Doug Little is from Wacom, a company that is the leader in pen enabled computing solutions. I have used Wacom products for years, and have been extremely pleased with their performance and capabilities.
In this small interview, Doug tells us more about Wacom products for business applications and the use of pens and tablets within PowerPoint.
Geetesh: Tell us more about Wacom, the company and Wacom products targeted towards business users.
Doug: Since 1983, Wacom has been the word’s leading manufacturer of pen tablets and interactive pen displays. Founded in Japan, Wacom gets its name from the Japanese word for harmony (Wa) and English word, computer (com).
Bringing harmony to life through technology has been Wacom’s mission from the very start and we continue to build products that make working with a computer more comfortable, efficient, easy and productive. Wacom is a multi-national company with offices in Japan, USA, Germany, United Kingdom, China, Korea and Australia.
Today, business customers worldwide use Wacom’s patented cordless, battery-free, pressure-sensitive pen technology for digital content creation and editing. Wacom has several product lines, all critical to its overall business strategy.
The Graphire4 series is Wacom’s consumer based pen tablet, geared to the novice user, one looking for an alternative input device or those that want to have fun editing digital photos. The Graphire4 comes in two sizes – 4×5 and 6×8 (active areas). The pen features 512 levels of pressure sensitivity.
In addition, the Graphire Bluetooth (6×8) is Wacom’s first wirless pen tablet making it an ideal solution for the mobile professional.
The popular Intuos3 is Wacom’s professional line of pen tablets for the serious photographer, designer, artist, animator or engineer. The Intuos3 comes in a variety of sizes including a 6×11, 12×12 and 12×19 for those working with widescreen displays or dual monitors.
Its innovative design using “on board” Express Keys and Touch Strips allows users to concentrate on the pen and not the keyboard. The pen has 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity and tilt recognition.
The Cintiq 21UX is a flagship product, offering Wacom’s patented EMR technolgy built-in behind a color accurate 21.3″ LCD. This technology provides unmatched control, comfort, freedom and productivity by allowing professionals to work directly on screen. The Cintiq is one those rare and unique products that has had a major influence on digital content creators and has literally changed the digital imaging landscape.
In addition, Wacom’s Components Group supplies its patented pen technology, dubbed Penabled(r), to the OEM space. Approximately 95% of Tablet PC’s use Wacom Penabled technology. In the future, Wacom’s technology will play a leading role in the development of such mobile devices as smart phones and PDAs.
Geetesh: How can PowerPoint users benefit from use of Wacom tablets.
Doug: PowerPoint users can benefit from pen tablet use in many ways.
Navigating on a computer with a pen and tablet is much faster and a lot more comfortable than using a mouse. Our hand, wrist and arm are in a more comfortable position and the “absolute positioning” that a pen tablet offers allows one to move around the computer much faster and more accurately. The pen can relieve repetitive motion and certainly reduce fatigue.
Annotating, marking up and drawing on PowerPoint presentations are simple with a pen tablet. For example, the Graphire Bluetooth wireless pen tablet is ideal for conducting PowerPoint presentations. One can wander the room while navigating the presentation and marking it up if need be. Additionally, the pen tablet can be passed to other members of the meeting should they feel the need to comment.
Since we often work in other applications with PowerPoint, such as Photoshop, having pen capabilities at your fingertips are indispensable.