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    *Sigh*

    ArtRage 3, Adobe CS5... too many wants and never enough money haha

    I hope saving enough money can get me AR3 at least, CS5 is a little out of my league money wise.

    Anyway to the point of my post, the WACOM I plan to buy is:
    http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...roduct+Reviews

    When it says "Pen Only" I'm assuming it means it won't include the little mouse too?

    Is that something I should be concerned about? Or can I still use my current mouse?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan View Post

    Anyway to the point of my post, the WACOM I plan to buy is:
    http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...roduct+Reviews

    When it says "Pen Only" I'm assuming it means it won't include the little mouse too?

    Is that something I should be concerned about? Or can I still use my current mouse?
    Your old mouse will still work. You just need to have enough USB ports to keep both the mouse and the tablet plugged in. I hardly even use the mouse that came with my tablet, while some people just end up using the pen for their mouse...
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    I have the original Graphire and it's going strong after 11 years. I never have used the mouse that came with it. The pen is EZ-ier to use when surfing the web.

    I have the switch on the pen to be right click only.

    I also cut a piece of transparency film for laser printers to fit the size of my small tablet. And then I scotch tape the film to it. I change this film every six months. That way I don't scratch the surface. And, the nib of my pen lasts forever. You can buy this plastic cover piece from Wacom but it's a lot more expensive.

    So get the bamboo and have total fun with it

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    Basically there are two kinds of mice that come with graphics tablets.

    One type is your regular mouse that is just like a regular mouse, except you have to use it on the tablet, and in return, you get very high precision. I've seen older low-end Wacom tablets bundled with mice, maybe so people would buy them as mouse replacements with pens.

    The other type looks like a mouse, but has a lens with a crosshair attached to it. This is useful for CAD work or if you want to trace hand-drawn pictures very precisely. (Edit: In case it's not obvious, the tablet will recognise the pen or mouse at a distance, so you can actually put e.g. a drawing on it and trace the lines with the pen.)

    For painting, neither is particularly useful. Your existing mouse will probably do a better job (unless you have very specific requirements) and you can use both devices at the same time. Also, as far as I know, neither type is available for Bamboo tablets. You can get both for the more expensive Intuos (and by extension, Cintiq, although that makes no sense at all) lines though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Judith Tramayne View Post
    I also cut a piece of transparency film for laser printers to fit the size of my small tablet. And then I scotch tape the film to it. I change this film every six months. That way I don't scratch the surface. And, the nib of my pen lasts forever. You can buy this plastic cover piece from Wacom but it's a lot more expensive

    Judith
    Yikes, does it really get that badly scratched? Worn down?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan View Post
    Yikes, does it really get that badly scratched? Worn down?
    Depends on what you do with them I guess. My Cintiq (with which the transparency trick wouldn't work very well) has one small scratch, and that's from me not being particularly careful with where I store it and how I put it in that place sometimes...

    The old Graphire tablets had a different surface than the current Bamboo and Intuos models though. Some of them actually came with a replaceable transparent cover. I have one of those and it does seem to scratch more easily, but same as with Judith's Graphire we're looking at older than ten years here and I guess if you use a tablet every day for ten years, then it will eventually show.

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    Not by other people - just me. I have a very heavy hand and usually press pretty hard. Plus I'm not always careful. Stuff gets on my tablet (LOL)

    The film keeps it clean.

    Judith
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    I've had my Wacom Bamboo tablet for 2 years and use it pretty much everyday and I don't have one scratch on the tablet itself and I haven't needed to replace the nib of the pen once.

    There's no way it should be issue when thinking of buying one: unless you're gonna start using a knife on the tablet for some reason...each to their own...

    Plus I just use my regular mouse along with the tablet and it works perfectly (particularly handy for zooming in and out with the mousewheel).
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    Ah okay, I see now. *Whew*

    I guess my only issue now is desk space, I have a 2.5ft wide desk, 1ft is my keyboard, half a foot for my computer tower, and even more for the mouse pad. And right after the mouse pad is the wall lol, so it'll be a little cramped.

    Need more workspace Captain!!!
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    I just purchased the new Bamboo Pen and Touch. It also has a touch screen on it so you don't really need a mouse anymore.
    I also have a Genius that works much like the Bamboo for a lot less money.

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