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    Revit with a tablet (no, not that kind of tablet)

    Im looking at investing in an Wacom Intous (Intuos4 Extra Large Professional Pen Tablet | Wacom)

    Does anyone have any experience in using a tablet such as this with Revit? I'd love to be able to draw models.

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    I believe there was talk of those kind of tablets in the other tablet thread. I think Jeffery, and/or Jay use one.

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    Aha. Found it I think - thanks! I'm incredibly tempted to buy it, just need someone to push me over the edge to tell me how awesome it is.

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    I've used lots of different Wacom tablets with Revit - from several 21" Cintiqs to the latest Intuos 5 touch models - in fact I've been using tablets since the early 1990s for cad.

    Anyway, the tablet you linked to is the large cad model with an overlay so that you can in theory trace over stuff I think.
    I've had such a tablet and never actually traced anything, but I'm sure some people will find it very useful.
    It is the Intuos 4 body which I think is nicer than the Intuos 5 (Intuos 5 and 4 use the same pens).

    If it's of interest my preferred Wacom for Revit at the moment is the small Intuos 4 model - I have a medium Intuos 5 touch model but found it mostly annoying, although it does work it just doesn't work in a way I like (can't put it any more specific than that - maybe it's just me ;-))

    I don't really notice the smallness of the tablet and it fits much better on my desk...
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    but don't let me put you off if you want the big one - they are good bits of hardware (even if I still cannot get the Revit Properties drop down list to appear every time when using the Wacom pen - that's one reason I keep a mouse handy).

    I came across this thread as I was looking for somewhere to mention that the latest Wacom driver has removed a major annoyance under Windows 7 - they have added an option to disable Windows Ink which otherwise is turned on when you install a Wacom tablet and is a pain to turn off.
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    I'm looking at a larger model simply for the accuracy over the smaller Bamboo tablet that I'm using at the moment. With the SpacePilot Pro also, I'm aiming for as little use of the mouse as possible (his legs are tired)

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    I suppose larger area may equal more resolution, can't say I've ever noticed as you tend to zoom in on areas to work anyway in Revit.

    The pen becomes just a sort of mouse really - but you can suck the end and walk around with it in your mouth while thinking

    As you are near London, if it's any help, I always used to get my Wacom stuff from Digital Imaging Solutions who were very helpful with advice etc. before purchasing.

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    I'm tempted by the Cintiq 24HD (Cintiq 24HD Pen Display | Wacom), but I'm curious as to how well it performs with Revit (and Max). Does it speed up your workflow, or cause more trouble than it's worth?

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    Quote Originally Posted by willsud View Post
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    What's the keyboard up on the top-left with the multi-colored keys?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cellophane View Post
    What's the keyboard up on the top-left with the multi-colored keys?
    Looks like one of these. Great for keyboard shortcuts.

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    That looks like the new version of the X-Keys gadget, thanks Elton... must have a look at that.

    Fantastic gadget - allows me to one-key lots of commands - and very easy to set up.

    Re. the Cintiq question from Cyus - I looked at the latest big Cintiq (24HD) and realised that it had the same vertical resolution as the Cintiq I've had lying round the office for a few years - a 21" model - so I got that working again, but in the end just did not fancy it as the overall resolution wasn't as good as my 30" Eizo monitor.

    The new support system for the screen on the 24HD does look very good though.

    Cintiqs work fine with Revit in my experience - the thickness of the protective 'glass' between the pen tip and the actual screen means that the cursor pointer can appear to not quite be in the right place (you can adjust this but when it looks right in the centre it tends to look out at the edges or vice versa) but the latest Cintiqs seem to have thinner 'glass' than older models and so probably this effect will be less of an issue.
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