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    Painter, Laptops & Wacom

    Has anyone out there ever used their wacom tablet on a laptop (preferably Mac) to do work in Painter?
    If so how did it perform?


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    I have used my wacom 9x12 on my PC Laptop.. it is only a 700mhz with 256 ram Pc133... and a crappy video card..(used painter and photshop)... I found it to be a little too laggy at times for my tastes, when using really large brushes.. but for sketching it wasn't too bad... I think the one down side/upside was the monitor was smaller than my tablet so I could use big marks and get better detail.. but since the monitor was so crappy, I couldn't see the detail as well... *shrug*

    I think if you have a Mac Titatinium (spelling) It should be pretty nice to work with..

    Good Luck,

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    I've just purchased a Sony Vaio with a 16 inch screen and an ATI card for use with 3D apps, PS and Painter 6. The one problem I have is the touchpad software causing problems while using the wacom.

    When I lay down a stroke and then lift the stylus up to establish a different stroke, it still wants to continue the previous one. Drives me crazy.

    I had an older Vaio that I used to paint on and it worked fine.

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    Is it possible to easily toggle the touchpad drivers on and off?

    I'm looking to replace my desktop with a laptop (I love the idea of being able to cart my digital art "studio" around in a backpack), but I'm concerned about the quality of the monitors and driver issues with the Wacom exactly like what Biotron described.

    Biotron, if you resolve this problem please message me or post here. I'm considering either a Dell Inspirion or the Vaio. The Vaio's are a few hundred dollars more expensive, but I like the slightly larger monitor and the DVD writer option...

    If anyone else has any info or research to share about using laptops for digital painting, I'd be greatly interested in hearing about it!


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    I'll let you know as soon as I figure out a solution, Fongool.

    I do love the screen real estate, though!

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    arent the tablet pc's screens done by wacom?
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    i use my ancient old baby vaio with painter,
    and my tablet.. it works fine
    ... a little slow.. (*ok really slow*)
    but for skething into i find it useful
    batteries dont last long though:chug:
    more coffee = better work

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    I've read that the tablets aren't as responsive as a regular Wacom. Besides, I'd just get the screen all smudgy. ;P

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    Just to keep this thread alive...

    I installed photoshop 7 on the Dell Inspiron here at the office and saw the same preoblem, with notablet installed. If I used the touchpad, lines would continue to draw for a short time after the button was released...

    I really want to upgrade my system to a laptop, but unless I can actually try drawing with a tablet on one and know it will be useful I just can't take the risk.

    Again, if anyone out there is using a laptop with a wacom tablet and Photoshop/painter, I'd love to hear what hardware you're using and any information about drivers, operating systems and whatever so I can make the jump...

    Thanks

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    I have a Dell Inspiron 8200 with the ultrasharp 15" screen and its freakin nice to look at. The default res is 1600x1200, so if you are going to run it lower than that, its blurry. LCDs are weird like that. But its crisp still and I have been very happy with it.

    I haven't seen it get blurry either with fast motion.

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    Do you use a Wacom with it? Photoshop/painter?

    Yeah, those super sharp displays are very nice, the dell here at the office has one. I could easily work with one, just worried about the wacom conflicting with all the other pointing devices the laptops have to support.

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    I haven't tried yet. I use my tablet on my desktop. But I'll slap my tablet on to my notebook and let you know soon!

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    I think I resolved the problem with my setup.

    In the synaptics touchpad properties dialog box I turned off the ClickLock feature. What it does is allow you to click and drag without holding down the mouse button, which seems to be a problem when using a Wacom.

    I also disabled tap zones for the touchpad.

    So far, so good. I'll let you know how it goes after some heavy usage.

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    Just wanted to post an update on my experience using the Sony Viao GRV550 with an intous tablet.

    Since changing the parameters in the synaptics touchpad software option box, as I described above, it's been great. The only gripe I have now is when I pan, sometimes I have to lift the pen slightly higher before laying down my next stroke. It's not bad though. I'm really enjoying using Painter on my new laptop. The 16 inch screen rocks.

    By the way, Maya runs pretty good, too.

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    if you get a laptop for painting...make sure to get the top of the line...they come in xga? sxga? and uxga?

    the U is the top of the line...closer to an actual monitor. the xga monitor on laptops has shit for color depth and while it will work you will have experience frusteration trying to readjust and calibrate the color on an actual monitor.



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    I do all my photoshop, painter paintings on my powerbook Ti (800 mhz, 32 m video card) along with wacom tablet. I have no complaints on the color of the monitor, the color is very consistant with the apple flat pannel displays. As for softwares, Photoshop runs well on it but it lags a bit with Painter, especially larger brushes. I work around it by doing most of the painting in Photoshop first and finish it off with some Painter touches. There are also things you can play around in brush settings to speed up Painter, but it is still not ideal. The more recent powerbook has 1 G processor and 64 m Nvidia card, don't know if it helps speed things up a bit. Hope this will help.
    Last edited by KChen; February 23rd, 2003 at 05:13 AM.

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