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    Revit with pen-tablet (like Wacom)

    Hi everyone, I use Revit daily for drawing, modeling, and coordination and have been having wrist pain. I've tried a few different mouse types such as the Logitech track ball, the Evoluent vertical mouse, and the DXT vertical mouse. Each has helped some but only temporarily.

    The only other idea I have is a pen tablet such as a Wacom. I've read through the forums and find that though not many people use these products, most of the people who do use them are satisfied - after a short adjustment period.

    Can you give advice on the specifics to help me purchase the right product:
    1. The Pro Medium tablet has an active area of about 6"x9". There is also a large and a small size. Which size is ideal for Revit?
    2. The Pro tablets appear to have pressure sensitive pens and extra buttons, however some people have stated disagreement on whether those are useful for Revit. Does that mean a cheaper tablet version may work just as well for Revit?


    If you have any other feedback also, I'd appreciate it.

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    Thanks for your quick response. I had reviewed those posts, but I didn't see any recommendations on tablet size. There appear to be a few different options available - any thoughts on which may work best for Revit use?

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    I have several Wacom Intuos tablets (now called the 'Pro' range by Wacom) and use the medium size one for Revit - the small one is OK too but I just found the medium size one more comfortable.

    I've used a tablet for CAD since 1993 as mice are horrible for repetitive clicking on points - but I keep one handy as occasionally you need the ability to precisely click without the slight 'tremble' you get hovering a pen over a point (but that could just be me )

    However Wacom's drivers aren't up to the quality of their hardware in my experience and I still find that the Intuos pen will often not work on the drop down type properties list - and sometimes it will - a long standing problem for some reason.

    I prefer the older tablets as Wacom only make the touch models now I think - I don't really like the touch models - they seem a bit unstable and the touch implementation isn't a patch on Apple devices.

    I've had a frozen shoulder in the past from repetitive use of a Wacom pen on a Cintiq screen/tablet and so I regularly change input methods - at the moment I find myself tending to use the CadMouse from 3dConnexions with the Intuos pen a bit less.
    3Dconnexion : CadMouse

    The cheaper tablets from Wacom still work OK when I've occasionally tried one - essentially they are just replacing a mouse, not making use of the features for tilt and pressure - but the higher resolution of the top of the range devices is probably the way to go if you can afford it.
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    They are a highly subjective and personal decision. Like William mentioned I also experienced some discomfort initially when I started using the Wacom Graphire. It was due to the posture I was using. Once I became more aware of it I changed that and it went away. I currently have a Wacom DTU-2231 (like the Cintiq in concept just not as full featured) as a second monitor. I use that off an on for the pen options it provides.

    I think for Revit and CAD a smaller tablet size is a bit better because you don't have as much arm movement required. For something like Photoshop I find people often opt for the larger size, greater control when they increase the resolution or zoom way in to edit pixels.

    If you can, try them before you commit to a purchase...they take some getting used to them.
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    Updating this little thread as I weakened this week and bought one of the new Wacom Intuos Pro Medium tablets (PTH-660) with the new pen.

    I've used Wacoms since the 1990s but have not liked the recent touch-enabled tablets and persisted with the previous generation (with the shiny plastic side panel).

    Confusingly Wacom use the name Intuos Pro Medium for the PTH-660 model and the PTH-650/651 older ones.

    This new generation seems an improvement with the installation of drivers and firmware updates being prompted upon connecting the tablet via usb and Bluetooth seemingly included as standard (I don't use it so not entirely sure it's there but the driver certainly loaded and I see a battery level indicator).

    The new Pro Pen 2 seems steadier in use and the 'click' press is softer - maybe this means nibs will wear out quicker but it certainly eases the 'click shoulder' you can get from thousands of cad clicks.

    The covering is available in shiny, standard and rough - standard being slightly rough - tiny samples are included in the box.

    Overall impression is that although the clickable area is slightly smaller this is a nicely made bit of kit with more thought put into the side buttons, the touch technology and even the software (Wacom's drivers were never up to the standard of the hardware in the past IMHO).

    Works lovely with Revit 2017 so far

    One last point - I notice that the old Intuos Pro pen still works on this tablet but the new one doesn't work on older tablets (logical I guess).

    Other sizes and versions of the tablet are available - an almost bewildering range, which are possibly quite similar in reality.


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    To unravel Wacom's naming a little further - I see that there isn't a new version Intuos Pro 'Small' with the Pro Pen 2 - the 'small' version of the Intuos Pro advertised is actually the previous model with the old pen.

    Incidentally the Pro pen 2 is 3g lighter than the old pen - 15g vs 18g - sometimes a lighter pen doesn't feel so good in the hand but this seems an improvement - and the 'stocker' pen holder thing for the desk is at last heavy enough and stable enough not to be knocked over every time you fumble to pick up or put down the pen

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    A little update - I just bought a Wacom Intuos Pen 3D after realising that this pen isn't anything to do with 3D very much.

    It's just a pen with an extra programmable button and it works on most post 2017 Wacom Intuos tablets (but check the Wacom site carefully).

    By default the front button is set to 'Tumble' which appears to be Shift+Middle? mouse button.

    It is pretty cool to be able to 'Tumble' the 3D View in Revit using just one button rather than Shift+Middle or Shift+Ctrl but beyond that it is just a slightly shorter, slightly heavier Wacom Pen.

    Expensive, well made, nice to hold - and the packaging while not quite a sonic screwdriver is still pretty cool

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    I just started with the Wacom Intuos S, can anyone can help me with the best setup for use with Revit?

    Thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by willsud View Post
    Expensive, well made, nice to hold - and the packaging while not quite a sonic screwdriver is still pretty cool
    lol Sonic tools are THE BOMB as far as drawer organization goes!

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