Summary: The Inkling is a new category of device. Unlike traditional tablets, you can’t see what you’re drawing on screen as you draw it, but you can use the Inkling anywhere at any time with just an ordinary sheet of paper. Our biggest disappointments are things that could be corrected in a future version or possibly even a software update—a variety of nibs, OCR functionality, totally revamped software, live wireless PC connectivity, better pressure sensing and vastly improved...
Conclusion: The Wacom Inkling is a nifty idea and very enjoyable to work with, although it's best as a set-it-and-forget-it device for capturing rough sketches, rather than a precision tool for professional artists.
Pros: Novel design really works. Lots of fun to use. Slick, self-contained charging case. Compatible with PCs and Macs. Exports to a wide variety of formats. Very easy to use in practice.
Cons: Not quite accurate enough for very precise drawings. A bit expensive as a rough concepting tool. The included Sketch Manager software works but is overly obtuse.
Excerpt: When I first saw the Wacom Inkling my reaction was “Wow!” I also thought it was too good to be true. Well, I am happy to report, after being sent a review unit by Wacom, that it is not too good to be true and the device is awesome! As an illustrator who has scanned sketches into my computer for years and redrawn those sketches in Illustrator the Inkling is exactly what I have been looking for.
Summary: If you're a creative professional that needs something to capture quick ideas on the go in a small and portable form factor then the Wacom Inkling is for you. At $200 though, it isn't a solution for a creative type that likes to sketch on paper.
Pros: Sturdy build quality, Intuitive design, Ability to add layers
Cons: Tracking tracking tracking, Price, Inability to save layered files, Can't save time-lapse
Excerpt: Say hello to the Wacom Inkling, the ultimate slate for illustrators. It's not your typical tablet easel: instead, it's all about making digital drawings on plain old paper. Just grab a pencil and start sketching, and with the camera attached at the top, you'll see your doodles appear in realtime on the display, ready to tamper with all you want. It it any good though? Check out the clip above to find out what we made of it in our group test.
Excerpt: As an illustrator who works in both paper and digital media, I’ve been looking forward to getting my hands on the Wacom Inkling ever since it was first announced. A physical pen that tracks your drawings and digitizes them on the fly? Can you say “dream tool?” The Inkling is a two-part gadget, a pen and a receiver. As you draw with the pen, the receiver stays clamped to the top of your notebook where it records your every stroke.
Wacom Inkling makes pretty pictures, but software is sluggish
28 November 2011
Excerpt: (1 items) To best understand what the Wacom Inkling is , we should start off with what it’s not. The Inkling won’t replace (or substitute for) a Bamboo , Intuos ( ), or Cintiq ( ) tablet. It’s not a tool for making final inks. And if you’d rather write than draw, the Livescribe ’s ( ) the pen you want. So what is the Inkling? It's a terrific sketch partner; a scanner replacement for first-draft doodles; and a surprisingly capable pressure-sensitive pen.
Excerpt: After seeing impressive preview footage of the Wacom Inkling, we were very keen to get our hands on it. A tool that enables you to sketch directly to paper with a ballpoint pen, then upload the results to your Mac for editing? Sweet. But there was a nagging doubt – the worry that the official demo might be too good to be true.
Pros: Use a real pen to draw with; upload in bitmap or vector format to supported programs
Cons: Early users have reported layer shifting issues and occasional export glitches