Wacom Inkling: Sketching on Paper creates Digital Images

Wacom is one of the dearest friends of a sketching artist and who else can tell this better than an artist like you! Recently, Wacom announced another interesting gadget in their product-folio called Inkling.

Wacom is known to help artists create digital imagery of their sketches so what’s new are they offering this time? Read further 🙂

We saw, how new tablets are coming up like HTC Flyer, Samsung Galaxy Note focusing on artists but, for some it may not be as loveable as real pen and paper.

Inkiling is focused on conceptual sketching and brainstorming of creatives where artists likes to prefer drawing on a regular piece of paper or on a sketchbook. It transforms into a digital format (at 600 dpi) while you’re sketching an idea with the help of digital pen, receiver and Sketch Manager software.

Artists, illustrators, or storyboard makers who likes the convenience, speed of loosely sketching their ideas on paper could benefit from Wacom Inkling.

A graphic designer might use Inkling to create rough concepts on paper for a new advertising campaign and then review, share those concepts using computer with colleagues for a brainstorming meeting later.

Inkling’s receiver can store hundreds of sketches before transferring them to a Sketch Manager.

“Inkling’s inspiration comes from a desire to give artistic people the freedom to draw on paper and to provide an easy way to transition the drawings to digital media,” said Don Varga, Director of Professional Products at Wacom Technology Services Corp.

Wacom Inkling: Sketching on Paper creates Digital Images

Not just that, Inkling can create layers on-the-go (by pressing a button) while you’re sketching it on single layered paper. These files are stored through the Sketch Manager and can be exported to popular layered formats like Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator (CS3+), Autodesk Sketchbook Pro (2011+) or Autodesk Sketchbook Designer as well as to other popular formats like JPG, BMP, PNG, SVG and PDF.

By using ultrasonic and infrared technologies, Inkling sketches will be precise to within +/- 2.5 mm in main drawing area of an A4 page, and within +/- 5.0 mm at the edges of the page.

Key Features and Specifications

  • Inkiling can be used on any type paper or on flat rigid sketching surfaces and does not need any specialized paper
  • Can be used on surface of any size but can only record at a size of A4 paper (except 2cm from the receiver component)
  • Charging can happen using USB powered port
  • Receiver can store hundreds of sketches before transferring them to PC or Mac
  • 1024 Ballpoint Pen Pressure levels
  • Pen weight is 19g only
  • Works for more than 8 hrs once fully charged. Full charging requires less than 3 hrs.
  • System requirements: Windows 7, Vista or XP (SP3, 32 or 64 bit versions), Mac OS 10.4.0 (or later)
  • Supported Layered File Export: Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator CS3 or later and Autodesk® SketchBook Pro or SketchBook Designer (2011 or later)
  • Supported File Saving Formats: JPG, BMP, TIFF, PNG, SVG and PDF.



I think the minus points are:

  • It can only capture sketch from max A4 size surface. If they’re using such a powerful receiver that can store hundreds of layered images then they could have provided much wider area for recording with better signal receiver.
  • Pencils can not be used for sketching.
  • Templates or rulers cannot be used of drawing because they might interrupt signals to the receiver from recording.

But these points can not take away the effort and the innovative idea presented by Wacom to make things easier for artists at only US$199. Wacom Inkling will hit the markets by late September or early October 2011.

You can read more on their website Wacom Inkling. 

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