updated 09:55 am EDT, Thu September 6, 2007
New Wacom Intuos3 tablets
Wacom today introduced three new Intuos3 Special Edition pen tablets (site not updated, older product pictured) to celebrate its 25th year in the business. The tablets, which are available in three sizes which include 6x8, 6x11, and 9x12 boast refined black and gun metal gray color scheme. The new devices include Wacom's Classic Pen, as well as the Intuos3 Grip Pen. Each tablet includes a "Professional Accessory Kit" that includes five standard nibs, five stroke nibs, five flex nibs, an alternate pen grip without side switch holes, one nib removal tool, and one replacement side switch. A transparent overlay can substitute with the traditional gray overlay when needed, and Corel has agreed to ship a special software package for Intuos3 Special Edition customers only on September 27th. The new tablets are priced at $370 (6x8), $410 (6x11), and $500 (9x12).
"Intuos3 turns on the full power of Adobe Photoshop, Corel Painter and over 100 other leading software applications with its intuitive controls. Four programmable ExpressKeys and a finger-sensitive Touch Strip, located on each side of the tablet surface, are within easy reach for modifier keys, keyboard shortcuts, toggling between displays, scrolling, zooming, controlling brush size and more," Wacom said.
"The comfortable cordless, battery-free Grip Pen offers 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity for superior creative input and reduces repetitive motion when used alternately with the ergonomic five-button Special Edition mouse."
The Intuos3 Special Edition pen tablets ship with Adobe Photoshop Elements 5 (Elements 4 for Mac) for digital photo editing, Corel Painter Essentials 3 for creating natural media art, Nik Color Efex Pro 2 IE for selectively applying photographic enhancements, and Wacom Brushes 3 for more brush choices in recent versions of Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.