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Less than 24 hours after Adobe unleashed Creative Suite 5 on the world, tablet producer Wacom has announced that their professional-grade input products will boast enhanced integration with the software suite, leveraging the Wacom's well-known pen and tablet interface to allow users to reach new levels of artistic genius.
While any Wacom tablet owner will be able to use the base features offered by CS5, according to the company's press release, the full force of Wacom's Creative Suite firepower will only available to Intuos 4 professional pen tablet users and the lucky owners of Cintiq interactive pen displays.
Intuos 4 and Cintiq users can expect to see significant workflow enhancements in Photoshop CS5 thanks to the program's new brush engine, which will allow users to leverage their pen's sensitivity, tilt and rotation to interact with the software. With everyone so worked up over Creative Suite's content-aware fill capabilities, it's great to discover that Wacom will allow users to simply pen over unwanted objects in an image and replace them with details that match the scene's background lighting, tone and texture. Similar interface design decisions can be seen throughout the rest of CS5. In Illustrator, for example, users will be able to paint with vectors into existence in a way that resembles traditional art brushes.
For those of you that play well with others, Wacom's CS5 incorporation will also extend into Adobe's new version of ConnectNow. If you're unfamiliar with the service, it allows users to share screens and collaborate on projects in real-time, making for an easy collaborative workflow, or a super pricey way to play an old-school game of tic-tac-toe.
Not too shabby, huh?
These, and many more spiffy tablet-based tricks, will be available to Wacom owners from the moment they install Creative Suite 5 on their hard drive.