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can you draw on a wacom tablet without connecting to a pc?

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tanz-e3 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
can you draw on a wacom tablet without connecting to a PC?

I'm wondering whether or not I should get a wacom tablet for my drawings of which I have a lot to share, but I want to know if I can take it on the train or a plane and start to draw or else to me it's gotta preety big flaw and is almost useless.

Thanks in advance for the advice :thumbsup:
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SEVMD Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Um bluetooth?
You need to buy the little 'usb' first
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Io-T Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Personally I wouldn't go the ipad route when there are so many tablets around that you can nab that will offer so much more. The stylus options are pretty bad and you won't get the same pressure sensitivity as you would with a wacom digitizer. What I ended up doing was picking up a refurbished hp elitebook 2730p for around $200-300, and threw in some extra ram, and bam. Full laptop with wacom support that you can fold into a tablet or use like a regular laptop and run SAI, Photoshop, any and every program you're used to. With the ipad you're restricted in what apps you can use, how much space you have and how easily you can transfer to your main computer.
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tanz-e3 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Best idea yet,even though you may require a better processor with like 2.4 GHz and of course one which is within my price range. Many thanks :) :thumbsup:
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Io-T Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Honestly the processor has been managing pretty darn well on the thing since it's a full powered dual core so still manages better than some of the under powered atoms you'll find. SAI painting and inking up to 350 dpi is smooth, and Photoshop's been doing well as long as I stay away from the 500 pixel brushes, which does cause some minor lag. The fact that you can stick a SSD and 8 gigs of ram in it means that despite it's age, you still get a machine that's beefier than a lot of the slate form tablets. You really can't do much better for the price range. If you can afford a little more, I've heard good things about the asus e121 but I think those are still kicking in the 500-600 range.

If money isn't a real issue, you have the new samsungs, and if Microsoft gets tired of playing chicken with adobe over wintab, the Surface is a *beast* of a beautiful machine for 1k. For a little more than that, Levono Helix is looking rather insane but it's not out yet.
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tanz-e3 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
looks great but more options means more confusion
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Symson Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
You can try the new SONY Vaio. I did a review of it you can see on YouTube [link]
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tanz-e3 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh yh and whats the price of the vaio?
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Symson Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
Around $1200. It's a hybird tablet and laptop.
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tanz-e3 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think I might go for the ipad and thanks so much again for the help :onfire:
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pyrohmstr Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Professional Artist
No, you need a computer for a wacom tablet. The Tablet is just like a fancy mouse.

If you want to draw anywhere on paper and then upload it later you'll want something like this: [link]

Or you can get a tablet with a stylus. Microsoft, Samsung, Apple, and a fuckton of other people make tablets that would work. Some come with styluses and some (namely the iPad) require 3rd party styluses.
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tanz-e3 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ok thanks a lot but the problem is I heard the ipad and so on aren't good to draw on so it'd be grat if you could refer me to the best tablet and stylus> :)
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pyrohmstr Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Professional Artist
I'd say a Galaxy Note 10.1 or a Microsoft Surface Pro. I personally would go for the Surface Pro but it's a bit more money.

Or, realistically, I would get myself an iPad and a Jot Touch but the Touch isn't out yet and I think the screen on the iPad is worth any amount of built in stylus fanciness... but that's all for you to decide based on what you want to do :)
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Pakaku Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
I've heard those Jot pens tend to leave tiny little scratches on the glass over time.
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pyrohmstr Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Professional Artist
I don't see how they could, it's just plastic on hardened glass. I imagine it's just people scratching the screen and blaming the pen. I mean, normally iPads get tiny little scratches if you're careless.
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darkmagistric Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
oh it could scratch very easily from the pens. Although the widespread use of Gorilla Glass has certainly helped this matter, most Pen displays; Cintiqs and Tablet PCs are designed for Pen input, so they're manufactured to have better scratch resistant screens. That being said...its still possible for this displays to still get scratches. I just got a 21ux Cintiq a few months ago and got my first scratch just a few weeks ago. The pen nib could wear down with time and get sharper...but also accumulating dust or grease on the screen (very little that you can't even see) could cause scratches as the pen draws on it.

In the case of the Ipad....which of all devices was never designed for any remote pen use.....using a 3rd party pen...that's a risk you're just going to have. The Gorilla Glass certainly helps..but only so much. My old Ep121 tablet PC has Gorilla Glass and I got a few scratches on it.
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pyrohmstr Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Professional Artist
The plastic of the jot pens isn't going to scratch the glass. The glass is far too hard for that. You can't sharpen the large disk of a jot pen (it would be impressive if you managed that).

I'm not saying anything about tablets or pens in general.
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Hai-Etlik Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
My understanding is that the problem with the Jot isn't that the plastic scratches directly but that it is more inclined to attract and to pull dust across the screen than other stylus designs or bare fingers.
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darkmagistric Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
No, but you're making the claim that Plastic can't scratch glass. If a Plastic Wacom Pen nib can scratch glass, so too could any 3rd party pen, be it a disk or nib.
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