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Drafting with a Tablet?

Discussion in 'Lighting and Electrics' started by Jezza, Dec 28, 2007.

  1. Jezza

    Jezza Active Member

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    Just wondering aloud here as to who uses a tablet when working with their respective favorite CAD programs. Any pros or cons you've found? Any suggestions as to shortcuts or favorite tablets?

    I use a Wacom Graphire 6x8 for all my graphics and VW work -- just find it easier to work with than the trackpad on my MBP.
     
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    derekleffew Resident Curmudgeon Senior Team Premium Member

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    I don't use a tablet, but have found this to be the greatest navigation device known to man. My roommate uses the same tablet as yours for his work with Photoshop on his MacPro, with 4 750Gb hard-drives and 16Gb of RAM. The beast uses 283 watts when on.
     
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    avkid Not a New User Fight Leukemia

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    And how many does the toaster use?
    :lol:
     
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    Jezza, really? I love track-pads. After about 30 months of non-stop trackpad, several hours a day, I don't like the feel of mice anymore. I love the feel and response of my track-pad, and two finger scrolling seals the deal.
     
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    When your doing constant resizing and rearranging in VW, I the trackpad doesn't afford me enough dexterity and control. I find I need a tablet to get me the kind of precise range of motion I'm looking for when drafting. I do love two finger scrolling though -- and two finger tap for right click? gotta love it!

    Derek - I've been thinking about switching over to trackball based situation for a while now -- would probably emulate my experiences on the HOG better, more seamless transition. Then again, if I starting working on the Vista (oh how I wish) then I'll be tabletized. Can't wait for a REAL tablet Mac.

    Sounds like your friend has his all tricked out. I've got a MBP w/ 2GB or RAM and 1 500GB Lacie, 1 250 GB Lacie, and 1 120GB Lacie all hooked up through various firewire and eSATA. Its not as fast as I would want, but for mobility and portability, its all I can ask for. I'm thinking once I'm out of college I'll spring for a totally tricked out MacPro, or whatever the new incarnation of Apple desktops will be at that point.
     
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    derekleffew Resident Curmudgeon Senior Team Premium Member

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    Sunbeam two-slice toaster uses 978 (peak) watts.
    Sunbeam 1350-watt toaster oven uses 1313 (peak) watts.

    More important to me is how much my DishBox, TiVos, computers, and other things that need constant power, use.
     
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    I have no sort of trackpad only selection options to me. Is this specific to MBP and MB?
     
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    avkid Not a New User Fight Leukemia

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    More spec. sheet lies!
     
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    Phil, Derek got a kill-a-watt for xmas, I think he probably got a little measure happy on the 25th, and I'm guessing those are accurate numbers.
     
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    I'm not quite sure what you mean -- could you be more specific charc?
     
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    I can't "double tap" for "right click". If this feature is included, I'm assuming there is also a "single tap" for "left click". However, if I tap my trackpad, the only thing that happens is my finger might get numb after an hour or two.
     
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    avkid Not a New User Fight Leukemia

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    Charlie, I mean that the toaster company lied.

    I have yet to find a decent, affordable toaster.
     
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    Not sure what kind of laptop your working off of, but on a MacBook, Macbook Pro, and even some of the G4 Powerbooks as I remember, you can set up the trackpad to do all sorts of nifty stuff. In System Preferences under "Mouse" and then "Trackpad" you can set all the preferences. The way I have mine set up is:

    1 Finger:
    Single tap = left click
    Double tap = open

    2 Fingers:
    2 Finger scroll (self explanatory)
    Single tap = right click
     
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    I'm using an iBook G4. I hadn't realized those tapping features had made it into the newest generation of macs.
     
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    My TD uses a trackball for drafting because he will draft in an armchair at home so a mouse would be difficult. I am happy with my mouse and number pad for drafting. Anything I need to make precise I do not drag and drop I move or resize.
     
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    Never tried on.

    I use VW on a laptop but use a 2 button with scroll wheel mouse. I like being able to left click and drag with one hand, Never mastered anything else.

    Steve B.
     
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    I don't follow.
     
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    The problem is under what circumstances would you need to produce 350 slices of toast an hour.

    I know, you would need 350 slices of toast if you have been visited by 175 hungry wombats.
     
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    Phillip, I'm quite happy with the Sunbeam at WallyWorld for around $25. Fuzzy logic and everything. Sometimes fuzzy bread too if it stays in the fridge too long.:)
     

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