September 24th, 2015
Epiphany: An experience of sudden and striking realization. Generally the term is used to describe scientific breakthrough, religious or philosophical discoveries, but it can apply in any situation in which an enlightening realization allows a problem or situation to be understood from a new and deeper perspective.
Yes, that’s what happened to me! After last week’s post asking about people using Wacom tablets, I decide to try one out. It came on Sunday so I’ve only been using it for a few days. The tablet I got is a Wacom Intuos Pro Pen and Touch Medium.
The first thing that blew me away is that this is a fantastic mouse replacement for anyone that has multiple large monitors. A Wacom tablet is a must for anyone that has multiple monitors. I have two 27″ monitors. A 27″ iMac and a 27″ monitor. I never realized how annoying using a standard mouse is until I started using a tablet! Instead of dragging a mouse across two 27″ monitors, with a tablet you just move directly to any location on the two screens you want to go to. It’s amazing!
My second amazing discovery was multi-touch. That is you can use your fingers instead of the pen. To click, to double click, to scroll, to zoom. There is a lot to learn. After a few days, I’m still learning all the multi-touch finger gestures and I haven’t even got to learning the pressure sensitive pen features built into Photoshop. A Wacom tablet is well worth the money just for the ways it replaces the standard mouse, let alone the pressure sensitive features.
I have to say that Wacom doesn’t do a very good job of explaining all these great features. The training they make available is I feel substandard. I sort of stumbled across the multi-touch features. Their tutorials and information on all their great features could be much better. But the Wacom tablets are still a great bit of gear that will speed up you time in front of a computer once you learn to use it.
There are several of conclusions I’ve come to:
- You don’t need a medium or large tablet. A small tablet is just fine.
- A Wacom tablet is essential if you have multiple large screens. It’s far better than a mouse.
- The pressure sensitive features are important, but they are just part of the advantages of using a tablet.
- Wacom has done a poor job of marketing and promoting this device. I’ve been a Photoshop user since the early 1990’s and I’ve somehow missed out completely on the importance of using a tablet.
I would highly recommend the Wacom Intuos Pro Pen and touch Small for all real estate photographers particularly if you have multiple monitors.