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Wacom

Japanese company specializing in graphics tablets and related products

This article is about the electronic manufacturer. For other uses, see WACOM (disambiguation).

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Wacom headquarters in Kazo, Saitama, Japan

Native name

株式会社ワコム

Romanized name

Kabushiki gaisha Wakomu
TypePublic (Kabushiki gaisha)

Traded as

TYO: 6727
IndustryComputer input devices and software
FoundedJuly 12, 1983; 38 years ago (1983-07-12) in Ageo, Saitama, Japan
Headquarters

Kazo, Saitama

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Japan

Area served

Worldwide

Key people

Nobutaka (Nobu) Ide
(President & CEO)[1]
ProductsBamboo, Intuos, Cintiq, MobileStudio Pro, PenPartner, Volito, Graphire
RevenueIncrease¥74.557 billion (2015)[2]

Operating income

Increase¥14.400 billion (2015)[2]

Net income

Increase¥9.800 billion (2015)[2]
Total assetsIncrease¥51.457 billion (2015)[2]

Number of employees

Consolidated: 1,072
Non-consolidated: 474
(2015)[2]
Websitewacom.com

Wacom Co., Ltd. (株式会社ワコム, Kabushiki gaisha Wakomu) () is a Japanese company headquartered in Kazo, Saitama, Japan, that specializes in graphics tablets and related products.

Headquarters locations[edit]

The American headquarters are located in the Pearl District of Portland, Oregon,[3]

Functionality[edit]

Wacom tablet functionality was used in the screen of the Compaq Concerto computer in 1992, making it an early tablet computer. In 1991, Wacom chips were used in the Samsung Penmaster tablet computer which was also sold as the GridPad SL by Grid Systems. The Penmaster had an early precursor to Samsung's S Pen, known today for its inclusion in the Galaxy Note line of phones, which also use Wacom's technology to power the S Pen, since its conception with the Galaxy Note line of phones in 2011.[4]

Product lines[edit]

Intuos[edit]

Wacom Intuos pen & touch M (CTH-680) graphics tablet

2018 models feature 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity and a resolution of 2540 lines per inch[5][6][7][8] (1000 lines/cm). Each of the models have a 5.8 × 3.6 in (14.7 × 9.2 cm) active surface area, a weight of 290 ±50g, and 4 control buttons.

In the Americas and Europe, four models are available in 2018: Intuos Draw, Intuos Art, Intuos Photo, and Intuos Comic.[9]

Accessories[edit]

Wacom's Wireless Accessory Kit is a USBdongle and adapter which allows all Intuos tablet Models connect to a computer wirelessly. This kit is compatible with certain models. It did not work with the 2011 Bamboo Splash, Bamboo Connect or Bamboo Pen models.[10]

Drivers[edit]

The Linux Wacom Project produced drivers for Linux/X11. According to Peter Hutterer in his XDC2016 talk, Wacom has 3 Linux kernel developers (Ping Cheng, Jason Gerecke and Aaron Skomra) working full-time on Linux support.[11]

Durability[edit]

Several Wacom models, including the Intuos4 and Bamboo, were criticized for the drawing surface's roughness, which caused the small pressure-sensitive 'nib' to wear down, and become slanted or scratchy in the same way as pencil lead, albeit more slowly. This could also cause the surface to become smoother where it is used more, resulting in uneven slick and non-slick areas. As the nibs were only short lengths of plastic, it was possible for a user wanting a more durable nib to improvise a replacement from a short length of nylon 'wire' (approx 0.065 inches or 1.7mm diameter) like that found in grass trimmer or 'weed-eater' refills, suitably straightened by hand and smoothed (rounded off) at one end with abrasive paper. Additionally, a thin sheet of glass or acetate can be placed over the drawing surface to avert surface or nib damage in the same way as screen protectors are used on phones, although in the case of glass this may induce a—usually modest—parallax error when tracing.[12][13]

The Intuos4 surface sheet was revised in October 2010 to reduce nib wear. Wacom Europe sells a bundle that includes the revised surface sheet and replacement nibs at a reduced price for installation in existing Intuos4 tablets.[citation needed]

Drivers[edit]

ThinkyHead Software published the free TabletMagic[14] driver package. TabletMagic is a driver for discontinued serial-port Wacom tablets for use on modern Apple Macintosh computers under the Mac OS X operating system. A USB-to-serial port adapter is required. (OS X open source drivers for many such adapters are available from Source Forge.)[15]

Technology[edit]

Wacom tablets use patented electromagnetic resonance technology called "Electro Magnetic Resonance" ("EMR").[16][17]

References[edit]

  1. ^"Nobutaka (Nobu) Ide Assumes the Role of Representative Director, President and CEO, Wacom Co., Ltd". Wacom. Tokyo, Japan. April 2, 2018. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
  2. ^ abcde"Annual Report 2015"(PDF). Wacom. Retrieved October 10, 2015.
  3. ^Rogoway, Mike (March 12, 2015). "Wacom joins tech stampede to Portland, moving office from Vancouver and adding dozens of jobs". The Oregonian. Retrieved April 9, 2016.
  4. ^https://www.wacom.com/en-us/about-wacom/news-and-events/2017/1257
  5. ^"Bamboo Create". Wacom. Retrieved October 6, 2011.
  6. ^"Bamboo Connect". Wacom. Retrieved October 6, 2011.
  7. ^"Bamboo Capture". Wacom. Retrieved October 6, 2011.
  8. ^"Compare Bamboo tablets". Wacom Europe GmbH. Retrieved October 6, 2011.
  9. ^"Intuos". Wacom. Retrieved September 7, 2015.
  10. ^"Wireless Accessory Kit for Bamboo & Intuos5 | Wacom eStore - official Onlinestore". Eu.shop.wacom.eu. Retrieved November 13, 2013.
  11. ^"hutterer input". www.x.org.
  12. ^"Wacom Bamboo Owners: How's Your Nib?". Graphicssoft.about.com. Retrieved July 10, 2010.
  13. ^"Intuos4 vs Intuos3 nib question - ConceptArt.org Forums". Conceptart.org. Retrieved July 10, 2010.
  14. ^"TabletMagic". Thinkyhead Software. February 3, 2013.
  15. ^b_j_arnoldus. "PL2303 USB to Serial Driver for Mac OS X". SourceForge.
  16. ^http://www.wacom.jp/jp/customercare/download/catalogue/pdf/0507_EMR_Pen_Technology_E.pdf
  17. ^"United States (expired) Patent US4878553 describing the technology"(PDF). Freepatentsonline.com. Retrieved October 6, 2011.

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Pen-to-paper digital capturing tools like Wacom's Bamboo Slate ($150) have been around for a while now, but they still seem like magic. There should be no way that you can draw a picture on a pad of paper, press a button, and have a perfect facsimile almost instantly pop up on your phone or your iPad. It defies the laws of... everything. Even if you know how it works, it still seems like it shouldn't be possible.

But it is possible, and in the case of the Bamboo Slate, it works really well.

WIRED

It comes in both A4 and A5 sizes. I spent a week or so testing the larger of the two Bamboo Slates. The larger Slate is a nicely designed if nondescript 13-by-10-inch rectangular, fabric-covered panel. It's about a quarter-inch thick and otherwise the same size as a clipboard. It's purposefully sized to work with an 8.5-by-11-inch pad of paper. But instead of a clip, it has a long pocket with a slit across the top that allows you to slide the cardboard back of your notepad in and down, securing your pad of paper (and you can use whatever paper you want) firmly and steadily in place.

The Slate's included pen is slightly thicker than a normal pen and has a retractable ink cartridge. The pen is just as much a stylus as a pen, and the Slate's tracking of the pen's location on the paper is what is actually being captured. Because of this, the Slate will obviously not work with any pen but the one that's included.

To set up the Slate, you need to charge it over micro USB and install Wacom's InkSpace app on your phone or tablet. Once that's done, you pair your mobile device with the Slate over Bluetooth and begin drawing or writing. When you're done, you push a button (the only button) on the Slate. Within a few seconds, exactly what you wrote on the paper is saved in the app, and it looks spot on.

Impressively, the Slate doesn't just capture everything you put down on the paper. It also catches the sensitivity of your pen strokes. If you press down hard with a pen on paper, for example, your lines look bolder and thicker. The Slate notices this, too, and the relative thickness or thinness of what you write is apparent in the digital version it produces. This is a nice-to-have for note taking, but a godsend if you're drawing or illustrating with the Slate.

Once you've uploaded what you wrote to the app, you can export it as a PDF, JPG, PNG or WILL (Wacom's own file format) for further manipulation or sharing.

The whole process, which is really only two steps after the initial setup—draw, then press the button—is really as simple as it sounds.

TIRED

If you activate a subscription to Wacom's Inkspace Plus service, the app can also translate your handwriting into searchable text. (You get a three-month test run with the Bamboo Slate to see if this is feature worth paying for.) The benefits of this are obvious, especially when note-taking, but Inkspace really struggled to read my (admittedly awful) handwriting. When I purposefully wrote carefully and clearly, the service worked a lot better.

The Slate isn't able to compensate if you move the paper while writing or drawing. It only knows where the pen is in relation to the Slate itself. So if you accidentally move the paper around, you need to either start over or fix it with Photoshop or another image manipulator. There is also no erasing when using the Slate, or going back and adding (at least with the pen) to something you've already uploaded.

Finally, if you're furiously taking notes and you forget to push the button to upload the latest page before flipping to a fresh sheet, you've just turned two perfectly good pages of notes into gobbledygook. There is a "replay" feature, so you can still transfer the whole mess over and, within the app, step backward through time to the moment before you turned the page and save your work that way. But it's inelegant.

None of these limitations are surprises, but they are things you need to keep in mind. If you go into it accepting these limitations, you're going to find the Bamboo Slate to be extraordinarily simple to use, slightly magical, and a lot of fun. Bonus if you have kids—mine loved drawing and writing on it.

RATING

8/10 - Excellent, with room to kvetch.

Sours: https://www.wired.com/2016/12/review-wacom-bamboo-slate/
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