Is a tablet right for me?

CoMpX

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I am looking at the Wacom Graphire 6x8 Bluetooth tablet for my birthday. My main uses for it would be mainly jotting notes down in school into my iBook, and some very light work for fun in Photoshop and with my digital pictures. Is this right for me?

I would go with the much cheaper 4x5 model, but I need the Bluetooth functionality. I would also get aquatinted with Apple Inkwell because it seems very useful.

Does anyone have one, and is this the right product for what I want to use it for?
 

CoMpX

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I changed my mind. I realize I really don't need the Bluetooth functionality, and it is also older than the wired Graphire4 models.

Now, I need to decide between 4x5 and 6x8. I will be using this mostly in school, so I'm afraid the 6x8 might be a little too big to carry around with me, as it's roughly the size of my iBook.

However, I'm also concerned that the 4x5 might be too small. I will just be doing some light photo editing for fun and jotting down notes in class. Do you think the 4x5 will be large enough?
 

ITASOR

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What kind of notes are you taking for school? If it's mostly text, you can probably type wayyyy faster than trying to take notes with a tablet.
 

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ITASOR said:
What kind of notes are you taking for school? If it's mostly text, you can probably type wayyyy faster than trying to take notes with a tablet.
The thing is, it's a lot more than typing. I am always drawing arrows, circling...underlining, emphasizing, and whatnot. It's much easier to write for me than it is to type and use all the proper formatting.
 

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CoMpX said:
The thing is, it's a lot more than typing. I am always drawing arrows, circling...underlining, emphasizing, and whatnot. It's much easier to write for me than it is to type and use all the proper formatting.
Better make sure that you can find an application for that. They've had those for PalmOS machines but I'm not aware of one for Mac OS X.

OmniOutliner might do it, but I haven't used it that way.

The 6x8 might be too big for class since there is a lot more than the 6x8 inch active area.
 

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bousozoku said:
Better make sure that you can find an application for that. They've had those for PalmOS machines but I'm not aware of one for Mac OS X.

OmniOutliner might do it, but I haven't used it that way.

The 6x8 might be too big for class since there is a lot more than the 6x8 inch active area.
Won't Apple Inkwell perform these functions for me?

That's why I'm leaning towards the 4x5, because the 6x8 is about the size of my iBook - pretty big. I just what to know what some people's experiences are with a 4x5 and would it be big enough for me?
 

ITASOR

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CoMpX said:
Won't Apple Inkwell perform these functions for me?

That's why I'm leaning towards the 4x5, because the 6x8 is about the size of my iBook - pretty big. I just what to know what some people's experiences are with a 4x5 and would it be big enough for me?
I have a 4x5, I personally wouldn't want anything bigger, especially if I was planning to carry it around like you are.
 

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inkwell isn't an app. its a prefrence pane dissabled on all macs without a tablet. its also they way he mac converts your handwrting to text. i think you might be getting it confused with something like m$'s onenote.
 

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CoMpX said:
Won't Apple Inkwell perform these functions for me?

That's why I'm leaning towards the 4x5, because the 6x8 is about the size of my iBook - pretty big. I just what to know what some people's experiences are with a 4x5 and would it be big enough for me?
No, it won't but it will attempt to convert your scribbles to text. It's equivalent to Graffiti, the handwriting recognition software on PalmOS, but came from the work Apple did on Newton.

I have the 4x5 and it should be big enough but it also depends on how small you write. I would likely make the adjustment rather than carry (or pay for) the 6x8.
 

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bousozoku said:
No, it won't but it will attempt to convert your scribbles to text. It's equivalent to Graffiti, the handwriting recognition software on PalmOS, but came from the work Apple did on Newton.

I have the 4x5 and it should be big enough but it also depends on how small you write. I would likely make the adjustment rather than carry (or pay for) the 6x8.
I could use Inkwell w/ handwriting recognition to take down notes. However, is there a program I could use that will let me annotate and scribble whatever onto these notes?