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06 June 2003, 06:02 AM
Hellooo there... I've been reading on this forum and see that some use Wacoms to help them in graphics applications and such, also in 3d.

How might a Wacom aid me in Lightwave?
What are the advantages of using a Wacom?

Furthermore, is the GraphireČ good? I could only perhaps afford the Graphire2 (80 dollars educational rate) or the Intuos2 (180 educational). Both are the 4x5 models.

Final question, can you use Wacoms with The GIMP? (the only painting program i am able to afford ;) )

06 June 2003, 06:12 AM
I actually dont know how a wacom could help you in 3d. I could only assume it could help you in painting programs or outlining in like compositing programs.

Btw, isn't the Gimp free?


06 June 2003, 06:22 AM
Wacom tablets are good....
Some people actually use them instead of a typical mouse...

06 June 2003, 06:23 AM
yes. the gimp is free :)

06 June 2003, 06:41 AM
I find the pen to be much faster and more comfortable than using a mouse. Either one of those tablets is good,but I would recommend not getting the 4x5, but move up a size larger. 6x8 I find it the perfect size.

If you are accustomed with using the tablet in a 2d app, you should be able to work in the 3d app just as well. Make sure you switch from mouse mode to tablet mode in Lightwave though.

Oops! looks like they dont make the graphire in 6x8, only the intuos 2. and it's pretty expensive. I'm using an intuos 1. Maybe you can find the intuos 1 for cheap? Make sure it's USB :)

06 June 2003, 06:49 AM
Yes, you can use Wacom Intuos tablets with GIMP (Xfree86 3.3.3, 4.2 and up). Some modules might need to recompile, if you use wrong Linux kernel version.

For Graphire 2, USB, and GIMP, read here

You have to make sure that the Linux distribution and kernel version that you use have no problem with these.

06 June 2003, 09:41 AM
i like to use a tablet more than a mouse when working on cg.I have a Intuos 2 9*12,,it's really handy:buttrock:

06 June 2003, 10:07 AM
I switched to a tablet 2 years ago, and once you get used to it, it works faster and more precise, atleast for me it does. I have a Graphire. Works like a charm, and I have my optical mouse for backup. They work fine together.


06 June 2003, 06:02 PM
I have a Wacom tablet and i dont really use it with lightwave, but it works wonders in photoshop :)


06 June 2003, 12:17 AM
i only use my wacom tablet
it's much more precise and faster than a mouse

06 June 2003, 01:57 AM
I use a Graphire2 for 99% of my texturing/Photoshop work.

I only got one a year ago, up till then I had only used a mouse, cause I'd tried a tablet a few years back and didn't like it, although that was back in the 640x480 8bit days. Now I couldn't imagine having to use a mouse for painting, I love my tablet, it's sped up my 2d work immensely.

Personally, since most of my photoshop work is texturing for 3d models, I find the Graphire2 is perfect for my needs, it's cheap and doesn't take up much desk space. If I was doing more 2d painting then I'd definitely look into an Intuos, but the extra size and features are overkill for what I'm using a tablet for.

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