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Wacom’s new Fine tipped Stylus’

The holiday season is quickly approaching which means it’s time for our favorite product manufacturers to start releasing updates to their products just in time for the holiday shopping season. Last year Wacom released the Intuos Creative Stylus and it was their first pressure-sensitive iPad stylus. I personally found this first stylus to not be the best solution. It didn’t really mimic the real feeling of drawing on paper or drawing on my other Wacom products. Last year’s model from Wacom, the Intous Creative Stylus, had a large rubber nib on the end which made it hard for me to do precise drawings. I never understood why stylists were designed this way. I am assuming it was to mimic using a finger when writing on a tablet, but I thought a stylus should be more precise than using any of your five digits.

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Well, this fall Wacom will be offering two new products to try to fix this issue. The first is the new Bamboo Stylus Fineline. It’s a smart stylus with a new thinner tip. This new tip is made of a 1.9mm solid plastic tip and can register 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity. The Fineline is available in an assortment of colors including silver, blue, grey, orange and pink.

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The iPad screen doesn’t support pressure sensitivity so Wacom makes up for this by having the pen register the pressure you are applying and sending it to the tablet using Bluetooth technology. For this to work the application you are running needs to also register the pressure you’re applying so the software and the Stylus need to be able to communicate. The Fineline has some great 1st and 3rd party app support including Wacom’s own Bamboo Paper app, Noteshelf, Notes Plus, INKredible and GoodReader. But the best feature of all is that the Fineline lasts up to 26 hours on a single battery charge.

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If the Bamboo Stylus Finetip is not your style and you would like to step up Wacom has also updated there Intous Creative Stylus. This new offering simply called the Intous Creative Stylus 2 has 2,048 pressure levels of sensitivity, that’s the same level as their professional desktop offerings with their’s Cintiq. I’m not saying the two are comparable but the specs are the same.

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It has a 2.9mm solid plastic tip and works with a wide range of apps including Bamboo Paper, SketchBook Pro for iPad, ArtRage and ProCreate. It can also connect to Wacom’s own Cloud services. Both of these new stylists are compatible with iPad 3, iPad Mini, iPad Air or greater. If you’re interested in these new stylists you can pick one up for $79.95 for the Creative Stylus 2 or the Bamboo Stylus fineline for $59.95 from the Wacom online store or from one of their registered retailers like BestBuy or Amazon.

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  • Norm GrockNORM GROCKContributor, Founder

    Having grown up on the shores of Maui, Hawaii, Norm has always had a love for drawing. Since leaving the Islands’ beautiful beaches and landing in Oregon he went to college and received a degree in graphic design. Now living in Beaverton, Oregon, Norm has been working as a full-time graphic designer and illustrator for the last 12 years. He has spent countless hours perfecting his craft as a freelance illustrator working on several children’s books, a few video games and creating numerous educational products. His ability to draw has given him the chance to do the thing he truly loves — Create.

Wacom Cintiq Companion Review

If you’ve been following Once Upon a Sketch for any amount of time you’ll know that I have been looking for a portable digital drawing solution. I’ve tried drawing on my iPad with expensive stylists and even tried Microsoft’s Surface tablet, but nothing I found ever made me feel like I was drawing on my Wacom Cintiq. Maybe I’m just spoiled but I wanted a product I could do professional grade work on, on the go.CintiqCompanion006 First off, I would like to mention that there are two different products in the Wacom Companion line. It can get a little confusing so let me explain. The Cintiq Companion is a drawing tablet running Windows 8. It’s pretty much a full-blown computer crammed into one of Wacom’s drawing displays. Since it’s running Windows you can use any of your favorite creative applications like Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator or Indesign. While it’s brother the Cintiq Companion hybrid is an android-based drawing tablet. While on the go it acts like a normal Android-based tablet allowing you to use any of the Mobile versions of drawing software but when you plug it into your Computer it stops running Android and acts like any other Wacom Cintiq. To make it even more confusing both products look the same.

This post will be focusing on the Cintiq Companion running Windows 8.

More information about the Wacom Cintiq Companion.
Wacom is the leader in drawing tablets for graphics professionals. Wacom’s products have traditionally been desktop-based until they released the Cintiq Companion in August. The Companion is designed to be the first portable graphics workstation (Thanks Popular Mechanics, I could not have worded that better). It’s not an iPad or an android tablet it’s a full computer inside of a Wacom 13.3in Cintiq. The Companion runs 64bit Windows 8 and has a full HD display with a touchscreen stylus combo with 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity. Continue reading

Wacom’s First Pressure-Sensitive iPad Stylus

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Yesterday Wacom unveiled their new portable drawing solutions with two new tablets, but not to be lost in the buzz they are also releasing their first pressure sensitive stylus for iPad. The Intuos Creative Stylus is the latest addition to Wacom’s Bamboo Stylus line and it’s first pressure-sensitive iPad stylus. As you probably know by now the iPad screen is not pressure sensitive so to get this effect Wacom has built this pressure sensitivity into the stylus. Using Bluetooth 4.0 the stylus will talk to compatible iPad art apps, which currently include SketchBook, ArtRage, ProCreate, ArtStudio, Inkist, Flipink and Wacom’s Bamboo Paper app. Wacom claims to offer 2048 levels of pressure-sensitivity and says that one AAA battery will power it for over 150 hours. The Intuos Creative Stylus will be on sale at $99 on October 7.

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)
• Adjustable, detachable stand, carrying case, pen case with nine replacement nibs Continue reading

Wacom Drawing Tablet Coming August 20th?

Earlier this year Wacom put out a vague tweet about a drawing tablet. Then a few days ago this YouTube video appeared showing off a bunch of different Wacom products which also hinted at the “Next Big Thing”. The video ends with the date August 20th, 2013 and the words Wacom’s next Creative Evolution. The video doesn’t give a lot of details, it doesn’t even say what the “next Creative Evolution” is. Guess we’ll just have to wait until August 20th, but just because there’s not a lot of details doesn’t mean I can’t get excited about a possible new mobile drawing solution. Look for our write up on this announcement around the 20th of this month, but for now you can just speculate and dream with me in the comments.

Wacom Unveils Multi-Touch 22HD Drawing Tablet

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Wacom produces several lines of tablets for digital artists, graphics designers and photographers and they are adding a new entry into there line up. The Wacom Cintiq 22HD tablet Touch. Like the Cintiq 24HD Touch the new 22HD introduces multi-touch functionality for gestures like rotating canvases, panning and zooming along side the great stylus-based drawing. The stylus retains its 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity and the ExpressKeys return as well on either side of the drawing surface. The overall weight of the Cintiq 22HD has been reduced from 33.7 pounds to 18.5 pounds with the stand.

With touch comes added cost. The Cintiq 22HD touch costs $2,500 which is a $500 premium on the non-touch version. Wacom is releasing a new, improved version of the Cintiq 24HD Touch in may in the US.

Wacom to release a new Cintiq 13HD

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Last week Wacom, the creators of drawing tablets and displays for professionals, announced a new offering to their Cintiq line up. Wacom unveiled its first compact, full HD colour sketch pad. The new Cintiq 13HD delivers a professional pen driven on screen drawing experience in a new slimmer, lightweight design. With a 13-inch display boasting 16.7 million colours, with a 1980 x 1080 resolution this tablet looks like a wonderful addition to any illustrators studio. With a 178 degree viewing angle and a stand that can be adjusted to lie flat or positioned at angles of 22, 35, and 50 degrees. Wacom has also announced a new pen to go with the new display, but details are scarce on this. We do know that the new offering supports 2,048 levels of sensitivity and has tilt recognition like Wacom’s other offerings in this category. If this sounds too good to be true you can pick one up in April for around $1000 which is a price reduction of around $200 from their old 13 inch model.

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