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Whippy

Tablet Maintainence Time

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I took a look at my stylus today and noticed that the nib on it was about 1/8 inch long poking out from the tip. To make matters works, my tablet overlay sheet is like 5 years old now and pretty worn around the middle. LOL...on top of that, the stylus itself was dropped on a concrete floor about 5 years ago and has been repaired with epoxy ever since. But... I noticed a little squirrel put some money in my tree today ^^ and decided to finally repair things. Ordered a new Intuos2 stylus from amazon along with some Johnny's Great Caesar Garlic Spread & Seasoning (because it's the shizz yo!).  Should be here in 2-5 days.

Only problem left now is to replace my overlay sheet, which appears impossible because I can't find it for sale anywhere. So I thought about getting something like this: http://www.mybinding.com/.sc/ms/dd/ee/6791/10mil-Cryst...
Keep in mind that Wacom charges $15 for 1 overlay sheet. Here you'd get 100 for $5 dollars more ^_^
I'm not too sure on the thicknesses though. Is 10mil way too much? They also offer 5,7, and even 20mil. I hope it's refering to millimeters and not some weird industry standard thing.  Wacom also offers a 6x8 overlay sheet for the intuos3, but I've heard a lot of mixed things about it such as they only sell the rough kind now 0_0  As for nibs, I still cringe at blowing $10 bucks on such tiny pieces of plastic. Instead, I'm gonna try plastic tooth picks and see if i can't smooth it out.

In other news, Art Hawk works great with IB,FA, and DA now (no, I'm not done with it yet and haven't updated the link where you download, no worries though, I'll make an announcement when it happens), and I have a feature where it gets any user's watch list and adds it to your own list inside ArtHawk. I'm also attempting to add a pause feature, but with autohotkey (the programming language work in)...this isn't proving very successful yet.

So I'll go out (for once) tomorrow and hunt for something suitable as an overlay surface and look around for plastic toothpicks ^^  I'm such a penny pincher. I hate spending over $20 if it seems unjustified and silly.
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Added: 6 years, 3 months ago
 
soggymaster
6 years, 3 months ago
20 millimeters thick?  That's 4/5 of an inch.  Too thick for a plastic cover if you ask me.... unless you're in the market for something bullet resistant.
Odds are, based on a real quick Wikipedia search, the term 'mil' refers to a thousandth of an inch, making 10 mil .01 inches thick.  It's a machinists term that's also used to describe thicknesses of gaskets, paper, film, wires, plastic sheeting, fibers, latex gloves, paint coatings, etc.
For instance, this piece of paper I just picked up is .005 inches thick, or 5 mils.  (I happened to have a micrometer handy)
DaddyDuckyBE
6 years, 3 months ago
Huh...whaddayaknow, a milli-inch! :o
Whippy
6 years, 3 months ago
I know right? 9_9 milli inch...wtf are they thinking...
Whippy
6 years, 3 months ago
Wow...so they divide an inch that many times instead of using the metric system, that's kinda... clunky. Ah well, when in Rome...

*pokes around for a micrometer*
Teko
6 years, 3 months ago
I read a really surprisingly positive review of the graphic tablet from Monoprice recently -- the reviewer said that in many ways he preferred them to his Wacom. And they're insanely cheap.

http://www.monoprice.com/products/subdepartment.asp?c_...
Whippy
6 years, 3 months ago
Wow.. 0___0
Now that's what I'm talk'n about!!! You can buy 50+ nibs for .60 cents!!!!
And an 8x6 tablet is $40....I'm gonna look into this.
Teko
6 years, 3 months ago
Whippy
6 years, 3 months ago
Okay, that does it, I gotta get one of those things ^__^
Teko
6 years, 3 months ago
When my Wacom craps out, I will too :)
gopy
6 years, 2 months ago
That's a crazy price. Worth considering I suppose, though that tablet can't detect tilt, and I'm skeptical about it's claimed pressure sensitivity.

The place it really falls apart is the pen though.  It's battery powered, and apparently the battery needs replacement quite often. That battery also adds a ton to the weight of the pen.  Wacom is the only company I'm aware of that has a powerless pen system.  The battery makes the pen off balance in most cases.

If I've read correctly from your recent entries, I think you went and got yourself an Intuos3 (good choice!) but just in case, thought I'd post this for anyone else.

I've often searched online for people discussing affordable alternatives to the Wacom tablet.  In every single discussion, the answer has always been "Just get the Wacom tablet"
mousehwolf
6 years, 3 months ago
Wow...ArtHawk is gonna be a beast...

Good luck with the stylus work! :)
Whippy
6 years, 3 months ago
Yesh!! I actually figured out a different way to "pause" it without using pause. At least in my head, I'll try it out later after shopping for weedeater cable ^.^
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