Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by James Ashenhurst (@jamesashchem). He is a Ph.D. organic chemist, online tutor and the founder of Master Organic Chemistry, an online guide to introductory organic chemistry. In collaboration with Metamolecular he recently published theReagents app for iPhone, a guide to the 80+ reagents in undergraduate organic chemistry.
I’m an organic chemist and I tutor the subject online through Skype. Chemistry is a very visual subject. So one of the major problems I had to solve in order to provide a valuable online tutoring experience was to be able to draw structures for my students in real time.
They’re finally here! Bamboo Connect, Bamboo Capture and Bamboo Create are all part of the new Bamboo line of tablets by Wacom. Wacom is the world’s leading manufacturer of interactive pen displays, pen tablets and digital interface solutions.
The new-line of Bamboo tablets take the users to the next level with its elegant design and value added software. The tablets offer computer users the freedom to bring ideas and creativity to life by delivering a flexible and fun computing experience with many of the innovative features. As Rick Peterson, the Director of Consumer Products for Wacom Technology Services Corp. states, “With Bamboo, inspiration and expression become one, allowing people to explore computer input in ways they never thought possible.”
With the different users kept in mind, they’ve created the new line targeted to different user profiles. The Bamboo tablets work with Mac® and PC operating systems and will support Windows® 8 by Microsoft®.
Let’s take a closer look at each Bamboo choice.
- Bamboo Connect is designed for visual communicators in a home or office environment who want to express their ideas visually and collaborate with digital inking functionality in the latest version of Microsoft®’s Office® Suite . It’s also great for just doodling or white-boarding because Bamboo Connect brings to life the pen-on-paper feeling. Bamboo Connect also comes with Autodesk® Sketchbook Express, a creative software application with multiple inking tools and colors for sketching and painting. ($79.95 USD)
- Bamboo Capture is the ideal choice for the photo enthusiast or novice designer who wants to have fun editing or retouching photos with the benefits of Wacom pen input. This line offers pen and multi-touch input in a single device and includes software, Adobe® Photoshop® Elements and Autodesk’s Sketchbook Express. Bamboo Capture allows users to switch between pen input and multi-touch ; the newly improved touch experience has a highly responsive multi-finger touch and improved data sampling. A wireless module is also available as an accessory to allow for wireless connectivity. ($99.95 USD)
- Bamboo Create is perfect for home arts, craft projects and photo editing. Of the three Bamboo choices, Bamboo Create lets users do the most. It provides the most complete creative software application bundle in the line; it supports the Bamboo wireless module and ships with Corel® Painter™ Essentials, Adobe Photoshop Elements and Autodesk Sketchbook Express. Just like Bamboo Capture, Bamboo Create also feature multi-touch input capabilities, giving users up to 16 touch points for gesture-based input such as scrolling, zooming and much more, depending on application support and also enables wireless connectivity. Worry free of mistakes… the pressure-sensitive eraser on the other end of the pen can fix errors. It definitely provides twice the work space than Bamboo Capture which lets the customers move freely when making broad pen, pencil or brush strokes on the tablet surface. Its compact size enables users to fit into any laptop bag or backpack. ($199.95 USD)
As briefly mentioned above, Bamboo’s pressure-sensitive, battery-free and cordless pen delivers precise input control and a true pen-on-paper feel. Regardless of the activities performed, whether it is note-taking, editing or sketching, the pen is the ideal tool to use when working with software applications. The eraser on the pen gives users the freedom to make mistakes and makes way for perfection.
The new Wacom Bamboo tablets are available now at most consumer electronics retailers as well as online at Amazon and Wacom’s online store.