Wacom has introduced a new pen to its range, designed for digitising pen-on-paper drawings. Described as: ‘bridging the gap between paper sketching and digital drawing’ Inkling lets you transfer your paper sketches made using the pen to a computer.
As you draw or sketch on paper using the Inkling, a digital version is stored using a receiver small enough to clip to the edge of a sheet of paper. When you’ve finished connect this to a PC or Mac via USB and open the files either using Inkling Sketch Manager software or Photoshop.
Check out the video below, but Inkling looks impressive – both for graphic designers and artists in a range of sectors. Imagine sketching something on a piece or paper – perhaps in a design meeting – and then being able to see it on a screen in minutes.
The pen uses Wacom’s pressure-sensitive technology, which is clever enough to recognise when you’ve pressing harder (up to 1024 levels), the effect of which can be replicated on the digital version.
Files can be opened as layers in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and Autodesk Sketchbook Pro or saved in a range of file formats including: JPGs, BMPs, Tiff and PDF and exported to a tablet.
Wacom of course brought us the tablet-friendly Baboo Stylus for drawing directly on the tablet. The Wacom Inkling seems to be aimed more at design professionals and students, offering a greater degree of accuracy. Wacom Inkling will be available in October 2011 for £149.99