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Friday, May 29, 2009

Intuos 4

Wacom® today unveils the long anticipated Intuos® 4, a revolutionary new professional pen tablet that delivers new features and unparalleled performance to photographers, designers and artists seeking optimal control and improved productivity. Inspired by members of Wacom’s professional community, the next generation Intuos is anchored by the Intuos4’s amazing new pen performance, capable of capturing the slightest nuance of pen pressure against the tablet surface, as well as offering 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity. Other innovative product modifications include a refined and intelligent industrial design that provides real advancements in looks, comfort and control. Specific workflow and productivity tools to savor include the shortcut and modifier keys with multiple customisable and application-specific profiles as well as the OLED (organic light emitting diode) displays
beside the keys for quick reference.

All New Pen Performance
The Intuos4 Grip Pen features Wacom’s new proprietary Tip Sensor technology,offering users near-zero (one gram) starting pressure for the most natural feeling experience of any digital pen to date. “The lightest touch will activate the pen,emulating the same feel, response and results derived from working with traditional art tools,” said Glenn Tsunekawa, Asia Pacific Marketing Manager at Wacom Co., Ltd. Additionally, the Intuos4 pen delivers 2048 levels of pressure, doubling the resolution of the pen’s pressure curve to further enhance feedback and expand the creative effects within software applications that support pressure sensitivity. “Delivering a consistently great and natural pen tablet experience starts with the pen. The Intuos4 Grip Pen provides an experience and performance that far surpasses anything we’ve had before. The range of input options will please even the most discriminating professional,” continues Tsunekawa. “In addition, our latest pen technology should encourage Wacom’s software partners to continue to expand pen-related features and
functionality.” The Intuos4 Grip Pen also features a pressure-sensitive eraser and two customizable side switches (pen buttons) for setting commands such as double-click and right-click on the pen. For those who prefer a pen with a thicker barrel, a widebody Intuos4 replacement grip is included with all Intuos4 pen tablets.

Breakthrough Design Improves Workflow, Boosts Productivity
With its ergonomic design, the ultra-slim Intuos4 pen tablet is the ideal creative instrument for working with digital content. Its new reversible (ambidextrous) design puts the shortcut” ExpressKeys™ in the ideal position for both right-handed and lefthanded users. The expressKeys are conveniently located on one side of the tablet,making them easily accessible for the users’ non-dominant hand. To move from righthand to left-hand operation, simply rotate the tablet 180 degrees and change the orientation of the illuminated icons within the Wacom Tablet Properties software.These application-specific ExpressKeys are instrumental in helping improve workflow and boost productivity by placing commonly used commands right at the fingertips.The close proximity of these tools to the actual work area is efficient and comfortable and helps save valuable time by minimizing dependence on the keyboard, without taking focus away from the pen hand. New to the Intuos4 are illuminated (OLED)
displays (not featured on the Intuos4 Small) that provide a helpful reminder as to the
current function of each ExpressKey. With past Intuos versions, users had to rely on their own memories for their specific key function settings. As these settings can be specific to different applications, the displays will update immediately as the user changes between applications.Also new to the Intuos4 is the user-defined Touch Ring, capable of controlling up to four different functions in any application. A button located in the centre of the ring
“toggles” the ring between functions such as zoom, scroll, brush size adjustment, canvas rotation and layer selection. The position of an LED located along theperimeter of the Touch Ring indicates the current function. “The Intuos4 design carries form and function to new heights,” said Tsunekawa. “Never before has a Wacom pen tablet so elegantly provided such tangible workflow and productivity enhancements.

More Intuos4 Innovations
A new weighted pen stand not only provides a convenient pen holder, but also functions as a handy twist-off storage compartment for a total of ten alternate and spare pen nibs. Standard, felt, stroke and flex nibs ship with the Intuos4, allowing users to simulate the feel of a variety of traditional art and design materials. If users have a task for which they prefer a mouse, the Intuos4 offers the most advanced, cordless, battery-free mouse that Wacom has ever produced as an optional accessory. A technology upgrade in the mouse allows the cursor to move based on both the direction and orientation of the mouse, delivering smooth and accurate tracking across the tablet surface. Each of the five buttons and the scroll wheel can be customised by the user.


  • Natural: New Wacom Tip Sensor with 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity
  • Flexible: Ambidextrous design
  • Comfortable: User-defi ned Touch Ring with toggle functionality
  • Individual: 8 customisable ExpressKeys™ including OLED-displays on M, L and XL tablet models
  • Well-equipped: Grip Pen with pen stand, colour identification rings, thick-bodied replacement grip, 5 standard nibs, 1 stroke nib, 1 fl ex nib, 3 felt nibs
  • New radial menus for fast access to shortcuts
  • Consistent: New surface structure and design for easy strokes
  • Reliable: 2 years warranty
  • State of the art: Supports Microsoft® XP™ (SP2) and Microsoft® Vista™ as well as Mac OS X 10.4.8 or higher

Technical specs for large (A4 wide equivalent)

  • Resolution 5,080 lpi
  • Pressure levels 2,048
  • Accuracy (pen) +/- 0.25 mm (0.010 in)
  • Accuracy (lens cursor) +/- 0.15 mm (0.006 in)
  • Tilt range (all pens) +/- 60 degrees (+/- 50 degrees on Intuos4 S tablets)
  • Reading height 10 mm (0.39 in)
  • Maximum report rate 200 points per second
  • Interface USB 1.1 to USB mini-B (Intuos4 S, M and L tablet models); USB 1.1 (Intuos4 XL)
  • Cable length 2.5 m (8.2 ft), detachable on S, M and L tablet models
  • Power requirements DC 5V, less than 300 mA, from primary USB port or powered USB hub
  • Active area (W x D): 325.1 x 203.2 mm (12.8 x 8.0 in)
  • Physical size (W x D x H): 472.0 x 320.0 x 12.0 mm (18.6 x 12.6 x 0.5 in) approximately
  • Weight: 1.8 kg (3.96 lb) approximately
  • Touch Ring: 1
  • ExpressKeys™: 8
  • ExpressKey™ displays: 8, next to ExpressKeys™

Package content:
  • Pen tablet
  • Grip Pen
  • Pen stand
  • Ten replacement nibs (five standard nibs, one flex nib, one stroke nib, and three hard felt nibs)
  • Nib extractor
  • Colour identification rings
  • Additional rubber grip
  • 2.5 m USB cable
  • Quick start guide
  • Including valuable software: Download a choice of various software titles, including full-feature versions from Adobe, Autodesk, Corel and more. Product registration required for download. See software download program for specifications
  • Installation CD (includes tablet driver software and online user’s manual)

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