Wacom Drawing Tablet 3 pages: 1 [2] 3
Posted: Monday, February 03, 2020 10:13:14 AM
PaperGrape wrote:
Colorwash wrote:
Invincible Penguin wrote:
I had a little Wacom for a long time, until I just couldn't upgrade the driver anymore.... The active area felt like it was the size of an index card and I was forever going off the edge. I didn't like it very much.

My Wacom suffered the same demise: Couldn't update the driver. I was ripping mad because the tablet itself was perfectly fine.


You're scaring me! I have a little Intuos 3 and am getting bothered by the cords, and the pen is literally held together with tape but I haven't had driver problems yet. I'm sure it's coming. I tried to purchase a new one recently - a Wacom Intuos around $100 - and the pen and surface feels so cheap and scratchy compared to the old one, so I ended up returning it.

I have my small old tablet sectioned off to really only track at about half the size available, so I assumed the small size of the new one would be no problem - but it lacked the extra free space to rest my wrist. So if (when) I am forced to take the plunge, I'd probably get a larger size simply because the new ones don't have the extra gray border around it.

So here I sit in a bundle of cords for the darn old tablet that I love...

If you are on a Mac--
Checked my specs for info on what I am using:
Wacom Tablet v6.3.15-3
<https://www.wacom.com/en-us/support/product-support/drivers>
(release date 12/21/15, works with mac OS 10.8-10.11)

I am using:
Wacom Intuos3 6x8
v6.3.15-3
Yosemite (Mac) OS 10.10.5
Posted: Monday, February 03, 2020 1:13:10 PM
never occurred to me that the smaller size won't leave room to rest my wrist,that wasn't a problem with my small old graphire. Now you guys are making me think of getting a Huion, decisions, decisions.
Posted: Monday, February 03, 2020 1:23:33 PM
waterart wrote:
never occurred to me that the smaller size won't leave room to rest my wrist,that wasn't a problem with my small old graphire. Now you guys are making me think of getting a Huion, decisions, decisions.


lol, I thought it was you guys making me think of getting a Huion... Stick out tongue
Posted: Tuesday, February 04, 2020 12:31:34 PM
­čî╝Shelli Fitzpatrick wrote:
waterart wrote:
never occurred to me that the smaller size won't leave room to rest my wrist,that wasn't a problem with my small old graphire. Now you guys are making me think of getting a Huion, decisions, decisions.


lol, I thought it was you guys making me think of getting a Huion... Stick out tongue

Lol



For those who said you couldn't update the driver, have you tried installing a driver from a different wacom tablet? The driver for my graphire was outdated when I got a new laptop so I installed a bamboo driver and it worked.
Posted: Tuesday, February 04, 2020 12:39:41 PM
waterart wrote:
­čî╝Shelli Fitzpatrick wrote:
waterart wrote:
never occurred to me that the smaller size won't leave room to rest my wrist,that wasn't a problem with my small old graphire. Now you guys are making me think of getting a Huion, decisions, decisions.


lol, I thought it was you guys making me think of getting a Huion... Stick out tongue

Lol



For those who said you couldn't update the driver, have you tried installing a driver from a different wacom tablet? The driver for my graphire was outdated when I got a new laptop so I installed a bamboo driver and it worked.

Interesting. If I can find where I stored my old Wacom, I'll give it to my son and let him play with it. He's been wanting one.
Posted: Thursday, February 06, 2020 8:43:20 AM
@Waterart: I found my Wacom tablet and have just passed it on to my son. Did you have to try several of the Bamboo drivers before finding the right one? He's using Windows 7, so I assume he'd look for that, right?
Posted: Thursday, February 06, 2020 9:14:07 AM
I read this article today about the information some tablets send back to the manufacturer. If you're worried about privacy, you may want to read it before purchasing a tablet.
Posted: Thursday, February 06, 2020 10:23:13 AM
Colorwash wrote:
@Waterart: I found my Wacom tablet and have just passed it on to my son. Did you have to try several of the Bamboo drivers before finding the right one? He's using Windows 7, so I assume he'd look for that, right?

@colorwash--
try this link for various windows 7 drivers:
https://www.wacom.com/en-us/support/product-support/drivers
Posted: Thursday, February 06, 2020 11:47:27 AM
Colorwash wrote:
@Waterart: I found my Wacom tablet and have just passed it on to my son. Did you have to try several of the Bamboo drivers before finding the right one? He's using Windows 7, so I assume he'd look for that, right?

I don't remember because it was over 7 years ago but I'm pretty sure I got the right driver on the first try. I think what I did is do a search for something like "how to get wacom graphire to work on Windows 8.1" and I got what I needed. Hope your son gets yours working
Posted: Thursday, February 06, 2020 12:20:57 PM
Thanks to both of you--bequiet and waterart. I'll pass the info on to my son. He was so utterly pleased when I handed him the tablet.

@Stargazer: That's truly weird!
Posted: Thursday, February 06, 2020 12:57:42 PM
This morning I was thinking how ironic it was that a few days ago someone posted about Wacom drawing tablets and I replied that mine was still working fine and that I have used it for many years, ... only to have it stop working this morning.
Suddenly the blue light just went out. I tried unplugging it, and plugging it back up, it didn't do anything. I searched and found the install disc and tried installing it again.
So, I reluctantly went to Amazon and ordered a new one. I have mentioned before how I hate having to learn to use new electronics.
But I couldn't imagine trying to do anything artsy without one.
After I ordered it, I was messing around again and realized I had unplugged my laptop and plugged it back in instead of my tablet.
I unplugged the tablet and plugged it into a different port and it now works fine.
Posted: Thursday, February 06, 2020 5:09:41 PM
It took me a while to get used to my Wacom Intuos Pro but now I can't imaging working without one! Hope it keeps working with my macbook for a long time.

@randysgrandma - sounds like something I would do despite many years working in tech support! Are you still able to cancel your order or are you going to keep the new one too?
Posted: Friday, February 07, 2020 5:20:22 AM
buxmontweb wrote:
It took me a while to get used to my Wacom Intuos Pro but now I can't imaging working without one! Hope it keeps working with my macbook for a long time.

@randysgrandma - sounds like something I would do despite many years working in tech support! Are you still able to cancel your order or are you going to keep the new one too?

I'm going to keep it at least until I try it. I have wanted a bigger surface area almost from the beginning. Whether I keep it or not will depend on how frustrated I get with the learning curve.
Posted: Friday, February 07, 2020 5:25:41 AM
randysgrandma wrote:
buxmontweb wrote:
It took me a while to get used to my Wacom Intuos Pro but now I can't imaging working without one! Hope it keeps working with my macbook for a long time.

@randysgrandma - sounds like something I would do despite many years working in tech support! Are you still able to cancel your order or are you going to keep the new one too?

I'm going to keep it at least until I try it. I have wanted a bigger surface area almost from the beginning. Whether I keep it or not will depend on how frustrated I get with the learning curve.

I should think all graphics tablets work the same. The only part that can cause headaches is, after installing, you want to get rid of certain dumb "features" the manufacturer's software includes. I had that with my Bamboo tablet, mostly because it's used only when working with Photoshop where I want no bells and whistles. It took a little while to turn off all the stuff, but once I did, I was happy. Put pen to tablet, choose desired PS tool, move pen to draw or fill or whatever.

You'll probably have little trouble taming the thing.

Posted: Friday, February 07, 2020 7:17:54 AM
randysgrandma wrote:

I'm going to keep it at least until I try it. I have wanted a bigger surface area almost from the beginning. Whether I keep it or not will depend on how frustrated I get with the learning curve.

Which tablet did you order? By the way yours stopped working and mine started working, go figure. But I still want to get a new one, the Huion caught my interest.

Posted: Friday, February 07, 2020 8:12:05 AM
I ordered a Wacom CTL4100 Intuos Graphics Drawing Tablet. Ordered from Amazon. There are no stores in my town that carry electronics beyond the basic computers and printers. I didn't want to drive to the next town over, so I ordered it. Hurray for on-line shopping.
I hesitated to order from a company that I didn't know about, so I went with one whose product I had used and was happy with before. I will keep you posted about how much I like it, or don't, as the case may be.
Posted: Friday, February 07, 2020 9:09:10 AM
No monitor? I don't know if I can do that. Drawing on a different surface then where the image shows would screw with my head.
Posted: Friday, February 07, 2020 9:38:10 AM
PunHouse wrote:
No monitor? I don't know if I can do that. Drawing on a different surface then where the image shows would screw with my head.


It looks like it wouldn't be that much different than using a mouse on a mouse pad. but I haven't ever used one either...
Posted: Friday, February 07, 2020 9:49:07 AM
PunHouse wrote:
No monitor? I don't know if I can do that. Drawing on a different surface then where the image shows would screw with my head.

A keyboard doesn't have a monitor, nor does a mouse, so it's no different at all. Yes, it's different from picking up a pencil and drawing on paper because, in this case, you aren't staring at paper, but instead, you're staring at the monitor. If you use a laptop with a touch pad, then simply imagine that tiny pad being a whole lot bigger.
Posted: Friday, February 07, 2020 12:18:19 PM
I used to use my touchpad on my laptop for drawing and editing art and photos. I got used to it and thought it was fine.
But then I got my drawing tablet. It is so much easier to control and easier to get into fine details. It did take some getting used to...having the drawing surface beside me instead of in front of me but actually it is the same as using a mouse that is beside you instead of in front of you.
Now that I am used to the tablet, if I try to use the touchpad for a minor adjustment, I find myself trying to draw with my finger on the drawing pad, which does not work.LOL
Posted: Friday, February 07, 2020 1:21:50 PM
Have a Wacom Drawing tablet that I next to never use. When I first started here, I was using a stylus-enabled tablet (which was definitely easier than editing photos with a mouse). In August 1918, I went to an Asus Zen Flipbook (a 2-in-1 tablet/laptop) that is Bamboo pen-enabled and never looked back!
Posted: Friday, February 07, 2020 2:13:33 PM
Saints_Aplenty wrote:
Have a Wacom Drawing tablet that I next to never use. When I first started here, I was using a stylus-enabled tablet (which was definitely easier than editing photos with a mouse). In August 1918, I went to an Asus Zen Flipbook (a 2-in-1 tablet/laptop) that is Bamboo pen-enabled and never looked back!

In 1918? Roses
Posted: Friday, February 07, 2020 4:41:55 PM
Shocked OOPS! Make that 2018! I had a senior moment! I'm another of the 70+ year old Zazzlers! Stick out tongue
Posted: Friday, February 07, 2020 8:01:36 PM
waterart wrote:


I didn't see your post right away but that looks exactly like the one I have now. I am very happy with it. The smaller space doesn't bother me at all. Good luck! Smile
Posted: Saturday, February 08, 2020 4:02:09 AM
Saints_Aplenty wrote:
Shocked OOPS! Make that 2018! I had a senior moment! I'm another of the 70+ year old Zazzlers! Stick out tongue

Old Zazzlers Unite!
Posted: Saturday, February 08, 2020 10:16:51 AM
Using the tablet pen is very much like learning to use the mouse, feels strange at first but then you get the hang of it. And once you are used to it, working with graphics is much easier with a pen than a mouse. I use the pen for both vector and raster graphics as well as for editing photos.
Posted: Saturday, February 08, 2020 2:06:36 PM
waterart wrote:
Using the tablet pen is very much like learning to use the mouse, feels strange at first but then you get the hang of it. And once you are used to it, working with graphics is much easier with a pen than a mouse. I use the pen for both vector and raster graphics as well as for editing photos.


The vector part is very enticing to me.
Posted: Sunday, February 09, 2020 12:04:17 AM
I've been wanting to get a drawing tablet, and that Huion sounds like a really good one. So which one are you guys talking about? There seem to be quite a few listed on Amazon, and I'm a bit lost. I've never used one so I don't know what I'm looking for.
Posted: Sunday, February 09, 2020 3:57:27 AM
Karen Coffelt wrote:
I've been wanting to get a drawing tablet, and that Huion sounds like a really good one. So which one are you guys talking about? There seem to be quite a few listed on Amazon, and I'm a bit lost. I've never used one so I don't know what I'm looking for.

Out of curiosity, I did some research and found this one compares well with equivalent Wacoms: Huion 1060 Plus Graphic Pressure

I couldn't seem to create a link for it, so just copy the name and then search on it. You'll quickly find it at the top of the search page.
Posted: Sunday, February 09, 2020 12:27:30 PM
I got my new drawing tablet today. I didn't know the USPS delivered on Sunday.
Anyway, the installation was easy, no problems.
I have not had a chance to use it much, so will have to update more later.
Can't say if I am going to like it better.
The pen on the tablet has a different feel, not as smooth as the older one. But, they did say this new one has a slight texture so it feels more like writing on paper. To me it just feels a little draggy.
The lines seem to be much smoother. I was mostly using it to erase some small edge outlines on an image that I had removed the background from. Usually when I use the eraser brush the image is left jagged. Then I have to use the smudge brush the smooth it out.
With the new pen, the results are smoother but I am still going to have to smudge the edges some.
My old tablet had an optional mouse that I could use instead of the pen, this one doesn't and I must say, I don't like that. I am used to using the mouse to navigate and the pen for detail work. The mouse does not work on the new tablet. Neither does the old pen stylus.
My old one had a pen holder so I kept my pen handy and out of the way when I wasn't using it, this one doesn't.
For now the verdict is still out.
Let's just say, I have plugged my old one back in just for the mouse feature, it remains to be seen if the new one is a keeper or not. It is fifty fifty right now.
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