If you’ve become accustomed to the MacBook’s multitouch capabilities,
you’ll find yourself missing them when you use a desktop Mac. Wacom has
an answer, care of its recently refreshed Bamboo line, which adds a new
take on tablet input. We tested the Bamboo Fun, which recognizes the
pen, as well as touch input from your fingers--including some
multitouch gestures. For long-time tablet users who are used to
pen-only control, the addition of touch capabilities is nice,
especially in image editors like Photoshop and iPhoto, where using
two-finger pinches and reverse pinches can zoom in and out of images.
You can also use gestures to rotate images. It’s not a feature that
comes into play all that often, but it’s welcome when you do need it.
There are nine touch gestures in total, but they’re all limited to one-
and two-finger motions--and that’s one to two fingers short of the
three- and four-finger gestures supported by the latest MacBooks.
Tablets are often thought to be just for graphic designers who’ve
eschewed the mouse for something “more organic.” They wave their hands
over the magical device and create art out of nothing. What most Mac
people don’t realize is that the tablet isn’t just a designer’s tool.
It’s useful for nearly anyone who puts in serious time in front of a
computer. With its wealth of customization options, Wacom’s Intuos4
becomes a useful input device for a variety of applications, and its
sensitivity makes it a great tablet for the traditional audience of
graphics pros. Wacom’s new line of Intuos4 tablets has raised the bar
in the tablet game.