Keeping up with the latest consumer demand, Wacom has just announced three new exciting products. The first two are portable Cintiq products. Thirdly, they've also come out with a stylus for the iPad that is pressure sensitive.
Getting right into it, this is definitely an exciting product launch as it expands on the possibilities for retouching and creativity in the field of photography and art. The ability to work anywhere and uncap the boundaries of creativity with more tools are the goals for Wacom with these products.
Wacom Cintiq Companion
The Cintiq Companion is in essence a 13.3 inch Wacom Cintiq that runs Windows 8 and has the ability to run full versions of various software such as Adobe Photoshop. It also has a hard drive and allows you to work on the go no matter where you are.
The Cintiq Companion supports creative freedom by offering everything necessary for productive art and design work whether in the studio or on the go. Providing an all-purpose, mobile workstation, it is a fullyfledged Windows 8 tablet, powered by a 3rd generation Intel® Core™ processor and Intel® HD Graphics 4000 that pack a punch whether designing a character, or retouching a photo. For excellent creative results, Wacom offers two models. One with 8GB memory and 256GB SSD with Windows 8 (for $1999) and the other with 8GB memory, 512GB SSD with Windows 8 Pro (for $2499).
Wacom Cintiq Companion Hybrid
To give consumers more options, they've expanded the line to include another device that is suitable for drawing and sketching but still has the ability to plug into any Mac or PC to use as a regular Cintiq.
For illustrators and designers who want to draw, sketch and paint when mobile, but who also want to use their professional software when connected to a Mac or PC, the Cintiq Companion Hybrid offers a ‘two-in-one’ solution. The Cintiq Companion Hybrid functions as a traditional Cintiq when connected to a Mac or PC. When unplugged, it is perfect for light, spontaneous work using Android™ apps. The tablet comes with a powerful Nvidia® Tegra® 4 processor, Android Jellybean and specially designed software such as the new Wacom Creative Canvas for painting and sketching. For further refinement when back in the studio, rough images can be easily transferred to a computer or shared directly to popular cloud services with the easy and pre-loaded ASTRO File Manager™
Two versions of the Cintiq Companion Hybrid are available, a 16GB version (for $1499) and a 32GB version (for $1599).
Mobility and Comfort
What makes these products really great are the new features that allow you to work anywhere with them, including built in wifi, removable and adjustable stands, and much more.
To enable a truly mobile working style, the Cintiq Companion family packs some impressive mobile communications features such as WiFi connectivity, Bluetooth® (version 4.0 for Cintiq Companion and version 3.0 for Cintiq Companion Hybrid), front/rear HD cameras (2M pixels/8M pixels), stereo headset jack and microphone for hosting calls or streaming movies. As creative professionals require comfort and ergonomics to offset long working hours, an adjustable and detachable stand is also included with both products, offering four working angles – from flat to upright.
To see a full list of specifications for both of these products, click here to find a comparison sheet
You can also check out the the dedicated site for more details: http://cintiqcompanion.wacom.com/
Here are a few images of the Cintiq Companion below:
Intuos Creative Stylus
Wacom also introduces a stylus specifically for the iPad. It is a pressure sensitive digital pen for the use of drawing and sketching. The pen itself has a touted realistic pen-to-paper feel. As displayed below, Wacom has their own app called the 'Bamboo Paper' which is optimized for the pen itself. With 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity, it's perfect for drawing, sketching ideas, image editing, taking notes, and much more.
This is also confirmed by Mario Klingemann, code artist and CTO at Psykosoft who developed the innovative Psykopaint application: “The Intuos Creative Stylus enables us to explore a new level of innovative painting techniques on the iPad that we could never achieve with touch alone”.
Designed for the iPad 3, 4 and Mini, the Intuos Creative Stylus is compatible with popular creative apps such as Autodesk SketchBook® Pro for iPad®, ArtRage (by Ambient Design), Bamboo™ Paper, ProCreate (by Savage Interactive) and Psykopaint.
The Intuos Creative Stylus is designed with a brushed aluminium housing in two color versions – black and blue/black – and ergonomically shaped thanks to the iconic flared tip, which makes it particularly comfortable when used for many hours. Additionally, artists can save time with the convenient shortcut buttons. Highlighting its mobile credentials further, a thin but powerful AAAA battery ensures days of constant use. The Creative Stylus comes with a convenient case that holds the stylus, spare battery and two replacement nibs.
The Intuos Creative Stylus ($99 USD) will be available at the beginning of October from Best Buy.
For more information on the Intuos Creative Stylus, be sure to check out the dedicated site: