the new slogan 'Freedom is a Pen', WACOM Europe GmbH have launched Volito, -
their new, low-priced input set for the consumer market. Volito consists of
a stylish, black, transparent tablet, a pressure-sensitive pen, and a ball-free
mouse (both are cordless and batteryless). With the input set, WACOM supplies
six software packages which can be used for processing PC photographs, compiling
amusing collages, painting pictures and creating signatures as well as handwritten
The Volito input set is an interesting alternative for anyone who up to now
has only used a conventional computer mouse for his or her PC. The pressure-sensitive
pen is ideally suited for quick and comfortable navigation and offers a host
of new capabilities, which cannot be achieved with a standard mouse solution.
For those users who prefer to work with their familiar traditional input device,
the package includes a matching mouse that can be used alternately with the
Neither the pen or the mouse requires cables or batteries. The input devices
are powered by the tablet, using the electro-magnetic resonance technology developed
and patented by WACOM. Signals from the mouse and pen are localised directly
on the surface of the tablet. Information such as the pressure sensitivity and
the exact position of the pen on the tablet, are all conveyed to the computer
within a second.
Software 'six-pack' for pen applications
WACOM provides six software packages with Volito. These are particularly suited
for pen applications and offer a broad range of functionality. ArcSoft
PhotoIm-pression is an easy-to-use all-round image processing software for the
speedy, straightforward editing of digital photographs and pictures. The programme
includes numerous tools for editing individual image areas such as editing red
eye or for ap-plying filters (brightness, colour tone, saturation, sharpness)
and special effects to a complete image. Once the photographs have been retouched,
they can be inte-grated into artwork and graphic templates of various types.
Users can create indi-vidual photo albums, greeting cards, picture frames, calendars
or slide shows, for example. The templates can also be personalised.
ArcSoft Funhouse can be used to compile amusing photomontages. By combin-ing
their own photographs with the graphic templates, users can produce highly re-alistic
fun pictures, such as the classic Wild West 'Wanted' poster, the child on a
banknote, or a favourite aunt in the classic Marilyn Monroe pose with the dress
bil-lowing out over a ventilation duct! The colour, size and position of the
photographs can be modified as required to achieve a perfect photomontage.
The JustWrite Office software is ideally suited for the Volito pen. With
this text software, handwritten notes and sketches can be inserted directly
into Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel documents.
Users who wish to back up their Word documents and protect them against possible
unauthorised access can now simply enter their signatures instead of a password
with the Volito pen and Penflow for Word software. The programme recognises
the signature on the basis of three factors: pressure sensitivity, speed and
the style of the signature and is an ideal application for use with a pen instead
of a mouse.
The flash-based computer game Whiplash - specially developed for WACOM - places
the focus firmly on fun and improving your skill with the pen. The user can
control the game of skill very precisely and fast with the pen as it is an ideal
way for beginners to practise using the pen.
Rounding off the software package is the painting and drawing programme Corel
Painter Classic for the combined use of paintbrushes, pens, colours and
struc-tured surfaces. The pressure of the Volito pen on the tablet can be varied
to create different stroke widths and colour transparency in order to give drawings
a more natural look.
User-friendly control window for Volito driver settings
The different functions of the pen and the mouse can be defined individually
in the the driver control panel. For example, the pressure sensitivity of the
pen tip can be set in stages from soft to hard, the side switches configured,
and the double click set by means of a sliding switch.
www.my-volito.com now available
WACOM has created a special homepage for all Volito users. The http://www.my-volito.com
site not only offers users tips and tricks: it also enables consumers to send
e-cards, download underlays, and win exciting prizes.