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Wacom Bamboo and Bamboo Fun

Updated on January 22, 2008

I’m not certain if the digital interface for the pen and tablet will ever take off, but a company known as Wacom appears to be ready for it with the Bamboo and the Bamboo Fun.

Both models of the Bamboo have a digital pen and pad for the interface. The pen can be used like a mouse, and has buttons of left click and right click where your fingers would touch a regular writing pen. This pen comes in especially handy for drawing purposes, and I believe the other end can be used as an eraser. The Bamboo and the Bamboo Fun come with a pen stand.

Both models also have some Express Keys on the pad itself that are programmable, but I couldn’t quite figure out how to do that. I guess I’m not the type who uses macros, but probably should. I believe the Express Keys are defaulted to be browsing tools.

Both models also have a Touch Ring that allows for zooming and scrolling. You can zoom by twirling your finger around in the Touch Ring, and scroll by touching with the up or down menus with your fingertip.

The difference between the Bamboo and Bamboo Fun is a few features. For example, the Bamboo has a write-to-text program that can be used with Windows Vista and Word 2007. Unfortunately, if you aren’t Vista enabled, you won’t be able to use this feature.

The Bamboo Fun has a lot of software programs that come along with it like Adobe Photoshop Elements, Corel Painter Esssentials, and Nik Color Efex. The best feature by far is a wireless mouse. This mouse does not use Bluetooth, but draws all power off of the pad.

The main thing that attracted me to the Bamboo models was the fact that I could interact with them by traditional writing and turn them into text. As a writer, I enjoy the whole pen-to-the-paper experience, but it isn’t very practical when it comes to transferring it to a computer program. With the Bamboo, I can write all I want, and then hit a button and edit the typewritten text. Also, it makes the drawing experience more life-like, and I can do more on the Bamboo than I could on traditional drawing. However, it might take a while to adapt to the digital pen experience.

The regular Bamboo is about $79.00. The Bamboo Fun is about $99.00 for the small, and $199.00 for the medium.


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      Juan 3 years ago

      This video has helped me a lot, I just stertad using the pressure curve tool and it give me so much more of a natural feel when sketching. I appreciate all of your hard work making these videos they've been a tremendous help to me, I'm going to begin taking some of your classes you posted here soon, can't thank you enough!

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      Leo 7 years ago

      What would be the best software to use in order to do maths problem? What i am searching for is just a blank page i can write with my bamboo on, and if i do a mistake, just erase it. The problem about using OneNote for example is that i keep on hitting buttons, even though i don't intent to.

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      karin 9 years ago

      When you open your file in pdf, how do you initiate the pen to edit? Is Acrobat Pen a software on its own or just a funcion of acrobat pro? Can you help and explain a bit more in detail? thank you.

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      Dr. C. 9 years ago

      I use the Wacom Bamboo for correcting student essays and assignments in my online courses. I currently don't have Office 2007 so I have to first convert the document to pdf then use Acrobat's pen to write on the document. It saves me a lot of time, and easier for students to understand than the revising tools in Word. Math professors at my University have also found this to be very helpful for correcting assignments.

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      MrMarmalade 10 years ago from Sydney

      Somehow I think I will stand clear of these new gadgets.

      I have enough trouble wandering around the computer now.

      Thanks for an interesting hub.