Wacom Inkling
Price £150 | Company Wacom | Web www.wacom.com | Contact 44 (0) 207 744 08 31

The Inkling is a revolutionary product for digital artists. In short, it enables you to turn sketches from your traditional sketchbook into a digital format in double-quick time, without scanning or tracing. How? Well, it’s quite simple. The Inkling consists of a pen (with a normal ball-point nib) and a receiver. Clip the receiver to your sketchbook, start drawing and your strokes are captured. You can even add layers as you go, by just hitting the button on top of the receiver.

Next, plug the receiver into a USB port and, using the Inkling Sketch Manager software, you can export your sketches to Photoshop or SketchBook Pro as a raster file, or Illustrator as a vector drawing. The software itself is easy to use and, helpfully, it shows thumbnails of all of your sketches.

The Inkling sounds simple because it is. And the device simply works. Drawings from your sketchbook translate in fantastic detail. It’s easy to set up. Easy to transfer images. And therefore easy to sketch out and about and then refine and develop your sketch at your desk.

Impressively, the Inkling captures hesitation marks, pen skipping from fast strokes and even those little blobs you get when you stop a line a little too hard.

The battery life is excellent, too. After a few hours’ use, Inkling was still going strong (Wacom quotes eight hours). When you do need to charge it, just pop the pen and receiver back in the neat case and plug the whole thing into a USB port.

The Inkling is a simple idea, brilliantly done. Compact, convenient, superbly designed… and at £150, it’s a bargain. It’s an absolute must-buy.



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