Wacom has launched the long anticipated Intuos4! Three years in the making and anchored by a quantum leap of engineering in its new pen, the compelling updates to the Intuos4 were inspired by members of Wacom’s professional community. All the Wacom hallmark aesthetics, elegance, ergonomics and high gloss finishes feature in the new model and are underpinned by new productivity, throughput and control developments.

The Intuos4 Grip Pen is engineered with new proprietary Tip Sensor technology, offering users near-zero (three grams) starting pressure. The advanced engineering of the pen means it captures the slightest nuance of pen pressure against the tablet surface. By offering 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity, Wacom has doubled the resolution of the pen’s pressure curve to further enhance feedback and expand the creative effects within software applications that support pressure sensitivity.

The tablet itself features a new reversible (ambidextrous) design that ensures “shortcut” ExpressKeys™ are always in the ideal position for both right-handed and left-handed users. ExpressKeys are now conveniently located on one side of the tablet, making them easily accessible for the users’ non-dominant hand. To move from right-hand to left-hand operation, users simply rotate the tablet 180 degrees and change the orientation of the illuminated icons within the Wacom Tablet Properties software.

Specific workflow and productivity tools in the Intuos4 include shortcut and modifier keys with multiple customisable and application-specific profiles as well as OLED (organic light emitting diode) displays. They are located beside the keys for quick reference and to remind of the current function of each ExpressKey.

Also new to the Intuos4 is the user-defined Touch Ring. A button located in the centre of the ring “toggles” the ring between functions such as zoom, scroll, brush size adjustment, canvas rotation, and shuffle through video frames. The Touch Ring is anticipated to be a particularly popular update for videographers.

The release of the Intuos4 is anticipated to spark a flurry of additional developments amongst software providers who will want to leverage the new capacity of pressure sensitive technologies. For more information, visit http://www.wacom.com.au/intuos4

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