The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2010-03-01T04:13:00Z A HAT TRICK OF INNOVATION FROM WACOM 2010-03-01T04:13:00Z a-hat-trick-of-innovation-from-wacom Sydney, Australia – March 1, 2010 – The world’s leading developer and manufacturer of pen and tablet interface technology has chosen the third month of the year to unveil a hat trick of new developments. All products are shipping now and will be available at leading retailers through Ingram Micro and Scholastic.The following is a summary of each release, with full press details available on request. FOR THE FULL PRESS RELEASES, IMAGES AND ADDITIONAL TECHNICAL INFORMATION PLEASE EMAIL Sam@mccorkell.com.au or contact me on 04323 526 115. HIGH TECHNOLOGY: Cintiq Remastered The Cintiq range from Wacom is well recognized as the absolute premium ‘must have’ tool for the world’s best professional photographers, designers, artists and animators. The arrival of the much anticipated Cintiq 21UX now gives users 2048 never before seen reasons to work directly on screen with the very best in interactive pen displays. The advanced experience offered through the latest model starts with a quantum leap in pen performance. Capable of capturing the slightest nuance of pen pressure against the LCD surface, the Cintiq 21UX is the only pen-to-screen interactive display in the world to offer 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity. This doubles the resolution of the pen’s pressure curve and greatly improves the accuracy of pressure-sensitive effects such as controlling line weights or opacity adjustments. At near-zero (one gram) starting pressure, the pen can be activated with a feather-light touch, delivering a more natural feel that closely emulates traditional brushes, markers and pens. The Cintiq 21UX can be tilted, rotated, mounted on an optional articulated arm of taken off its stand altogether and put on a table top. It has a raft of workflow and productivity enhancing features that will be of significant interest to readers that make their living through providing exceptional creative services. It ships with full and impressive contingent of software from Adobe, Corel, Nik and the patented Wacom brushes. RRP $2848 MID MARKET: Wireless Intuos4. Building on the advances to workflow and productivity gains delivered when the breakthrough Intuos4 launched last year, the addition of wireless technology in the Intuos4 Wireless model now liberates users allowing them to work "unattached" from a computer. Using the Bluetooth wireless technology standard, the Intuos4 Wireless communicates reliably over distances of up to 10 meters. Ideal for home, office, classroom or remote-meeting use, the Intuos4 Wireless provides mobility and freedom when working with Bluetooth-enabled desktop or laptop computers and features convenient USB charging directly from the computer. The inclusion of a Bluetooth enable device is a significant development in positioning the Intuos4 Wireless as an excellent tool for use in collaborative work sessions, classroom settings and seminars. The Intuos4 product line crosses the professional market into the mid-market of prosumers and is well suited to any title with a readership that enjoys higher end mobile and wireless devices.Intuos4 Wireless ships with latest software from Adobe, Autodesk, Corel and Nik. $578 (medium size) CONSUMERS: Craft gets Touch General consumers who are interested in touch technology or that love their home creativity will be interested to learn Wacom has released a limited edition Craft version of its popular Bamboo Pen and Touch tablet. The Bamboo Craft is a larger size touch sensitive tablet meaning the very latest touch gestures can be used to scroll, zoom, rotate or flick through information on a computer in a similar way to an iPhone. It also utilizes a pressure sensitive pen, perfect for tracing, drawing, retouching and adding those personal flourishes that make a creative project unique. Ideal for anyone who loves scrapbooking, creating unique paper patterns, textures and beautiful finishing embellishments has never been easier and the Bamboo Craft saves an enormous amount of time. Not only is it faster and more comfortable using the touch sensitive tablet to scroll through available images, but the Bamboo Craft offers a great deal more accuracy, control and speed when removing red eye, deep etching and a myriad of other tasks that can be cumbersome with a mouse. Included with the Bamboo Craft is software from Adobe and Corel, and a unique DVD full of resources ideal for creative projects at home and a free digital album from Snapfish to help users get started. This product is ideally suited for inclusion in Mothers Day’s Gift Guides, touch technology features and titles that introduce readers to innovative new home electronics. RRP $299 Digital Superheroes Need THIS for Father's Day 2009-07-20T14:00:00Z digital-superheroes-need-this-for-father-s-day If the man in your life gets pleasure navigating through powerful graphics software from Adobe, Corel or Autodesk, then you can turn him into an absolute digital superhero this Fathers Day by getting him the state-of-the-art Intuos4 graphics tablet from Wacom this Fathers Day. Used by some of the world’s best animators, movie makers, photographers and special FX artists in the world, the Intuos4 is a sexy, slim line and dangerously powerful digital tool for guys that really know how to get their creative on. The Intuos4 is distinguished as a tool for serious users by several key features, the most powerful of which is the worlds’ most pressure sensitive digital pen. An average user will bring their creativity to life with only 1024 levels of sensitivity but the Intuos4 offers an astounding 2048 levels. The lightest touch will activate the pen, offering an experience closer to working with traditional art tools than any digital pen to date. Intuos4 comes packaged with valuable software applications for Dad to address a variety of creative needs. Adobe Photoshop Elements, Corel Painter Sketch Pad, Autodesk Sketchbook Express, Nik Color Efex filters and Wacom Brushes are bundled with every tablet. The new user friendly Intuos4 driver also allows Dad to customize his tablet to match his work habits – or even to change his setup from right handed to left handed use should he so desire. The new Express Keys and Touch Ring are located on one side of the tablet within easy reach of the users non-dominant hand, and will allow effortless zooming in and out, changing of brush sizes or shuffling backwards and forwards through frames in the home video Dad maybe editing. Available in four sizes, the Intuos4 from Wacom is available through all leading technology retailers. For a full range of stockists, please visit http://www.wacom.com.au/buy/storelocator RRP: Small $378, Medium $598, Large $798, Xtra Large $1338 HI-RES IMAGES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST ENDS Great Choice for Digital Dads this Father's Day 2009-07-20T14:00:00Z great-choice-for-digital-dads-this-father-s-day Digital Dads can get really creative this Fathers Day with a funky Bamboo pen tablet from Wacom, ideal for helping any Dad get the most out of digital cameras, photos, software and his own creativity. Whether he loves to doodle and draw, do clever things with family photos or write straight on to documents, a Bamboo Fun from Wacom is a perfect gift for Dads in the digital age. Drawing or navigating directly on to a tablet is more natural than using a mouse, because it feels like using an ordinary pen but the Bamboo Fun lets Dad bring his drawing, doodles or writing to life directly on his PC, Mac, laptop or notebook screen. Bamboo Fun is lightweight, slimline and has great styling including a Touchwheel that looks and functions similarly to an iPOD, helping to quickly scroll through information on screen. Available in black, white or silver, the Bamboo Fun comes in two sizes, Small (approx. 4”x5”) and Medium (approx 6”x9”). Included with the Bamboo Fun is a cordless pen with an eraser and for those that just can’t give up their mousey habits, Dad also gets a cordless mouse that works on the tablets surface as part of the package. If Dad is just beginning to use creative software, then the Bamboo Fun is ideal because it comes bundled with Adobe Photoshop Elements and Corel Painter Essentials, just perfect for feeling his way around the creative end of digital town. Any Dad that is already familiar with this kind of software will definitely appreciate being able to unlock additional functionality with his Bamboo Fun. Using a Bamboo Fun means Dad can access cool functions in Photoshop, Painter and even Microsoft Vista that aren’t available by just using a mouse. He can even have his handwriting automatically converted to text on his computer; an absolute must have for Dad’s that don’t like typing! Once he experiences the intuitive, natural feeling of using a Bamboo Fun pen tablet from Wacom, Dad might never need to use a plain old mouse again. RRP: Small $159; Medium $299 The Bamboo Fun from Wacom is available through all leading technology retailers. For a full range of stockists, please visit http://www.wacom.com.au/buy/storelocator Wacom Hot for the Box with the Dots 2009-07-02T14:00:00Z wacom-hot-for-the-box-with-the-dots Sydney, July 3 2009 - Wacom Australia today confirmed that Wacom has received further accolade for the Intuos4 product, this time winning at Europe’s largest and most prestigous event for design, the red dot awards, with the head of the Australian business saying development of the product was greatly influenced by users. Mr. David Spencer, Managing Director of Wacom Australia said “The process of creating the Intuos4 started as always with extensive research amongst our existing user groups. The opinions, suggestions and comments received have been incorporated into the new Intuos series so this award really demonstrates consumer insight and user power at its most valuable.” Wacom is the world’s the leading manufacturer of pen tablets, interactive pen displays and intuitive interface devices. Earlier this year it launched the Intuos4, which to date has gained a significant number of accolades from users, industry groups and professional bodies. The recent award was presented to the company at the Essen Opera House in Germany, at an event that is well known as the night of nights for all things ‘Design’. Intuos4 was developed by Wacom and designed in coooperation with Ziba, an internationally recognised consultancy based in North America that includes Logitech, Microsoft, Motorola, Fujitsu and Panasonic amongst it’s many technology brand clients.“We knew it would be difficult to improve on an already outstanding product. Intuos4 is first and foremost a professional tool. The strategic target is the professional designer. There is no more discerning and critical audience – they are trained to critique, to dissect, to argue and to ever improve. We therefore wanted to set the bar higher than ever,” said Kai Halsinger, Associate Creative Director at Ziba Design. “At the same time however, we wanted to craft a tool that would enable the enthusiast user ease of use. Together with Wacom, we therefore set out to identify opportunities to improve on every aspect of the total user experience.”What resulted is the next generation of pen tablet with a never before experienced level of pressure sensitive engineering, powerful enough to deliver for the most demanding of professional users but sufficiently intuitive to ensure a great experience for any tablet enthusiast.With over 3,203 entries from 51 countries, the red dot design award ranks among the largest design competitions worldwide. The competition is divided into three sections – product design, communication design and concept design – which are staged and adjudicated separately. The coveted trophy is the red dot, the international seal of quality for outstanding design. ENDS Wacom's Intuos4 voted "Best Digital Accessory" 2009-06-21T14:00:00Z wacom-s-intuos4-voted-best-digital-accessory Sydney, June 22, 2009 – Wacom Australia today confirmed reports of further industry recognition for it’s breakthrough Intuos4 pen tablet system, this time securing a major award from the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) as“Best Digital Accessory”. Intuos4 was launched a few months ago to a wave of welcome from professional users. It was the first new product launched by Wacom in several years and has been widely praised as a quantum leap in engineering compared to the previous model. The awards ceremony was staged in the Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg near Cologne, Germany and was voted for at the TIPA general assembly in Budapest, where editors of the 25 member photography magazines from 10 European countries were in attendance. The ergonomic design and ultra-slim Intuos4 pen tablet is proving a popular ideal creative instrument for working with digital content and Mr. David Spencer, Managing Director of Wacom Australia confirms the Sydney office been air-freighting shipments in to keep up with demand. “The Intuos4 has really considered workflow in a new light and has incorporated features that have made it an overnight success with users, so we’ve been hard pressed to keep up with demand,” said Mr. Spencer. Thomas Gerwers, Chairman of the TIPA Board, commented on the Intuos4: “We were really impressed with the advancement of Intuos4 over its predecessor. In particular, new features such as the tip sensor technology and the doubling of pressure levels make it an ideal product for working within photo applications, offering advanced control and precise results. We therefore believe that it is an important tool for the digital market including both enthusiasts and professionals alike.” The Intuos4 is distinguished from its predecessor by a new reversible, ambidextrous form that puts all of the ExpressKeys in the ideal position for right-handed or left-handed users and the addition of small OLED-displays allow quick and easy checking. The Intuos4 Grip Pen features Wacom’s new proprietary tip sensor technology, offering users near-zero (one gramme) starting pressure for an even more natural feel, as well as delivering 2048 levels of pressure. Also evident in the new release are significant upgrades to Wacom’s powerful, user-friendly driver software, including the introduction of precision mode and radial menus. In precision mode the mapping of the pen tip changes to a slow motion movement, enabling even more precise and accurate work. Radial menus enable users to quickly access preferred functions through a hierarchical menu display. TIPA is an independent, non-profit association of European photography and imaging magazines, founded in 1991. Member magazines meet annually to vote for the best products in Europe, taking into account innovation, ergonomics, design, ease of use, efficiency and price/performance ratio.ends Wacom Awarded "Most Innovative Brand" 2009 2009-06-14T14:00:00Z wacom-awarded-most-innovative-brand-2009 Sydney, June 15 2009 – The Australian office of Wacom has confirmed the company scooped a swag full of awards at Europe’s largest contest for technology, sports and lifestyle products last month. Wacom, which manufactures pen tablets, interactive pen displays and intuitive interface solutions received the Plus X Awards most coveted award, being named as the most successful brand in the IT / gaming category. The Plus X Awards, Europe’s largest contest for technology, sports and lifestyle products, honour products annually for outstanding achievements in innovation, design and ease of use.The title “Most Innovative Brand of the Year” is the top award given out by the Plus X Award jury which is comprised of well-known journalists and design and engineering experts. This special prize goes to the participant that has received the most product quality seals in its particular product category – which indicates that it provides exceptional products across the board. The jury was so impressed by the Wacom products – Bamboo, Intuos4 and Cintiq 12WX – that several seals were awarded to each product. A total of ten seals meant that Wacom is the strongest brand in its category. Managing Director of Wacom Australia, Mr. David Spencer said “In the age of social networking, consumers have the ability to unveil their experience of any brand to the whole world. Authenticity and brands that offer users a genuinely great experience are winning traction over expensive advertising campaigns that fail to deliver real satisfaction. Wacom trades on its innovation, through technological advantages, product design, corporate identity and communications strategies. The “Most Innovative Brand Award” provides us with evidence that our branding strategy is working – and encourages us to continue to be innovative.” Bamboo, the Wacom pen tablet for the consumer market, received honours in the categories of design, ease of use and ergonomics. This supports Wacom’s claim that Bamboo offers computer users an individual, intuitive and ergonomic way of working with computers. Intuos4, the Wacom pen tablet system for professionals, received Plus X Award product quality seals within various categories including design, ease of use and ergonomics. The intelligent and user friendly design of the tablet is partially based on suggestions from the Wacom Community. Finally the Cintiq 12WX interactive pen display impressed the Plus X Award jury in a total of four categories: innovation, design, ease of use and ergonomics. This innovative product combines the comfort of a pen display, which enables the user to work directly on the integrated screen with a pen, with the mobility and compact dimensions of a pen tablet. About Wacom Wacom Company Ltd., (Tokyo Stock Exchange 6727), is a global company based in Japan with subsidiaries in the United States (Wacom Technology Corporation), Germany (Wacom Europe GmbH), China (Wacom China Corporation), Korea (Wacom Korea Co., Ltd.), Australia (Wacom Australia Pty, Ltd) and Singapore (Wacom Singapore Pte. Ltd.). In addition to these subsidiaries, Wacom has affiliate offices around the world to support marketing and distribution in over 150 countries. Founded in 1983, Wacom's vision to bring people and technology closer together through natural interface technologies has made it the world's leading manufacturer of pen tablets, interactive pen displays, and digital interface solutions. The advanced technology of Wacom's intuitive input devices has been used to create some of the most exciting digital art, films, special effects, fashion and designs around the world and provides business and home users with their leading interface technology to express their personality. Millions of customers are using its cordless, battery-free, pressure-sensitive pen technology. 4 Hits the Floor for Wacom - Intuos4 Global Release 2009-03-25T15:00:00Z 4-hits-the-floor-for-wacom-intuos4-global-release Sydney, Australia – Mar. 26, 2009 – Wacom Australia today confirmed the global launch of the long anticipated Intuos 4, unveiling the new professional user model with live demonstrations from animation client Sixty40 at a media event at Etch Restaurant in Sydney. Three years in the making and anchored by a quantum leap of engineering in its new pen, the compelling updates to the Intuos4 were inspired by members of Wacom’s professional community. All the Wacom hallmark aesthetics, elegance, ergonomics and high gloss finishes feature in the new model and are underpinned by new productivity, throughput and control developments. The Intuos4 Grip Pen is engineered with new proprietary Tip Sensor technology, offering users near-zero (three grams) starting pressure. The advanced engineering of the pen means it captures the slightest nuance of pen pressure against the tablet surface. By offering 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity, Wacom has doubled 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 lightest touch will activate the pen, emulating the same feel, response and results derived from working with traditional art tools and offering users the most natural feeling experience of any digital pen to date. The tablet itself features a new reversible (ambidextrous) design that ensures “shortcut” ExpressKeys™ are always in the ideal position for both right-handed and left-handed users. ExpressKeys are now conveniently located on one side of the tablet, making them easily accessible for the users’ non-dominant hand. To move from right-hand to left-hand operation, users simply rotate the tablet 180 degrees and change the orientation of the illuminated icons within the Wacom Tablet Properties software. Specific workflow and productivity tools in the Intuos4 include shortcut and modifier keys with multiple customisable and application-specific profiles as well as OLED (organic light emitting diode) displays. They are located beside the keys for quick reference and to remind of the current function of each ExpressKey. With past Intuos versions, users had to rely on their own memories for their specific key function settings. Settings can now be made specific to different applications, meaning the displays will update immediately as the user changes between applications. Also new to the Intuos4 is the user-defined Touch Ring. A button located in the centre of the ring “toggles” the ring between functions such as zoom, scroll, brush size adjustment, canvas rotation, and layer selection. The Touch Ring is anticipated to be a particularly popular update for videographers when rendering. Capable of controlling up to four different functions in any application, the Touch Ring features an LED located along the perimeter to indicate the current function. The release of the Intuos4 is anticipated to spark a flurry of additional developments amongst software providers who will want to leverage the new capacity of pressure sensitive technologies. “We anticipate range of developments from our software partners to further expand on pen-related features and functionality,” said Mr. David Spencer, Managing Director of Wacom Australia. “The Intuous4 provides an experience and performance, tangible workflow and productivity enhancements that far surpass anything we’ve had before.” The Intuos4 will launch across Australia on March 26, 2009 and comes in four sizes to meet varying workflow and workspace requirements – Small (RRP $378 GST inc) Medium (RRP $598 GST inc), Large (RRP $798 GST inc) and Extra Large ($1328 GST inc). Stock will be available from all leading computer resellers from early April. -ends- About Wacom Wacom Company Ltd., (Tokyo Stock Exchange 6727), is a global company based in Japan with subsidiaries in the United States (Wacom Technology Corporation), Germany (Wacom Europe GmbH), China (Wacom China Corporation), Korea (Wacom Korea Co., Ltd.), Australia (Wacom Australia Pty, Ltd), Singapore (Wacom Singapore Pte. Ltd.), and Taiwan (Wacom Taiwan Information Co., Ltd.). In addition to these subsidiaries, Wacom has affiliate offices around the world to support marketing and distribution in over 150 countries. Founded in 1983, Wacom's vision to bring people and technology closer together through natural interface technologies has made it the world's leading manufacturer of pen tablets, interactive pen displays, and digital interface solutions. The advanced technology of Wacom's intuitive input devices has been used to create some of the most exciting digital art, films, special effects, fashion and designs around the world and provides business and home users with their leading interface technology to express their personality. Millions of customers are using its cordless, battery-free, pressure-sensitive pen technology.