Today, Wacom announces that Inkling, a digital sketch pen that captures a digital likeness of a user’s work while they sketch on traditional paper, now supports Adobe CS6 and Autodesk SketchBook Pro 6 software. The update is available for download from the Wacom Europe website.
Designed for rough concepting and creative brainstorming, Inkling bridges the gap between paper sketching and digital drawing. It gives users at the front end of the creative process such as artists, illustrators and graphic designers a way to rough-out ideas with real ink on paper while capturing their concepts digitally so that they can be later refined on their computer.
Inkling can be used with any standard paper or sketchbook. By positioning the wireless receiver on the edge of the page, with an uninterrupted line of sight to the pen tip, users can capture the likeness of the sketch and store it digitally. The ballpoint pen uses Wacom’s pressure sensing technology (1024 levels of sensitivity) to detect how hard the pen is being pressed to the paper and these pressure variations will appear in the digital version of the drawing. Inkling even allows users to create layers in the digital file while sketching on paper.
When sketching is complete, the receiver is connected to the user’s USB to transfer all sketches as bitmap or vector files. These files can then be opened with the included Inkling Sketch Manager software to edit, delete, add layers or change the format. Files can also be transferred to creative software applications for further editing including Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator CS6 (both 32bit and 64bit operating systems), as well as Autodesk Sketchbook Pro 6. Alternatively, files can be saved in JPG, BMP, TIFF, PNG, SVG and PDF formats for use with other applications. Inkling Sketch Manager also supports Mac OS 10.8.
For customers who have already purchased the Inkling or intend to purchase an Inkling shortly, Wacom offers the Inkling Sketch Manager 1.1 update for download. For all registered Wacom customers the update is available after login at https://www.wacom.eu/register/
Pricing and availability
The Inkling sketch pen is priced at £149.99 (including VAT) and is available now from Wacom partners and the Wacom eStore http://uk.shop.wacom.eu/products/inkling.
Wacom Europe GmbH is a subsidiary of Wacom Company, Ltd. (Tokyo Stock Exchange 6727). Founded in 1983, Wacom is a global company based in Japan with subsidiaries and affiliate offices around the world to support marketing and distribution in over 150 countries. Wacom′s vision to bring people and technology closer together through natural interface technologies has made it the world′s leading manufacturer of pen tablets, interactive pen displays, and digital interface solutions. The advanced technology of Wacom′s intuitive input devices has been used to create some of the most exciting digital art, films, special effects, fashion and designs around the world and provides business and home users with their leading interface technology to express their personality. Millions of customers are using its cordless, battery-free, pressure-sensitive pen technology.
The company also offers its products as OEM solutions to leading manufacturers serving incremental markets. Wacom′s interface technology, called Wacom Feel IT Technologies, is also offered as an integrated solution to strategic partners. Most Tablet PC manufacturers count on the advanced features and reliability of the brand to deliver a superior user interface experience.