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  1.  (10188.21)
    Not exactly an unbiased user report :) ... but it does describe in better detail how the device works and what it's good for.
    • CommentTimeSep 5th 2011
    That obvious isn't it? ;)

    Eagerly awaiting Aike's Missus report on it.

    Inkling is on it's way to me, and I've cursed their graphite 3 to hell twice.
    Both models broke within a week after the warranty ran out, no heavy-metal level use either. Their intuous 3 purrs like a kitten for almost 2 years -close to warranty date so hope not jinx it-
  2.  (10188.23)
    Yeah, the Intuos 3 was the most solid piece of hardware I've ever used. I gave it to a friend three years ago due to being a nomad and he's still using it.

    This definitely looks like it fits my workflow. I think I can do page layouts on the paper and then finishes in the computer with a new layer or two...
    • CommentTimeSep 6th 2011
    Well, I pre-ordered yesterday evening. It seems it will fit the way I work and is way more portable than a scanner. I'll be away when it gets posted to me, but I look forward to tinkering with it when I get back off holiday.

    Will report my findings, like many others here, once I've had some time with it.
    • CommentTimeSep 6th 2011
    Very much looking forward to hearing more reports from other folks. I like ballpoint pens, and I used to do a lot of work in Illustrator with an Intuos 4; I suspect the inkling might turn out to be ideal for feeding sketches into Illustrator for refinement.
    • CommentAuthorjonah
    • CommentTimeSep 7th 2011 edited
    The ink is irrelevant isn't it? Couldn't you just hack some graphite on? But I use a micron pen straight to paper. Hate pencils.

    Last I tried turning pixels into vectors was inaccurate and really slowed down my computer. I'm interested in how this performs.

    ETA: I just looked at how you have to hold it. Oh, well. Also, this would be pretty neat to attach to your index finger.
    • CommentTimeSep 7th 2011
    I'm certain they will expand this with a pencil stylus in the future, but we'll see. We're still waiting for delivery of ours. I'll be in Amsterdam at IBC this week, hoping Wacom might have one on the booth so I can play... except their booth always makes me want to buy a Cintiq.
  3.  (10188.28)
    It's pressure sensitive, so I imagine the nib is hooked into the pen in some way that can't be modified because it needs to connect to the cartridge inside too. I'd be even more interested than I am now if it *was* possible to use it as a pencil without breaking it though. I do all my lines in pencil.
  4.  (10188.29)
    On their "regular" styluses, the little plastic nib is free to slide slightly up and down inside and is spring-loaded to bounce back, and this motion is how the stylus detects pressure. I believe the way the Inkling works is that the whole ballpoint and ink cartridge is rigged the same way as that nib. So to convert this to graphite would require rigging the entire business end of a mechanical pencil likewise. Not a trivial project.

    And furthermore, what would be the point? The main advantage of graphite is that it can be erased, but this setup doesn't support that concept. A Cintiq or TabletPC (with an eraser) comes closer to mimicking that experience than a "Graphiteling" would. The other benefit of graphite is its subtler mark-making properties, based on the angle you're holding it, how worn the tip is, etc. (in addition to pressure). A device like the Inkling wouldn't be able to capture that.
  5.  (10188.30)
    A device like the Inkling wouldn't be able to capture that.

    True. But the Inkling doesn't cost two thousand bucks.
  6.  (10188.31)
    Neither does a pencil, a stack of paper, and a scanner. Plus you can erase with it. :)

    (Neither does a decent draw-on-the-screen tablet, for that matter. I spent less than $300 on the used TabletPC slate that I do most of my work on, and there are new machines available for not much more than $1K.)

    I'm a complete convert to digital media; I'm not even sure where in the house my last pad of bristol is hiding. But if I wanted the look and feel of traditional media I'd use traditional media. I use digital media because it lets me do things I can't do with a pencil and pen. Like erasing my pen strokes. :)
  7.  (10188.32)
    I can't speak for WACOM, but I think the idea is the skip the slow annoying scanning step and just have a device that records and stores your drawing in a convenient portable form.

    I plan to use it for comic layouts with the finishes being digital. Like all tools, it has it's uses.
    • CommentTimeSep 8th 2011
    Speaking as someone who doesn't really do art as such, but does occasionally doodle guitar bodies and such:


    The vector format is a huge damn bonus here, as is the way you can actually see what you're drawing. I've played around with various Wacoms before, but the disconnect between the stylus and the screen has always been a bit much for my poor brain. This solves that by being an actual pen. (The only problem is this is a ballpoint, and they are generally my nemeses. Still, intrigued.)

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