Summary: I maintain a number of websites as a bit of an obsession, and load up many photos and graphics as part of the deal. Inevitably with scanning in photos there always tend to be flaws to correct and improvements to make, and I've written here before about using Adobe Photoshop to do so.
Summary: Why would you buy one of these when a Mouse is only a tenner? Some people like the gadgety nature, some people like to try new things - for me, it was because RSI meant that I just couldn't use a mouse. When you went to school back in the old days, what did you learn to write with? Did you push a plastic shape around on a small rubber area to form your first letters, or did you use a pen/pencil?
Pros: natural feel, holder for pen so you don't lose it, keen price
Cons: people run off with the pen and say "your biro doesn't work", not everyone can get on with it
Summary: My Mouse died............ For serious computer stuff ( not this internet thingo) I use an Apple G4 450Mhz DP. (until November last year the fastest benchmarked computer in the world, but that's besides the point) The G4 comes with a snazzy infra-red mouse, which died after two years of service.
Pros: looks good on the desk, does what it claims
Cons: inaccurate, takes a lot of setting up, very smal tablet
Summary: I have a problem; it is that I am a gadget man. I see these lovely new fangled technological marvels in the shop window calling my name. I swear I hear them, “Adam” they go “Adam, come in and buy me!” and thus I end up with loads of gadgets. The latest electronic gismo I fell under the spell of is the Wacom Graphire (USB version). Boy, what a gadget she is….. This device is a graphics tablet incorporating a cordless / battery-less mouse and pen.
Summary: "Oooooh yey!" I thought to myself as I handed over the cash for this.. thing. "Oooooh yey!" I thought to myself as I plugged it into the back of my PC. "Oooooh pants!" I thought to myself as the cable barely reached the table. Its a bad sighn when your are dissapointed with soemthing so soon. Once I got comfortable I started playing with all the settings. It was easy enough to install and the software had plenty of things to play with and was extremelly easy to use.
Wacom Graphire Blueberry: Better than a mouse - give it a go.
9 August 2001
Summary: I bought myself a wacom graphire for home use after I used one of Wacom's other tablets at work. My own budget wouldn't quite run to the professional end of their range, but I thought (and still think) that the Graphire is a good product for general home use that offers good value for money.
Pros: Pressure sensitivity, Easy to use, No problems for left-handed folk!
Cons: Will need to keep a mouse for games, Graphire mouse is pants, Hard to find cheaper than RRP
Summary: Wacom has long held the position as front-runner in the computer tablets market for one reason - they usually produce the best. The Graphire is their consumer product, whilst their Intuos range provide their prosumer and pro offerings. Description: The Graphire tablet, now available in a range of colours for the style-conscious iMac owner, plugs in to a USB connector and comes with a wireless mouse and stylus, software drivers, a paint package (Painter Classic),...
Pros: More natural than a mouse, relatively cheap, excellent control via the driver settings.
Summary: Best piece of kit I bought. (Well, equal to the Zip drive, I think). Swapping between mouse and pen is seamless and a joy. I have the USB version as I’m already out of serial ports. Works perfectly. The only disadvantage being that when the PC powers down to standby, this mouse fails to wake it. So just hit the Win95 Menu key. No major problem. The pen holder does stop the mouse getting to the top centre of the screen, but as it unclips, even that isn’t a problem.
Summary: If you are remotely into art or design you really should get yourself a graphics tablet. The Graphire from Wacom (www.wacom.de) is a great beginners tablet. It is available in the same range of colours as the i-macs from macintosh. I will let you decide if this is a good or bad thing!. When you first plug the tablet into the USB port and start to draw you realise what you have been missing all these years, it feels completely natural.
Pros: Nice price, Improves your work
Cons: USB only, i-mac colours!, expensive to replace the nibs for the pen
Summary: I've used the previous version of this table (the penpartner). Is exactly the same but it doesn't comes with a mouse and it have a less rounded design. No one doubts that Wacom is the best graphic tablet manufacturer company in the world. But this product sucks a lot. You can't do anything with this work area (it's so small! only 4x7 inches!!!) and it only have 256 levels of pressure sensitive. The only turn-on I can think at the moment is the design and it's USB based.