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I actually thought of inventing a type of Ink that can be recognized by your computer without having to go through a scanner and editing textures of the paper and such, but never got around to it (I thought it wasn't that great of an idea). It was just a thought I had in the past.
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I think my favorite part about it is the instant vector transfer, that will cut down a fair amount of production time
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Guys and gals, before you get all starry-eyed, go read the specs.
It says clearly on their site: the precision of this thing's tracking is from +/-2.5 mm in the middle of a page, to +/- 5 mm near the edges. On an A4 page that's up to 4% wobble. Think of it. Your lines may be off by almost half an inch.
It may be that the deviation is consistent over the page and the relative position of the lines is more precise than might be inferred; but I am not going to buy one just to find out.
Also: what makes this so great for getting the sketches into computer, compared to a scanner?
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This also has my vote http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWyEY...ayer_embedded#!
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August 30th, 2011 #13Also: what makes this so great for getting the sketches into computer, compared to a scanner?
But other than speed, the the thing that really has me geeking out is the insta-vector. If that works as the video shows, then that makes it worth the money 10 times over.
I often convert things to paths using "Convert to Paths" in photoshop, but depending on your line quality and the tolerance you set it at, it can cause a lot of detail loss (which is okay when I am doing comics, but other times I want more detail to remain), but that method is also several steps to achieve. To be able to have it right away when I open the document is amazing.
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I don't normally scan sketches unless it's like a pen and ink drawing that I'm going to compile into a finished artwork. This is looks great though, and would definitely encourage me to upload more sketches. It's true, though, that it's not much more difficult to scan an image, clean up the sketch a little, and then convert it to a vector in illustrator.
What I'd really like to see for this are different kinds of pens. This is a ballpoint pen, it'd be great to see a technical pen, or different nib-types of pens, maybe even a brush?
August 30th, 2011 #15
Yeah, the vector thing would be really sweet if it works like the video (and the accuracy isn't TOO far off). You could do the rough in pencil, then come back over it with the inkling.
It's still a bit rich for my blood, though (and, ohhhhhh, what I wouldn't give for a Cintiq instead. Well, I wouldn't give £800 for it, but you know what I mean).
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When I want to draw on paper (with a pad on my lap), I'll just draw on paper so that is why this appeals to me.
I consider 200 bones to at least be worth a try for this niche product...whereas I see the amount for a Cintiq to be FAR too rich for me to spend for a convenience of trying to mimic a piece of paper.
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Is there an erase, or does it record the drawing when finished. What if you need to use white-out?
Also, for inkers is ...what? We just use ballpoint pens now for inking?
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I thought it was pretty cool looking too. Then I watched the intro video on using it. Eh, not so cool after all. At least for me.
The mouse/scanner thing looks pretty handy, though. I wonder what it's gonna cost?
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Here's a question. Each video shows it set up on a flat surface and you not moving. What if you want to draw in your lap? What if you want to turn the paper?
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It means that the receiver would limit the movement of how I work.
Don't get me wrong, I think this device is neat. I think its a great step forward in things, it even looks fun to try out to see how it works, it's just not $200 fun.
August 31st, 2011 #25
I just read a review from someone who actually had a chance to try Inkling, the German illustrator Jana Frank.
Summary: yes, it does deviate from the line. It also has a lag, so if you draw too quickly you get broken lines and garbage lines. The receiver is relatively heavy, and battery life isn't too long.
And one ink refill for it costs 17 euros.
I think I'll pass. It still solves a nonexistent problem, IMHO: scanners are such a staple that I can't see what this gadget is needed for.
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Interesting idea, and I can see the potential for improvements, but right now there are too many flaws for me to seriously consider buying this.
Also, there's also the fact that not everything you doodle (with a pen! Can't erase!) might be worth scanning. And when you realize that you're wasting (overly) expensive ink on drawings that aren't worth importing onto the computer...
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I think the majority of the consumers who will purchase this are the kind that enjoy getting new fun little gadgets to try out and have the money to do so. They'll probably use it religiously for a month or until the ink runs out and then forget about it.