In early September of 2013 Wacom changed their line of Graphics
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.
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.
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 ...
With this bit of information in mind, then, here are the three new models side by side ...
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
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
Intuos Consumer Products
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.
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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