Re: [nbos] [FM] graphics tablets?
"Doug Jessee"
Mon Nov 12th, 2007

My understanding (I am on my 2nd Graphire 4x5) is that the pad
produces a field and the pen uses the field to power its pressure
sensitive circuit and buttons on the side.

That is how the mouse works on the same pad (but for some reason, not as well).

I really want to buy a larger one, but can not justify it to the
family comptroller (read wife).

I have not tried my Wacom with FM yet. Maybe I should.


On Nov 12, 2007 11:13 AM, Del Rio <> wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 12, 2007 at 02:33:37PM -0000, Mike Oliver wrote:
> > One can never be certain about people's grasp of macro economics or
> > humour for that matter. The smiley was something of a giveaway and I
> > don't recall the last time the $ was at 9.0 to the pound (as old as I
> > am) but I'm sure $180 is a bargain it's just that my finances couldn't
> > be called "macro" by any stretch of the imagination.
> >
> > I think a swept up tablet wouldn't be of much use to me; like you, I
> > can't draw with a mouse, so how the hell am I going to do so with a pen
> > I have to hold a millimetre above the surface of the tablet? Or is that
> > just the inferior quality of my tablet?
> Not sure what a swept up tablet is. I gather that the surface
> of the wacom tablets is vey much like the texture of a paper
> drawing pad, and that the tablet is sensitive to the pressure
> of the pen, to be able to draw thicker lines by pressing down
> harder. The cheaper tablets like the Bamboo claim 512 levels
> of pressure sensitivity, the Intuos or whatever it's called is
> supposed to have twice that. I gather the Intuos is also
> sensitive to the tilt of the pen as well (maybe so it can
> emulate a caligraphy brush?), which the Bamboo isn't.
> I can't imagine trying to draw while hovering the pen above the
> surface of the tablet, is that the way yours works?
> I was pulling my hair out over the cost of the tablet as well,
> but then I considered the amount of money I've invested in
> stacks of roleplaying books that I've used rarely, or not at
> all - not to mention the amount of money I've invested in
> mapping programs that I've never actually used to draw a map
> with, because of problems like being unable to draw with a
> mouse... Obviously not everyone experiences this problem: I've
> seen gorgeous maps created by people using a mouse, but they're
> apparently just better at this stuff than I am. So I'm buying
> a moderately expensive crutch and hoping for the best. ;-)
> --
> "I know I promised, Lord, never again. But I also know
> that YOU know what a weak-willed person I am."
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