Select a key word2D MouseAbsolute PositioningActive AreaApplication-specific settingsAspectBiometric Signature VerificationBluetoothClick ForceCord-/BatterylessDVI Video PortDocument AnnotationDouble-click assistDualTrackElectronic Handwriting RecognitionEraserExpressKeys & TouchstripFingerwheelGesture RecognitionLens CursorMenu StripNibPen PressurePen StandPenabledQuickPointScroll wheelThumbwheelTiltTool ButtonsTool-IDTransparent OverlayUSB Port
The 2D Mouse is part of the Intuos2 A5 and A6 tablets. It has three buttons, a scroll wheel and an ergonomic shape. It can move in two dimensions over the tablet. Intuos 3 tablets have a similar mouse.
Traditional input devices like a standard PC mouse offer only relative positioning: Moving the mouse in a certain direction will move the cursor on the screen in the same direction, but there's no relation between the position of the mouse on your desk and the position of the cursor on the screen. WACOM tablets operate with absolute positioning: The entire active area of your tablet represents the entire screen. Place the pen in the lower left-hand corner of your tablet and the cursor will move to the lower left-hand corner of your screen.
The Active Area is the drawing area of the tablet where your pens, mice and cursors are detected. For example, if you have an Intuos3 A4 tablet, the active area is A4 size. For Graphire4 the active area is A6 or A5.
WACOM tools and tablet settings that have been customised for individual applications. The control panel of Intuos3 tablets, and the Cintiq 21 UX, enables you to program a tool to behave uniquely in different applications. Your application-specific settings are in effect whenever you use the application, because the driver detects the active application automatically.
The aspect defines the ratio between the vertical and horizontal dimension of the tablet or display. The aspect setting defines how the tablet area is mapped to the display area. This setting determines if the aspect of the tablet and display are the same. It is preferred, in most circumstances, that when a circle is drawn on the tablet, then it also appears as a circle on the display, and not as an ellipse. With the aspect setting you can make sure this is the case. You can use a WACOM tablet with wide screens and with two screens.
Biometric Signature Verification
Each of us has our own handwriting style. Biometric signature verification software can be used to accurately identify the user. This makes it possible to control access, or, for example, check the validity of electronic documents and transactions. By using a pressure-sensitive WACOM tablet and the appropriate software, both an exact (static) image of the signature as well as the signature’s biometric (dynamic) characteristics can be captured. The writing speed, acceleration and pressure are all analyzed as the user writes. Because of this richness of the data, a very reliable identification can be obtained.
Bluetooth is a telecommunications industry specification that describes how mobile phones, computers, and peripherals can be easily interconnected using a short-range wireless connection. Bluetooth requires that a low-cost transceiver chip be included in each device. The transceiver transmits and receives in a previously unused frequency band of 2.45 GHz that is available globally (with some variation of bandwidth in different countries). WACOM uses Bluetooth to connect wireless tablets to computers.
Each device has a unique 48-bit address from the IEEE 802 standard. Connections can be point-to-point or multipoint. The maximum range is 10 metres. Data can be exchanged at a rate of 1 megabit per second (up to 2 Mbps in the second generation of the technology). A frequency hop scheme allows devices to communicate even in areas with a great deal of electromagnetic interference. Built-in encryption and verification is provided. The technology got its unusual name in honour of Harald Bluetooth, king of Denmark in the mid-tenth century.
The force you must apply to the tablet, with the WACOM Pens or Airbrush tip, for a mouse-click to occur. This force is registered by the pen and transmitted, via radio waves, to the tablet. The tablet itself is therefore not sensitive to pressure.
All WACOM input devices have neither batteries nor cables. The tablet itself supplies the input device with the necessary power by electro-magnetic induction.
DVI Video Port
DVI stands for 'Digital Visual Interface', a digital video connection that provides a high-speed digital connection between a computer and its display device like the Cintiq for optimal data transmission at highest possible output quality.
With the help of document annotation software, a WACOM tablet can be used to add notes, comments and even free-hand drawings to MS-Office documents and presentations. Thanks to the pen, users can write and draw as if they were working on a normal sheet of paper.
This option in the control panel makes it easier to double-click with the pen tip. When selected, you can customise the double-click speed and distance.
Dual Track enables you to use two input devices simultaneously on the same table - no matter if you're using two pens at the same time or a pen and mouse. Depending on the software application this feature opens a wealth of new opportunities; for instance, use the 4D Mouse for zooming and rotating objects and the Pen for drawing - all at the same time.
Electronic Handwriting Recognition
Using the appropriate software, electronic handwriting recognition automatically converts your handwritten text into printable characters and words and transfers them into the currently opened application. A pressure-sensitive graphics tablet serves as the input device.
Most WACOM input devices have an eraser on the opposite end from the pen-tip. Depending on the setting in the WACOM Control Panel and the application, you can erase in the same way as you would with an eraser on a pencil - and the WACOM eraser is even pressure sensitive. Different applications take advantage of the eraser in different ways, depending on the application’s capabilities.
ExpressKeys & Touchstrip
In order to increase your efficiency, the Cintiq and Intuos feature the ExpressKeys and Touch Strips which allows you to reduce keyboard usage and to concentrate on the Cintiq and Intuos as your main working tool.
The ExpressKeys have the most important menu commands already preset, but are freely programmable by yourself. The Touch Strip is perfect to scroll and zoom in your documents. Both programmable elements are located on each side to suit both left- and right-handers equally.
To cut a long story short: The interaction between pens, ExpressKeys and Touch Strip minimises keyboard usage, accelerates your workflow and enhances your efficiency and productivity.
This is the control wheel on the barrel of the Intuos Airbrush. You can control an extra parameter of your software with this wheel. As opposed to a real airbrush valve, the finger wheel doesn't return to zero on release but remains at the last position thus ensuring that the release of digital ink is kept constant.
In the fields of pen computing and handwriting recognition, the term gesture is used to describe a user’s handwritten entries. This means that particular commands can be activated by a simple movement of the pen. And this makes it very easy to perform tasks such as navigating on the desktop, scrolling, deleting, operating browser features or using Copy and Paste.
The Lens Cursor is an input device with programmable buttons and a cross-hair lens for entering precise coordinate position information.
The strip at the upper edge of the active area of Intuos2 tablets contains 'soft' buttons that are preset with a selection of often-used commands. These 'soft' buttons can be re-programmed to fit your personal needs. The tablet sizes A5 and larger even allow you to replace the actual strip with your own printed one for total customisation.
The replaceable tip of a WACOM Pen or Airbrush.
A feature of the WACOM Pens and their erasers that senses the amount of pressure being applied. This is used to create natural-looking pen, brush, and eraser strokes in applications that support pressure-sensitivity. Even more, with 512 pressure levels in a Graphire and 1024 pressure levels in an Intuos, you can precisely control opacity, colour, exposure, or line-width while creating smooth curves and gradual transitions. Different applications take advantage of pressure sensitivity in many ways, depending on the application’s capabilities.
This is a small block with a hole in the top in which the pen can be placed almost vertically. If you use this pen stand you can more easily switch between using a keyboad and using a tablet, because you don't have to look for the pen; you know where it is.
Look for the Penabled logo to ensure you’re getting the natural feel and superior performance of WACOM’s patented cordless and battery-free pen technology.
The Quick Point Mode divides the tablet into two independent areas: a large area for accurate drawing and a small area for quick navigation. This feature is especially useful for large tablet sizes because, with a single big area, even the simplest navigation action could results in full arm motion. With the smaller QuickPoint area you can navigate with just a small wrist movement.
The scroll wheel is a control on the top of a WACOM mouse. It has the same function as a scroll wheel on a normal mouse. The user of a WACOM mouse can fully customise the speed of the scroll wheel. This means that the speed can be adjusted to alternative settings in different applications.
The wheel on the side of the Intuos 4D Mouse gives you an additional control variable for your work. You can customise the functions and sensitivity of the thumbwheel in the control panel, for instance you can use it for zooming in and out.
A feature of the Intuos Pen and Airbrush tip and eraser that senses the angle of tilt between the tool and tablet. This is used to create natural-looking pen, brush, and eraser strokes in applications that support tilt-sensitivity.
All buttons and switches of any WACOM pen or mouse can be configured individually with your favourite function. This special feature allows for individual programming of really any task, key-stroke, command or shortcut in any computer software. This way you can speed up any application by having your most frequently used functions virtually at your fingertips.
Every Intuos input device has a unique electronic identification number, the Tool-ID. This allows one user working with, say, two identical pens to customise each pen differently. Also, on a system that is shared by more than one user, each user can customise their own tools as they prefer without interfering with anyone else's settings. And in applications that support the Tool-ID, the software will recognise what type of device is being used, say whether it's a pen or an airbrush, and will automatically set itself accordingly.
Originals - which need to be traced or 'digitised' with your WACOM tablet - can be held in place with the Transparent Overlay. This plastic overlay has a slightly roughened surface so that it comes closer to the feel of real paper.
USB (Universal Serial Bus) is a modern, easy-to-connect external bus, which allows you to hook up to 127 devices onto a single computer. USB tablets do not need a separate power adapter, they get their power from the USB built-in power supply (powered USB port).