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Whippy

Was thinking of buying a Wacom Intuos5 but...

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...it's got the same surface as the Intuos4 which is very famous for wearing out nibs quickly. Read here:
http://forum.wacom.eu/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=8947

I have an Intuos2 that I've been using since 2004 and only had to buy replacement nibs ONCE in 8 years. I've had my current nib in this stylus for almost 2 years now. It's flattened out, but works okay.  

In the new Intuos5, you can't even replace the overlay sheet because it uses some kind of electronics inside and is built into the tablet (for the touch version).  I love the touch features, but it's not worth it at all if i have to worry about replacing nibs or scratching the "irreplaceable" surface. Ugg, apparently, they're not even selling overlay sheets for Wacoms anymore. I guess it's back to finding acrylic sheets from plastic companies and cutting toothpicks down for nibs.  Thanks wacom, for nothing.

Edit: Okay, there's a company that makes a surface cover for it. Kind of expensive for what it is but sounds like a nice solution: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0041FB176/ref=sc_pgp...

Also that gave me a few ideas as well. I'm  sure there's some kind of spray coating that can be applied to the surface to make it really smooth again. Failing that and having PORUS go out of business, maybe using that "clear document cover" talked about in the first link. Or if everything fails, you could figure out what kind of plastic the overlay is made from and get the materials and "pour" out your own. And there's always some nice high grit sand paper...

I hate being cynical, I really do. Yay for hope and stuff. :P
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Added: 6 years, 6 months ago
 
Ketsa
6 years, 6 months ago
And here I was thinking I just ground my pen too hard against the tablet ^^; Still, my Intuos4 is a significant all-around improvement over my old Graphire3, so I don't mind all that much.
Whippy
6 years, 6 months ago
Heh, well, I can see myself burning through nibs like crazy. Oh btw, check out that second link in my journal above. I found a place selling surface protectors for wacom tablets :)
Ketsa
6 years, 6 months ago
I may very well get one of those. I tend to bring my tablet around with me, so all sorts of disasters are likely to happen...

The Intuos4 nibs aren't /too/ entirely expensive, and a slight bit of wear doesn't make a huge impact (as opposed to, say, wearing of a pencil).
Teko
6 years, 6 months ago
I love my Intuos4 but I have fond memories of my old Wacom with the smooth plastic overlay sheet. I get the idea of wanting it to feel 'more like paper', but myself, I'd like it to feel 'more like plastic' :)
Whippy
6 years, 6 months ago
I really dig the smooth plastic feel myself ^^
Rally
6 years, 6 months ago
I've been told that if you lay a piece of tracing paper over the tablet, the nibs don't wear down nearly as fast.
Whippy
6 years, 6 months ago
Tracing paper...hmm..
Maybe so. I'll probably look around for a plastic sheet for mine (if or when I get one). Although I've been reading that the touch controls can be laggy.
Zarphus
6 years, 6 months ago
i wonder if pressure sensitivity can still be retained with a universal iPad protector sheet on it.

- which is to say im suggesting just slapping it on top of the existing cover sheet.
Whippy
6 years, 6 months ago
Hmm! Not a bad idea. I dunno if i'd put it right on top of the existing one though. This thing is about 5 years old now lol and got a rough circle in the middle of it.
tannim
6 years, 6 months ago
I have an old flat sheet of clamshell packaging plastic from something that I use as a replacement overlay for my genius mousepen 8x6. The surface on that thing is really rough and I noticed wear the first DAY I had it.  I wasn't even drawing much.
Whippy
6 years, 6 months ago
clamshell? Ah.. these guys ^^ http://www.clamshell-packaging.com/index.html
I can't stand a rough surface for digital drawing, it's ridiculous. Thanks for the tip!
tannim
6 years, 6 months ago
maybe browse through a hardware store or a walmart checking out various flat bits of smooth plastic.  Or check out toys that have packaging with smooth flat sheets of plastic holding them.  I'm not sure what I got my plastic from.  I tried out a thicker than I think is good clear acrylic box that my mother bought a while back. It worked just fine too.  It's quite thick though, about half a centimeter.  I think you want thinner than that.
comjuke
6 years, 6 months ago
Can I have your old one? XD
Whippy
6 years, 6 months ago
er, nope. I'd rather keep it as a backup.
betatest
6 years, 6 months ago
http://www.directcanada.com/search/?kw=wacom
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/se...

maybe those help.  i remember SOMEBODY saying SOMETHING about a film/sheet of glass you can use and you don't loose much (if any) sensitivity and it keeps you from rubbing your nib off *gigity*
Whippy
6 years, 6 months ago
directcanada has a "surface sheet" for the Intuos3 6x8 but it's out of stock.
I'm sure there's a plastic sheet or some thin glass that can be used.
betatest
6 years, 6 months ago
you can most likely get away with the same thing as the protective film for the iPad something like:
http://www.staples.ca/ENG/Catalog/cat_sku.asp?CatIds=&...
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