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biliousfrog
08-30-2011, 07:20 AM
Inkling

Do you start your artwork with pen and paper? But at the same time regret that your work is stuck on paper until you have scanned the image? Then Inkling is an indispensable tool for you. This digital sketch pen allows you to sketch with a real ballpoint pen on any paper. While you are drawing, all strokes are recorded electronically which can then be imported as raster or vector artwork in to your preferred graphics applicationfor further editing. With just one button click you can record layers, for instance, to separate preparatory and final drawings. These layers are then retained after import.
Key features

Enhance your professional workflow by capturing digital data while sketching with a ball-pen on normal paper

The ink sketch can be structured in layers while drawing – no need to recreate layers in software

1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity for natural pen strokes

Store hundreds of high resolution sketches on the receiver before transferring to your PC or Mac

Save time and export your sketches with layers directly into Adobe® Photoshop® or Illustrator® (CS3 or higher), or Autodesk® SketchBook® Pro or SketchBook® Designer (2011 or higher) as vector graphics

Be versatile by saving your sketches in the following formats: JPG, BMP, TIFF, PNG, SVG and PDF

http://www.wacom.eu/index2.asp?pid=9226&lang=en

archijam
08-30-2011, 07:49 AM
It looks awesome, but try finding an actual example of the result .. it would be great if they posted an example layered sketch result .. but I guess we'll have to wait for release ..

Still, 200 euro seems worth it regardless. I wonder how much the ink refills will cost (hopefully a standard size).

vector
08-30-2011, 07:54 AM
Not too expensive. I have a new birthday´s gift in mind now :)

wrightyp100
08-30-2011, 08:02 AM
That looks tremendous.

Trevor
08-30-2011, 08:17 AM
Wow, cool, been waiting for something like this.
Its a pity its only for a4 size.

Titus
08-30-2011, 09:10 AM
I just bought a similar artifact at the dufy-free airplane store back from France a couple of weeks ago:

http://www.lifetrons.ch/EN/Products/USM/Products-LT3001E1.htm

The price was 120 euros, or something like this.

Portnoy
08-30-2011, 11:23 AM
Definitely a nifty little product to have, leave it to Wacom to develop. :)

Tzan
08-30-2011, 11:26 AM
Wacom's site is being hammered right now.
Cnet has posted this today.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-20099256-1/wacom-gives-sketchers-an-inkling-of-the-future/

erikals
08-30-2011, 12:23 PM
I just bought a similar artifact at the dufy-free airplane store back from France a couple of weeks ago:

http://www.lifetrons.ch/EN/Products/USM/Products-LT3001E1.htm

The price was 120 euros, or something like this.

Shwweeet...! :]

safetyman
08-31-2011, 06:06 AM
Rats! You beat me to the punch! This is going on my Christmas wish list.

JeffrySG
08-31-2011, 07:17 AM
Make sure you check out the specs page for the new Wacom product. It doesn't look like it's too accurate. +/- 5mm as you go towards the edges. Not too accurate for line drawings, etc. I'd still really have to see this in action and get a feel for it myself before making the purchase.

Emmanuel
08-31-2011, 11:54 AM
Or as the wife said "...and why would that be better than using a pen, paper and a scanner ?"

SBowie
08-31-2011, 11:59 AM
For one thing, a scanner doesn't support undo (or splines and similar drawing tools and primitives).

Emmanuel
08-31-2011, 12:03 PM
Inkling does "undo" ?

SBowie
08-31-2011, 12:07 PM
Well, no little robot trots out with a pail of white-out ... :D

But it wouldn't be hard to support it as an input device for software that did - in much the same way that a tablet works. Your physical sketch would doubtless get out of synch with the onscreen representation, but the tactile feedback would still be viewed as quite useful by some, I believe.

Emmanuel
08-31-2011, 12:09 PM
In other words, lets wait for release 2.0 with 2048 pressure levels, so that I can use it as a tablet-less pen on any paper.

Tzan
08-31-2011, 12:34 PM
It does have layers, which a scanner cant do.

You could draw a house in the background on a layer.
Then on a new layer draw a car.
On a new layer in front of that draw a person.

The lines would all overlap on the sketch, which would be a problem if that was the final step. But now the layers are separate in Photoshop.

I wouldnt buy one until I tried it. Could be useful, if it "just worked". Too much fiddling to keep a clear line to the unit would kill it.

Emmanuel
08-31-2011, 12:38 PM
I can have layers in real life, I have been using stacks of semi-transparent paper for decades.I can erase and correct and finally scan.I cant erase and correct with inkling, when its down it down.

SBowie
08-31-2011, 12:45 PM
I can erase and correct and finally scan.Sure, and animators have been scanning paper for a long time - reams and reams of it. The interesting thing about this approach is that it sidesteps that in similar fashion to a tablet, but has the physical attributes of a paper pad. It's not perfect, obviously, but it's interesting.

Titus
08-31-2011, 12:51 PM
Its' very simple guys. All this stuff goes with me inside a pocket. I don't need to carry a laptop, a scanner or even a notebook. I usually draw with my magic pen on a napkin.

pat-lek
08-31-2011, 03:36 PM
It' s look very interesting...

I have a Cintiq 21, but it's a little bit too big.

jeric_synergy
08-31-2011, 03:53 PM
Or as the wife said "...and why would that be better than using a pen, paper and a scanner ?"
Layers. That's the big thing, IMO.


Well, no little robot trots out with a pail of white-out ... :D
That would be a very cute animation. Maybe just a jointed arm that pops out of the Inkling.

And, it looks like you could just place it at the top of ANYTHING, within the A4 limitations.

Emmanuelle, if you don't want it, just don't buy it.

JeffrySG
08-31-2011, 03:58 PM
Or as the wife said "...and why would that be better than using a pen, paper and a scanner ?"

For raster images I agree but Inkling also records vector strokes. This can be very very useful.

UnCommonGrafx
08-31-2011, 04:47 PM
iwant this.

Tzan
08-31-2011, 04:55 PM
So we have:

Layers
Vectors
Portability

Dexter2999
08-31-2011, 05:33 PM
So we have:
Layers
Vectors
Portability

And apparently Titus has a Magic Pen. And I've been holding out for a Spear and Magic Helmet from ebay.

erikals
09-01-2011, 12:33 AM
read estimated price is $200,...
http://www.cgchannel.com/2011/08/new-wacom-pen-saves-your-sketches-in-digital-form/

biliousfrog
09-01-2011, 01:19 AM
read estimated price is $200,...
http://www.cgchannel.com/2011/08/new-wacom-pen-saves-your-sketches-in-digital-form/

You can buy them direct from Wacom for 169 Euros now

Philbert
09-03-2011, 07:24 PM
This looked really awesome at first, but has some down sides. First it's a ballpoint pen. How many people really sketch in ballpoint pen? You also have to press harder with them than other pen types. Second, the accuracy is +/- 2.5 mm which is pretty huge in a drawing.

bazsa73
09-04-2011, 12:57 AM
Sounds interesting and if someone let's say travels a lot or works at different spots like a moving storyboard agency then it is a perfect choice.

jeric_synergy
09-04-2011, 11:46 AM
Second, the accuracy is +/- 2.5 mm which is pretty huge in a drawing.
It's probably best to think of it as a specific, new medium. Possibly very impressionistic.

Until we get some sample files, it's really hard to say how useful this can be. But the concept is undeniably cool. :angel:

Oh, some output files, AND a scan of what the original drawing looked like to compare.

Philbert
09-04-2011, 11:54 AM
Yeah I've been keeping an eye out for some reviews but it's so new there aren't any yet that I can find.

jeric_synergy
09-04-2011, 01:10 PM
Yeah I've been keeping an eye out for some reviews but it's so new there aren't any yet that I can find.
Yeah, that and the lack of sample files are keeping my enthusiasm in check.

Oh, and poverty. ;)

Philbert
09-04-2011, 01:21 PM
Yeah poverty here too. Plus as much as I tried in high school / college, I'm just not that good at 2D drawing.