Two weeks ago, I turned 21. Instead of begging for liquor, martini shakers, and wine, I bombarded my friends and family with requests for Adobe CS5 and a bamboo pen. I got the pen.
Bamboo is Wacom’s tablet that is compatible for Macs (yay!) and PCs. I was disappointed to find out that Mac doesn’t support tablet software much, though ink does work pretty well. Though I can’t mark up my documents, I’ve found it quite enjoyable to play with.
What makes this pen particularly nice is that it mimics line quality and emphasis similar to a real pen. With Corel Painter , the software that comes with the pen, the more pressure on the pen makes the strokes darker and thicker. In other words, the pen allows for greater customization and easier strokes than the highest quality mouse would allow.
Overall I’m very pleased with my pen, and looking forward to how it can help me in digital design!