Product designers who have found success using the iPad as a sketchbook are a rare breed: it takes patience and pre-existing skill to successfully communicate your ideas with large nubs nearly the size of your pinky finger. Could Wacom’s newly-released Intuos Creative Stylus be the answer to finally being able to sketch (more) naturally on an iPad?
When the Cintiq first came out, I vividly remember an illustrator friend of mine saying “It’s not a matter of if I’m going to buy one, it’s a matter of when I’m going to buy one.” Perhaps a lot of designers and illustrators have found themselves in the same boat and have waited for the price (and maybe even the form factor) to come down a bit without sacrificing quality. It’s hard to argue that the $999 Cintiq 13HD may just be the most accessible, versatile, and ergonomic Cintiq to date.
Like an attack of digital line drawing glory, the digitized stylus onslaught is finally making it’s way into the tablet accessory market. You probably remember the Wacom Inkling that sucks your physical sketches into its digital software, layers and all. That idea is finally being delivered into the iPad domain with eFun releasing the aPen A5 Smart Pen early 2012 for the device. Details are sparse, but you can see the quick, fluid sketch action in the video below and start dreaming of all the wonderful scenes you will digi-ink on that screen. Hit it!
Engadget’s Sharif Sakr spent some hands on time with Wacom’s newest two products the Cintiq 24HD and the Inkling. If you’ve got a space of 15 minutes, you can watch videos and demos with a Wacom rep after the break. After reviewing the info available on both of these products, these are the most notable things that haven’t been dredge up previously.
Today Wacom announced the Inkling, a new digital/ballpoint sketch pen that captures your real world sketches digitally for easy manipulation/refinement later. Say what? It digitizes your sketches so you can skip the scanner and go straight to work. Those familiar with the Livescribe note-taking pen will be familiar with the concept already, but this time, it is backed by Wacom, a company known for their drawing tablets, and geared directly at the sketchers of the world. I wasn’t initially impressed with the idea, but after digging through their press release and watching the video, I have to admit, I’d love to mess around with one. Check out that video and the highlights from the press release/product site after the break.
In what makes the first real Wacom news I’ve heard in a long while, a Cintiq 24HD was just givent the stamp of approval. This is according to Engadget, the tech blog whose writers devote more time combing through FCC filings than I spend combing through my hair. The new tablet has the nomenclature “24HD” which would seem to imply a 24″ screen and at least 1920×1080 resolution, both being steps up from the 21UX 21″ inch screen and paultry 1600×1200 resolution. Without any other information to go on, I would surmise that we still are not going to see 3D, the innovation I was hoping for, on this new model. Still, at least we’re not just seeing a
re-body slight upgrade of the previous model. Here are a few more details.
It came to my attention this morning that Wacom, the purveyor of drawing tablets for your computer, has issued yet another iPad product under their Bamboo brand: Bamboo Paper. It’s pitched as “a natural and realistic writing and sketching application tool” as a “perfect complement to the Bamboo Stylus for iPad.” After playing with it for the day, I agree. It is the perfect compliment for the Bamboo stylus; both leave me wondering why Wacom bothered. What follows is more of a first impression than a full review.
After my rant about Wacom’s announcement of their aluminum Bamboo Stylus for iPads—and all other capacitive screens—Shapedad’s Ivo Beckers got ahold of me and asked me to try out his Eco Stylus. Turns out, it is actually made of bamboo. I waited until I had a good bit of experience with the new stylus before writing my thoughts down. Read my full review after the jump.
Last week, while Josh was in a travel-weary coma, I went through his wallet and found his login to SolidSmack. (Your wallet, Josh? That’s pretty lame, man.) I choose to abuse my new found access to the SolidSmack media empire by writing this rant… directed towards Wacom.
This Saturday, the end of people droning on about awesome iPhone apps ends and the start of people droning on about awesome iPad apps… begins. Yes, the iPad is here. Getting one? If you are, and your also into sketchin’ awesomeness with your nubbins, you’re gonna love this.
Earlier today, I got a heads up from Nick Harvey that acclaimed British actor Stephen Fry posted a couple iPad images that revealed something very revealing about what Autodesk may be revealing… in the next couple weeks.
Sketchbook Pro for the iPad. Sha.zaam. What does it look like? Take a gander… and while you do, ponder this… could it put the hurt on the face of Wacom and Adobe?