Wacom Technology Corporation today announced its Cintiq 21UX interactive pen display that allows users to work with a pen directly on a 21.3″ color-accurate LCD. The Cintiq 21UX offers “more” of everything that makes using a Wacom Cintiq such a natural way to work: more screen area, more pressure sensitivity, more pen control, more resolution, more comfort, more productivity. At a estimated street price of $2499 the Cintiq 21UX delivers more of everything with no price increase over the previous generation. The Cintiq 21UX will begin shipping in March, but customers can register at http://www.cintiq.com now to be at the head of the line for units.
Leading photographers, designers, and artists have enthusiastically transitioned to working on Cintiq interactive pen displays for some of the following reasons:
“Using a Cintiq has dramatically increased the speed at which I can retouch images and for me that translates into money. With more screen area, higher resolution, more pressure sensitivity, and reliable color accuracy the new Cintiq 21UX is going to make an even bigger contribution to my overall productivity,” Vincent Versace, award-winning Hollywood photographer said in the press release.
“As an industrial designer I rely on my Cintiq for exceptional control and comfort. The new seamless surface of the Cintiq 21UX is an important advance that will give me a barrier-free digital work area with no bezel edge to bump into. This innovation also gives the Cintiq a streamlined, modern look that appeals to the artist in me,” Steven Linder, Senior Industrial Designer, Anthro Corporation, said in the press release.
Dan Casey, Director of Digital Productions, Vinton Studios, said in the press release, “My Cintiq is an essential ingredient in my recipe for creating compelling 3D art. Working in applications like Photoshop, Maya, and BodyPaint with the Cintiq 21UX’s ExpressKeys and Touch Strips will be amazingly efficient. I know from experimenting with these tools on Wacom’s Intuos3 tablets what a difference this will make. It’s going to be awesome!”
The Cintiq 21UX combines the advantages of a professional quality LCD display with the control, comfort, and productivity of Wacom’s patented cordless, battery-free tablet technology. The 21.3″ display features UXGA (1600×1200) resolution, a 170 degree viewing angle, anti-glare and hard texture coatings, 24-bit color with ICC color profile, a 400:1 contrast ratio, and 250 cd/m2 brightness. The tablet technology provides 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity, 5,080 lines-per-inch resolution, and pen tilt sensitivity. The unique Cintiq 21UX stand allows it to be rotated 180 degrees in either direction and tilted to any angle between 10° and 65°. The Cintiq 21UX works on operating systems from Microsoft and Apple.
Many professional graphics software applications are specifically designed to be used with a Wacom pen. These applications include Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, Macromedia Flash, Corel Painter, Discreet Combustion, Apple Motion, Alias Maya, SketchBook Pro, and StudioTools.
“Many creative professionals have told me that using a Cintiq has doubled their productivity,” says Michael Marcum, Wacom Sr. Product Manager Dan Casey in the press release. “Recognizing the hourly value of creative professionals, I think it’s easy to see how a Cintiq can pay for itself in less than six months. Perhaps even more importantly, time saved by using a Cintiq can let busy professionals get their lives back, which I think is priceless.”
Wacom Technology Corporation is headquartered in Vancouver, WA and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Wacom Company, Ltd. (JASDAQ: 6727). In 1989 Wacom revolutionized the nature of computer input when it introduced America to the world’s first cordless, battery-free, pressure-sensitive pen. Today, Wacom is the world’s leading manufacturer of pen tablets, and millions of digital photographers and artists of all levels enjoy its patented technology.
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