I added a new production tool to my arsenal, a Toshiba Portege Tablet PC!
I never seem to really have the 2 grand burning a hole in my pocket that would justify the purchase of a Wacom Cintiq (I already use a wacom intuos tablet) so this was a nice compromise. The price was right too, I picked it up used from a colleague for about $400 (Thanks Ray! it retails for about $1700-$2200 CAN)
I did my research prior, the Portege series of tablets are Wacom Penabled. Wacom licences out their pressure sensitive tablet technology to manufacturers willing to pony up the big bucks. The biggest difference between Penabled and high end Wacom products like the Cintiq; not as many levels of pressure sensitivity and no stylus tilt, angle detection.
I must say, I’ve been positively thrilled so far with this tablet. The pressure sensitivity is really intuitive and precise. P-shop and Illustrator were running with pressure immediately, but the show stopper for me really has been Alias Sketchbook Pro! Running sketchbook on a tablet really unlocks it’s true potential. After a bit of use, sketchbook pro really becomes second nature to paper and pencil, even superior in some facets; the soft eraser tool is always just a flip of the stylus away. The interface is designed for stylus input so it’s quick, graphical and stays out of the way.
My work-flow used to involve: sketchbook, scanner, import into photoshop or illustrator then work on the file. It’s pretty cool to just sketch and do away with a cumbersome scanner altogether.
I’m still getting the hang of the nuances of the tablet, here are a few sketches I produced thus far in Sketchbook.
– Chris Sagert