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    The 1984 Atari Pen-Tablet

    Loooong before Wacom...

    So if ever somebody complains about their too small wacom and old Photoshoppe, show em this.

    check this out!

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    At one time, we owned a KoalaPad for our Commodore 128, which was very similar to this thing. It never worked quite like the box said it would; resting the stylus in one point made the cursor mark creep around irregularly and we never managed a single clean, nonwavy line with the thing. On top of that, if memory serves the associated software blazed along at the pace of a frostbitten slug. We didn't play with it too much before giving up on the thing - it was just too frustrating for casual use. For computer art, I got better results with a joystick and a primitive little program called Computer Artist. Well, "better" for a lazy twerp still in school, at any rate.

    I actually have a cruddy scan of one of my joystick/C-128 creations, circa 1990/1... (Keep in mind that we didn't have a color printer - and this was a reproduction of the original dot-matrix print job, too. And neither joysticks nor Commodores were exceptionally designed for great art. Oh, yeah, and I sucked major spider-infested burnt toast, too...) I am positive, however, that this was much better than I ever could've managed with that lousy KoalaPad.

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    At one time, we owned a KoalaPad for our Commodore 128
    I like the icon for "erase". In fact, all the icons are interesting.

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    Old How To video on the computer graphics used in the original star wars


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    Quote Originally Posted by CosmoChimp View Post
    Old How To video on the computer graphics used in the original star wars
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    wooooooord - check 3:45~3:56 and later for the dials to control the model..

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