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I went out today and picked up a spare power brick and a smallest-size Intuos for the purpose of making it easier to just pick up my shit and go if I want to get out to the cafe to focus on drawing, or to be slouching in the bed and start drawing - unweaving the letter-sized Intuos3 from my setup is a pain in the ass, and so's pulling the power brick from under the table.

And holy shit the Intuos4 line finally fixed the thing that made me abandon the Graphire2 that served me faithfully for most of a decade: the cable's not wired into it. It's a normal USB plug on one end and a mini-USB plug on the other. If it breaks, I can just scrounge up a cable. I will never need to replace this thing unless an elephant steps on it and cracks it in half.

And it came with six replacement nibs of the normal variety, and a handful of other kinds as well. Wow. I guess Wacom's selling enough of these things that they don't have to design in planned obsolescence at all.

The cute little touch wheel is, of course, utterly useless to an Illustrator addict like myself. There's just not a lot of things for it to control.

Date: 2010-05-21 09:00 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] eredien
What are you doing with your graphire 2? What kind of connection does it have? I have an old-school tablet with serial-port connection and it won't work with my mac because mac dropped serial driver support some time back. I've found an open-source project which claims to be making the drivers but they haven't gotten in touch w/me to test on my model, which doesn't yet have an available open-source driver.

Date: 2010-05-21 09:10 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] shatterstripes.livejournal.com
It's USB. It's also broken - the cord took too much strain where it plugs into the computer. I replaced it a year or so ago with a medium-sized Intuos3, but that's a pain in the ass to carry around.

If the cable on my Graphire2 hadn't broken, I'd still be using it.

Date: 2010-05-21 09:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tugrik.livejournal.com
If you ever get bored, send the graphire my way and I can probably re-cable it for you.

Date: 2010-05-22 02:24 am (UTC)
eredien: Dancing Dragon (Default)
From: [personal profile] eredien
*nod*
I figure it can't hurt if I bug this person about the open-source driver some more.
Edited Date: 2010-05-22 02:24 am (UTC)

Date: 2010-05-22 02:42 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] shatterstripes.livejournal.com
Really, I'd recommend just spending $80-100 on a used, newer Graphire, or a new-in-box Bamboo. (That's the current name for Wacom's low-end tablets.) I used to have a hand-me-down serial Wacom; when OSX came out, I dithered for a while, then got that G2. The thing served me for most of a decade; the $100 or so I spent on it was well worth it. If you don't want to spend that on yourself, it makes a good thing to fill birthday/Christmas lists with.

I figure I'll be using both of my tablets until something withers and dies in their electronics - or until connection standards change again.

Date: 2010-05-21 09:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fenn.livejournal.com
really? my stupid graphire2 is taped together at the moment ... hmm ...

Date: 2010-05-21 09:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tugrik.livejournal.com
Just curious... why didn't you go with the intuos4 wireless?

Date: 2010-05-21 09:54 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] shatterstripes.livejournal.com
They didn't have one on the shelf at the store*, and they cost almost twice as much - $400 vs. $230 suggested list price. I really can't justify that much to myself for a secondary tablet for use in bed/at the cafe/on the plane/wherever.

I was tempted but the price is just a dealbreaker for me; if I was gonna spend that much on something to draw out in public, I'd go find a used tablet PC for a little bit more! (No iPad; I'm not interested until I can run Illustrator.)

* yeah, I could order one online if I wanted one, but part of why I decided to get one was because I'm traveling next week and really didn't want to hassle with the big tablet.

Date: 2010-05-22 05:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wolfwings.livejournal.com
Yeesh, at that price it's cheaper to get a Wireless USB hub + adapter for your main computer, just get bolt-on wirelessness then.

Date: 2010-05-22 06:15 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] shatterstripes.livejournal.com
'cept then it's not very portable. Wireless stuff on the static desk doesn't make much sense to me, not when everything's just jacked into one USB hub anyway!

Date: 2010-05-22 06:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wolfwings.livejournal.com
Oh, I was more commenting on their pricing being more expensive for wireless than buying it aftermarket, which is actually kinda rare. Was surprised it was more than a $100 premium.

Date: 2010-05-21 09:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dv-girl.livejournal.com
I'm still peeved that when I got my Bluetooth tablet, they only offered it in Grapphire and they'd just limited the functionality of grapphire such that the tablet was really ass to use with my applications. (Newer grapphires cannot set button functions per-application nor can they be rotated sideways)

There was not an Intuos blue-tooth option at the time and I was commuting on the train and didn't want to hassle with a wire.

*sigh*

Date: 2010-05-21 09:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] relee.livejournal.com
Being a giant person I would prefer a giant computer, but when it comes to laptop to cafe to work I must say YES.

YES.

There I said it.

Date: 2010-05-21 11:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] momentrabbit.livejournal.com
You can assign global keyboard combinations to that touchwheel, y'know. Set up some macros. Control your tunes from it. n.n

Date: 2010-05-22 02:44 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] shatterstripes.livejournal.com
Really, I feel like the problem is that I'm just not a tablet-in-front-of-the-screen person; I'm a keyboard-in-front-with-tablet-on-the-side type. All the buttons and doohickeys Wacom's been putting on their tablets are for people who don't have the keyboard handy...

Date: 2010-05-23 05:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shadeykins.livejournal.com
I have my 9x12 regularIntuos still... *cross fingers* It's like a decade old, and was carted back and forth to many a campus.

I've been holding out vain hope of a more portable Cintiq, but small intuos + netbook DOES sound kind of tempting, now that you mention it.

Date: 2010-05-23 12:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] knivesandkeys.livejournal.com
The cord thing made me so happy when I got mine. That's how I accidentally destroyed my previous tablet (a used graphire4). Already had sort of a loose connection and was temperamental about working, and then I managed to set off a ridiculously clumsy chain of events that ended with the cord getting yanked right out of it. >_

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