posted by jmlelii:

Originally posted by KaDi:

Yes, experience.
Yes, worth the money.

Which one are you considering?


Not sure yet, I wanna go someplace that carries them and see them upfront. What stores carry them?


Graphire 3 (3x5)was a birthday present bought at Circuit City for appx $99 in June. The one I have at work is much, much larger and was appropriated from someone who might use it one day.

Having used both, I think an intermediate size is better.

Try to find someone who has one so you can try it out. They do take some getting used to, but the ability to make selections in, for example, PS Elements, is greatly enhanced. Wrist fatigue is reduced when using the pen as a mouse for browsing on the internet, as we're more used to the grasping of pens, silverware, etc., than we are mouses. I'm sure others can point out advantages as well. (I had computer problems at home in Aug. and haven't used my Wacom for any DPC stuff since then.)
11/16/2004 09:49:55 PM · #9
I've also been considering one (leaning towards the Intuos3) but really I'm just fantasizing because I can't afford it! That said...I haven't been able to find a really good explanation of how it works for writing. It sounds like the written text doesn't get converted into typed text and is saved as an image or something. Is there software available to make that conversion happen? If so, will it work with multiple languages/character sets?

Also, based on my answers in the "Which tablet?" thing, the 9x12" one was recommended. Everything about it looks nifty to me, except for the price. ;) Should I aim for the 6x8" or will I just end up regretting that?

I apologize to jmlelii for stealing his thread.


11/16/2004 10:02:29 PM · #10
Originally posted by alsatia:

I've also been considering one (leaning towards the Intuos3) but really I'm just fantasizing because I can't afford it! That said...I haven't been able to find a really good explanation of how it works for writing. It sounds like the written text doesn't get converted into typed text and is saved as an image or something.


If you are using a Mac, "Ink" converts handwriting to actual text, depending of course on how neat your writing is! I'm certain there is a similar program for Windows, but can't recall it at the moment.

Originally posted by alsatia:

Also, based on my answers in the "Which tablet?" thing, the 9x12" one was recommended. Everything about it looks nifty to me, except for the price. ;) Should I aim for the 6x8" or will I just end up regretting that?


I have the Intuos2 6x8 at home and the Graphire3 6x8 at work. I find the size perfect. The 9x12 was just too big in my opinion.

With the introduction of the Intuos3, the price of the Intuos2 dropped nicely. I'd look into getting one of those.
11/16/2004 11:41:55 PM · #11
Hi all. I'm selling my Intuous 2 12x12 USB tablet [yes, 12x12!] for $175 [great deal :D]. It still looks as good as new and fully functionable, with all the original contents included:

12x12 tablet
Grip Pen w/ pen holder
4D Mouse
Driver cd [for Mac and PC]
Power Suite cd

PM me if you're interested.
11/17/2004 07:49:46 AM · #12
Hi there!

I buyed a Trust tablet: //www.trust.com/home/default.htm?viewpage=products/product.htm%3Fartnr%3D13022
(watching info about the Aiptek Hyperpen 1200U... I believe its the same tablet!!) :P

And Im very happy with it! has the functions like the wacom at a fraction of the price.. of course I believe Wacom should be better (thinking the price of them).

But if you are getting your first tablet.. I recommend this trust.. works nice for me, photoshop, illustrator and 3dsmax :)
Then if you see after some months or.. maybe a year that you use it a lot... you should go to the most expensive one of wacom :)

Hope this helps you :)

(by the way... the mouse that came, is good enough as a back up mouse... you should have another one) but I hear the same happens with Wacom 4D mouses, so.. ;)

Message edited by author 2004-11-17 07:54:29.
11/17/2004 08:37:14 AM · #13
I've got a lime green original Wacom Graphire. I wouldn't be without it for photoshop. They go together like hand in glove.

Being able to use the pressure sensing to change the opacity of brush strokes when dodging, burning or tweaking layer masks is the dogs nuts.

I'm not sure why you might need over a thousand levels of pressure sensativity when working on an 8 bit image which only has 256 shades in each channel. I might be wrong, but what I'm getting at is that I doubt most people would lose out by using the less expensive Graphire range.

What ever you get you will enjoy using. Just get something!!!
11/19/2004 04:00:56 PM · #14
I have been looking into buying a Wacom Graphire3 4x5 for the last few days. The only real objective I have for it at this point is using it to 'sign' my digital images. Maybe some of these other editing capabilities will find their way into my workflow....

/me places an order with B&H... again....
11/19/2004 04:12:19 PM · #15
tons of them on ebay
//cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=3680&item=5140545175&rd=1
11/19/2004 04:13:56 PM · #16
Originally posted by rodneyg:

tons of them on ebay
//cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=3680&item=5140545175&rd=1


For the price difference and quick shipping time, I think B&H is my best bet on a new one.
11/19/2004 06:01:08 PM · #17
Have had an Intuos2 4x5 for 2 years.
I use it daily, love it, wouldn't be without one now.
11/19/2004 07:48:58 PM · #18
Originally posted by jmsetzler:

For the price difference and quick shipping time, I think B&H is my best bet on a new one.


Or you could just order it direct from Wacom.
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