Has anyone used a tablet for their work? I am seriously considering using one for cad work and Photoshop.
My hand is starting to give me problems and I have a rather large project coming up and I'd like to continue having the use of my hand. If any one has anything to say about the use of tablets and how it might save one's hand, I'd appreciate any feed back, both pro and con.
Back in the day I used to use a trackball for CAD work. Mine was what they call a "first finger" which used your index finger to move the ball and the thumb and other fingers operated the buttons. That thing was REALLy quick for CAD work and very easy on your hand, but it is not USB compatible which is why I don't use it anymore (and I got a really good mouse 12 years ago anyway). Alas, they don't make them like that anymore, but a trackball may help with your hand doing CAD as they offer great support it and your hand and wrist stays stationary, so you can put the trackball where you are most comfortable with it. They make them now that your thumb operates the ball or more of your palm. Find yourself a Microcenter if there is one near you or some other GOOD computer/electronics store and see how one would feel on you hand.
thanks to both of you. Jason, no Microcenter near me. But I can order via the interweb.
I just mentioned them because they generally have a huge selection of stuff on display and you would be able to actually feel it and try it out for size and such without purchasing it. I haven't been to a Best Buy in quite some time, so I'm not sure if they even have them in the store.
Have to settle for Staples or else I have an hour ride into the City(Manhattan). They a better price then Amazon and Logitec.
I and my hand thanks you for the heads up.
the trackballs are very nice - I've had both the ball at the thumb and at the fingers (with clicking with thumb). My problem has been excessive clicking hurting the finger joints, so I like the option of switching mice. I also occasionally switched hands (some trackball mice allows you to do that.
Thanks Tosh. I bought a trackball yesterday, now I have adjust to using it. I 've been using a Apple wireless mouse with swiping motions, so I've got to remember which instrument I'm using.
If you do decide to go the Wacom tablet way, I have hours of excellent video tutorials on the use of the Wacom tablet as well as its application to Photoshop and Sketchbook Pro. Together they are large files (because they are movies!) and I could send them to you in sections via free large file transfer websites such as WeTransfer.
If you want me to do that, I will need for you to post an email address your comfortable with receiving these at.
Landplanner, thank you very much for the offer. I went the inexpensive route and picked up a bamboo capture tablet. As for the tutorials, I have a pretty good handle on Photoshop and do not use sketchup.
Your generosity is well appreciated, thank you kindly.
I have two Wacom tablets and use them alot for graphics. I have a small Intuos that I bought as a student and a large Bluetooth one, but I use the little one a lot more. Point being...if you get one you likely don't need to splash out for a big one. I have wrist and hand issues and I find they offer some relief...even just through offering a change from a mouse.
Wacom is coming out with a new mobile Cintq in October. Looks really promising. They have one that uses a Windows 8 OS and another version that uses the Google Android OS.
Ive used graphics tablets as well as the cintiq for years.
I mainly use a wacome intuos 5 touch now for graphics and design work and also have an ipad and samasung galaxy tab 10.1 Note for sketching and note taking. I use a Bamboo stylus with the Note.