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royblumenthal
09-25-2007, 09:48 PM
Here's my solution to the tablet pc angle conundrum...

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1388/1412977662_932dd85cae.jpg

In this pic, you see it configured for use on a tripod. That's why I have the artist's palette slotted in at the front. Normally when I'm at my desk, I don't slot the palette in. But the keyboard and mouse are standard accompanying dishes.

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1061/1412080501_4e429d1637_m.jpg

The tablet all alone on the easel is a bit lacking. I find that I need the keyboard for ArtRage keyboard shortcuts. And for easy entry of file names. Tablet entry works, but it takes too much time under pressure. The mouse is useful for navigating around outside of ArtRage. Things like web pages and such.

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1354/1412085095_74079d7b88_m.jpg

Here's a look at the two items side-by-side, showing the tablet in laptop mode, and the easel waiting for inspiration to strike.

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1165/1412975040_48ff877584_m.jpg

I've sawn bits and pieces off the easel, simply to make it fit in my bag for when I fly to Visual Facilitation gigs. (http://snipurl.com/visualfacilitation)

I find that this configuration really suits my needs. And because it's all adjustable, it's very friendly on the neck and back.

If you look for a table easel, I would suggest good art shops. I've seen similar ones to these at Herbert Evans in Joburg. And I got mine from a fleamarket -- the Rosebank Fleamarket, to be precise.

Things to look out for...

o It needs to be portable, and therefore, foldable flat.

o It needs to have sticky-outy-bits that can be sawn off to save space.

o The BACK sticky outy bits need to be fairly long, specifically for when you have your angle closer to horizontal than vertical... the centre of gravity takes over at that point. DON'T saw them off! And be sure to test it with your tablet pc BEFORE you purchase or saw anything.

o Light and small are your friend if you're lugging these things around to coffee shops and onto planes like I do.

Blue skies
love
Roy

hyu
10-14-2007, 04:39 PM
Hey very nice!

Do you experience glare using ur TPC outside? How do you go about dealing with that?

hYu

royblumenthal
10-14-2007, 05:48 PM
Hi hYu...

I do indeed experience glare outdoors. There ARE screens available for tablet pcs that work inside/outside. Mime doesn't. So sadly, I don't use it outside.

Thanks for the feedback.

Blue skies, love, Roy

royblumenthal
10-14-2007, 05:50 PM
Hi hYu...

I do indeed experience glare outdoors. There ARE screens available for tablet pcs that work inside/outside. Mime doesn't. So sadly, I don't use it outside.

Thanks for the feedback.

Blue skies, love, Roy

drzeller
10-17-2007, 03:32 AM
Nice tip.

I have a tendency to paint on the couch watching tv, and use a different solution.

I lay the tablet on my stomach (which of course is a large stable surface!) and simply flip the screen around so it is the reverse of the normal screen/keyboard orientation.

This way, I have the screen facing me and up close, while the keyboard/cpu is behind the screen acting as a base. As a plus, I can also reach around to the keyboard if I need to.

D.

royblumenthal
10-17-2007, 08:19 AM
That's rock and roll, David. Great solution. Unless you're using a Toshiba Tecra M4. Which runs between 45 and 75 degrees celcius. Hehhehheh!

What machine do you use? I'd love to know the spec on it.

Blue skies, love, Roy

spotter
10-30-2007, 07:23 AM
Glad I am not the only one using a Tablet PC with ArtRage2 (using an ASUS R1F) - the only issue I have is I usually just take the tablet and sit in a chair and draw (using tablet configuration), which means I don't drag a keyboard around and the built in one is covered up.

This means no shortcuts etc... unless I use the virtual keyboard. In addition, the stylus that comes with the R1F is a single button (simulated second button by holding down the pen tip - which does not work on the ArtRage canvas).

So I have not been using stencils and the like at all because of this - they tend to be difficult to work with unless I use a mouse, but then that just starts complicating the artistic process with technical requirements.

I definitely enjoy the freedom of working with a Tablet PC and being able to just focus on drawing... anywhere (almost) :)

All in all I have been enjoying using ArtRage2/Tablet experience and I am starting to get similar results with ArtRage2 as I get in Painter :) (although I am not willing to abandon Painter :) )

Is anyone else using a Tablet PC running Vista with ArtRage2? On the tablet I do get a corruption of the pointer after running ArtRage2 (2.5) - not sure if this is just a Tablet PC issue or a Wacom issue with Vista.

Note: The quick fix for me is to rotate the display which seems to reset the pointer.

Cheers,

spotter

alildevil
12-16-2007, 01:58 AM
Well even than this is an older post yes I do use a tablet with vista and it works just fine onething that Indeed do was D/L the drivers directly from WACOM they seem much better then the ones that came with the LENOV0 X 61