New Wacom Pen Tablets

Old Bamboo Capture on left New Intuos Small on right
Yesterday, lost amongst all the talk about smart watches, really big phones, and odd phone-camera accessories +Wacom Americas released an update to their Bamboo line of pen tablets. Well two updates. First, Bamboo pen tablets are no more. They've been rebranded as Intuos tablets, and their former Intuos tablets have been rebranded as Intuos Pro. This was a move to better define their products, and makes sense to me. Bamboo is now for their tablet (iPad, Android, etc.) pen accessories and apps. Second the newly branded Intuos pen tablets have been redesigned, and I have to say they look quite slick!

Now as many of you know I use and love my Bamboo Capture (which would now be an Intuos Small) daily. And not just for my photography work. The ability to use it as a large touchpad is awesome, and using the pen for photography re-touching and editing makes things so much easier. So when I saw this new update I was ready to upgrade. It's hard to see from the angle above but the pad is more of a wedge which I would think would be more comfortable for long photo sessions, and the pen is supposed to be a little more ergonomic and comes with an eraser, something the Bamboo didn't come with. Other little changes include having the USB cable come out the top instead of the side. And what for me is a big update (and must be a software update) the four buttons, which I assume run the width of the black bar at the top, are now application specific!

My one complaint with my Bamboo has been that the four buttons could only be programmed universally. So if I mapped button to the keystroke shift+command+E (exporting a version in Aperture) pressing that button would get me what ever that keystroke is in any other program. With the new Intuos pet tablets the four buttons are now application specific! So now I'll be able to map different actions for different programs to each button. And with the price staying the same I think this is a great update and one I'll seriously consider.

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