Re: [nbos] wacom tablets?
"Mike Oliver"
Wed Oct 14th, 2009
I've just checked out e-Bay and there are a number of Wacom tablets up
for grabs with a wide variety of prices. I bought an inexpensive
UC-Logic SuperPen tablet about 18 months ago and haven't yet tried it
because we moved house and I've only just found it again. I plan to give
it a run out over the next week or so to see if it works with FM8. I'll
report back on progress.


-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Doug Jessee
Sent: 13 October 2009 16:40
Subject: Re: [nbos] wacom tablets?

I would love to get the small Cintiq, but not in the budget for the
foreseeable future.
-Doug Jessee

On Tue, Oct 13, 2009 at 11:23 AM, Richard <> wrote:
The best way to gauge a tablet is put your hand over the surface with
the pen, and see how much movement your hand creates when going over the
You can also draw out the different size area-rectangles on paper and
pre-test how your pen and hand reach.
Your comfort will be your best choice, in my opinion, the less wrist
movement, the better.
My 4x6 Graphire pad was an excellent fit for me, and I have good sized
hands. I also used a larger pad a little later at a companies shop (that
did trophy engraving) and discovered the real-estate problem and
realized bigger was not actually better.

Some info for those finding the right tablet:
Some think that "tracing" on your pad (thus getting a bigger tablet),
putting a sheet of paper on the tablet and tracing, is their plan... but
truthfully tracing never really works except to rough-in the design.
If you end up doing photo retouching or artwork like that, you will
always end up zooming in with the application and working on details,
even on a big tablet.
If you are getting into professional work, a Cintiq is currently your
best choice as it has higher pressure levels than a Tablet-PC, but in a
Cintiq's case, bigger is not so bad, as you are working directly on the
surface of an LCD. but the larger Cintiq's are almost $2500 with taxes
and shipping (smaller is about $1200). Expensive, but your workflow is
much faster (no retracing/refining on paper, no scanning and resizing,
no recalibrating the brain/hand/eye) but no hard-copy physical materials
and no wasted paper. Cuts down on a lot of cost in the long run. :)

----- Original Message ----- From: <>
To: <>; <>
Sent: Monday, October 12, 2009 9:49 AM
Subject: Re: [nbos] wacom tablets?

On Mon, Oct 12, 2009 at 07:07:56AM -0400, Nyrath the nearly wise wrote:
Richard wrote:
>A small Intuos I would recommend. Contrary to belief, bigger is
>not better. Bigger means more wrist movement and more work for
>your hand to do. Zoom is your friend for intricate detail.

Agreed. At my day job, the art department all use
6 x 8 Intuos pads. They say that larger pads suffer
from the drawbacks that Richard mentioned.

So, is 6x8 too big? The one I was thinking about getting isn't any
bigger than that (I don't have the exact dimensions handy, it might
actually be 7" rather than 10").

I see some that have a work surface a little (but not much) bigger than
the touchpad on my netbook; those seem too small to really gain much

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