Bamboo and Bamboo Fun
The Bamboo comes in two models - Bamboo and Bamboo Fun.
The Bamboo appeals to the consumer digital editing and digital art crowd on a budget. Both the Bamboo and the Bamboo Fun work seamlessly with all the popular digital editing and painting software but not all software is written to handle the pressure sensitivity of the Bamboo line.
The Bamboo from Wacom is also targeting the business market because of the Handwriting capabilities of both the MAC (Ink) and Windows Vista Premium and above Operating Systems. Microsoft, in particular, did a great job with their handwriting module in Vista.
Combine Bamboo with Mac Inkwell or Microsoft Windows Vista (Premium and above) and Office 2007 to handwrite email, enter text by hand anywhere typed text is accepted, navigate your desktop with a flick of the pen, and more.
Simply install the drivers for your Bamboo or Bamboo Fun on a PC running Vista Premium (not Vista Home - its gotta be Vista Premium or higher) and the Handwriting module and Journal are activated. This gives you the equivalent of a tablet PC for a fraction of the cost ...
Not a bad deal - outstanding digital imaging capabilities and handwriting recognition all in one inexpensive tablet!
There are two models of the Bamboo. The basic Bamboo comes in one size and the Bamboo Fun comes in two sizes.Tablet Comparison
Who Buys The Bamboo?
The Bamboo is the least expensive Wacom product but make no mistake - its a powerful, versatile digital editing and artistic tool - and - it is a lot of fun to use!
This drawing by Devin was completed in about 15 minutes on a Bamboo with Painter Essentials. It was the first time Devin (15 years old) had used a tablet of any kind.The other drawing was done by Samantha (14 year old) in about 10 minutes the first time she used a Bamboo - not bad for a beginner!
So - "who are the typical Bamboo buyers" and "is the Bamboo the right tablet for me", you ask.
Here are the typical Bamboo buyers:
The Bamboo comes in one size (small - active area is 3.7" X 5.8") and one color (black).
If you are looking for a starter tablet then you can't go wrong with a Bamboo.
Who Buys the Bamboo Fun?
The Bamboo Fun is available in two sizes, the Bamboo Fun Small (active area is 3.7" X 5.8") and the Bamboo Fun Medium (active area is 5.3" X 8.5") and four colors.
Who buys the Bamboo Fun?
Another advantage of the Bamboo Fun is the difference is the difference in size between the small and medium tablets. The small one is very portable (it fits nicely in a laptop bag) and it doesn't take much real estate on your desk.
The Bamboo Medium is larger than the Bamboo Fun Small and this gives much more freedom of movement when you are working with it on your desk. It's not quite as portable as the Bamboo Fun small but the ease of use makes it a great tablet.
Whichever you choose, you are getting a great tablet that will provide hours of fun not to mention an dramatic improvement in your digital imaging projects.
Video - How To Set Up Your Bamboo.
Where to Buy A Bamboo or Bamboo Fun.
Most major electronic retailers carry both the Bamboo and the bamboo fun.
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