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New arrival: Wacom launches 2017 lineup of graphics tablets & stylus in Singapore

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

The new slew of graphics tablets and stylus include the Bamboo Fineline Stylus, Bamboo Slate smartpad, Bamboo Folio smartpad, Intuos Pro and Cintiq Pro 13 & 16. Prices below.

Anti-clockwise from top right (not to scale):

  • Bamboo Fineline smart Stylus (S$89)
  • Bamboo Slate Smartpad (A5: S$199, A4: S$229)
  • Bamboo Folio Smartpad (A5: S$229, A4: S$299)
  • Intuos Pro Paper Edition (medium: S$579, large: S$799)
  • <Not shown here – Intuos Pro (medium: S$499, large: S$709)>
  • Cintiq Pro 13 (S$1,499) & 16 (S$2,199)

The new lineup caters to a whole range of users, from professional graphics artists requiring high performance and precision, to the man in the street, looking for user-friendliness and enhanced productivity.

Below are the models that were launched in Singapore and their prices.

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N.E.mation! 9: Final Production week for Elemonators (#NE9CO5)

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

We visited Team Elemonators in the third and final week of their 3-week production. The girls were going at completing their 1-minute animation by the end of the week. Erin reports.

The team Elemonators, with their two fluffy mascot bears, courtesy of Leanne.

The team Elemonators, with their two fluffy mascot bears, courtesy of Leanne.

It’s the third week and team Elemonators are speeding ahead hurriedly, close to the completion of their task!

The tools of the trade which occupy Esther's workspace. To the right, near the NEWater bottle, is a Wacom Intuos Graphics Tablet, and a Lenovo computer.

The tools of the trade which occupy Esther’s workspace. To the right, near the NEWater bottle, is a Wacom Intuos Graphics Tablet, and a Lenovo computer.

The clock is ticking away for CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School’s Elemonators as they finish up their animation, already three-quarters through.

All they had to do was to finish animating the last few scenes of their animated piece, and then render it.

When we dropped by, the team was focused on the rotoscoping segment of their animation journey.

What is rotoscoping?

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N.E.mation!8 for Total Defence: Because you played a part

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

… a part in what?!

“Because you played a part” … in 30 years of Total Defence!

That’s the theme for the eighth installment of the series of annual “N.E.mation!” competition that has seen more than 9,500 students participating since its inauguration in 2007.

I visited the Top 10 teams for this year’s N.E.mation!8 and came away with a sense of awe at how articulate and convicted these youths were in our Nation’s Total Defence message.

I visited the Top 10 teams for this year’s N.E.mation!8 and came away with a sense of awe at how articulate and convicted these youths were in our Nation’s Total Defence message.

The top 10 teams are hard at work at Nanyang Polytechnic producing their 1-minute animation that will vie for the top spot – which will earn the winning team a fully sponsored trip (worth more than S$15,000) to the US.

The top 10 teams are now in the final week of the 3-week production period when they work from 9am to 9pm daily to churn out the main animation for their submission.

After the 3-week period, they go off to enjoy the rest of their school holidays while their animation mentors and instructors put in the finishing touches and add in the music in post production.

The winning entry will be determined in February 2014 by a panel of judges (comprising NEXUS and animation industry experts) as well as voting by the public, which will account for 50 percent of the points.

The Partta Kappa Team (from SotA) uses an innovative combination of shadow-silhouette and real people for their animation “It Takes More …”

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Wacom enunciates business strategy and launches new products

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Wacom announced its intent to expand its consumer range, and showcased a series of the latest products from its consumer and professional ranges.

From left: Wacom Intuos Pro, Cintiq Companion, Bamboo Stylus Duo. (Not shown to scale).

From left: Wacom Intuos Pro, Cintiq Companion, Bamboo Stylus Duo. (Not shown to scale).

Wacom introduced products from top-of-the-line professional creative tablet Cintiq Companion, the Intuos range, to a wide range of Bamboo consumer styluses and tablets.

Pre-order

“Wacom has traditionally been very known for our professional range of products, and we are moving strongly towards the consumer range with the Bamboo Pad and the enhanced range of consumer styli”, said Noburu Fujisaki, managing director of Wacom Singapore.

The Cintiq Companion (US$1,999/S$2,699 and US$2,499/S$3,399 for 256GB and 512GB version) and the Cintiq Companion Hybrid (US$1,499/S$1,999 and US$1,599/S$2,399 for 16GB and 32GB version respectively) will be available exclusively on the Wacom Southeast Asia e-store in early November.

Customers can start pre-orders now online.

The rest of the products will be progressively available in Singapore.

The mobile Cintiq

The new mobile Cintiq Companion brings the professional creative power of the flagship Cintiq graphic tablets on the road.

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Happy Lunar New Year

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

It’s the first day of the Lunar New Year today. Happy New Year to all the people from cultures that celebrate this traditional festival!

Happy Lunar New Year! Happy Chinese New Year!

Original photo taken with Nikon 1 V1. Watercolour painting effect using Wacom Bamboo Fun graphics tablet with Corel Essentials 4.

And to all Chinese around the world, Happy Chinese New Year!

新年快乐,万事如意,步步高升,恭喜发财,龙马精神;
身体健康,心想事成,学业进步,生意兴隆,马到功成!

Review: Wacom Bamboo Fun graphics tablet

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Looking to improve efficiency in your photo-editing workflow? Or want to inject some fun and realism into your digital sketching? Check out the Wacom Bamboo series of graphics tablets.

Wacom Bamboo Fun graphics tablet

Wacom Bamboo Fun graphics tablet

I’ve been trying out the Wacom Bamboo Fun graphics tablet for some time, using it with a whole spectrum of software during daily use, from photo-editing to digital sketching and painting, and as a replacement for the trusty old mouse – for navigating and interacting with Windows 7.

I came away pretty impressed with the S$329 (incl 7% GST) graphics tablet. It offers a good balance of price versus performance – and fun. If you’re into lots of digital sketching and painting, do check out the Bamboo Fun.

Bamboo Fun is compatible with both Windows (7, Vista, XP SP3 or later) and Macs (OS X 10.5.8 or later, Intel processor).

The graphics tablet measures 352 x 209 x 9.8mm with a relatively large active area of 217 x 137 mm.

Digital artwork

Something I wrote using the pen with Bamboo Fun in Painter Essentials.

Something I wrote using the pen with Bamboo Fun in Painter Essentials.

When it comes to precise cursor-work, such as during digital drawing, sketching, tracing, colouring and painting – where fine precision is needed – the stylus pen is the undisputed tool-of choice.

The Bamboo Fun comes bundled with Corel Essentials 4 drawing/painting software.

The pen allowed detailed strokes impossible with the mouse.

Moreover, the pen is pressure-sensitive up to 1024 levels so you can use pressure to vary parameters such as the darkness of the drawing stroke, the amount of paint to apply, or the thickness of the stroke etc.

The pen comes with a pressure sensitive eraser as well, just like a real pencil!

It's the dragon year, so here's the Chinese character for dragon, with embellishments.

It's the dragon year, so here's the Chinese character for dragon, with embellishments.

The only hassle I find is having to pick up and put down the pen when I need to use my right hand to type or press a key on the computer keyboard.

With the mouse, you just let go and it stays in place, ready to be moved the next time you need to do something.

With the pen, you need to place down the pen flat on the table and make sure it doesn’t roll off the table if your worktop is not flat.

And when you next need to use it again, you need to pick up the pen, and place the tip to the graphics tablet before you begin. With the mouse, once you touch the mouse, you can start moving the cursor.

This is a niggling hassle characteristic of all stylus pen-based graphics tablets.

I find the performance of the pen much better than those of graphics tablets I’ve used before – in terms of precision, pressure sensitivity and lag between moving the pen and the appearance of the stroke on the computer screen.

Replacement for the mouse

As a replacement for the mouse, it was equally capable and more intuitive, and less strenuous for the wrist.

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Mr Postman delivers: Wacom Bamboo Fun graphics tablet

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

The courier dropped off the S$329 (incl 7% GST) graphics tablet for review today. I’ll be trying it out over the next two weeks.

Out of the box, the Wacom Bamboo Fun graphics tablet with pen, driver and bundled software discs, and the optional wireless kit.

Out of the box, the Wacom Bamboo Fun graphics tablet with pen, driver and bundled software discs, and the optional wireless kit.

The Bamboo series is the entry level line of tablets for the company, while the Intuos is the mid-tier line, with the Cintiq line the high-end tablet cum LCD display for the heavy-lifting.

The three re-styled and improved Bamboo models – Pen (S$129), Pen & Touch(S$179), and Fun (S$329) form the third generation of the Bamboo series.

The aesthetic design has been restyled to feature a lime green highlight around the edge and a reduced bevel around the tablet’s working area.

Optional wireless accessory kit (S$65) comprising a battery and wireless transmitter for the tablet, and a USB dongle for the computer.

Optional wireless accessory kit (S$65) comprising a battery and wireless transmitter for the tablet, and a USB dongle for the computer.

Bamboo Fun is the priciest and largest of the three models, measuring 352 x 209 x 9.8mm with an active tablet area of 217 x 137 mm.

It supports 1024 pressure levels in the stylus pen tip and a resolution of 2540 pixels.

Bamboo Fun features four customisable ExpressKeys, supports the use of both pen and finger-touch, and supports wireless usage through an optional wireless accessory kit for an extra S$65.

This kit may not be available in some countries though.

Bundled software includes Adobe Photoshop Elements 9, Corel Painter Essentials, and Bamboo Scribe 3.0.

Hands-on with the Wacom Cintiq 24HD

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Wacom’s newest flagship Cintiq 24HD tablet-cum-display was launched on 13 September 2011. The only piece available in Southeast Asia was brought in for yesterday’s launch event for the Bamboo graphics tablet.

Priced at S$4269 (incl 7% GST), it will be available in mid-October.

Wacom Cintiq 24 HD in an "hangover" position.

Wacom Cintiq 24 HD in an "hangover" position.

The Cintiq line of graphics tablet is Wacom’s highest end range for creative professionals. Used with a pen stylus, artists work directly on the surface of an LCD screen for an intuitive and direct feel. The tablet-cum-display is plugged into a computer with the necessary graphics software.

The tablet cum display flush with the table top.

The tablet cum display flush with the table top.

The Cintiq 24HD is the newest flagship product for Wacom, featuring a 24-inch HD widescreen display (1920 x 1200 pixels).

The display has a much improved colour gamut compared to its 21-inch and 12-inch siblings, promising 92% of the Adobe RGB colour space – an improvement almost 50%. Users of the Cintiq 21UX and 12 WX frequently set up a separate colour monitor to check for colour accuracy Wiith the 24HD, this is not necessary anymore because of the improved colour accuracy.

Elevated position, with space for keyboard.

Elevated position, with space for keyboard.

I did find the display not as pin-sharp as expected but my guess is that this particular display unit has been toted around more often than it’s been designed for – it’s not meant to be a portable device after all. Yet, physically, the screen was built to withstand the hard with the pen tip – the person giving the brief punched it many times with his knuckles to illustrate this point.

The touch-and-feel of drawing on the tablet was fantastic, as can be expected from a high-end product targeted at the professional market. I did not detect any lag between physical pen movement and the line on the screen below the pen-tip. It painted exactly where I wanted it to, and the 2048 pressure levels made a indelible difference when painting strokes of varying pressure.

Customisable buttons and control ring on both sides.

Customisable buttons and control ring on both sides.

The frame around the screen is deliberately designed to be thick to serve as arm rests. Customisable control rings and buttons can be found on both sides of the frame. They can be set to control brush sizes etc.

The cantilever holder behind the screen is a new design. The tablet can be put in a number of positions: vertical or horizontal, or slanted with one edge resting ON the table, JUST ABOVE a keyboard, or HANGING OVER the table’s edge – whatever position the artist is comfortable with.

For stability, the tablet and the base counterweight weighs some 40 kg. But changing between the positions was simple and fast, and did not require a lot of strength.