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Updated October, 2011

The Bamboo Touch line of tablets from Wacom continues to change with the introduction of three new models and the retirement of the previous five models.

The three new models are ...

Bamboo Splash
Bamboo Capture
Bamboo Create

For the first time there is a wireless kit available for the Capture and the Create which is a really, really great addition to the line.

The models that have been replaced include ...

Bamboo Touch
Bamboo Pen
Bamboo Pen and Touch
Bamboo Craft
Bamboo Fun

If you have one of these five products or you find yourself in the position to get one then you can check them out lower down on the page - right here.


Connect, Capture and Create


The Splash, Capture and Create are the three new models of the Bamboo line from Wacom and were introduced in October of 2011.

They differ from the previous version of tablets in the following ways ...
  • There are only 3 models rather than 5.
  • Different software bundles.
  • Cosmetic changes.
  • There is a wireless kit available for the Capture and the Create and it's fabulous!!
Here's a look at each of the three new models.


Bamboo Splash
Bamboo Splash
  • Levels of Pressure - 1048
  • Resolution - 2540 DPI
  • Active Area Size - Small
  • Express Keys - No
  • Multi-Touch - No
  • Pen Eraser - No
  • Wireless Upgrade available - No
  • Software Included ...
    1. Auto Desk Sketchbook Express
    2. Art Rage
The pressure sensitive Connect works with all digital editing and digital art software.

MSRP $79.99

bamboo capture
Bamboo Capture
  • Levels of Pressure - 1048
  • Resolution - 2540 DPI
  • Active Area Size - Small
  • Express Keys - Yes
  • Multi-Touch - Yes
  • Pen Eraser - No
  • Wireless Upgrade available - Yes
  • Software Included ...
    1. Auto Desk Sketchbook Express
    2. Photoshop Elements and
    3. Nik Color Efex Pro.
The pressure sensitive Capture works with all digital editing and digital art software.

MSRP $99.99

bamboo create
Bamboo Create
  • Levels of Pressure - 1048
  • Resolution - 2540 DPI
  • Active Area Size - Medium
  • Express Keys - Yes
  • Multi-Touch -Yes
  • Pen Eraser - Yes
  • Wireless Upgrade available - Yes
  • Software Included ...
    1. Auto Desk Sketchbook Express
    2. Adobe Photoshop Elements
    3. Corel Painter Essentials 4.0 and
    4.  Nik Color Efex Pro.
The pressure sensitive Create works with all digital editing and digital art software.

MSRP $199.99



The new models are a nice upgrade from the previous version of the Bamboo and with the ability to upgrade the Capture and the Create to wireless products - well - that's just excellent.


Gestures


Gestures are the finger movements used on laptops and many mobile devices (like the iPhone and others) to navigate screens and menus quickly and easily.

The exciting thing is that four of the five new Bamboo models include the ability to use gestures with both laptops and desktops, Windows and Mac's.

The gestures are ...

Navigate Click Double Click
Right Click Move Forward
Move Backward
Scroll
Select
and Drag
Rotate Zoom
In and Out

Quick, easy and effective - gestures are really cool!

The Models

The second version of the Wacom Bamboo graphics tablets (also known as computer drawing tablets) is the Bamboo Touch line.

This line of tablets does all of the fabulous things the original Bamboos do and they do a lot more!  In addition, the line-up has moved from two models to five models.

The exciting new features of the lineup includes more levels of pressure plus the addition of gestures to navigate your computer and it is really, really cool - you're going to love it!


Bamboo Touch

Bamboo touchBamboo Touch lets you add Multi-Touch input to any computer. Navigate, scroll, and accomplish all your tasks using simple hand gestures. With the tablet's ample touch area, there's more room to navigate than you'd experience with a mobile device or a traditional laptop track pad.

Bamboo Touch makes it easy to move around your desktop, scroll through documents, navigate the web, zoom in and out of photos, and rotate images. Bamboo Touch works with your existing computer: desktop or laptop, PC or Mac.

Attach it to a standard USB port and set it comfortably by your keyboard. You can even customize your Bamboo Touch experience by assigning your own shortcuts to the four ExpressKeys™. No matter where you're heading, Bamboo Touch will help you get there faster.


Bamboo Pen

Bamboo Pen gives you everything you need to enjoy pen input. Start using the pen to edit, mark up documents or collaborate with others. Doodle, sketch and personalize your materials. Or usebamboo pen the pen with the included Corel® Painter® Essentials to paint and make digital art. The ergonomically-designed pen fits comfortably in your hand, and the tablet's textured work surface makes you feel like you're working with a pen on paper.

Bamboo Pen is a smart solution for anyone who strives for clear, visual communication. Write with digital ink, mark up documents and presentations with your own handwriting, draw quick sketches, and explore your creative side.

Bamboo Pen works with your existing computer: desktop or laptop, PC or Mac. Sleek and black, it makes for a stylish addition to your workspace. Attach Bamboo Pen to a standard USB port, set it comfortably by your keyboard, and let your ideas flow.

Bamboo Pen and Touch

Bamboo Pen & Touch combines the benefits of Multi-Touch with the comfort and precision of Wacom's ergonomically-designed pen. The result: a powerful new way to work with your Bamboo touchcomputer.

With Multi-Touch, you use simple hand gestures and finger taps on the tablet's surface. And because the active area is larger than traditional mobile devices and laptop trackpads, it's comfortable and natural to use. Easily move around your desktop, scroll through documents, navigate the web, zoom in and out of photos, and rotate images.

Need precision? Pick up the pressure-sensitive pen to edit photos, create personal greetings, make sketches, and mark up documents in your own handwriting.

Using Bamboo is easy—even if you're new to the touch experience. The included tutorial will teach you how to use simple hand gestures to move around your desktop, make selections, and complete other tasks on your computer. You can even customize your Bamboo experience by assigning your own shortcuts to the four ExpressKeys™.

Bamboo works with your existing computer: desktop or laptop, PC or Mac. And it's an incredible value with the included software: Adobe® Photoshop® Elements and Nik® Color Efex Pro™. Sleek and black, the tablet makes for a stylish addition to your workspace. Attach Bamboo to a standard USB port, set it comfortably by your keyboard, and let your intuition guide you.

Bamboo Craft

Digital scrapbookers, memory makers, and crafters: Bamboo Craft is the perfect tool for unleashing your creativity! Get hands-on with your projects using both pen and Multi-Touch input for your computer. Multi-Touch enables you to navigate and work with your creative assetsbamboo touch quickly and easily. The pressure-sensitive pen lets you create your own art, edit photos, add embellishments, and provide a personal touch with your natural handwriting and doodles.

Bamboo Craft lets you take a hybrid approach to your scrapbook and craft projects, combining the best of both worlds: working digitally with your tablet makes every creative idea possible and printing your work allows you to finish your craft with a beautiful, traditional result.

Bamboo Craft works with your existing computer: desktop or laptop, PC or Mac. Attach it to a standard USB port and set it comfortably by your keyboard. You can even customize your Bamboo Craft experience by assigning your own shortcuts to the four ExpressKeys™.

Available in a stylish silver color, Bamboo Craft is your complete scrapbooking and crafting companion. Bamboo Craft includes valuable additions to enhance your creative projects and turn your computer into a powerful creative craft workstation.

Bamboo Fun

Bamboo Fun lets you get hands-on with your creative projects, combining the benefits of Multi-Touch with the comfort and precision of Wacom's ergonomically-designed pen.

bamboo touchWith Multi-Touch, you can navigate, scroll, and work with simple hand gestures. With the tablet's large touch area, you have more room to navigate than you do with other touch devices like computer trackpads and mobile phones.

Need precision? Pick up the pressure-sensitive pen to draw, sketch, edit photos, and add handwritten elements to your creations. The generous size of Bamboo Fun gives you lots of space for creative freedom, making it simple and comfortable to use.

Bamboo Fun works with your existing computer: desktop or laptop, PC or Mac. Attach it to a standard USB port and set it comfortably by your keyboard. You can even customize your Bamboo Fun experience by assigning your own shortcuts to the four ExpressKeys™.

Available in a stylish silver color, Bamboo Fun will complement your current setup. And it includes valuable additions that make it ideal for your creative projects.


Comparison



Model Size Color Pressure Resolution
Bamboo Touch 4.9"X3.4" Black Not applicable Not applicable
Bamboo Pen 5.8"X3.6" Black 512 Levels 1270 lpi
Bamboo Pen and Touch 5.8"X3.6" Black 1024 Levels 2540 lpi
Bamboo Craft 5.8"X3.6" Silver 1024 Levels 2540 lpi
Bamboo Fun 8.5"X5.4" Silver 1024 Levels 2540 lpi

Included Software


Model Included Software
Bamboo Touch Interactive touch tutorial
Bamboo Pen Corel Painter Essentials 4.0
Bamboo Pen and Touch Adobe Photoshop Elements 7.0 (Win)/6.0 Mac
Nik Color EFX Pro 3.0
Bamboo Craft Adobe Photoshop Elements 7.0 (Win)/6.0 Mac
Nik Color EFX Pro 3.0
DVD with 26 scrapbooking lessons plus a library of digital craft embellishments
Offer for free 8" x 8" photo album from Shutterfly
Offer for free online store from Café Press
Offer for free one-year subscription to Scrapbooking & Beyond Magazine
Offer for free online training with DigitalScrapbookPlace.com
Bamboo fun Adobe Photoshop Elements 7.0 (Win)/6.0 Mac
Nik Color EFX Pro 3.0
Offer for free photo album from Shutterfly
Offer for free online store from Café Press


Set Up


Here are the screens in the Control Panel (Windows) and system Preferences (Mac) for setting up the new Bamboo line.  These screen shots were taken from a MacBook.

To get to these screens the drivers for your tablet must be installed!

bamboo touch screen 1

This is the main screen where the pen settings are located.

  1. Eraser Feel - soft to firm.
  2. Tip Feel - soft to firm - if you have a "heavy hand" then move the slider to the firm end of the scale.
  3. Pen side buttons - you can program them to your liking. I have one as Right Click and the other as the Hand Tool.
  4. Double Click Distance - easy to change.




bamboo touch screen 2


This is the orientation and side buttons screen.

If you are a lefty choose Left Handed and if you are a righty choose Right Handed.  This will place the Express Keys under your non dominant hand and the dominant had will use the pen or do the gestures.




bamboo touch screen 3


This is where you set the Speed of the Pointer, the Pointer Acceleration, the Double-Tap time and the Scrolling Speed for the Gestures.




bamboo touch screen 4


The fun screen - hover the mouse over each gesture and the right panel will demonstrate how that gesture works.  You can turn off any gesture you wish and it is a good idea to watch the tutorial.

Many users are now using the  Multi Touch feature rather than their mouse or trackpad.




bamboo touch screen 5


If one of the pen buttons or side buttons is set to Pop-Up Menu this is where it is programmed.

So there you go - the latest Bamboo Touch products from Wacom.



Bamboo Models

New Products October 2011

Bamboo Touch

Bamboo Pen

Bamboo Pen and Touch

Bamboo Craft

Bamboo Fun


Bamboo Comparisons


Bundled Software


Set-Up Screens
  1. Main Screen
  2. Orientation and Express Keys
  3. Touch Speed
  4. Touch Functions
  5. Pop Up Menu








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