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Wacom Unveils Two Tablet Devices

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Today Wacom announce a plethora of new products. These new products include a pressure sensitive stylus for iPad (More on this tomorrow) and two tablet devices of their own. The Cintiq Companion which is a Windows 8 device and the Cintiq Companion Hybrid which will run Android 4.2 Jellybean. Both are powerful tablets aimed at professional artists that want to take their studios on the go. Here are a few of their features:

• Full HD, 13.3in, 1920×1080 display with multi-pressure touch control
• Complementary Wacom Pro Pen with 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity
• Wi-Fi connectivity
• 2-megapixel front-facing camera
• Rear 8-megapixel camera
• Bluetooth (4.0 for the Cintiq Companion and 3.0 for the Companion Hybrid)
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Robot Media is Trying to Make Creating Digital Children’s Books Easy

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As we all know, the last couple of years the publishing industry has started to move more to the digital side of publishing. Leaving us illustrators that don’t have any or very little coding skills trying to find ways to get are content out there. But what if anyone could create interactive children’s books for tablets and mobile? Well thats the question Barcelona’s Robot Media is trying to answer.

Right now on Robot Media‘s website you can sign up for an invite to get the beta of their application, Storybuilder. Storybuilder is an award-winning (Publishing Innovation Awards) desktop application made to produce stand alone children’s and comic book apps for mobile devices. With 3 million downloads and content from publishers like Random House and HarperCollins Robot Media could be on its way to becoming the industry’s leading interactive picture book platform. The “Storybuilder” tool provides “everything an author needs to build a rich, interactive, animated book as easy as creating a Powerpoint presentation” says the companies founder Hermes Pique.

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So what’s in it for Robot Media? Their model sees them take 30% of what is left after Apple’s or Google’s 30% app store commission.

I’ve downloaded the Storybuilder application and I’m playing around with it now. Not a lot to report yet, but I will give it a full review when the app gets out of beta. As of now the software beta is only for Mac. No word of it coming to other operating systems. If you are interested about the software, you can sign up for the beta at littlerobot.com to try it for yourself.

Mobile Apps for Running a Freelance Illustration Business

With September being a huge month for announcements in mobile technology like Amazon releasing the 2nd version of their tablet Kindle fire and all kinds of smart phones being released from Samsung to Motorola. All of that being topped off by Apple releasing their new iPhone 5 on friday (09.21.12). So, all of this got me thinking about my favorite mobile apps for running my freelance business. Here are a few of the apps I couldn’t live without.

Minimal Folio
This app is for creative professionals who want to let their portfolios do the talking. Minimal Folio is the simplest way to present images and video on your iPad or iPhone. The app is unbranded so all your clients see is your work.
Device: iOS
Price: $2.99
Developer: Simon Heys

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