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wacom tablet + mudbox = awesome

Postby Deadmeat30 » Sun Mar 25, 2012 3:33 am

well, I've managed to get my hands on wacom intuos4 large and mudbox 2012, and I must say it's rather fun to use. The pressure sensitivity is just excellent. Im also writing this post-using it. Guess its time to get some tutorials for then now. Next stop, 3D printers.... well, almost.
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Re: wacom tablet + mudbox = awesome

Postby Joey » Sun Mar 25, 2012 6:01 pm

Wacoms are pure awesome. I threw away my mouse and replaced it with a large Intous and have not looked back. And I've got the near-magical Wacom Cintiq 21" pen monitor for digital drawing & sketching. Productivity raised by 300% -fun factor by 1000%.

May I suggest you invest in a Connectix SpacePilot? That one was a real eye-opener for me. It just makes moving around in 3D space so much more intuitive and fast. If you're using 3D professionally I'd say you'll earn back the retail price in a month just by increased productivity.
There's a bargain price ($18 when I write this) on one of the old ones (same as I've got) on eBay now if you're quick:
http://item.mobileweb.ebay.com/viewitem ... 9864724024
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Re: wacom tablet + mudbox = awesome

Postby mangozac » Sun Mar 25, 2012 6:44 pm

I've seen those Spacepilot interfaces before and they certainly look amazing for anyone doing a lot of 3D work. I haven't used my bamboo tablet since the fun factor wore off after I bought it a couple of months back though :(

Is the Mudbox software much different to Sculptris that Seb posted about?
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Re: wacom tablet + mudbox = awesome

Postby Deadmeat30 » Sun Mar 25, 2012 6:51 pm

Get it back out mate, so much fun. I just gotta start learning what I'm doing. That space pilot does look rather funky. Might see if I can get one on the cheap.

Mudbox is kind of like sculptris, but more like zbrush in the sense of depth of options. Much more simpler than zbrush too.
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Re: wacom tablet + mudbox = awesome

Postby Kennui » Mon Mar 26, 2012 1:20 am

Joey wrote:Wacoms are pure awesome. I threw away my mouse and replaced it with a large Intous and have not looked back. And I've got the near-magical Wacom Cintiq 21" pen monitor for digital drawing & sketching. Productivity raised by 300% -fun factor by 1000%.

May I suggest you invest in a Connectix SpacePilot? That one was a real eye-opener for me. It just makes moving around in 3D space so much more intuitive and fast. If you're using 3D professionally I'd say you'll earn back the retail price in a month just by increased productivity.
There's a bargain price ($18 when I write this) on one of the old ones (same as I've got) on eBay now if you're quick:
http://item.mobileweb.ebay.com/viewitem ... 9864724024


Did you actually disconnect the mouse? I find stylus + mouse is the ultimate combo, with the stylus being slim enough to not prevent mouse usage. So the stylus is always on hand and quick touches of the mouse can get things done faster that the stylus can't do as fast.

For example, precise clicking. The tablet comes close but there are problems such as hitting corners and function buttons which the stylus (probably) doesnt have. I have a button for opening links in background tabs for example that I use so much the button is probably about to die.
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Re: wacom tablet + mudbox = awesome

Postby Joey » Mon Mar 26, 2012 3:24 am

Kennui wrote:Did you actually disconnect the mouse?

I even threw it in the bin.
It took a couple of weeks of pure non-mouse use to get used to it and then I never looked back. I used to have massive pain in my wrist from mouse use, but haven't had any problem since I made the switch.
With regards to having problems hitting small points; it sounds like you have a small tablet? Go big -anything else is just a cool toy, as Mangozac discovered. All the designers at our company have switched to the biggest Intous tablets, and we're mostly working in Illustrator so we grab small points and handles all day.
Oh and the Intous boards have configurable buttons. Lots.
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Re: wacom tablet + mudbox = awesome

Postby mangozac » Mon Mar 26, 2012 7:55 am

Joey wrote:we're mostly working in Illustrator so we grab small points and handles all day.

Interesting. I was going to give it a try in Inkscape but felt like it would be too hard grabbing points. Also I thought the lack of scroll wheel for zooming would be a pain.
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Re: wacom tablet + mudbox = awesome

Postby Deadmeat30 » Mon Mar 26, 2012 8:28 am

on the intuos4 and above, you get a scroll dial, like on an ipod. you can like 4 different things to it. like zooming, brush size.. etc, no need for a mouse.
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Re: wacom tablet + mudbox = awesome

Postby Magnetic Duckling » Tue Mar 27, 2012 6:24 am

Joey wrote:With regards to having problems hitting small points; it sounds like you have a small tablet? Go big -anything else is just a cool toy, as Mangozac discovered.

Ages ago my mouse port broke (yes it was before usb or something, as I said, ages ago) so I was stuck on my small A6 tablet to do everything. I found out that you get used to getting precise with it pretty fast. It is nice as well because you gain precision over time, to grab small things or manage a double click without wincing.

You can make pretty cool stuff with an A6 tablet. It is hard to draw but coloring is perfectly fine, I've used one for years before getting a larger one. It all depends on what you do with it.

Did a lil bit of research on Connectix SpacePilot, its driver is not compatible with mudbox or zbrush and 99% of 3D artists says it's crap. It might be good for what you do but for 3D modeling it apparently isn't.
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Re: wacom tablet + mudbox = awesome

Postby Joey » Tue Mar 27, 2012 10:42 pm

3D modelling is what I do, but I can understand that it might be a bit more CAD oriented and not so much for 3D sculpting. I do know a good 10-20 people who are using it and neither of us have anything bad to say of it. But if mubox isn't supported then there's not much point for Deadmeat to get it.
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Re: wacom tablet + mudbox = awesome

Postby Fleafa » Thu Mar 29, 2012 11:02 pm

I love my Intuos4 Large. Took me a while to get used to it after upgrading from my tiny Graphire2 but it is amazing. I don't use Mudbox much; more of a Zbrusher, but the Zbrush interface and workflow can sometimes drive me insane!
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