Does anyone have any experience with designing on a Tablet PC? I’m a full-time freelancer and I’m looking for a solution so I’m be able to sketch & send out concepts (via WiFi) from anywhere (wired coffehouses, parks, etc.).
I’m looking to go Slate config rather than Convertible so I can have a bluetooth keyboard for hitting hot-keys & adding text in Photoshop, etc. without wrangling with the screen to access keys.
I’m on the verge of buying a Motion M1400 www.motioncomputing.com but thought I’d put out the feelers to see if there are any better options.
Any advice or recommendations on different tablets?
I recently downloaded Sketchbook Pro and - no offense - I hated it. Sure, it’s a lot cheaper than Photoshop, but it can’t compare as being a full-service visualization tool. I found Sketchbook so limiting that I would never consider making a purchase - no matter how much $$$. The total disregard of the “right click” makes it unusable to Windows owners - it must have been designed by people using Macs (again, no offense).
It’s literally like losing the opposable thumb we’ve evolved so hard for…[/quote]
SB Pro is not a PS copy, and it is not intended to be. It is very similar to drawing on paper, with the addition of layers. If you are worried about a right click, then you are not using it correctly. It is designed to by used on a tablet, not with a mouse. If you are using a mouse, stay with PS. SB Pro is for people that can draw and are comfy with hand sketching and illustration.
True, true. As I mentioned, I still don’t have a tablet yet, so your points are well taken.
What I was looking more for out of SB were some of the features I use when adding color to hand sketches in PS, like different layer modes. I use things like Multiply, Overlay, Vivid Light, etc. all of the time and would miss them in SB. Plus things like adding text, Scanning in thumbnails to sketch over (which I do all of the time) aren’t in SB… but I guess I’m comparing apples to oranges…
Anyway, I guess this is a discussion for another thread…
Bill Buxton was the man behind much of the pen-based innovation that went into th Sketchbook Pro UI. As mentioned, it’s not very good with a mouse, but that’s a good thing–too many applications compromise.
ykh–the disconnect you refer to has to do with the “parallax” gap between the top glass surface and the actual screen.
@purplepeopledesign - cant really discuss. but i’m pushing for a better path between 2D and 3D modeling.
@cg - parallax i understand. not sure but think some complaints were on time lag. can understand that too. big brushes and fast sketching dont always work. some tablets might have memory issues causing action-reaction mismatch.