Third Generation Cintiq at PAX Advances Touchpads
To describe the amount of excitement for video games this weekend as crazy would be an understatement. The excitement from each person in the Hynes Convention Center was contagious. One piece of digital content creation equipment that caught my eye immediately at this weekend’s first annual Penny Arcade Expo East though was Wacom Technology’s all-new third generation Cintiq 21UX. This device actually pulled me away from the seemingly endless supply of intense video game experiences being offered throughout PAX. Read more for the full details on this new color Liquid Crystal Display pen input touchpad that will surely bring a new level of productivity to many aspects of the game development industry.
The Wacom Cintiq is all about precision. I took some time out at PAX to test the screen out on a popular image editing program running on an Apple computer and was blown away by not only the near 1:1 replications of my drawing in real-time on the pad but also by the detail of display on the screen. This tool embodies the perfect touch pad with 2,048 detectable levels of pressure sensitivity that can be applied to the pen making for a truly great drawing experience.
The Cintiq is already taking off within the educational and development industries, especially video game design. The third generation of the product has made many improvements over its predecessors from convenience and productivity boosts to reducing minor annoyances like accidently hitting the wrong button. The ExpressKey buttons on either side of the Cintiq as well as Touch Strip controls are also a great way to get more usability out of the device and are capable of custom assignable uses as well as application specific ones.