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  • wacom users please advise

    Posted by John Hartney on April 13, 2005 at 6:25 pm

    Hi,

    I’m considering trying a wacom tablet input device for the first time especially since Gary K. advises using one, a respected opinion. But never having used one, I’m looking for input on which model and size will work well for video/photo editing.

    Also, are there screen ratio issues? I edit on 2 Dell 20.1″ 2005fpw widescreen monitors driven by a Matrox 256 Parhelia card, each monitors native resolution is 1680 x 1050. There’s a post here on the cow where a user claims the wacom drivers don’t work with dual screen or wide screen setups.

    Thanks…..

    John Hartney
    werks.tv
    Elgin, Illinois – Chicago area
    847.608.1357

    John Gregoriades replied 19 years, 3 months ago 6 Members · 5 Replies
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  • Gary Kleiner

    April 13, 2005 at 7:14 pm

    I have had some trouble since switching to a widescreen.

    I haven’t really tried that hard to get it solved, though. Maybe give Wacom customer support a call and let us know if there is a solution.

    Gary Kleiner
    Vegas Training and Tools.com

  • Godfather

    April 13, 2005 at 8:56 pm

    the only problems i have ever had with the dual screen set up is that the aspect ratios dont line up right, as the tablet is almost square and the dual screens created a very wide desktop. I got use to this pretty quickly and i dont even notice it anymore.

  • Buho

    April 13, 2005 at 11:56 pm

    I have a Wacom Intuos2 8×6 and I use it on a tri-monitor setup (all horizontal). If you use Wacom’s default settings, it maps the entire tablet onto the entire Windows desktop, which for me is (1280×3)x1024 and if you draw a circle on the tablet, it’ll draw an oval on the screen.

    What you have to do is go into the control pannel and change the tablet mappings so that there is a 1:1 ratio with the tablet and the desktop. This results in a lot of dead space on the tablet, but the Intuos2 (and Intuos3) have senser-resolution to spare and handle this no problem. I primarily use my Wacom for Photoshop retouching. Using the pen for GUI is slower and less efficient than with a mouse. Don’t bother with the batteryless, wireless mouse. It’s not very useful at all (it’s orientation-specific and constraining unlike a regular mouse which is not).

  • Steven J casey

    April 15, 2005 at 6:10 pm

    Just my $.02 worth… Everything Buho just said is the same as my experience. I’m using the 9×12 tablet with dual monitors. I set up the tablet to see both monitors individually instead of one big desktop, which means that half the tablet surface is used for each monitor. The nice thing is that for photoshop or Painter you can change the settings to use the entire tablet surface for one monitor. Plus, you get to take advantage of the pressure and pen-tilt features through all of this. It’s very cool in that respect.
    Using the pen for basic PC functions though is not a good workflow, and their mouse is kind of lame indeed. But, I love this thing and highly recommend it if you’re doing anything with photoshop or graphics.

    sjc

  • John Gregoriades

    April 16, 2005 at 4:00 am

    Hi,
    I have a little Wacom 3.5 x 5″ tablet Model CTE430 for which I’ve lost the manual. The pen works fine, but I can’t make either the little rocker-clicker, nor the knob on the opposite end of the pen do anything. Using Corel Draw, Photopaint, Painter IX. Any suggestions?

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