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First Look Review: Intuos3 12x12 Tablet

1 May, 2006 By: Ron LaFon

Wacom's pressure-sensitive drawing and design tool earns high marks


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Wacom introduced the Intuos3 12x12 tablet along with its Intuos3 12x19 tablet, both joining the Intuos3 6x11 tablet released in late 2005. Although AutoCAD no longer ships with plastic overlays for tablets, it does include a tablet template drawing (TABLET.DWG) in the Samples directory that users can plot and insert in the Intuos3 tablet. It's then easy to configure and calibrate AutoCAD to use the tablet with the overlay. As with previous releases of AutoCAD, you can customize the template by adding macros and commands.

The capabilities of the Intuos3 will delight artists. For non-CAD applications such as illustration, paint and photo software, the included grip pen offers pressure-sensitive input, making it easy to draw or paint. With the appropriate pointer device, the tablet also reacts to tilt as well as pressure, enabling a wide range of useful effects with ease.

Control areas consist of two small vertical strips located toward the top right and left of the active tablet area, offering convenient access whether the user is right- or left-handed. Read more >>p>

  

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