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Advice Please - Graphics Tablet for use with PdN


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Have now been struggling with mouse and "finger" pad for a year or so with PdN and am now in a position to purchase a graphics tablet for use with PdN. I am running Windows 7 and the latest version of PdN. My budget is £100 max. Any advice or considerations I need to make would be most helpful - both on the device and its stylus/pen etc.

My typical use for PdN is cropping of rectilinear scanned newspaper cuttings, then enhancement of same. I sometimes have the need to accurately "highlight" or "trace" an area on a scanned document/map.

At some point in the future I would like to be able to draw easily simple rectilinear schematics as/when/if the PdN functionality allows in the eagerly anticipated new release.

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paint.net does not currently have pen tablet pressure support, so the tablet would simply act like a mouse...which is ok I suppose. That means an expensive tablet will get you the same results in paint.net as a cheap one. If you want to be ahead of the game, Rick has hinted that, in v4.0, it should be possible to write a pen tablet plugin (and someone like pyrochild will probably do that pretty quickly and everyone will be all happy-like). So, you could buy a more expensive tablet to be ready for that when it comes. I, myself, have a bamboo fun tablet (one of the cheap ones), and it works great. For my purposes, I don't need any more precision that what my tablet provides.

However, it sounds like all you are doing is selecting areas, and you need some extra precision is all. In that case, there is a free solution available!

When you want to be more accurate, you can zoom in and/or use the arrow keys while you click and drag the points on your selection to move one pixel at a time.

EDIT: whoops, I guess I misinterpreted something somewhere...

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I'll confirm the plans for 4.0: there will be no capability for writing a "pen tablet plugin." It's still possible for the future but it is not a priority. I'll know more once I revisit the plugin architecture in v4.1. (This isn't the only thing I've had to cut from 4.0.)

So for now, I agree with pdnnoob. I would even say you should find the cheapest tablet that meets your needs and that is from a company you trust (good reviews, etc.). Then, when/if PDN supports pressure sensitivity again, you can use the money you saved and put it towards upgrading to a fancier tablet if you'd like.

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PLEASE do check out ArtWeaver. It's very similar to Paint.NET and Photoshop in many ways. It's really easy to use and is Pen tablet compatible. I used ArtWeaver for a few years. Oh, and it's free. (The full version costs about $30, but the free version is just as good).

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