Wacom Tablets

In early September of 2013 Wacom changed their line of  Graphics tablets.  The change included changing the naming conventions of their products as well as some visual and performance enhancements.

Firstly let's look at the names of the products ...

The Intuos 5 upgrade is now called the Intuos Pro, and 

The Bamboo name has been dropped and the new consumer products are now called Intuos

For information on the High End, on-screen professional Wacom products ...

Cintiq

Cintiq Companion 2

The other changes include new packaging, some changes to the included software, some cosmetic changes to both the Intuos and Intuos Pro and some performance improvements (especially in the Intuos line - which were called the Bamboo).

For anyone at all familiar with the previous product line the name change from Bamboo to Intuos will probably be the hardest to figure out so let's look at that line first. 

Other Links

Intuos Pro       Wacom Desktop Center

Wacom Intuos

Just like the previous Bamboo line, there are three consumer products - the Intuos Pen, the Intuos Pen and Touch Small and the Intuos Pen and Touch Medium.  Here's how the old Bamboo line relates to the new Intuos line ...

Intuos Pen replaces the Bamboo Splash
Intuos Pen and Touch Small replaces the Bamboo Capture
Intuos Pen and Touch Medium replaces the Bamboo Create

Comparison

With this bit of information in mind, then, here are the three new models side by side ...

Intuos Pen

Intuos Pen and
Touch Small

Intuos Pen and
Touch Small

Size

 6" X 3.7" 

 6" X 3.7" 

 8.5" X 5.3" 

Wireless Support

Yes
Optional Extra

Yes
Optional Extra

Yes
Optional Extra

Touch Support
(Multi-Touch)

No

Yes

Yes

Eraser On Pen

No

Yes

Yes

Express Keys

4

4

4

Levels of Pressure

1024

1024

1024

Resolution

2540 DPI

2540 DPI

2540 DPI

Software Bundle

  • Autodesk Sketchbook Express
  • Artrage 3 Studio
  • Autodesk Sketchbook Express
  • Artrage 3 Studio
  • Nik Color Efex Pro WE3
  • Autodesk Sketchbook Express
  • Corel Painter Lite
  • Nik Color Efex Pro WE3

Included Accessories

  • Installation CD
  • Quick start guide
  • Replacement Tips
  • USB Cable
  • Installation CD 
  • Quick start guide
  • Replacement Tips
  • USB Cable
  • Installation CD 
  • Quick start guide
  • Replacement Tips
  • USB Cable

  • Product Highlights

    • The Pen and Touch Small and Medium tablets have a small switch on the top edge to turn Multi-Touch on and off.
    • A feature that previously was only available on the professional products is now included in the drivers for the Intuos tablets - the Radial Menu.
    • The products are ambidextrous because the USB cable and the Expresskeys are on the top edge of the tablets, making it easy for both righties and lefties to use them without accidentally pressing the Expresskeys.
    • The three tablets have a fabulous new look in black and silver.
    • All three of the Intuos consumer tablets are wireless ready.  

    The Fabulous Radial Menu

    The fabulous Radial Menu enables you to add  additional keyboard shortcuts that can be easily accessed on-screen.

    Previously, the Radial Menu was only available with the Wacom Intuos 4 and Intuos 5 professional tablets and the high end Cintiq's.  The addition of the Radial Menu to the Intuos consumer products is really great!

    The Radial Menu for the Wacom Intuos tablets is accessed in the Control Panel (Windows) or System Preferences (Mac). 

    The Radial Menu is covered in another tutorial that can be found here - on the Radial Menu page.

    Intuos Pro


    The Intuos Pro replaced the Intuos 5 in the Wacom professional line of tablets.  For the most part, the new product is very similar in most respects to the previous version.



    Wacom Intuos Pro


    Intuos Pro
    Small

    Intuos Pro Medium

    Intuos Pro
    Large

    Size

     6.0" X 3.7" 

    8.8" X 5.5"

    12.8" X 8.0"

    Wireless Included

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    Touch Support (Multi-Touch)

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    Eraser on Pen

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    ExpressKeys

    6

    8

    8

    Levels of Pressure

    2048
    Pen and Eraser

    2048
    Pen and Eraser

    2048
    Pen and Eraser

    Resolution

    5080 DPI

    5080 DPI

    5080 DPI

    Software Bundle

  • Autodesk® Sketchbook® Express
  • Anime Studio® Debut 8
  • Corel ®Painter™ - trial version
  • Nik® Color Efex Pro 4 Select Edition

  • Autodesk® Sketchbook® Express
  • Anime Studio® Debut 8
  • Corel ®Painter™ - trial version
  • Nik® Color Efex Pro 4 Select Edition

  • Autodesk® Sketchbook® Express
  • Anime Studio® Debut 8
  • Corel ®Painter™ - trial version
  • Nik® Color Efex Pro 4 Select Edition

  • Included Accessories

  • Wacom Grip Pen
  • Pen stand with 10 replacement nibs
    and nib removal tool
  • Color identification rings
  • 2 m (6.6 ft) USB cable
  • Installation CD
    Quick start guide
  • Wireless Kit

  • Wacom Grip Pen
  • Pen stand with 10 replacement nibs
    and nib removal tool
  • Color identification rings
  • 2 m (6.6 ft) USB cable
  • Installation CD
    Quick start guide
  • Wireless Kit

  • Wacom Grip Pen
  • Pen stand with 10 replacement nibs
    and nib removal tool
  • Color identification rings
  • 2 m (6.6 ft) USB cable
  • Installation CD
    Quick start guide
  • Wireless Kit

  • What's New?

    There are a lot of similarities between the previous two Intuos models (Intuos 4 and Intuos 5) and the latest version (Wacom Intuos Pro).

    There are also some significant, and welcome, differences.

    Express Keys

    In the Intuos 4 Wacom introduced lighted labels for the Expresskeys.  This made it very easy to see how you programmed each Express key.  It was an excellent addition to the Intuos line.

    In the Intuos 5 the lighted labels were replaced with a heads up display on screen that showed how each Express key button is programmed, the set up of the Touch Ring, the Pen Properties and links for each of them to the Control Panel or System Properties. 


    The heads up display made it very easy to change the programming of your Intuos tablet.

    Another innovation in the Intuos 5 was the addition of Multi-Touch for navigating your computer.  It was an amazing addition for people who appreciated Multi-Touch.

    The Expresskeys on the Intuos 5 were recessed while they were raised on the Intuos 4.  The recessed keys were somewhat difficult to locate which was the only downfall in the Intuos 5.

    The heads up display of the Intuos Pro is the same as the Intuos 5 and this version has raised Expresskeys which are much easier to locate without looking at them and this is an improvement over the Intuos 5. 

    Wireless

    If you wanted wireless in the Intuos 5 then you had to purchase the Wireless Kit which was priced around $50.00.

    The great news is that the Wireless Option is included in all three models (small, medium and large) of the Intuos Pro.  This means you can  run with the included USB cable or you can go wireless!  Not a bad deal, for sure!

    Precision Mode

    This feature was introduced in the Intuos 4 and probably didn't receive the attention it deserves.  Precision Mode was also included in the Intuos 5 and the newest verstion, the Intuos Pro, as well.

    What Precision Mode does is place the whole active area of the tablet in one little rectangle.  You can move all over the tablet but the pen motion is small and exact.  This is really useful when you're working in a small area and need to be really exact. 


    In this example, the full width and height of the Intuos Pro (small, medium and large) active area is contained in the white bounding box.  That means you can make large arm movements that will result in short strokes on the image.

    Summary

    Typical user profiles
    Intuos Consumer Products

    • Kids.
    • Beginning digital editors.
    • Beginning graphic artists.
    • People exploring digital art and digital painting.
    • Students on a budget.
    • Hobbyists.


    Intuos Pro

    • Graphics professionals.
    • Professional photographers.
    • Lecturers and teachers.
    • Avid hobbyists.
    • Cartoonists.
    • Tattoo artists.
    • Marketing professionals.
    • CAD/CAM Professionals.
    • Designers.

    The two new product lines from Wacom are upholding their tradition of quality, innovation and they're flat out fun to use.

    The Intuos products are the new consumer products, replacing the Bamboo line.

    The professional products have gone from numbering each successive model (version 3, 4 and 5) to the Pro series (small, medium and large).

    You've pretty much got all of the information you need to decide on the correct product for you.  If you're regularly involved in any kind of visual presentation then a graphics tablet is the perfect add-on for you. 

    If you need any additional information you can check out the Wacom site.

    Wacom Desktop Center

    The latest driver for both the Intuos and Intuos Pro includes the Wacom Desktop Center.  The Desktop Center normally loads with your computer so that it's easily accessible. 

    What it does is provide quick access to all of the sections in the tablet driver.  This makes it much easier to quickly change settings for your Intuos or Intuos Pro tablet.

    In the past any changes you wanted to make to the tablet properties had to be done in the tablet drivers which were found in the System Preferences (Mac) and the Control Panel (Windows). 

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