Join ePHOTOzine, the friendliest photography community.
Upload photos, chat with photographers, win prizes and much more for free!
Back in Black - New Wacom Cintiq 21UX interactive pen display.
The new Cintiq 21UX is designed for photographers and other creative professionals who need a pen display that's easy to control, comfortable to use and sophistically designed.
Priced at £1,799.90, the Cintiq 21UX will be available from late March / early April 2010.
Wacom, today introduces its newly redesigned Cintiq 21UX interactive pen display, delivering state-of-the-art pen performance and innovative ergonomics. Designed specifically to meet the demanding needs of professional photographers, designers, artists and animators, the new Cintiq 21UX offers unparalleled creative control, comfort and productivity.
The Cintiq 21UX experience starts with its new pen performance, capable of capturing the slightest nuance of pen pressure against the LCD surface, as well as offering 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity. Other innovative enhancements include two Touch Strips located on the left and right rear of the display. They are ideally placed for fingertip access while working. Both Touch Strips have a corresponding Touch Strip Toggle button that controls up to four different user-assigned functions per application. Users can easily control and toggle between functions such as zoom, scroll, brush size adjustment and canvas rotation. The overall design has been refined and updated to an all-black colour scheme, placing the new Cintiq 21UX in line with the sophisticated design of the Intuos4 range.
2048 reasons to work directly on the screen with the pen
The Cintiq 21UX Grip Pen features Wacom’s new proprietary Tip Sensor technology, offering users near-zero (one gram) starting pressure for the most sensitive interactive pen display performance to date. Now, pressure-sensitive support starts with an incredibly light touch, emulating the same organic feel, response and result derived from working with traditional brushes, markers and pens. Additionally, the pen delivers 2048 levels of pressure, doubling the resolution of the pen’s pressure curve to further enhance feedback and expand the creative effects within software applications that support pressure sensitivity. The Grip Pen also features a pressure-sensitive eraser and two side switches that can be customised for commands such as double-click and right-click.
New design elements improve workflow
With a new ergonomic design and productivity features, the Cintiq 21UX is the ultimate tool for creative professionals. Eight fully programmable ExpressKeys, located on each side of the display’s bezel, are instrumental in helping improve workflow and boost productivity by placing commonly used application-specific commands at the fingertips. Pressing the top ExpressKey loads an on-screen display showing the settings of all the ExpressKeys and Touch Strips. The close proximity of these tools to the actual work area is efficient and comfortable. It also saves valuable time by minimizing dependence on the keyboard whilst maintaining focus on the pen hand.
Also new to the Cintiq 21UX is the introduction of two user-defined Touch Strips, located on the back of the bezel and the two Touch Strip Toggle buttons which control the function of the associated Touch Strip. An illuminated LED on the perimeter of the Toggle button indicates the current function of the corresponding Touch Strip. Fully application-specific, the Touch Strips can be used for up to four functions such as zoom, scroll, brush size adjustment and canvas rotation per application. This new ergonomic treatment is extremely practical, allowing users to “toggle” with their thumbs while using their forefinger or middle finger to control Touch Strip speed and variation. The four-function Toggle combined with the new location of the Touch Strips provides increased comfort and measurable increases in productivity. Locating the Touch Strips on the back of the interactive pen display rather than the front prevents accidental contact when, for example, users employ flowing brush strokes and extend them beyond the screen’s border.
The new Cintiq 21UX shares the same technology platform with the Intuos4, making it fully compatible.
Removable and adjustable stand
The Cintiq 21UX’s patented stand allows users to recline the interactive pen display at any angle between 10 to 65 degrees to match the users ideal working posture. In addition to reclining, the Cintiq 21UX can be rotated up to 180 degrees in either direction to take advantage of natural drawing movements or offer a different viewing angle. If desired, users can easily remove the Cintiq from the stand for use on a table top or to attach it to an articulating arm (not included) using the standard VESA (Video Electronics Standards Association) mounts located on the back of the display.
Cintiq 21UX pen stand
A new weighted pen stand is not only a convenient pen holder, but doubles as a handy twist-off storage compartment for pen nibs and a handy nib removal tool. Standard felt and stroke nibs are provided, allowing users to simulate the feel of working with a variety of traditional art and design materials.
Software download programme
Cintiq 21UX owners can choose valuable software applications based on individual needs. A selection from industry leaders such as Adobe, Autodesk and Corel are available via download to users following installation and registration of a Cintiq 21UX interactive pen display.
In addition, Cintiq 21UX users will appreciate the significant upgrades to Wacom’s powerful, user-friendly driver software, including the introduction of precision mode and radial menus for even more precise and accurate work.
Also available is an Art Pen, which turns on the rotation feature in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Corel Painter 11 to deliver natural brush effects, much like a calligraphy pen, as well as an Airbrush that has similar form and finger-wheel control as a traditional airbrush and .enables users to create and define paint patterns within certain creative programmes.
Pricing and availability
The new Cintiq 21UX is priced at £1,799.90 (including VAT) and will be available from late March / early April 2010.