View Full Version : SummaSketch III ?

11-16-2006, 09:37 PM
Does any body know about this porduct and is it worth a look at? Would it be useful for Photoshop or Lightwave? I,m not finding info on what i need to know. There is an opportunity to purchase one at a very low price. Scott

11-16-2006, 09:50 PM

11-16-2006, 10:03 PM
OK, googled it, got this...

SummaSketch III systems have been "end-of-lifed" and availability is limited.

Man, provide more info, it's now dead, what is it and how much are you getting it for?

Sorry, sounded harsh :)

11-16-2006, 10:10 PM
SummaSketch III 12 x 12 in digitizer #01-4143-028
This is the model number

11-16-2006, 10:17 PM
SummaSketch III 12 x 12 in digitizer #01-4143-028
This is the model number.it is in the box,new and i can have it for 50$ i suppose it is like a Wacom but i just don't know.

11-16-2006, 10:35 PM
Its possible that the drivers won't work if it is too old. Odds are pretty good you would not be able to get an update either.
Wacom's Graphire 4x5 tablet is 99.95. It may be smaller but you would have the latest drivers and more apt to get updates.
What ever you decide, good luck.

11-16-2006, 10:54 PM
Sumagraphics is no longer in existance... they were taken in by CalComp a few years ago... I had an original Summasketch 12X12 but upgraded to the Summasketch FX 12X12 when it died.

here is the product .pdf... http://www.gtcocalcomp.com/files/BROsummasketch3.pdf

Driver for up to WinXP here... http://www.gtcocalcomp.com/supportsummasoftware.htm

Hope this helps.


11-16-2006, 11:45 PM
is it worth checking out and is does it work with photoshop?

11-17-2006, 12:57 AM
Just get a wacom 6x8, any kind, you won't regret it.

11-17-2006, 01:04 AM
Aiptek makes some pretty good low end tablets. I know the price on a wacom can be dauntion for beginners. I remember getting a 12x9 tablet three years ago for about 130$ or so, and just checked their site and now it's about 100$. Was a good tablet, great to start with and got me hooked, can't use Photoshop without a tablet now (not sure how anyone could use a tablet with LW, but...) Just though I'd throw that in there guys:)

Casey :cat:

11-17-2006, 05:41 AM

I only use a tablet (get a wacom, you won't ever regret it), can't stand a mouse. For Modeler, using a tablet is much more precise and interactive than a mouse. IMHO anyway.

for layout I could understand that giving up the mouse would be harder.

11-17-2006, 09:15 AM
I just can't use a tablet with LW. I've tried but it just seems counterintuitive, I get much better control with a mouse. The tablet is great for making strokes and painting (which the mouse completely fails at) but I wouldn't toss out my mouse

Casey :cat:

11-17-2006, 11:05 AM
Thanks for the replies.I'll get the Wacom

11-17-2006, 12:06 PM
I have an older calcomp tablet (serial port) and even with the XP drivers for it, i don't have pressure sensitivity in photoshop anymore.

But that's at home, I'm using a wacom product at work.

11-17-2006, 03:07 PM
Yeah, definately go with the wacom. Even the cheaper graphires do an excellent job. As for use in light wave, I find it excellent for laying out points and plines.

11-19-2006, 01:24 PM
Summagraphics and Calcomp were the bomb, back in the day. I used both with AutoCAD for DOS. Nowadays, I say stick with a mouse. Tablets were useful back in the day before good GUIs. You had a whole menu system accesible from the tablet. The tablet shipped with a menu for ACAD that would attach to the surface, or ACAD came with a drawing of one you could print out and attach to the tablet.

With customizable menus in most programs, and no way to build a LW menu for the tablet, it's a huge waste of space, nowadays. I would rather spend $50 on a good optical mouse.