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Thread: alternative to iPad

  1. #1
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    alternative to iPad

    Is Artrage supported on other table pcs? If so, are any recommended? I would like a tablet with a larger screen than the iPad.

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    Well, there's Cintiq. That's what I'm getting once I have the $$$. Of course they go for 4-5 times as much as iPad and they don't have the same portability and are pretty much just for painting.

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    I have an HP Slate 500 and it's smaller than the iPad but it will run the full version of ArtRage (stickers, sticker brush, etc).

    Do I like it as well as my iPad? For running my full blown art programs, yes and it's very portable.

    Would I like a larger screen? Yes.
    See ArtRage2.5 and 3.0 Studio Pro Tutorials:
    http://www.youtube.com/JudithTramayne
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    https://www.artrage.com/artragebasic.html

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    Thanks for your replies folks. The Motorola Xoom looks like a contender too, although I am not sure if Artrage will run on its Android Honeycomb operating system?

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    ArtRage runs on Windows, OS X and iOS. There isn't an Android version so unfortunately it wouldn't run on the Xoom.
    Dave
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    This one releases April 21st
    http://www.asus.com/Eee/Eee_Pad/Eee_Slate_EP121/

    You can pre-order off microsoft's site
    http://www.microsoft.com/Windows/buy...s/default.aspx
    12.1" high definition widescreen, with wacom stylus ...om nom nom
    Note the lovely piece of software (full version) used in the advertisement and included on the device (kudos ambient)
    Last edited by Juz; 04-15-2011 at 04:44 PM.
    "I paint because I love to cut mats" (Arthur Alexander)

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    Thanks for your replies folks.

    The Eee looks very good but at twice the price of the iPad I guess it should be! Food for thought though... or maybe I should wait until Artrage is updated to work in the Android environment...

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    EEE.

    I want.

    But what could you get done with 2.5 - 4.5 hours of battery life?

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    Realistically, how long will anyone be away from AC power? If that was a major concern, mind you, any 19V power extender for a laptop will work with this slate - like these: http://www.batterycanada.com/Univers...op_Battery.asp There are bazillions of these things on the market, you can get them anywhere. http://www.sales-battery.com/Externa...p_battery.html They vary in price depending on how much juice you want.

    The thing to bear in mind is the fact that even with a stylus, you won't get pressure-sensitivity on an iPad (or an Android device). And the chances of WACOM writing drivers and building digitizers for either iOS or Android are fairly slim.

    Also, as far as price goes, who buys the base model iPad? To sketch on? Everyone's going to go for the 64GB model, which costs 700-900 bucks. So, realistically, the slate costs $100 more. And comes with all accessories (case, stand, bluetooth keyboard, stylus, etc.). Oh, and true multi-tasking... because it's a PC. With an i5 and 4 gigs of RAM. You can do anything you can do on a real computer with it... like, oh, use the full version of ArtRage Studio. Which you will never do on an underpowered tablet. You can have the forums open, play your favourite tunes, and be painting in ArtRage all at the same time. You can transfer files easily from your digital camera, something that is a nightmare on an iPad. And the handwriting recognition on Windows 7 is light-years ahead of anything you'll see on any other device.
    Last edited by yogsodoth; 04-16-2011 at 02:31 PM. Reason: typos

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    Have to agree with your praise of the microsoft handwriting recognition. Since l got my Cintiq 21 UX, I write all of my forum posts by hand (Including this one)
    "I paint because I love to cut mats" (Arthur Alexander)

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