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Wacom Cintiq 21UX Pen tablet

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WacomWacom Cintiq 21UX Pen tablet : Wacom Europe will exhibit its state-of-the-art Interactive Pen Display - the Cintiq 21UX. Aimed at digital imaging professionals, the Cintiq 21UX enables users to draw, navigate or animate directly on a screen with a pressure sensitive pen. The Cintiq 21UX combines a large 21.3” flat screen with high UXGA resolution, a stylish and ergonomic design and incorporates full Intuos3 functionality to enhance efficiency and productivity. Key to the Cintiq 21UX is the integration of Intuos3 functionality, including the ExpressKeys and Touch Strips. The Cintiq 21UX is available in the UK from Computers Unlimited. It runs on Windows 2000 and XP and Mac OS X 10.2.6 or later. The Cintiq 21UX is priced at £1,899.
Wacom Cintiq 21UX Pen tabletWacom Cintiq 21UX Pen tablet
The ExpressKeys and Touch Strips features can be individually programmed and configured for every application and are beneficial for Cintiq users as the keyboard is not normally in direct range. The ExpressKeys are two freely programmable, four-button keypads that are pre-configured with frequently used modifier keys, such as CTRL, ALT, SHIFT and SPACE. The Touch Strip acts like a scroll bar with presets to allow zooming and scrolling in various applications including Photoshop. With the pen in one hand, the user’s other hand can rest over the ExpressKeys and Touch Strip - not having to constantly move the hand to the keyboard significantly improves workflow and productivity.

Wacom 21UX tablet
The Cintiq 21UX’s product design and aesthetics combine an impressive 21.3” drawing area with a flat bezel. This is ideal for graphic artists because their strokes are not limited while sketching across the surface. The graphic capabilities of the screen have been improved to offer a UXGA resolution of 1,600 x 1,200 pixels with 24-bit colour depth.

ICC profile - Colour management
With an accurate ICC profile for colour management and its wide viewing angle, the Cintiq 21UX’s screen provides a true colour environment, crucial to digital photographers. The specially coated, glare-free LCD reduces reflection and thanks to the technology of the flat front bezel parallax is minimised. This allows the tip of the pen to be closer to the surface of the screen, enabling illustrators, industrial designers and graphic artists to be much more precise in detailed work.

Wacom Interactive Pen Display
The Interactive Pen Display has a high-end, stylish and slim-line industrial design in anthracite grey. Its display stand is removable and adjustable. The display can be tilted into multiple positions from 10 to 60 degrees (horizontal to vertical) and can easily be rotated through +/- 180 degrees This exactly replicates the traditional way of working when moving a piece of paper on a drawing board but with the advantage of a digital workflow. This flexibility makes the Cintiq 21UX a natural tool, which is comfortable to use and helps to increase productivity.

Award winning design
The Cintiq 21UX Interactive Pen Display has been awarded the coveted “red dot” for high design quality in the product design category by the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen. The internationally recognised commendation is awarded annually for superior design quality and innovation. Deciding factors for the independent jury’s decision are for example the degree of innovation, functionality, form, quality, ergonomics, symbolic and emotional content, and self-explanatory quality.

Industrial designers
The design of the Cintiq 21UX reflects Wacom’s philosophy to develop intuitive interface solutions that allow a natural and harmonious interaction with the computer. Developed as a tool to express creativity the Cintiq 21UX had to meet highest design standards and at the same time fulfil professional requirements of working effectively in digital applications. The in-house design process was supported by the industrial designers of RiskyBrand and involved a global team from Wacom’s offices in Japan, Europe and the USA.

Wacom’s patented Cintiq Grip Pen and optional input device
The cordless and battery-less Grip Pen has been ergonomically developed with a cushioned waist to relieve stress. With 5,080 lpi resolution and the 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity in both the pen tip and eraser, the Cintiq Grip Pen is more precise and provides greater control. An optional input device is the Intuos3 Airbrush, which can be used with the Cintiq 21UX and also offers 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity and a finger wheel for varying ink flow or brush size. Tilt functionality is another feature supported by both the Grip Pen and Airbrush, where tilt angles of up to 60 degrees are recognised - ideal for realistic paintbrush simulation. Working with the pens directly on the display facilitates perfect hand-eye co-ordination.

Wacom Cintiq Grip Pen
The Cintiq Grip Pen comes with changeable pen nibs. The stroke pen nib is able to convey the soft nuances of brushstrokes, while the felt pen nib provides friction on the tablet for a more natural feeling when painting and drawing. The technology featured in the Cintiq 21UX is directly compatible with the Intuos3 range. Each input device has a unique Tool ID that can be customised and will work with both Intuos3 and the Cintiq 21UX. The software supporting Tool ID recognises which input device and assigned programme settings are being used.

Wacom Bundled software
The Cintiq 21UX is bundled with Corel Painter Essentials2 - a special edition of the natural media drawing application Corel Painter. It takes full advantage of the Cintiq’s functionality – tip pressure and tilt, eraser, Tool ID and airbrush finger wheel.

About Wacom
Founded in 1983, Wacom has established itself as the market leader for pen tablets and is a pioneer in the development of the pen as an input device for computers. The company’s aim is to make working with the computer more ergonomic and natural, therefore making it easier to open a broader field of applications. The ethos behind this vision is to create the most harmonious environment possible for the user and his technical equipment.

About Wacom Europe
In Europe, Wacom supplies five product lines under its own brand name: PenPartner, Volito, Graphire, Intuos and Cintiq. The cord- and battery-less input devices of these products are based on Wacom’s patented electromagnetic resonance technology, called ‘penabled’. For years now ‘Penabled’ technology has proven itself for use in graphics tablets and LCD-tablets. The company also offers its products as OEM business to all manufacturers of PCs and Macintosh computers.

Wacom sensor technology
Wacom is the leader in the field of pen and sensor technology - most Tablet PCs based on Microsoft work using this technology. In the future, ‘Penabled’ technology will play a leading role in the development of mobile devices such as smart phones and PDAs.

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