So it's apparent that my dear Tablet has finally kicked the bucket. After several different wire attempt and twisting and turning the wire this way and that I've finally gotten it inspected and discovered that it's not the wire at all but the port that the wire plugs into. The port's loose and so it jambes around. This was caused by my wrapping the wire around the tablet when I wasn't using it instead of unplugging it and storing it properly.
Now I'm on the hunt for a new tablet. What I look for in a tablet companion is pressure sensitivity and short-key controls accessibility meaning that I can change what the buttons on the tablet and/or pen do.
Below are a few tablets that I'm considering...Intous Pen
I like the body on this tablet and the clear, clean way that it comes across. It's small enough that I could move it easily and it makes it quite welcomingly portable. However, I think it may just be a tad too small. It's got a 5X3.7 track area which is decently smaller than the tablet I have right now.
Although it is pressure sensitive
It can be used wirelessly (Wireless kit sold separately)
It has customizable express keys
The stylus doesn't have an eraser sadly (but I can get over that)
It's comparable with the Mac
Because of what happened with Madame Tabitha, I'm thinking that I aught to invest in the wireless kit this time around in order to prevent a port coming loose again.
Software it comes with:
Wireless Kit: 39.95
118.95Intous Pen & Touch Tablet
Now these tablets come in two sizes: Small and Medium, the Medium being decently more expensive than the Small.
Let take a look at the Small first....
The small comes with full versions of Adobe Photoshop Elements 10, Autodesk's Sketchbook Express (which I already have), Art Rage 3 Studio, and Nik Color Efex Pro WE3. I probably won't have a use for the last program and so that will go unused.
This has a touch track pad which is what Madame Tabitha had as well. I never used the function as it often for in my way but perhaps Wacom has found a way to cure it.
This tablet is small and slim which makes it highly portable which is a plus.
It's also wireless with the purchase of a Wireless Kit
It's still pretty small though at a 6X3.7 track area which is the same size as the Intous Pen.
It also has 4 customizable buttons
This stylus has an eraser which is a cool fuction
has the same exact things that the Small has to offer
Now this one comes with Manga Studio Debut 4 (which is worthless to me as I have Manga Studio 5 already), and Anime Studio Debut 8 (which may be interesting as it will allow me to learn about vectors and show me interesting ways of animation). I don't exactly like the software that this tablet comes with as I don't see myself actually using them which makes me think that they would go to waste especially since I'm not sure if I want to be a Manga/Comic Book artist. It would be interesting to look into though.
This is also touch compatible, a feature I may end up just not using.
Also compatible with a wireless kit.
Now this one has a track are of 6X3.7 so the same size as the Intous Small
It has pressure sensitivity.
The stylus has an eraser.
138.95Intous Pro Medium Professional Pen Tablet
This is the kind of tablet that Madame Tabitha was as the Intous 5 has been renamed to Intous Pro with minor alterations.
The buttons are more clear on this new Pro which is a plus but most of everything else looks the same.
Eraser on stylus.
8X5 track pad
(these come in three sizes now and each is 100 more expensive than the size before it. I've done this assessment according to Medium)
The list goes on but these are the tablets that I'm looking at right now. I don't think I want another Madame Tabitha so I don't think I'll be going with an Intous Pro. If I must get a new tablet, I'll either be getting the Intous Pen and Touch Small or the Intous Manga (more leaning toward the Manga than the small). However before I go ahead and spend a rather large chunk of my paycheck on a new tablet, I'll be buying a wireless kit first to see if I can hook it up to Madame Tabitha that way I won't need to get a new tablet. I'll need to see if she's compatible with wireless usage first. If so then that'll be the end of my search, if not, then the battle between the Manga and the Small begins.