I found a store selling tablets, and already over the phone, I was served with info;
Now I've not come around to notice the name "Wacom" being mentioned by numerous artists, so it didn't come as a surprise when I was recommended a Wacom, a "Wacom Bamboo Fun"
to be precise: [link]
Now another question is the size format of the tablet;
Either a small one, "DIN A6"-size I was told, for 99 (~130$), or a medium sized one (DIN A5, which is like, half of DIN A4 I think), for 179 ( ~230 $)
(wow, quite a difference) which I am a little less willing to pay (no, I wouldn't go for the large one, DIN A4 - that'd cost 500! )
My monitor is, uh, 15'', I think
And the tablet is supposed to have some sort of "zoom function" (whatever that means),
so I suppose the A6 small-sized version should be working out...
just for your convinience, I've taken measurements and made a size-reference sheet on paper: [link]
I'm pretty convinced now that this should be a good choice, and think that A6 should work... I guess.
Well, what size is your tablet, compared to your computermonitor?
I NEED A TABLET!
When I look at my flashmovies, and how far I've come since I first started up a flash 8 "18 day trial", around 5th of March 2006,
I can't fail to realize that I'm still
incredibly slow at this.
The roger tribute movie took me 6 - 8 months of time I actually focussed
working on it, though that was my 1 1/2
th flashmovie, and for that, the animation quality is good;
And actually, I still have 2 larger projects unfinished, some minutes already animated, asides
from the 17> minute Sonic flashmovie I'm working on. (taking a break now, after animating of a 4,5 minute scene took about 2 months )
But, it's been about 2,5 years now, and I actually have only one big flashmovie done, and even if I count the others as, say uh 1.3 + 0.4 + 0.3 = 2, that's still not much. :/
Plus, I'm also too slow at drawing on the computer, and I'm too lazy to color pencil sketches all the time with no means of CTRL+Z-ing mistakes
So I need a tablet, believe it!
...buuut I don't actually know much about tablets... so... here's my requirements and stuff:
a) I don't actually need a stand-alone maschine that runs the drawing programs on its own or anything, I got a laptop for that...
I'm thinking of something that I can simply attach to my 1.6 GHz Laptop through USB2.0, and open up, say, flash 8, paint, or any other drawing program and start drawing. Does that work?
b) ...I guess I should SEE what I'm drawing, otherwise, it'll be pretty damn hard to use, so ... like, shouldn't a tablet have a screen? o_O? Or how does that work out if it doesn't??
c) Uh... would be cool, not 100% necesary, but usefull, if I could change the line thickness or something (in flash 8, I mean. I heard this works for photoshop, so maybe in flash as well?) by just changing how I press the pen on the screen or something like that
d) hm, can you get a tablet cheaper if you're a student? ... of Computer Science?
e) Should never break or crash or something...
I was thinking in dimensions of about 100€; (which is, according to google, about ...135.69 U.S. dollars nowadays).
I'd accept if I had to go up to 150€; ( = 203.54$ ), though, though less then that would of course be pretty nice.
I heard tablets exist for even around 50 only, but I'm willing to pay a little more to get something decent.
If the 50€; versions however are reported to be
also a good choice.
Oh - and which size should I buy? (A4 / A5 / whatever/ ... something like that)
I heard it matters, for usability
Sonic Unleashed - Wii vs 360 ?
hm - I happen to have a wii and a 360 as well.
And I need to decide which system to buy a game for.
The first screenshots of the Wii version kinda disappointed me o_O wii [link] [link]
/ 360 [link] [link]
I mean, the Xbox version looks so... uh... shiny!
( source [link]
I know I shouldn't bother with graphics...
but it looks so great!
Then again, the Wii version has two things the Xbox doesn't have.
a) Wiimote controls - which sporns the question if these are making it worth to buy THAT version. I think I read somewhere that the Weresonic parts on 360 should be less good, but better on Wii due to the controls
b) The homebrew channel's Ocarina-hack. What's that? well, basically an exploit that'll allow anyone to use 'action replay'-like codes (me thinks) on Wii games ( example: brawl [link]
), without the need to change any technical stuff in the console - and you only need the Wii version of Zelda Twilight Princess, an SD-card, and some programs freely available on the internet for it.
...I just happen to not have the Wii version of Zelda Twilight Princess yet.
(I 'only' have the Game Cube version)
Beyond knowing this exists, and having seen some videos and websites, I don't know anything about the scene behind it ...
but ... after some google research, I finally found this site:[link]
Horray, seems they're not only hacking Smash bros. and Twilight Princess, so chances are, they might also hack Sonic Unleashed...
only question: will the codes be interesting? I'm not looking for "have all ..." / "inifinite health", but, like, even longer arms for weresonic? or "always play as weresonic"?
stuff like that.